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(The Consumerist)   Need additional proof of inflation? Your 15% "minimum suggested tip" is now 18%   ( divider line
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1368 clicks; posted to Business » on 17 Dec 2013 at 9:10 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-12-17 09:10:07 AM  
2 votes:
2013-12-17 07:59:22 AM  
2 votes:
If a restaurant gives me a "tip suggestion", they get less.  And if I'm in one of the states that doesn't allow a tip credit, and I know the server is getting at least minimum wage, you get 10% unless the service was outstanding.
2013-12-17 02:03:40 PM  
1 vote:

Earguy: When I was a kid, tipping was 10%.  Yes, it's gone up.

My dad clung to 10% for far too long, and only increased his tipping when me, a teenager, started leaving my own money on the table in addition to his.

Why would the percentage need to go up at all? Prices increase due to inflation, ergo the same percentage increase the tip amount. Are servers performing more duties than they were at 10%?
2013-12-17 01:51:41 PM  
1 vote:

uncoveror: Baloney! 10% is for service that is only adequate, 15% for good, 20% or more for really amazing. If you get bad service, it is a matter of debate whether leaving change or leaving nothing complains louder.

When I delivered pizza, I would get about a buck whether the bill was $10, or a party order of $100. No one did percentages.

I got paid more than minimum, but still, a pizza driver comes to your home. A waiter or waitress barely comes to your table any more. After taking your order, the food runners take over from there.

pizza delivery is a bit of a different beast...some places allow partial wage for drivers too, but that is not the point I am getting at.

You can still give some variance of service even when just delivering a pizza.  Starters, are you presentable and pleasant (yes, sir; no sir)?  if there are young kids at the door, did you jokingly ask who ordered the peanut butter and fish pizza?  Did you park in the driveway blocking the spouse who was coming home after you arrived?  did you knock on the door like the damn police?  Do you have red pepper and Parmesan packets on you in case they ask?  Do you have the stereo blasting obscene music?  if you see a multitude of religious stuff on the wall and it is Sunday afternoon, did you say 'have a blessed day'?  Do you have a pen and a pad for CC orders?  there are quite a few ways you can try to increase your chances at a good tip delivering pizza.  The 'blessed day' one used to net me a $5 tip at a certain house that would then always order on Sundays (one day I mentally slipped and just said 'thank you' and the lady looked sad I didn't say 'have a blessed day')

now on the flip side of the should always tip the driver at least $1.  Why? We know where you frickin' live. Also, drivers and stores keep track of good tippers and bad.  If I know I have a good tipper and a bad tipper on my run, guess who gets their pizza first, even if I drive by the bad tipper on the way to the good tipper.
2013-12-17 12:56:40 PM  
1 vote:
I tip 20% unless I am given reason to tip less.

He/she probably needs it and I am pretty fortunate.
2013-12-17 12:47:30 PM  
1 vote:
COL goes up with inflation, but any Farker will tell you wages haven't kept pace with inflation, not for.. 30 years?  I'd imagine service wages like waiting are even worse.

But should customers be supporting the lack of wage increases?  No.  So when food workers demand an increase in minimum wage, we all support them right? no? wtf america.
2013-12-17 12:20:06 PM  
1 vote:
Just paid a 14% tip at lunch. And that's where it's staying.
2013-12-17 11:33:27 AM  
1 vote:
That bartender better have big juggs and sucking my balls dry for 20% tip for fetching some drinks.
2013-12-17 09:47:50 AM  
1 vote:
1. Tipping is BS. Pay your employees more and add it to the bill.
2. When tipping is culturally expected even for poor service it's no longer a supposed incentive for wait staff. Every tipping thread seems to have at least one person who says they "pay at least 20% unless the service is horrifically bad, then I might leave as low as 10%". No. Why on earth should you be expected to fork out an an additional 20% unless the waiter literally craps on your table, and even then you pay them 10% for the privilege.
3. Tipping pits waitstaff against each other and causes workplace politics, particularly when the waitstaff are expected to tip the kitchen staff.
4. Tipping randomizes your income - there is no guarantee at all you're going to get any more or less from a particular table regardless of how good the service is if the patrons are just cheap.
5. Being expected to tip a bartender for fetching a beer from the fridge behind them is obscene. At that point you're paying for priority over other customers, with the bar staff shaking customers down to avoid wait times.
6. Pay food service workers more.
2013-12-17 09:36:32 AM  
1 vote:
It is either 15 or 20% and then round to the nearest dollar.  18% who has time to do that math when you can move the decimal on place and double or eyeball half of that.
2013-12-17 09:07:14 AM  
1 vote:
Here's food for thought.  One very effective way to force a living wage in the foodservice industry would be for everyone to just stop tipping altogether.  It would be a relatively short time before either the waitstaff got a pay increase or the restaurants were burnt to the ground.
2013-12-17 08:38:47 AM  
1 vote:
I hear your suggestion, restaurants. And now I have a suggestion for you:  pay your employees better.
2013-12-17 04:35:59 AM  
1 vote:
Wouldn't inflation have taken care of that already?

It's outrageous how expensive eating out has become.
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