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View Poll Results: should there be a minimum tip level mandated by law.
Yes, if a tip is given it should be at least 15% by law. 5 6.94%
Yes, but 15% is too high 1 1.39%
Yes, but 15% is too low 1 1.39%
No, the percentage should strictly be decided by the tipper 65 90.28%
Voters: 72. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-08-2013, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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This question came up on another forum, so I post a poll to try to gain insight. If you are a tipped worker, would you favor legislation to establish a minimum tip level of, say, 15 percent? Would it help or hurt you? The tip could always be zero, but no one would be allowed to cheap out with 10%, or even 14%. Tip 14% and the customer could expect a knock on the door from a pair of guys in suits from the wage and hour division.

What do you think? Would this boost the fortunes of hardworking servers, bartenders, taxi drivers, etc?
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:01 PM
 
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So, you mean that one could only tip zero, or 15% and over? That doesn't even make sense.
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:15 PM
 
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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Yes that's exactly what I mean. Either zero, or 15% (or some other pct) or more. Why not?
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:26 PM
 
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A better question is why? What's wrong with a 10% tip instead of a 0% tip?

I'm not a tipped employee, but I'd rather just get rid of tips. Increase the cost of food by 15% or whatever.
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Old 12-09-2013, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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As someone who worked in tipped positions for several years when I was younger, this is just a downright silly idea. If you are even halfway performing at your job, the majority of customers tip between 10% and 15% of the bill. Do you have the occasional customer that doesn't tip? Sure, but you also have the occasional customer that tips at 20% or 25% and sometimes even more. I once got a $50 tip from a family whose bill was less then $40 simply because I took the time to interact with their son who was mentally disabled. I didn't do it for the tip, I did it because it was the right thing to do.

People seriously need to quit whining about their wages after they've voluntarily taken a job which pays minimum wage and/or a lower wage with tips as part of their compensation. You took the job, suck it up and either deal with it or move on to something else.
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Old 12-09-2013, 06:33 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Why wouldn't people just push for higher wages and forget about the tip if that is what they were after? Seems like a very complicated solution to a simple problem. Just treat them like we treat any other worker. Then we can have tips be 100% optional and only used for exceptional service.
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Old 12-09-2013, 07:02 AM
 
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Sure, but you also have the occasional customer that tips at 20% or 25% and sometimes even more.

20% is occasional? I hope that is regional, as 20% is the norm here among the people I know, 20% and round up as a base.
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Old 12-09-2013, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Broward County, FL
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The people who don't tip or tip very little probably have never been servers before, seriously why is it such a big deal to some people? I understand if the waiter did a terrible job, but if they were very nice and cordial, I usually tip them 25-30%. Maybe even up to 40% at times.

My parents are like this, we'll get a 150$ bill and they'll leave like 7-8$ for tip I usually try to leave in a hurry after seeing the tip they left...or try to add a bit of cash myself.

I think 15% is reasonable.
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Old 12-09-2013, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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20% is occasional? I hope that is regional, as 20% is the norm here among the people I know, 20% and round up as a base.
Well, I'm not sure what the norm is now, as I said the norm was 10%-15% when I was younger. Personally, I tip at 20% for decent service, higher for exceptional service. I can say that I still know people in the restaurant industry and they haven't said anything about tips being a problem.
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Old 12-09-2013, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Broward County, FL
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A better question is why? What's wrong with a 10% tip instead of a 0% tip?

I'm not a tipped employee, but I'd rather just get rid of tips. Increase the cost of food by 15% or whatever.
What would be the point in that? You'll pay the same amount at the end of the day, and plus tips go directly to a waiter's pocket, and some of them make as little as 3-4 dollars an hour. Hell I know a lot of waiters that are only waiters because of the tip.


People need to stop being so damn stingy.
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