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Old 06-13-2014, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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Unless something is terrible — and it's the server's fault, not the kitchen's — I've always tipped 20%. I don't drink alcohol, so my tabs in restaurants are usually smaller than average, yet the servers have to do nearly as much work. I tip breakfast servers the most because they have to hustle. Also, when I'm using a coupon or get a discount for some reason, I take care to tip on what the bill should have been, not what it is. Again, not the server's fault the owner is being generous.

 
Old 06-13-2014, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Currently living in Reddit
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15% is still the norm in this household, however, we do typically tip higher when eating at excellent restaurants because those restaurants (not coincidentally) typically have excellent service.
 
Old 06-13-2014, 10:25 PM
 
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I still eat out. My tipping hasnt changed much, and in fact i probably tip less now. Before i tipped around 20% after tax. Now my max is 20% before tax. If its a diner i probable tip more, like $2 on 8$ meal. If its a higher end restaurant, then closer to 18%.
 
Old 06-13-2014, 10:27 PM
 
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99% of the time I leave 20% of the total bill. If the service was mediocre then it would be 15%. Then there are times
when I will go over 25%. And the benefits of being a good tipper are the perks I get from the servers (free coffee,
tea, soup and desserts). This includes all types of restaurants.
 
Old 06-13-2014, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Of course not, I still leave as little as possible.
 
Old 06-13-2014, 11:13 PM
 
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I still consider 15% the norm. I tip 20-25%, but that's because I usually order cheaply, so I try to make up the difference a little.
 
Old 06-13-2014, 11:51 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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If you can't afford to tip 20% you can't afford to eat out.
Get real. I have been a waitress, do you know how many people dont actually tip 20%? A LOT.
 
Old 06-14-2014, 12:02 AM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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If you can't afford to tip 20% you can't afford to eat out.
LOL - but I have to pay my taxes first .
 
Old 06-14-2014, 12:17 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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No, and I actually haven't even heard about this change before until now.
 
Old 06-14-2014, 12:35 AM
 
Location: Caverns measureless to man...
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Doesn't factor into our decision at all. As others have suggested, if paying an extra 5% becomes so significant that we have to consciously consider whether we can afford to pay it, then that (to me) is a sign that we need to seriously question whether we can afford to eat out at all.

I've been doing 20% for good service for decades, anyway. That's my baseline. When I walk in the door, I'm expecting to tip you 20%. The quality of the service determines whether I deviate upwards or downwards from that baseline. If the service is not very good, I'm knocking it down to 15%. If the service is mediocre, we're getting down into the 10% or even 5% range. If the service is downright bad, you're not getting a dime. Best I'll do is round up to the next dollar. I don't do that often, but I have done it.

And, if the service is really good, I'll go 25 or even 30%. And we quite often do get really good service, because I'm friendly, chatty, and very respectful of servers. I find they often respond to that by going the extra mile, and when they do, I'm glad to go the extra 5 bucks or whatever. I figure it's pocket change to me, but to them... it sometimes makes a real difference. It's the least I can do to show my appreciation.
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