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    Your experience of Tipping in the US

    We are off to Orlando for the first time in May. I have read many, many pages on tipping on Tripadvisor and I am astonished at what you are supposed to tip and how many different people. I have worked out that between tiping waiting staff, bartenders, maids, taxi drivers, shuttle drivers, airport transfer drivers and bell boys, we will end up tipping over $300 in a 2week holiday, which is crazy, it's over £200 at the exchange rate just now. While I don't mind tipping, some people I don't understand why you tip them, bar tenders for one. I go to the bar they give me a drink, that's what they get paid for. If I don't tip will I be ignored at the bar, will they say something to me?

    I told my boyfriend about the tipping culture and he said we will not be tipping 20%, we are not made of money and have saved hard for our first trip to the US. I'm scared we'll get chased down the street by waiters or ignored in bars. I've explained it's just the way it is in the US but he's very stuborn and doesn't seem bothered. We are used to tipping 10% like many UK residents. We asked his parents what they do in the US and they said they have never tipped 20% that's stupid you'd spend a fortune. My bf said we will tip 10% in restaurants but I'm trying to get to get him up to 15%, will waiting staff be offended and say something if we only tip 10%? Does erveryone really tip 15-20%, I don't want to seem stingy.

    If anyone could give anyone advice or share their experiences of tipping in US.

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    aww bless i think you are stressing out about not much ..... look go there and enjoy your hols and tip as you would in the UK ... plus you are going to leave after a week or two so what does it matter what they do / think .....

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    We tipped 10% rounded up normally. Never had a complaint from the waitresses?

    tbh the level of customer service is completely different much much better, i have no problem tipping in the US just about the minimum when you cant really afford a lot. compared to where here where you wouldnt necessarily have a decent service!

    Just tip within your budget. Nothing else you can do really

    The problem is that in the US waiters, barstaff etc are paid minimally and the tips bring them up to a 'living wage', so it is expected.

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    yeah they get well annoyed if you don't tip.

    I asked a dude on the street in New York where the nearest barbers were and he wanted a dollar! :lol:

    then there was a dude I asked which train to get to this massive outlet mall... he ordered the tickets for me... and wanted a dollar :lol:!!

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    chesso;7907364

    Just tip within your budget. Nothing else you can do reallyThe problem is … Just tip within your budget. Nothing else you can do reallyThe problem is that in the US waiters, barstaff etc are paid minimally and the tips bring them up to a 'living wage', so it is expected.



    Does it really bring them "up to a living wage" though. I was working out how much they must get paid in tips, if they each only served 20 tables a shift and the average tip was $10 they'd be getting $200 a day. That's more than I earn in a career not seen as lowly as this.

    A friend of friend works as a barman in New York and earns over £1k a night in tips. Works 4 nights a week or similar so must be on nearly £200k a year.

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    dcx_badass;7907425

    I just didnt bother on most occasions, only if they were extra friendly … I just didnt bother on most occasions, only if they were extra friendly etc. Like one restaurant I had some good banter with the waitress so tipped her, had a good chat with a shuttle driver so tipped him, the others who did nothing special I just didn't bother.



    we got a cab to a club in NY and the dude was talking to us like he was our dad... giving us advice about life n stuff... then when we were leaving i dont remember why but we didn't tip him...


    HE
    WENT
    NUTS!

    we had to run away so he didn't run us over!

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    I need to chill out about it, there must be loads of folk that just go and tip 10% not knowing any better, but I'll get him up to nearer 15% I'm sure.

    I just hate people hassling you. Like when you arrive at the hotel and they take your cases to your room, mines are on wheels I can manage thanks. I feel like saying here's a dollar will you go away now, I can manage my own case!

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    michellerfc;7907489

    I need to chill out about it, there must be loads of folk that just go … I need to chill out about it, there must be loads of folk that just go and tip 10% not knowing any better, but I'll get him up to nearer 15% I'm sure.I just hate people hassling you. Like when you arrive at the hotel and they take your cases to your room, mines are on wheels I can manage thanks. I feel like saying here's a dollar will you go away now, I can manage my own case!



    just tip right at the end... and run away

    You are freaking out over nothing. I tipped at restaurants and that's it. Didn't tip anyone else.

    master_chief;7907427

    Does it really bring them "up to a living wage" though. I was working out … Does it really bring them "up to a living wage" though. I was working out how much they must get paid in tips, if they each only served 20 tables a shift and the average tip was $10 they'd be getting $200 a day. That's more than I earn in a career not seen as lowly as this.A friend of friend works as a barman in New York and earns over £1k a night in tips. Works 4 nights a week or similar so must be on nearly £200k a year.



    Well I haven't got the stats!!:w00t:
    I based my opinion on info from friend from N America and quizzing waiters, bar staff etc in Florida/Ohio/California over the years. A few have had two jobs simultaneously and they have all said that tip is vital to them. I think the main problem has always been health insurance, which isn't part of the package if you are a barman etc.
    I have to admit to not having quizzed any one in N York. WOW to your barman friend!!

    Oh - in restaurants the tip is usually shared and with the kitchen staff as well.

    and something else - they understand that Brits don't have the same tip culture ( except for NY ^^^ & Byker hehe!!)

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    bykergrove;7907510

    just tip right at the end... and run away



    Yeah, he'll be legging it and I'll be trying to keep up in my heels! :oops:

    I usually tipped like $1-2 anywhere lmao, just let them keep the change (if $28.99, hand them $30 and go).

    Kept a few single bills close to hand for such occassions.

    Don't sweat it, just give when you feel like it. I'm tight, but gave now and then when deserved,

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    chesso;7907545

    Well I haven't got the stats!!:w00t:I based my opinion on info from … Well I haven't got the stats!!:w00t:I based my opinion on info from friend from N America and quizzing waiters, bar staff etc in Florida/Ohio/California over the years. A few have had two jobs simultaneously and they have all said that tip is vital to them. I think the main problem has always been health insurance, which isn't part of the package if you are a barman etc. I have to admit to not having quizzed any one in N York. WOW to your barman friend!!Oh - in restaurants the tip is usually shared and with the kitchen staff as well.and something else - they understand that Brits don't have the same tip culture ( except for NY ^^^ & Byker hehe!!)



    I would like to see what they do actually earn. Like I said I was just estimating based on what I saw. I would have thought the kitchen staff get a higher basic wage in the first place.

    I'd heard a lot about tipping in the US and was similarly concerned but didn't find it a problem and just tipped as I normally do here, I found I seem to always have spare dollar bills anyway so was easy enough.

    John

    master_chief;7907630

    I would like to see what they do actually earn. Like I said I was just … I would like to see what they do actually earn. Like I said I was just estimating based on what I saw. I would have thought the kitchen staff get a higher basic wage in the first place.


    It would be interesting. :thumbsup:
    You get googling and I'll get a cup of tea ready for when you post all the info.:-D

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    chesso;7907703

    It would be interesting. :thumbsup:You get googling and I'll get a cup of … It would be interesting. :thumbsup:You get googling and I'll get a cup of tea ready for when you post all the info.:-D



    LOL! love it

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    chesso;7907703

    It would be interesting. :thumbsup:You get googling and I'll get a cup of … It would be interesting. :thumbsup:You get googling and I'll get a cup of tea ready for when you post all the info.:-D



    I was hoping you might.

    master_chief;7907743

    I was hoping you might.


    I've already got the kettle on.:-D
    so .... Get cracking;-)

    When we went to Orlando we was told on the flight that tipping in the US is 10-15%. What we did was in restraunts we tipped 15% but in bars where all we was ordering things like bottled beer which doesnt take much effort, we tipped 10%

    Have to say though tipping over there is a huge thing, while over here you dont have to tip at all but just seems the right thing to do is leave them a quid or 2 (depending on the service that is)

    Initially thought this was going to be about dumping rubbish in the United States :oops:

    If you haven't already joined, get over to ]thedibb and ask there. There are plenty of seasoned pros there who will advise.

    I don't tip because society says I have to. All right, if someone … I don't tip because society says I have to. All right, if someone deserves a tip, if they really put forth an effort, I'll give them something a little something extra. But this tipping automatically, it's for the birds. As far as I'm concerned, they're just doing their job.

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    Wondered when someone would get a Reservoir Dogs quote in.

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    that's from pulp fiction or something

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    master_chief;7907950

    Wondered when someone would get a Reservoir Dogs quote in.



    lol that's it

    master_chief;7907950

    Wondered when someone would get a Reservoir Dogs quote in.



    its true though... just tip if you want, jesus

    hate it when ppl are being over friendly for money ...makes me feel awkward!

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    What about tipping McDonalds staff :thumbsup:

    master_chief;7907986

    What about tipping McDonalds staff :thumbsup:



    ridiculous right!!!!

    What we did if you get good service tip if you don't run.

    I always take a bundle fo one dollar bills to the states, usually for a bell hop or doorman I would tip 1 or 2 $ for a decent restaurant I would tip 20%.

    But if you feel uncomfortable tipping simply dont do it, the brits are renowned as being terrible tippers.

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    The waiters and waitresses have to pay tax on their tips.

    The FEDERAL minimum wage for tip earners is $2.13. Wait persons have to be paid at least that much. Many states make restaurants pay wait staff the same minimum wage as other people. You have to report tips to your employer so they can comply with minimum wage standards, which state that if your $2.13 plus tips do not add up to the federal minimum wage ($7.25 per hour) they have to make up the difference

    we just arrived back and normally tip about 10-15%
    dependant on the service btw
    when i 1st went to orlando there was a sign on the bus saying" the best way to say thankyou is by leaving a tip"
    i however didnt leave a tip and said thankyou
    on our last night in nyc we went to ellens stardust cafe
    a nice broadway basrd restaurant
    all the waiters/wairessses sing etc
    we r 2 adults 2 kids and a baby but had to pay a compulsory 18% service charge because we were a party of 5 which j i believe is unfair

    Don't tip if you see a 'Service Charge' appear on the bill...

    This is how they sneakily get more out of you if you have no idea what the service charge is. It's basically a tip, but they add it themselves because you are foreign (we brits are well known in the US for not tipping/poor tipping).

    Usually, you tip between 15-18% depending on the service (and some bills even work this out for you, depends on the place).

    jasonrat;7908431

    we r 2 adults 2 kids and a baby but had to pay a compulsory 18% service … we r 2 adults 2 kids and a baby but had to pay a compulsory 18% service charge because we were a party of 5 which j i believe is unfair



    That wasn't because of the size of your party, it's their way of getting the tip out of us brits.

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    Browni;7908754

    That wasn't because of the size of your party, it's their way of getting … That wasn't because of the size of your party, it's their way of getting the tip out of us brits.



    It's not just in the states...Service charges are added to bills in restaurants in the UK to.

    slamdunkin;7908846

    It's not just in the states...Service charges are added to bills in … It's not just in the states...Service charges are added to bills in restaurants in the UK to.



    this ^

    slamdunkin;7908846

    It's not just in the states...Service charges are added to bills in … It's not just in the states...Service charges are added to bills in restaurants in the UK to.



    Never seen it in the UK, I only noticed in the states.

    They don't seem to do it around here...

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    numptyj;7908855

    this ^



    was there a point to your post....or did you slip on the keyboard?
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