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Old 09-15-2019, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Southern Willamette Valley, Oregon
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I like leaving a penny after seriously bad service. It lets the server know that I didn't just forget to leave a tip.With that being said, it is not uncommon for me to leave 30% for superior service.

In cases where the food was awesome and the service was horrible, I've asked to have the cook come to our table where I have handed him/her their tip personally.

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Old 09-15-2019, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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There are restaurants and bars that add your tip in for you. So technically, they can say you havent paid your full bill if you dont tip enough.
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I've never had that experience unless it was a very clearly stated policy for parties of 5 or more.

Can you name some of them please?
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I dont know names, I have been to a few, but i tend to stay away from those places once i find them or see it at the bottom of a menu.

A mandatory tip isnt a tip, its a built in price model. And thats the problem.
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No, as he stated some places do it based on size of party, some based on the bill itself. Some just add it onto the prices of the drinks or food.

Stay away from those places.
Can't name even one place that automatically includes a tip in the bill total, even with parties that have fewer than 5 people?
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Old 09-15-2019, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Just over the horizon
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Make life simple and just tip $2 for every $10 spent.

I hate to cook so I eat out at least one meal EVERYDAY of the week. Very rarely do I not tip 20% or more. You gotta be really crappy to get less than that from me.


It is simple that way....

But $2.00 on a $10.00 meal seems chintzy to me.


But at the same time....$12.00 on a $60.00 meal seems excessive.

That's why I hate basing tips on a percentage of the bill.
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Old 09-15-2019, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Many in the Miami area have tips automatically included. 18% is what I have seen.
Can you please name one Miami restaurant that automatically charges a tip for parties of fewer than 5 people?
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Old 09-15-2019, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Southern Willamette Valley, Oregon
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If I'm eating at a restaurant with a group of people, I immediately subtract the cost of alcohol from the tip calculation, as the server din not mix the drink. If the group consensus was that the drinks were stellar, I will tip the bar on the way out. The food service and non alcoholic drink service (refills) will be tipped on their own merit. Much of my experience at chain restaurants has been very slow service for alcoholic drinks. Alcohol can be a large part of a bill. This is unacceptable.
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Old 09-15-2019, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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If I'm eating at a restaurant with a group of people, I immediately subtract the cost of alcohol from the tip calculation, as the server din not mix the drink. If the group consensus was that the drinks were stellar, I will tip the bar on the way out. The food service and non alcoholic drink service (refills) will be tipped on their own merit. Much of my experience at chain restaurants has been very slow service for alcoholic drinks. Alcohol can be a large part of a bill. This is unacceptable.
That is your prerogative, but be advised that waitstaff customarily tips out the bartender, depending on the restaurant. And, sometimes, the waiter DOES mix the drinks.
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Old 09-15-2019, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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The OP stated that a couple from Australia claimed to have been kicked out of a bar for tipping "only" $8 on a round of drinks that the bartender said were supposed to warrant a $12 tip.

I don't believe this happened. Either the OP is mistaken or the couple from Australia embellished the story or omitted certain key details.

Several people in this thread have claimed that MANY restaurants include a 15-20% tip in the bill total--even with parties of fewer than five people. (It is true that some restaurants add a gratuity for larger parties. And if they do, it will be posted on the menu.)

Nobody has named any of these establishments. Not one.

Incidentally, no law mandates that diners must pay the additional fee.

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Old 09-15-2019, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Posting from my space yacht.
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Talk about someone trying to stir up trouble! I'm shocked I tell ya. Shocked........ Honestly, I'm surprised at you, the artist who used to be known as Uncle Bully.........

All I did was try to stop a poster shouting at me, using capital letters. I am innocent of the charge.
Apparently it didn't work.
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Old 09-15-2019, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Here
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It is simple that way....

But $2.00 on a $10.00 meal seems chintzy to me.


But at the same time....$12.00 on a $60.00 meal seems excessive.
I would not leave a $2 tip for a $10 meal so I adjust accordingly on a meal with a tiny bill. As far as $12 for $60, I got no problem with that as long as the service was acceptable.

One catch though is going on dates and getting several $15+ drinks that jack your bill up. While I probably still give 20% on the total bill, it does kinda suck when you get a $240 bill and close to $100 is for drinks.
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Old 09-15-2019, 04:38 PM
 
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If I'm eating at a restaurant with a group of people, I immediately subtract the cost of alcohol from the tip calculation, as the server din not mix the drink. If the group consensus was that the drinks were stellar, I will tip the bar on the way out. The food service and non alcoholic drink service (refills) will be tipped on their own merit. Much of my experience at chain restaurants has been very slow service for alcoholic drinks. Alcohol can be a large part of a bill. This is unacceptable.
You can totally skrew your server by doing that.

Lots of times your server has to tip out the host, the food runner, the bartender, etc.

You could've under tipped your server and over tipped the bartender.
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