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Old 07-10-2010, 08:11 AM
 
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Why two new threads on people from the south and tips?
it's the same person starting them
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Old 07-10-2010, 08:42 AM
 
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Just wondering as a longtime service industry employee I've noticed that average tips hear in Destin are around 5%. Pretty big slap in the face for all of us struggling to make a living. I just don't understand why down here vs the midwest and southwest where tips average 15% they are so terrible at tipping. I think it has a lot to do with how the people in this area are trying as hard as they can to maintain an illusion of wealth, when they are really not. As a long time bartender i can tell you I ALWAYS tip 20% unless the service was awful and even then I'll tip a MINIMUM of 10%. Are southerners just jerks?
Have no idea what they tip in the pan handle, but here in Central Florida we Floridians tip at least 15% for just OK service and at least 20% for better service . What do the tourists from around the world tip ? Usually less than Floridians who know that waiters depend on their tips to augment the less than minimum wage they get. Some places automatically addan 18% tip to your bill and leave a spot for you to tip more if you choose.
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Old 07-10-2010, 08:48 AM
 
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I know in europe and canada, it is sometimes customary to tip lower (10% or so).
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Old 07-10-2010, 09:02 AM
 
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this is the first time I've heard about Florida being bad tippers! I usually tip 15% also but maybe it does have to do with the panhandle being a different culture than the rest of the state. If you want good tips move to the Orlando or south Florida areas. I know waiters who work on south beach who own their homes based on tips!
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Old 07-10-2010, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Hialeah, FL
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I tip

20+% for outstanding service
15% ok service
5-10% poor service ( wrong food, long wait time, not checking back)
0.01 to $1.00 to waiters with attitude, condescending, sarcastic

maybe you need to work on your attitude. I woulg never tip 10% for aweful service. He'll no. I'm not stupid people like that need another profession if they can't deal with public
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Old 07-10-2010, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Not surprising to hear the best tippers are in SE Florida. For all that some here love to rip on the New York transplant set, their native culture places a big emphasis on providing tips to service employees.

We're Midwesterners transplanted to the Panhandle, and tip 20% or more. I think that sometimes servers write us off a little because we don't drink alcohol when we're eating out and that makes the ticket less than if we did. Which we find amusing because we tend to be a super-easy table compared to the tables that run a server ragged and then leave 10%.
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Old 07-10-2010, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Central Fl
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Generally, threads like this are almost trollish......you cannot say "All southerners", etc......

I try to tip well. Minimum doubling the tax, (Up here 8.75%) then upping it a good amount. For very good service, a smile and a friendly attitude, usually I tip much more.

Based on your other thread where you state you are so unhappy, my guess that shows through and the tips may reflect that. Folks with good people skills usually make good tips, but I also realize there are other factors.........

Frank
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Old 07-10-2010, 11:53 AM
 
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Generally, threads like this are almost trollish......you cannot say "All southerners", etc......

I try to tip well. Minimum doubling the tax, (Up here 8.75%) then upping it a good amount. For very good service, a smile and a friendly attitude, usually I tip much more.

Based on your other thread where you state you are so unhappy, my guess that shows through and the tips may reflect that. Folks with good people skills usually make good tips, but I also realize there are other factors.........

Frank
I agree with all of this^^^.

We tip very well wherever we go. Almost always at least 20%, sometimes more. And those servers and restaurant owners remember us and treat us like royalty when we return.

My dad made his living his whole life as a waiter and bartender and I know what hard work it was and the difficult people he had to deal with. We have been out with ignorant people before (relatives I am ashamed to say) who didn't think they needed to leave ANY tip. Needless to say, we paid their share. If people can't afford or don't want to leave a tip, they shouldn't be eating/drinking out in restaurants or bars!
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Old 07-10-2010, 01:04 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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The worst tipper I know is the son of one of the wealthiest families I know and he is from Chicago (they live in Naples now). He is a complete tightwad with money, at least spending it on other people, but he will indulge himself with presents everyday.

I think true southerners will tip well if the server is pleasant and conversational and does not give the impression that he or she is trying to flip the table. Southerners seem to want a more relaxed, conversational environment and everything is based off of relationships, whether short term (like at a restaurant) or long term.
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Old 07-11-2010, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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Destin is in the heart of the Redneck Riviera(Florida panhandle). That's means 90% of your vacationers/tippers are poor people from the southern states(Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, etc.).
Apparantly you've never been to Destin to witness all of those northern license plates, and many of the people that come from Atlanta are from somewhere else originally.
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