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Old Yesterday, 06:12 AM
 
Location: Plymouth Meeting, PA.
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I tip at restaurants and that is it.


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The cheapskates who don't want to tip make me embarrassed as an American.
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Old Yesterday, 10:42 AM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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I've heard in states where servers make a higher minimum wage, like Washington and Oregon, some people tip less, like 10% vs 20%.

And despite what some servers claim, I don't think that a to-go order warrants a 20% tip the way a sit down meal does. Boxing up a meal is far less work than coming back to the table over and over to check on you, refilling your drinks, taking your order, etc.

I'll tip over 20% if the meal is cheap, I never tip less than $4. TWo people can go to Waffle House and spent $10, 20% would only be 2 dollars.
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Old Yesterday, 01:08 PM
 
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I avoid tipping by avoiding restaurants.

Seriously, who wants to eat out these days, with the crappy food + crappy service, and then be expected to tip 20-25% on top of that?

Time to take the bull by the horns and "opt out" by cooking at home. I pray for the day when everyone else gets smart and boycotts restaurants en masse.
Hey, I like IHOP and Denny's and their service from my experience has been decent to really good.
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Old Yesterday, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Back in the gym...Yo Adrian!
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As Americans, we are expected to learn some of the customs and courtesies of the countries we visit. Is it too much to ask that they do the same? We tip here in America, for the most part that is a good thing if it keeps the cost of my meal down and allows me to reward the service accordingly. I do agree that tipping has gotten out of hand--the tip jar at the counter of every coffee shop, deli, ice cream parlor, etc., is ridiculous.
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Old Yesterday, 01:25 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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Hey, I like IHOP and Denny's and their service from my experience has been decent to really good.
I'd tip at cheap places like that but usually when I eat out it's at a real restaurant. The cheapest you can get away with is about $40-$50 for two so the tip adds a lot to the bill. You'd think a real restaurant would pay its workers decent wages. I don't see why I have to leave a $15 tip just because the prices are higher.
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Old Yesterday, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Pine Grove,AL
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A restaurant is free to add a mandatory fee if they wish. Some restaurants automatically include a gratuity for parties of 5 or more. If so, they usually include this information on the menu. Since it is such a common practice, I'm always surprised when I'm with a large party and we AREN'T automatically charged a gratuity.

(Regarding automatic gratuities added to larger parties--if you think the service was not up to standard, you should absolutely talk to the restaurant about getting it reduced. They are going to be much more amenable to you explaining about the late food, or the wrong order, or failure to refill drinks than if you simply refusing to pay. Asking for it to be reduced will often work, because most restaurants want happy repeat customers more than they want a few dollars in tip.)

However, I've never been to a restaurant that automatically includes a gratuity for parties of fewer than 5.
my suggestion is to leave this site and got o Trip advisor or google it. People write their individual experiences with that

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Old Today, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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my suggestion is to leave this site and got o Trip advisor or google it. People write their individual experiences with that
I have Googled it, and every case that I've read about so far (half a dozen) was about large parties.
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