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Tipping in Bars and Restaurants

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1d, 4m agoPosted 1 decade, 4 months ago
Hi, was wondering what the members thoughts are on tipping in bars/restaurants ?

I myself only tip if the service is exceptional and normally only about 10% - is that bad ?
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1d, 4m agoPosted 1 decade, 4 months ago
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#1
Your name says that :prop:

Honestly, I dont always stick to the 10% rule but do tip nearly everytime.
#2
I've just had family over from Canada. They are obsessed with tipping even when getting served at a bar! I've spent the last few weeks trying to explain that we tip around 10 - 15% only if the service is very good, if we tipped any less than 20% they'd go crazy saying that's really bad after leaving a small tip. I think we pay enough in the country for most things without the hassle of feeling obliged to tip anywhere and everywhere.

Has anyone noticed that when paying by chip and pin in most pubs/restaurants after entering your pin it will ask if you want to leave a tip? I always leave cash instead, makes me wonder if the staff actually get the tips when people have paid on their cards.

What do other people think??
#3
I only tip if there is no service charge included on the bill...once I asked for the included service charge to be excluded as the service was so bad..the waiter even dropped a bowl of ice cream over one of our party as he was trying to show off how many bowls he could carry in one hand.

On another occasion the waiter spilt a bottle of red wine over me ..at least half the bottle was soaked into my clothing....the hassle I had to get a reduction on the bill was unbelievable.
#4
my sister had such bad service she left money on table but not for the service charge and they chased her down the road to get it .but she just said that they were lucky she left the money for meal .she is more gutsy then me i would pay and moan later at home .I have just been to the states and tipping is a must over there but most staff really worked hard to please you so it was well deserved .
#5
I always leave a tip !!
I worked really hard as a waitress over the summer at a Brewers Fayre (to help pay my uni fees), but as people pay for their food first, receive the food, eat then leave straight away - hardly anyone bothered to tip behind or just plain forgot ?
Its a bit harsh, considering we were only on £5.05 an hour anyway - if we'd worked in a restaurant where people paid for their food at the end of their meal then I'm sure I could have made more money :(

To be honest, if someone had left me just £1 (which a few people did on the rare occasion) I was over the moon !
#6
:oops: Hehe !
#7
Arzon
I've heard that about the US too, that tipping is a must, i wouldn't have any of it, I decide whether to tip, it's my money and it's optional.

:pirate: >>> where's my tip?
Arzon >>>> hmm yeah right..
:pirate: >>> How rude! not leaving me a tip..
Arzon >>>> here's 10 cents...merry christmas!


Must admit, before I went to the USA on holiday, I felt the same, but generally the service was excellent. Good Food, good portions, friendly staff and free refills on coffee and coke, etc.

They had a general rule 20% for excellent service, 15% for ok service and 10% for bad service. I had my own rule 10% for excellent service, 0% for ok service and 0% for bad service.

MrTT :thumbsup:
#8
Yeah tipping in the US is expected as they waiters are taxed in advance on income received from tips even though they haven't received those tips yet!!! Hence tipping around 20% is the norm there. Even if you receive poor service, they expect a tip- but you would show it was poor by tipping less. If you leave nothing, they just think you've either forgotten to tip or are tight!
#9
If you leave nothing, they just think you've either forgotten to tip or are tight!


With the latter being myself. :lol:
#10
Interesting topic folks...

I think everyone is different but i have a real problem tipping. I'm not trying to sound like i'm Mr. Generous but it is starting to get ridiculous. I honestly can't get a taxi even costing £2.50 and not leave a tip of at least 50p - £1. After a meal i would tip just over 10% everytime, good or bad service. Even buying a drink at the bar if the round cost £9 i would let them keep the change from a tenner. It's a real problem coz i know it's stupid but i almost feel embarassed if i don't do this even though most people wouldn't expect it.

I wouldn't expect or accept a tip from anyone when i'm working in Orange where I really try and provide an excellent customer service, plus the amount of crap I have to put up with compared to many other jobs would actually warrant tipping!!!. I really need to stop worrying about what others might think coz it is costing me a fortune and i am only a poor 22 year old student!!! HELP :(
#11
My advice boxblu is to cut out the generous tipping if you cannot afford it...as you say nobody would ever tip you, however good the service you offered, it's just that in the catering industry they pay low wages to waiting staff in the knowledge that they will usually get decent tips...if we stopped tipping then their wages would have to rise.

As I've said earlier most restaurants these days add at least a 10 to 15% service charge to the bill so why tip on top of that?..the restaurant should be passing that money onto the staff...some do and I expect as many do not and just add to their profits.

There should be a national campaign to stop restaurants adding service charges and allow customers to determine whether they had good enough service to give a gratuity which will end up in the pocket of the person that served you..not in the till.
#12
I leave a tip provided that a) the service has been better than good b) it's not already included (no point in paying twice) c) I enjoyed the meal d) the place was hygienic

It bugs me when they include tips in the bill - what right have they got to do it? Does the woman sitting on her till at Sainsburys get a tip every time? What about the doctors and nurses of A & E and beyond (OK they may get the odd box of chocolates etc). And when was the last time you tipped your doctor (GP)? Tipping should be exclusively down the individual and how they feel about the whole meal experience.
#13
OMG - reading the posts here made my blood boil, not because of peope's own views, but because I have such a strong opinion on tipping.

I don't tip, I don't think it's necessary and I don't understand why it's exclusive to waiters/waitresses.

I used to be a waiter and I was very greatful of getting a tip, but I never expected one, nor did I rely on getting tips as part of my weekly income.

People are paid to do a job, you don't tip the bus driver, or the cashier at a supermarket or other customer service based job (as has previously been mentioned on this thread), so I don't see why we tip in restaurants.

If you think that you're getting paid too little for your job then quit, do something you feel is closer to the work/reward ratio you believe in, but don't expect others to supplement your income.

The reason that a lot of Customer Service jobs are so low paid is because of the way people view them, if the actual workers all quit and said, you're paying me too little, there'd be a serious change, but they don't and a lot expect to get tipped to add to their wages.

I understand the wage is low, but so is it in many other professions, but we don't tip them.
Service charges in restaurants make me sick because sometimes I haven't received a service that would warrant even paying for the food I ate, let alone giving someone the 'spare change' out of my pocket for no good reason. It's actually one of the reasons I don't like going to restaurants (That and that my mother's home cooked meals are so good that I have yet to sample a restaurant that made a meal anywhere as tasty).

Does anyone know if a Service Charge is legal, in so much as can you choose to not pay it?

EDIT: I found this:

http://www.thesite.org/homelawandmoney/askthesiteqandas/legalandrightsqandas/notiptonight

TheSite.org

Compulsory service charges are not illegal, providing it states on the menu that a service charge of 'x' amount will be added to the bill. If no information about the service charge appears on the menu or elsewhere in the restaurant then only a discretionary payment, such as a tip, can be expected.
If a customer is unhappy with any aspect of a meal, including the service charge, then they have a right to challenge the amount they're being asked to pay, in the same way they would for any other service under the Goods and Services Act 1982. If the issue can't be resolved there and then, a customer can pay what they believe to be reasonable, leave their name and address and, if it should go that far, the restaurant can choose to sue them for the remainder.


/rant

X10
#14
X10
I don't tip, I don't think it's necessary and I don't understand why it's exclusive to waiters/waitresses.

I used to be a waiter and I was very greatful of getting a tip, but I never expected one, nor did I rely on getting tips as part of my weekly income.

People are paid to do a job, you don't tip the bus driver, or the cashier at a supermarket or other customer service based job (as has previously been mentioned on this thread), so I don't see why we tip in restaurants.

X10


I agree with you X10 but some jobs have changed for the better, hopefully because incomes have improved (but not soon enough for cafe/restaurant staff).

When almost everyone used public transport and travelled by coach, you were expected to tip the driver. If you stopped at a pub, some of the passengers would buy him a drink. How daft was that! :shock:

We were asked to tip the postman, milkman and dustbinmen at Christmas. The dustbinmen were very keen and came round before the cart arrived to see how much you offered and if you refused your rubbish would remain there for the season, or more likely be distributed by 'accident' over your garden path.

My mother was a waitress many, many years ago and it seems that the attitude of cafe/restaurant owners has little changed. Her employers seemed to spend all of their energy on making sure that the staff could not get a free meal and would purposefully throw any surplus food away. As a widow she relied on tips to live, not for luxuries. Unfortunately, most managment still seem to rely on their customers to provide the extra income.

I don't tip because if the employers gave their staff a decent wage there wouldn't be a need. If the service had been outstanding, I write to or ask to see the manager and compliment all staff and perhaps one in particular. If I am in a shop I do the same and make sure she/he is aware how good their staff are. I can see from the staff faces how much they appreciate the gesture. If I pushed a £ coin in their hands the staff would feel embarassed and insulted, yet waiters/waitesses are supposed to accept a handout.

I am disabled and in a wheelchair and twice a year I am expected to sit outside a supermarket and beg for money for charity. I can't do it. Oh dear! Don't get me started on that subject.:x

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#15
Interesting information there palspal, about the buying the driver a pint - yeah, crazy.

I remember when my mum used to give the dustbin men a bottle of whisky and a box of chocolates at Christmas.

palspal
I don't tip because if the employers gave their staff a decent wage there wouldn't be a need.
Here here!

I was leaving the Post Office yesterday and a teenager asked me if I had "a spare twenty p mate". I was shocked, and disgusted and simply looked at him evily and said "no". Literally 5 seconds later as I was storming off in disgust that scene from "Liar Liar" came to me and I should have said "What, you mean 20p that is burning a whole in my trousers, sure, but I wouldn't give it to some useless teenager that's just going to waste it on cigarettes....." :-D

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#16
I only tip (and it's 10%) if the service has been very, very good :) .
If I've been kept waiting for too long to be served, some stuff were missing and had to call back waiter, table not clean, etc, then I don't tip.

oh and I hate the look some waiters give you when you don't tip :x
#17
ck1980
I only tip (and it's 10%) if the service has been very, very good :) .
If I've been kept waiting for too long to be served, some stuff were missing and had to call back waiter, table not clean, etc, then I don't tip.

oh and I hate the look some waiters give you when you don't tip :x


I agree, it has to be exceptional service for me to tip, afterall you're paying for what you've eaten.

The only time I did tip without hesitation was on my first date with wife when I left a hefty tip. She did comment that it was too much & I of course was very casual & just said "it's no problem" LOL :-D Still it worked. (First time we went out with my friends, she of course mentioned the tip and they told her I never usually tip so I had to come clean :giggle: )
#18
iI had my tesco grocery delivery last night for the first time and wondered if i am meant to tip them .but then i told myself i dont tip other deliveries so didn't but felt guilty as it takes them a while to unload etc .I always tip good service but i prefer it added as service charge as it saves knowing how much is right .
#19
sonia.town
iI had my tesco grocery delivery last night for the first time and wondered if i am meant to tip them .but then i told myself i dont tip other deliveries so didn't but felt guilty as it takes them a while to unload etc .I always tip good service but i prefer it added as service charge as it saves knowing how much is right .


Not sure if Tesco delivery guys are allowed to receive tips. Personally, I'm more into getting money off my grocery bill than paying extra. Besides, Tesco normally charge for delivery - about £5 I think
#20
yes your right because i used coupons .i forgot how much delivery would cost .plus fabric conditioner leaked all over my stuff so in my reckoning they owe me .

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