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Old 12-31-2007, 04:05 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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I went out to this restaurant with my partner and I was confuse on how much should I tip the server. Generally I would tip 15% to 18% .

Then I thought about it that it not costing me a dime should I reward the server a little more since technically the meal is free?

I am assuming with chain restaurants head quarters reimburse local restauants for my patronage so they already have their money they was going to make but should the server be given a break since I didnt pay for anything?

 
Old 12-31-2007, 04:37 AM
 
Location: FL
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Unless I received special treatment because of the gift card...which of course you don't...I still tip the same normal tip I would have to begin with. I was a waitress for about 10 years, and we do not expect a bigger tip because you had a gift card.
 
Old 12-31-2007, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Midwest transplant
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I usually multiply the tax by 3-for me that's an 18% tip. More if service was exceptional, less if the service was limited or if it was a buffet where they brought you drinks, refills and cleared the plates.
 
Old 12-31-2007, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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what most folk dont know is the fact that servers have to pay tax on total sales that they make, no matter how payment is rendered.
I was in the restaurant biz for 20 years, and cant tell you how many times my wait and bar staff got stiffed by folks with gift cards, no matter how good service was.
 
Old 12-31-2007, 11:41 AM
 
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I used to waitress at a restaurant that offered senior citizens buy one entree, get one free and of course, most tipped on the cost of one entree! As Kshe95girl said, diners who have gift cards or any sort of promotional coupon, should tip on what the full price of the meal is. The wait staff does the same work, regardless and 90% of their wages are in tips.
 
Old 12-31-2007, 12:06 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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15% to 20% gift card or not.
 
Old 12-31-2007, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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I used to waitress at a restaurant that offered senior citizens buy one entree, get one free and of course, most tipped on the cost of one entree! As Kshe95girl said, diners who have gift cards or any sort of promotional coupon, should tip on what the full price of the meal is. The wait staff does the same work, regardless and 90% of their wages are in tips.
Amen to that! Here in Fl, the restaurants do that all the time, and the poor servers would really suffer. I am sure they still do.
 
Old 12-31-2007, 04:08 PM
 
Location: West 'Burbs of Chicago
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DH and I are pretty good tippers... as long as the service is good. 20% give or take, depending on service. IF we have a coupon, that is always taken into consideration, and we tip on what the bill would have been.

tipping on a "buy one get one" is quite rude .... but seniors are generally cheap... I have only met a handful that are not.

If i'm out having dinner and "cheap skates" and see they pretty much stiff the wait staff... i always add more to cover it.
 
Old 12-31-2007, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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DH and I are pretty good tippers... as long as the service is good. 20% give or take, depending on service. IF we have a coupon, that is always taken into consideration, and we tip on what the bill would have been.

tipping on a "buy one get one" is quite rude .... but seniors are generally cheap... I have only met a handful that are not.

If i'm out having dinner and "cheap skates" and see they pretty much stiff the wait staff... i always add more to cover it.
kudos to you on that, i agree about the senior thing, we are overrun with them....
 
Old 12-31-2007, 05:48 PM
 
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Agree with everyone else, depending on service. I always tip more for buffets, too, because there's still a ton of work setting everything up.

Another strange phenomenon I noticed was when the manager would OK comping a piece of cake for a table celebrating somebody's birthday, and we'd candle it and sometimes even sing to the person (discreetly suggesting to their host first and asking what the person's favorite flavor was). For some reason, these tables never tipped standard -- always less. We figured that they figured that we were just milking for better tips. Manager stopped comping the cake pieces altogether, and tips were normal/better. Go figure???
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