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3 days ago  
Cash. It makes everyone happier.
 
3 days ago  
I hate when I don't have cash for tips. It just makes me think that staff are about to get screwed over.
 
3 days ago  
Almost always cash if I have it.  What they report to the IRS is between them and God.
 
3 days ago  
I never carry cash, so it has to be plastic.
 
3 days ago  
Always cash. If their place is honest they pool it, mebbe report it. If not then it decreases the odds of lowest rung getting stepped on.
 
3 days ago  
Card. That way there's a record for tax purposes.
 
3 days ago  
Yes
 
3 days ago  
I usually put the tip on a credit card, sometimes just a token amount so it doesn't look like I stiffed someone.


Then I leave cash, a full tip, if the server was good.
 
3 days ago  
*world's tiniest violin*

jk
I tip too much.
/that is what my lady friend says.
 
3 days ago  
Card usually. I simply don't carry cash often enough.

But I am a big tipper, bigger than I probably should be.

I've worked the job.
 
3 days ago  
if I ever actually have cash on me it's like, a couple twenties and I'm not going to waste their time asking for change. it takes two seconds to figure out 20% and write it on the line
 
3 days ago  
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3 days ago  

PirateKing: Card usually. I simply don't carry cash often enough.

But I am a big tipper, bigger than I probably should be.

I've worked the job.


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"It's not tipping I believe in. It's overtipping."
 
3 days ago  
depends on brass in pocket. sometimes there wasn't time to get to the bank. --- tipping is a sad state of affairs in Ohio. it's obvious most people are not used to getting tipped. breaks my heart.
 
3 days ago  
Plastic. Welcome to the future.
 
3 days ago  
Card, generally, just because I don't always have convenient cash - I always carry cash, but I don't make regular atm withdrawals and prefer not using it.

As tfa points out, the majority of respondents said it did not matter to them. Most restaurants aren't doing insane screwjobs on the servers, and tip splitting to other areas of the house are generally based on sales, not a tip tally.

But let's say the server is expected to give x% of tips to the busboy or a line cook? Well, I would be perfectly ok with my choice of plastic resulting in that server being forced to give money to the line cook. While I'm firmly of the opinion waiting is the harder job*, it's a bit weird to be shiatting on the cooks in this scenario.  I'm not going to sit back and say "I don't want that busboy or line cook to get any of this tip".

I don't care for tip pooling in general, but it's not too big a deal unless shady ass management is taking a cut.

As for the IRS, ime and that of those I've spoken with from other places, the restaurant forces servers to report around x% of sales and then leaves them alone. For me that was 10%. It was unusual for the majority of my tips to be on credit cards so those who did use them weren't causing any problems for me, and my overall taxes were low enough it wasn't going to make much difference.

Of course, my experiences may not represent the majority or average.

*this may vary by restaurant of course, but if waiting is both easier and better pay, by all means, line cooks, feel free to go chase that greener pasture.
 
3 days ago  

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I believe this happened exactly as is being implied here. Also I was just run over by a truck and still have an untreated head wound, but that's unrelated. I just like mentioning it.
 
3 days ago  
Tipping culture never became a thing in New Zealand, except maybe for the occaasional hopeful jar at a cafe counter. So I have to say neither. I do my best to observe the customs when abroad, though. It's been more than a decade since I last visited the US, but I found restaurants and taxis very reasonably priced. So tipping on top of the bill was no hardship.
 
3 days ago  
If I do leave a tip, it's always coins. Max 2€ no matter the bill or service.
 
3 days ago  
I tip using Canuckian Tire money (coupons) - or hawt stonk tips.
 
3 days ago  
I tip with the shaft
 
3 days ago  
Plastic when I am on the company dime, so it all goes on the expense report (the charges are automatically posted to the expense report website). Cash usually for my own stuff, and cash for the hotel housekeepers (I can expense small cash tips without receipts or a credit card record).
 
3 days ago  
I walked into a nice place with a party of 10 a little close to closing.  We had been at a funeral/memorial all day and were dying for some snacks and cocktails, but none of us wanted to crash a closing restaurant.   This place (El Gaucho in Portland, for the record, because they were awesome) brought  us in, set us up in a private dining room, and the staff basically said "Order off this side of the menu and the kitchen won't hate you."  So that is what we did, and it was glorious.

A little over $300 worth of appetizers and booze later, we get the bill which had an automatic 18% gratuity attached.  We added another $100 in cash just because when restaurant staff goes above and beyond, you should, too.
 
3 days ago  

Rent Party: I walked into a nice place with a party of 10 a little close to closing.  We had been at a funeral/memorial all day and were dying for some snacks and cocktails, but none of us wanted to crash a closing restaurant.   This place (El Gaucho in Portland, for the record, because they were awesome) brought  us in, set us up in a private dining room, and the staff basically said "Order off this side of the menu and the kitchen won't hate you."  So that is what we did, and it was glorious.

A little over $300 worth of appetizers and booze later, we get the bill which had an automatic 18% gratuity attached.  We added another $100 in cash just because when restaurant staff goes above and beyond, you should, too.


10 people. After a funeral. And only $30 each.

How very much not Irish lol
 
3 days ago  
Bitcoin
 
3 days ago  

Gubbo: Rent Party: I walked into a nice place with a party of 10 a little close to closing.  We had been at a funeral/memorial all day and were dying for some snacks and cocktails, but none of us wanted to crash a closing restaurant.   This place (El Gaucho in Portland, for the record, because they were awesome) brought  us in, set us up in a private dining room, and the staff basically said "Order off this side of the menu and the kitchen won't hate you."  So that is what we did, and it was glorious.

A little over $300 worth of appetizers and booze later, we get the bill which had an automatic 18% gratuity attached.  We added another $100 in cash just because when restaurant staff goes above and beyond, you should, too.

10 people. After a funeral. And only $30 each.

How very much not Irish lol


All appetizers.   Figure $15 a plate, and then drinks.

No one wanted to stay late as we have some respect for the staff wanting to go home, so once we stuffed our maws, we left.
 
3 days ago  
Cash, whenever possible.
 
3 days ago  

Rent Party: Gubbo: Rent Party: I walked into a nice place with a party of 10 a little close to closing.  We had been at a funeral/memorial all day and were dying for some snacks and cocktails, but none of us wanted to crash a closing restaurant.   This place (El Gaucho in Portland, for the record, because they were awesome) brought  us in, set us up in a private dining room, and the staff basically said "Order off this side of the menu and the kitchen won't hate you."  So that is what we did, and it was glorious.

A little over $300 worth of appetizers and booze later, we get the bill which had an automatic 18% gratuity attached.  We added another $100 in cash just because when restaurant staff goes above and beyond, you should, too.

10 people. After a funeral. And only $30 each.

How very much not Irish lol

All appetizers.   Figure $15 a plate, and then drinks.

No one wanted to stay late as we have some respect for the staff wanting to go home, so once we stuffed our maws, we left.


How considerate. Umm, try not to go to Irish weddings or funerals.
 
3 days ago  

Gubbo: Rent Party: Gubbo: Rent Party: I walked into a nice place with a party of 10 a little close to closing.  We had been at a funeral/memorial all day and were dying for some snacks and cocktails, but none of us wanted to crash a closing restaurant.   This place (El Gaucho in Portland, for the record, because they were awesome) brought  us in, set us up in a private dining room, and the staff basically said "Order off this side of the menu and the kitchen won't hate you."  So that is what we did, and it was glorious.

A little over $300 worth of appetizers and booze later, we get the bill which had an automatic 18% gratuity attached.  We added another $100 in cash just because when restaurant staff goes above and beyond, you should, too.

10 people. After a funeral. And only $30 each.

How very much not Irish lol

All appetizers.   Figure $15 a plate, and then drinks.

No one wanted to stay late as we have some respect for the staff wanting to go home, so once we stuffed our maws, we left.

How considerate. Umm, try not to go to Irish weddings or funerals.


I got married at Clontarf.    Well, at the Iona Road church as it's just down the street from the house, and the reception at Clontarf, anyway.   There were Gardai driving people home afterwards.

Lots of other events at the Garda boat house.   I got drunk under the table by an 80 year old nun there once.
 
3 days ago  
I tip using whatever payment method I used to pay for the meal/service.  I'm not going to go out of my way to carry cash just so I can leave a cash tip when I use my debit card to pay for something.
 
3 days ago  

Rent Party: Gubbo: Rent Party: Gubbo: Rent Party: I walked into a nice place with a party of 10 a little close to closing.  We had been at a funeral/memorial all day and were dying for some snacks and cocktails, but none of us wanted to crash a closing restaurant.   This place (El Gaucho in Portland, for the record, because they were awesome) brought  us in, set us up in a private dining room, and the staff basically said "Order off this side of the menu and the kitchen won't hate you."  So that is what we did, and it was glorious.

A little over $300 worth of appetizers and booze later, we get the bill which had an automatic 18% gratuity attached.  We added another $100 in cash just because when restaurant staff goes above and beyond, you should, too.

10 people. After a funeral. And only $30 each.

How very much not Irish lol

All appetizers.   Figure $15 a plate, and then drinks.

No one wanted to stay late as we have some respect for the staff wanting to go home, so once we stuffed our maws, we left.

How considerate. Umm, try not to go to Irish weddings or funerals.

I got married at Clontarf.    Well, at the Iona Road church as it's just down the street from the house, and the reception at Clontarf, anyway.   There were Gardai driving people home afterwards.

Lots of other events at the Garda boat house.   I got drunk under the table by an 80 year old nun there once.


Now that's how a nun should behave.
 
3 days ago  

wage0048: I tip using whatever payment method I used to pay for the meal/service.  I'm not going to go out of my way to carry cash just so I can leave a cash tip when I use my debit card to pay for something.


Quick question. Is carrying a little bit of cash all that much of a hardship? I'm not talking hundreds, just 2 $10s.

I'm just thinking of small things like getting coffee, when the tap to pay card machine is working fine then cards are every bit as quick, and probably quicker.

But when they aren't (or if somewhere doesn't have them yet), I hate being that person holding up the queue as they run a card rather than make change.
 
3 days ago  
Generally pay the bill with a debit card and leave cash for the tip. It just works.
 
3 days ago  
I always tip in cash and tip well. I've been on the other side of the table, and I know how managers can fark you over on tips.
 
3 days ago  
If I have cash, I leave cash. However, I just don't carry cash that often, and coming out of the covid mentality of "the less contact the better," I don't see myself carrying cash all that often in the future. I have on a rare occasion oftered to Venmo or Paypal a tip though, if the server seemed chill enough to not worry about giving out that personal info. But that's a rarity, and a little creepy to ask, (The few times I've done that, it's been a server I've ran into several times and we got along exceptionally well).
 
3 days ago  
Plastic, because it's more convenient, and you can't steal it off the table.

// unless I'm at a bar, in which case it's easier to drop a dollar or two for each drink.
 
3 days ago  

Gubbo: wage0048: I tip using whatever payment method I used to pay for the meal/service.  I'm not going to go out of my way to carry cash just so I can leave a cash tip when I use my debit card to pay for something.

Quick question. Is carrying a little bit of cash all that much of a hardship? I'm not talking hundreds, just 2 $10s.

I'm just thinking of small things like getting coffee, when the tap to pay card machine is working fine then cards are every bit as quick, and probably quicker.

But when they aren't (or if somewhere doesn't have them yet), I hate being that person holding up the queue as they run a card rather than make change.


How much cash do you usually carry?

Two weeks ago was my first time out to my local bar since covid hit. I got a 80 oz of beer and a burger and fries. Bill was 28. I always tip my local extra fat because it doesn't always do great business but it's great to keep walking distance places around and as my most frequented establishment I want to build up a bit of reputation (all lost during covid, a full staff changeover afaict this far).

Anyhoo, their CC machine went down, so I was lucky I had 60 bucks on me. Got a tenner back and walked the couple miles home.

But I don't usually keep even that much in my wallet (I do have a hidden stash at home and in my car) and if I spent it frequently I wouldn't have it for times when the power goes out or a cc machine drops, ya know?

Floating an extra couple of tens would be a "hardship", because I'd still be stocking my wallet all the time, or run out.

How hard? Not very. But as tfa says, most of the servers surveyed said they were fine with tips via CC. We are talking a very minor cost to a very marginal benefit.
 
3 days ago  
that ten-dollar tip

YOU CHEAP BASTARD!

/ <3 tipping threads
// always tip in cash so you can help people cheat on their taxes!
 
3 days ago  

Smackledorfer: Gubbo: wage0048: I tip using whatever payment method I used to pay for the meal/service.  I'm not going to go out of my way to carry cash just so I can leave a cash tip when I use my debit card to pay for something.

Quick question. Is carrying a little bit of cash all that much of a hardship? I'm not talking hundreds, just 2 $10s.

I'm just thinking of small things like getting coffee, when the tap to pay card machine is working fine then cards are every bit as quick, and probably quicker.

But when they aren't (or if somewhere doesn't have them yet), I hate being that person holding up the queue as they run a card rather than make change.

How much cash do you usually carry?

Two weeks ago was my first time out to my local bar since covid hit. I got a 80 oz of beer and a burger and fries. Bill was 28. I always tip my local extra fat because it doesn't always do great business but it's great to keep walking distance places around and as my most frequented establishment I want to build up a bit of reputation (all lost during covid, a full staff changeover afaict this far).

Anyhoo, their CC machine went down, so I was lucky I had 60 bucks on me. Got a tenner back and walked the couple miles home.

But I don't usually keep even that much in my wallet (I do have a hidden stash at home and in my car) and if I spent it frequently I wouldn't have it for times when the power goes out or a cc machine drops, ya know?

Floating an extra couple of tens would be a "hardship", because I'd still be stocking my wallet all the time, or run out.

How hard? Not very. But as tfa says, most of the servers surveyed said they were fine with tips via CC. We are talking a very minor cost to a very marginal benefit.


Anywhere between $0 and $100 would be a fairly reasonable estimate for how much cash I have on me at any point in time.

Normally for small ticket items like coffee or a sandwich.
 
3 days ago  

patrick767: that ten-dollar tip

YOU CHEAP BASTARD!

/ <3 tipping threads
// always tip in cash so you can help people cheat on their taxes!


The untipped minimum wage is a god damn crime, if these people want to cheat on their taxes, more power to them.
 
3 days ago  
I'm saving souls, you can't put a price on that.

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3 days ago  

Subtonic: I'm saving souls, you can't put a price on that.

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I am not a violent person, but if I as another customer EVER catch someone leaving that as a tip, I'm going to make a farking scene.  I won't hurt them.  At least not physically.
 
3 days ago  
Plastic.  30lbs of empty rum containers, they can take them back to the Beer Store and recover the deposit.  It's 10s of dollars!
 
3 days ago  

RogueWallEnthusiast: Plastic.  30lbs of empty rum containers, they can take them back to the Beer Store and recover the deposit.  It's 10s of dollars!


And you're helping the environment. Good on you!
 
3 days ago  

Subtonic: I'm saving souls, you can't put a price on that.

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3 days ago  

Subtonic: I'm saving souls, you can't put a price on that.

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sure i can - $0.
 
3 days ago  
well if she's a goer you don't have to pay for just the tip.
 
3 days ago  
If I ever got one of those religious fake tips, I'd head to church on Sunday and put that in the offering plate.
 
3 days ago  
I don't tip.

But I live in a country that has no tipping, and if you did leave a tip the server would chase you down the street to give you your money back. And yet I get ridiculously good service everywhere I go. Sure, you have to yell out when you want the waitstaff to come by (which I gotta be honest is kinda fun... hollering "sumiMASEN!!!!" across the room and hearing a chorus of "haiiiii!" callbacks is wicked cool), but they hustle right up and are generally super enthusiastic.

I love it.

/some places use an electronic bell thingy on the table
//it's not as much fun
 
3 days ago  

Subtonic: I'm saving souls, you can't put a price on that.

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Ugh. If someone wants to spread the word - fold up the Jesus blurb inside a real $20 bill then they might be a little receptive. But stiffing them on the tip will only engender anger.
 
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