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Is tipping out of control?!

Is it just me or is tipping these days getting really out of control?

I hate it when I go to pay for dinner or whatever with my credit card and the preselected tipping options are 20%, 25% and 30%. And then I feel cheap when I have to change it to 15%. Is this really the standard for tipping?

I feel 15% for average service is more than acceptable. 20 for exceptional service. And I did used to wait tables and bartend for several years not that many years ago. At that time standard tip was 10% and you didn’t always get that. And minimum wage was like $6.50. I know cost of living has increased but this still seems crazy to me.

Lots of other minimum wage workers work just as hard or harder and get no tips. And in Europe and Australia tipping isn’t even expected a lot of places. I wonder why things are so different here.

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  1. There’s always an option to put your own percentage/$ amount. conversely, leave a tip in cash and don’t worry about navigating the obviously complicated debit pin pad.

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  2. I agree. 15% is just fine. And that’s all I ever do

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  3. also, in places where tipping isn’t customary their waitstaff are paid much more than minimum wage.

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  4. People should tip whatever they want to, if they want to. I’m already paying for food at that business so why should I also pay the waitress etc. That’s the owners job. I’m tired of this debate and waitresses saying that what a customer gives them is how they pay their bills when it’s their employers job to pay them. Do you tip your cashier?, the bus driver?, the life guard? And so on?.

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  5. 15% is very good, 20% is exceptional. It’s very rare I do anything other than 15%. What bugs me are the auto ones where you’re not even sitting down!

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  6. Marc Cornies Marc Cornies says:

    15% Max. Sorry, but bringing my food and drinks is all you’re doing. What does that take, 5 minutes total? Not bad for the amount of work involved. Just saying.

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    • Marc Cornies Marc Cornies says:

      Tawnya Mills sorry I was a waiter at one time. So I speak from experience.

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    • Marc Cornies Marc Cornies says:

      WTF Kristyn Phillips. The restaurant pays you a wage to do most of what you described. Maybe your just an entitled, lazy twit. Gimme a break. Waitressing is a stop gap job, not a career. Don’t expect to get rich. Get a real job or education for that.

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    • Waitresses do a lot more than just bringing you your food and drinks.. maybe you’re an easy customer, but lots are not – some have food allergy concerns and the waitress has to be wary of that, or people with really fussy orders (modifications, diet concerns) and she has to get that info correct to the kitchen.. she has to deal with kids running around sometimes while carrying 3-4 loaded plates at a time (can you do that?) I do agree that buttons for high % tips are insane but don’t ever think waitressing is easy, until you’ve worked a shift (in heels) without breaks and dealing with fussy people.

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    • Tawnya Mills Tawnya Mills says:

      You’ve obviously never served!! A server that’s good at her job is looking after you and god knows how many other tables. Sometimes all wanting things at the same time. What seems like 5 min worth of work to you, is an hour to an hour and a half of a server looking after you and everyone else he/she has, to help them enjoy their time out. If a server only spent 5 min of time with you throughout your visit, then yes, they don’t deserve your tip. But trust me when I say it’s so much more than that! And yes, as others have said, they also have to tip out as much as 5%-10% of their total sales to kitchen staff and other support. It’s not like they’re running away with all that money. Tipping 15-20% is acceptable if the service was good. 30% is excessive, and 10 or less in inexcusable, unless it’s horrible service.

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    • Marc Cornies you were obviously awful at your job if you think for one fucking second that just bringing food and drinks is the only work your doing. Your on your feet for long hours running back and forth to people who are demanding and often quite rude. Carrying heavy and hot plates and dealing with alot more than one person can. I never expect more than what a person can and is willing to give but if you’ve done that job then you should know your comment was completely absurd.

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  7. Years ago was tipping not a compensation to their wage? Now that the wage has been increased, why is this such an issue still? Like another person commented, do I tip the cashier or other similar jobs? If you want to earn more, go to school and get a better job. So sure, you may be a student working but I have my own students at home. It’s not my responsibility to supplement that servers income.

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    • And not saying I don’t tip, I do but over the 15% is ridiculous I think

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    • I don’t disagree with you Denise, but I want to speak to a point you made.

      “If you want to earn more, go to school and get a better job.”

      Truth is, and sad truth at that is, not everyone can afford to not work, or work part time, or only work one job, and go to school. Some people are just too far in debt or just have no support. Alternatively, there is a growing problem of people who are over qualified for positions available. So now you have a young, inexperienced work force with fancy degrees expecting to make tens of thousands of dollars an hour ( not really just illustrating my point ) but can’t because the job they trained for, got a degree for, sank tons of cash into getting isn’t hiring or isn’t willing to pay enough to make it worth while.

      I don’t disagree with you, tipping is insane. I tip based on level of service. I’m not tipping 30% of my final bill ever. I don’t care how great of service they provided. We don’t tip carpenters or other trades people. When people go pick up their car from the mechanic, drop $1300 on parts and labour do they tack on another $400 just cause the level of service the mechanic provided? No.

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    • Maja Black Maja Black says:

      So you want every waitress to quit and go to school? Many of them ARE in school! If every min wage worker quit and went to school you would be screwed! The reality is that we need people in these jobs to make our coffee,stock our shelves, ring in our purchases. The raise in mom wage only got them to a point where they can afford a bit of butter on their veggies, a warmer jacket, it was a freaking dollar more they got, that is $40 a week, you would barely notice that much. Make a choice, tip so they can eat and feed their kids better, or pay it in taxes every time they get sick

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    • Mel Maurice Mel Maurice says:

      Exactly. I’m living off tips while I get my degree.

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    • And not all students live at home. Many live on their own without support from others and while yes server get tips, it’s usually also minimal hours. As a Full Time server you are usually lucky to get 30 hours a week. Most shifts are 3-5 hours.

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    • Sam Tin Wong Sam Tin Wong says:

      Popcorn here lol

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    • Kiel Severson sure I get what you’re saying about not being able to afford to go to school in some cases, I know exactly what’s it’s like to be in that situation but it is what it is. Times are tough all the way around.

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    • And like I said, I get that whether you’re a student or single mom or whatever may be, life is tough it is. I don’t get to go out to eat very often, funds are tight and I’m sorry but it’s not my responsibility to tip insane amounts and I won’t. You think we have all not been through tough times? I worked crap jobs most of my life, had kids young and struggled. It is what it is.

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    • My daughter is a waitress in an Edmonton restaurant she works double shifts as many as she can. She just finished a 4 year degree to the tune of roughly $100,000 when you include rent tuition food and all the other expenses that go with it. She returns to school in January to further her education. We all have bills to pay for sure but for my daughter the tips are how she makes it through. Tip what you can for the good service you get it’s totally your decision and people like my daughter who is working a 12 hour day today busting her butt and truly appreciate whatever you feel her service is worth!!

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    • Also she does not get all the tip she pays a tip out so the hostess bartender kitchen staff all get a piece.

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    • If tips were done away with totally.. I assure you restaurant prices would increase. Nobody would work in the industry without tips or a higher wage.. they would rather work an easier retail job if it came down to it (one where you got proper breaks, 8 hour shifts, didn’t have to get bitched at because the cooks made a mistake..).

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    • I don’t know why so many people complain that they don’t make a lot of tips or it’s nothing I have numerous friends in the industry and everyone I know is bringing In well over $200 a night for a couple hours I have one friend who makes 6 grand in tips, that is not even including there wage. Some waitress are making more then the average person and they are getting the tax Benfits of not having to claim all those tips either. People always says waitress don’t make nothing well I have many many friends In the industry who stay in it just because of all the money they make.

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    • Michelle Doucet can you let me know where she works my daughter would certainly love to make that kind of money in tips!!…

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    • Darrell Peters any Casino. River cree. There are lots of people that make that. There are lots of different places my friends work at that make that. Joes etc.

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    • Michelle Doucet wow i will let her know!!…

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    • Pat Scott Pat Scott says:

      Yes will definitely pass this info on to waitresses I know

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  8. Shawna Perez Shawna Perez says:

    If the wait staff doesn’t refill my water glass then they only get 5% and I have paid that amount too many times to count! I don’t care that the waitresses are obviously not wearing any underpants (the sick norm these days), I care about service. The better the service, the better the tip.

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    • Tom Wasuita Tom Wasuita says:

      What did underpants have to do with absolutely anything? Are you dining in a strip club because I’m pretty sure there gotta be a health code law somewhere for that.

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    • Shawna Perez Shawna Perez says:

      Tom Wasuita, are you kidding? Any restaurant now has waitresses that are obviously not wearing panties or bras. It’s disgusting. I don’t eat out hoping to see a peep show and I don’t tip because I got one.

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    • Samara White Samara White says:

      How do you know they aren’t wearing a thong? Can you see the whole front of their vagina?

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    • Shawna Perez Shawna Perez says:

      Samara White, you can see some waitresses aren’t wearing undergarments from the hermetically sealed tightness of their dresses, pants or skirts. And you know what? Sometimes you can see the whole front of their vaginas, which is even worse. I don’t need to see someone’s beaver or clit, which I have unfortunately have seen because too many females think it’s “sexy” to dress like that when it’s not. It’s just disgusting, sad and desperate.

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    • Shawna Perez Shawna Perez says:

      Stephanie Ann Willier, I take it you are one of those girls who flashes her coochie goods? If you weren’t you wouldn’t be so offended. Cover up, dear. It really is unseemly.

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    • Shawna Perez Shawna Perez says:

      Stephanie Ann Willier, I take it you are one of those girls who flashes her coochie goods? If you weren’t you wouldn’t be so offended. Cover up, dear. It really is unseemly.

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    • what restaurant are you dining at where you see someone’s clit?

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    • Shawna Perez Shawna Perez says:

      Rebecca Rentz, I don’t even remember the place, it was somewhere downtown. Her yoga pants were so tight you could see her clit dangling down. It was so awful.

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    • I don’t know where your eating at but I have never once had a peep show at any restaurant other than Hooters. Maybe try Swiss Chalet instead of Eden next time

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    • Shawna Perez Shawna Perez says:

      Thyra Anderson, maybe you should re-evaluate what you consider acceptable dressage in public because I can guarantee you that these peep shows are all over. I just passed a girl this afternoon while on my break with a full camel toe and no VPL. It was sooo super to see that she had a large labia. Just what I wanted to find out.

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    • Samara White Samara White says:

      Hahaha Hahaha. I had a good lol at the word coochie I’m sorry. I just know I wear underwear that doesn’t have lines because I don’t like panty lines, but if you’ve seen the whole goods I wanna know what place you’re going to I need to stop at these places. And why are you looking at girls vaginas? Do you like guys staring at your boobs. And for the record. I don’t think you’ve seen anyone’s clitoris.

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    • Shawna Perez Shawna Perez says:

      Samara White, you can pretty much get a good look at any private parts at any restaurant these days. I saw a waitress’s nipple at the 02’s on Whyte this past summer while she bent over to put our food on the table. I was having lunch with my friend and her kids. So great to see that.

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    • Samara White Samara White says:

      Perfect. O2s is now on my list of places to go. I guess I don’t notice these things because I’m not staring down people’s shirts when they bend down, or looking at girls vaginas to see their underwear. I look at faces…. And maybe Butts.

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    • Shawna Perez Shawna Perez says:

      Samara White, it’s pretty hard to miss when the girl wears a low cut shirt, with no bra, that opens up when bending over you directly. Girls like that clearly want to be seen naked. If that’s what you like in restaurant service, then you won’t have to look hard to find it. I see these things because it’s so shameful for a person to dress so provocatively and you can’t help but notice when it’s clearly intentional. People just don’t’ dress like that because they don’t own underwear. They choose their image based on their self esteem and sense of self worth. FYI, being comfortable showing your private parts doesn’t mean you are confident, it means you have lost your way.

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    • Nikko Adams Nikko Adams says:

      I feel like you’re more ashamed of yourself and your gender than any secure woman should be.

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    • Samara White Samara White says:

      I mean, if a person doesn’t want to wear underwear or a bra, why does that matter to you? Don’t like it don’t look simple as that.

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    • Amanda Sweet Amanda Sweet says:

      Seriously. Why are you looking?? Your so disgusted by it, stop directing your eyes down to their vaginas in order to be able to actually see anything. I think if sooo many girls were doing it now a days, it would be something that everyones talking about and noticing and it would probably become an issue if everyone’s “coochies” were showing, especially waitresses at restaurants. Your clearly the one causing the issue for yourself. Stop staring. Your clearly insecure yourself.

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    • Tim Jacklin Tim Jacklin says:

      if some waitress is showing her clit while serving anything but herself I would be quite surprised – frankly I think your discrip is an exaggeration of fact , and therefore not a fact. if you got an eyeful of nipple I think you will somehow survive , as she will also , even without your measly tip. free the boobies !!!

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    • Shawna Perez Shawna Perez says:

      Tim Jacklin, then you are one of those pervy guys who thinks that girls walking around in skin tight yoga pants, with all their goodies on frontal display, is perfectly fine. Get some therapy and learn to respect women for other than their physical attributes. God forbid you have a daughter.

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    • Shawna Perez Shawna Perez says:

      Nikko Adams, I am absolutely ashamed at how degraded our society has become and how women choose to represent themselves physically. I am obviously older than you and have seen how the standards that women are both expected to, as well as voluntarily support, has devolved to a disheartening level over the past three generations. What people think is normal is not. If a person can walk down the street and not notice the increased nudity and exposure then that person is actually part of the problem and must wake up. When you are ready to grow up you will understand what I am saying. For all those in conflict with my comments, they may never mature but I will keep my hopes up that girls will develop some self respect and dress properly and that boys will stop expecting these girls to look like that before paying attention to them.

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  9. Sean Susun Sean Susun says:

    The onus should never be on the costumer to pay up and above the asking price in order for the servers to be paid.

    What’s worse is that the servers direct their anger towards the customer (the person who their job relies upon) when they feel they aren’t get paid what they deserve.

    I’ve worked retail service my entire working life and I can count on one hand how many times I’ve been tipped. Typically, customers in my industry are expecting to walk out spending LESS than the asking price for our goods and services and we still make a living wage.

    Why is it that customers are expected to pay up and above the asking price in order for servers to get a fair wage in the restaurant and bar industry?

    This is nuts.

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  10. Jules Maria Jules Maria says:

    Yeah, we’ll I’d take anything. I bartend to people for $80+ worth of drinks and get nothing. I’m happy with any amount.

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  11. Julia Bryce Julia Bryce says:

    i do 15-20% – but, all depends on the service, etc. I calculate the tip PRE GST! (I know people that tip on the final total….no way in heck I am tipping on the gst portion too!)

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  12. 15%. Unless they went out of their way for something, super chipper or something happened and it wasnt their fault.. Ill tip 20% or more

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  13. I work 6 maybe 8 hours serving so I make a extra 9 bucks a day in wages, soooooo let that sink in… and to top that off my kitchen and manager tip went up so at the end of the night I tip out 7% of my total sales…. we make an extra 8 bucks a day how should that take way from tipping ur server???

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  14. Terri Bee Terri Bee says:

    I just came back from France and the tip is included on the bill, some places were 10% others 15% 20%. You don’t have to enter a tip as there is no tip option but it’s already built into the price so that would just be extra.

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  15. I will 10%. I don’t make a lot of money but still feel I should be able to go out for meal once in a while too. If they have 4 tables in an hour and each one leaves a 2.00 tip, plus the wage, is a bunch more money than I make. Tipping is a bonus to a job.

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  16. I just want to point out that your server doesn’t get the entire tip by the way. A portion of it usually goes to the kitchen too. Just so you guys know

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    • Sometimes a porcentage goes to the bar as well.

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    • Yeah exactly. I’m not a huge fan of the tipping system. I normally tip around 10 to 15 percent but you’re not just tipping the server to bring you food and drinks lol

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    • Samara White Samara White says:

      I also think this needs to end. It shouldn’t be mandatory at all for the waitress to have to give part of their earnings to anyone. Specially since tipping isn’t mandatory but it’s mandatory for the server to pay the kitchen and other staff? No that’s wrong.

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    • But then why does the waitress get tips and everyone else who participated in your service not? I have to disagree. If there are going to be tips every section of the restaurant deserves them. The fact they’re expected is what I take issue with. The waitress definitely didn’t earn that tip all by themself

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    • Kitchen.. Bar.. Hostess.. Expo..

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    • Samara White Samara White says:

      Because the waitress gets, or used to get paid less. Kitchen staff making 15 an hour while waitresses only make 9.

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    • I am pretty sure everyone had to make minimum wage 13.60 per hour

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    • Literally everyone makes the same wage lol

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    • There’s no because paid less. Not any more

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    • Amanda Sweet Amanda Sweet says:

      We pay out 4% (kitchen,hosts, bussers) of our total sales in the restauarnt and if you work in the lounge 6% (2% or more goes to the bartender) … For example, if we technically make $200 , we only see $120 of that… And if you work in the lounge you have to pay at least $20-40 on top out to the bartender (or more depending on your sales) so if u dont tip us at all, we owe on your bill to cover for our tip out… Or, you tip $5 on $150, we see $1 of that. Your $5 doesnt go directly and only to us. If you tip $5 on anything above $200, we dont even see your $5 and actually owe on the bill. 15-20% is now the norm. 10% is still very common. Im happy making anything between 10-20% if i went out of my way for your table, and your childs birthday, etc… And only get tipped 10% , its like a stab in the back, and yes very frustrating. Serving is a very hard job at times and definitely not cut out for some ppl. Putting on a happy face for 8+ hrs a day, running around, remembering everything you have too, everyone calling you at once, dealing with people complaining, being rude, dealing with people in general!! Its tiring and stressful. If its good service, TIP! Its a privilege to eat out, and someone else is doing all your cooking, bringing your food right to you, refilling your drink, you dont have to get up or worry about anything! I think we deserve something in return (if its good service, i completely understand if the waitress is rude or just plain horrible at their job)

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  17. Whenever i get a machine that has preset tip options i select other then put 1%. If it wasnt forced i would tip more .

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  18. Tipping 15% is fine. Until health care workers get paid more or get tipped, that’s all I’m paying.

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    • I just have way to many thoughts to write rn. 15-20% tip is good! Very fair! With minimum increasing (again) my tip out to kitchen, management, etc. Increases (again). Anyone working a job making minimum wage and never receiving a raise is not working harder than a server. Making people happy is not always that easy.

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  19. Brad Rose Brad Rose says:

    I think you should only tip if the service was good, an expected tip just because seems completely ridiculous to me. Also why the hell are tips at donair joints/sandwich/burger places a thing now? Im picking up my food, paying for it, and then leaving.

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  20. Tannis Fong Tannis Fong says:

    We start at 15% and go up or down from there. Max is 20% unless the service was mind blowing.

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  21. Mel Maurice Mel Maurice says:

    As a pizza lady I rarely get more than 10%. People think it’s perfectly fine to tip me less than 10% for some reason. I’m perfectly happy with 15%!

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  22. I only tip if I deem the service worthy of a tip.

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  23. Kathleen Rae Kathleen Rae says:

    I tip zero if the service is crappy.

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  24. Maja Black Maja Black says:

    I tip cash, even when I pay with debit. I’m old school, I tip for service, not obligation

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  25. Food items have increased on menus. The wages have increased. Our pension has not. I give 2$ to 3$ per person at the table because our budget is limited and we choose low priced apperitifs instead of entrees. I will tip more if it works in my budget. I advoate for a living wage for all. I am not a fan of tipping unless I definitely know who is getting the tip and why.

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  26. The real crazy part is that if they don’t make enough in tips it comes out of the server’s wages. I’m still trying to wrap my brain around how that can be anywhere close to acceptable.

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  27. Jody Oliver Jody Oliver says:

    If the machine pops up wit 20%, 25% or 30% that usually results in a 0% tip from me.

    I usually tip 15% but get pissed when they try and get more than that.

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  28. Kara Henry Kara Henry says:

    What I hate is when I go to a fast food place and there is a tip jar. Are you kidding me? You provided me with literally no service except for taking my order and my money. I’m fine with tipping for services where I spend a fair amount of time with a person (hairstylist, tattoo artist, server, etc), but when you set out a tip jar at a place where you don’t have to really interact with a customer? It’s bullshit.

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  29. It used to be a fun part of the job. Not really flirt. Bt be somewht cute. Happy. Nd show some personality. Earn your tip. Now its expectation takes so much fun nd personality out of a night.

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  30. It depends where you go. Fine dinning vs not. Fine dinning establishments have way more people to tip out to, such as bartender, food runner, server assistant, kitchens, etc., compared to other places. And, most places tip out regardless of where the server is tipped. So if they receive no tips, or not enough they pay out of their pocket. You pay for the caliber of service you get. People tip out anywhere from 2-10%, so in places on the high end, 15% is not enough.

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    • Yeah. That’s illegal. They need to report that rather than accept it. No employer Can make you pay out of pocket.

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    • They don’t pay out of pocket she’s full of shit. You pay out to the kitchen, help etc out of the tips you make usually 2-3% some places can be higher if you make no tips you don’t pay out that’s it.

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    • Michelle Doucet I’m not lying you have to pay regardless of your tips. At least they will make you. If a table doesn’t tip you you have to tip out on that bill either way. Clearly you’ve never worked in the industry. Did you even read my full comment? The last place I worked at was a solid 7% tip out. And I know there are higher ones. It’s usually calculated on your total sales. If it isn’t, another place I worked at was 40 or 50% of our tips from visas, debits, mastercards, and Amex, then cash tables were calculated from the sales at 7%.

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    • Krista L. Zimmerman she changed her post now hahaha

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    • Janice Large Janice Large says:

      Shayla Angeline find another line of work if you don’t like it.. JS

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    • I didn’t change my first post. It says edited because I added another sentence 3 seconds after I posted it. And thanks Janice, Ive already done that. 8 years in the industry was enough for me, currently I am a welder, not that that any of that is anyone’s business. Man the people on this feed are ignorant. Someone asked a question and I gave information I have based on EXPERIENCE, the entire point of the OP.

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  31. Joey Wilson Joey Wilson says:

    10% is still a fair tip.

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  32. I’ve never seen that high only as high as 20%

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  33. Most of you guys are too cheap to eat out. Stay home. Or try working as a server and see what it’s really like.

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  34. I’d like to add that I think it’s crazy to see the tip option at the fast food places! Last night we stopped and got donairs. Paying there it was …tip $ or %. No offence but …it is to go and you have done nothing for a tip.

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  35. Shauna Snow Shauna Snow says:

    Denise we should all be so lucky as you to be able to have a great paying job. Maybe put yourself in some of these peoples shoes and realize that not everyone can go to school, university etc for many reasons. If you don’t want to tip them don’t. Please do not belittle the people that are waiting on you with patience and caring.

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    • Did you read my comments? No where did I say that I don’t tip, in fact right below my comment I said that I do tip but do not go beyond the 15%. And where did I write that I have a great paying job???????? I even wrote that times are tough, I don’t get to go out to eat very often, can’t afford it. Do you ever think of it from the customers perspective??? Economy sucks, servers are not the only ones trying to get by!

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  36. I always tip, 15% for good service, 20 if it’s was great. I can’t afford to tip more than that. That’s crazy to expect someone to tip 25-30%

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  37. Colleen Lang Colleen Lang says:

    I agree it’s a personal thing.

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  38. Win Chan Win Chan says:

    Haven’t seen the options be that high. Usually I see 10, 15, 20, other. But I tip for good service. Smaller tip for bad service. Usually I throw in 15%. Closer to 10 if service could be a little better. No more than that. Tips are provided as a favor… not a wage.

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  39. Im a server myself and when i get anything over 20% im like “holy shit. That’s awesome” and it makes my night. Definitely not something I expect.

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  40. I am a waitress myself.. and yes seeing those kind of tip options on a machine is insulting, but don’t post about it here.. call the manager/owner of the restaurant you ate at and tell them it was offensive..

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  41. Betty Gordon Betty Gordon says:

    where were you that tipping was that 25% and 30%…just courious…never seen that before…15% 18% 20% I did

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  42. Derek Walsh Derek Walsh says:

    I got bad service the other day and left 5%. TIPS: ‘To insure proper service’, and I didn’t get that

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  43. Olivia Fata Olivia Fata says:

    Think of it on how much servers tip out…

    Anywhere from 5-15% of their tips they don’t even see. So if you’re not tipping at all, and let’s say you’re the only table a sever has, it would literally cost them money out of their own pocket.

    Personally, 30% is outrageous (unless it was exceptional service) but 18%-20% is standard and should be for good service while dining out.

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  44. Do you tip the people in McDonald’s making minimum wage???

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  45. Andrea Joy Andrea Joy says:

    I’m a server and I think 15-18% is pretty standard, quite acceptable, and appreciated. We’ll tip more if service is really good, and less if its not that great. But to expect 30%?! That’s just crazy…

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  46. Ty Moss Ty Moss says:

    You’re full of shit, the options are always 20 15 10

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  47. The price of food in restaurants has drastically gone up then they want us to tip on that when there making a 150% profit on the food already. Give me a break !

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  48. Amanda Sweet Amanda Sweet says:

    We pay out 4% (kitchen,hosts, bussers) of our total sales in the restauarnt and if you work in the lounge 6% (2% or more goes to the bartender) … For example, if we technically make $200 , we only see $120 of that… And if you work in the lounge you have to pay at least $20-40 on top out to the bartender (or more depending on your sales) so if u dont tip us at all, we owe on your bill to cover for our tip out… Or, you tip $5 on $150, we see $1 of that. Your $5 doesnt go directly and only to us. If you tip $5 on anything above $200, we dont even see your $5 and actually owe on the bill. 15-20% is now the norm. 10% is still very common. Im happy making anything between 10-20% if i went out of my way for your table, and your childs birthday, etc… And only get tipped 10% , its like a stab in the back, and yes very frustrating. Serving is a very hard job at times and definitely not cut out for some ppl. Putting on a happy face for 8+ hrs a day, running around, remembering everything you have too, everyone calling you at once, dealing with people complaining, being rude, dealing with people in general!! Its tiring and stressful. If its good service, TIP! Its a privilege to eat out, and someone else is doing all your cooking, bringing your food right to you, refilling your drink, you dont have to get up or worry about anything! I think we deserve something in return (if its good service, i completely understand if the waitress is rude or just plain horrible at their job)

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  49. This is terrible, tipping used to be because you were a nice waitress it was supposed to be for good service not mandatory ….. I work in the health field and no one tops me for cleaning up a patient or helping them to fell better or saving their lives

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  50. Lisa Whelan Lisa Whelan says:

    Tipping option at Little Caesars! Wtf? I picked up a hot n ready pepperoni, and asked what wing flavours they have.. cuz nothing was posted anywhere. The rude, half asleep teenager couldn’t tell me anything. So i skipped the wings and went to pay for my pizza. The only tip ‘option’ when paying is percent or amount.

    It doesn’t ask if I wanted to tip. It asks how i am going to tip. Fuck that!! I even said out loud “i dont think so!” Lol and i hit the amount option, and zero.

    I agree tipping is becoming completely out of hand.. a good server tho gets 15-20% sometimes more out of me – a former server who also worked for tips. 😉

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  51. Going to pick up my own pizza after ordering with an app on my phone and the debit terminal asking how much I want to tip before I can even pay for my food… Really? Get fxxcked. Am I to start tipping dellisio next? Dr. Oetkers? Just another cop out to try and swindle more money from customers. I don’t mind at a traditional full service restaurant but the rest is out of control. 10% average service 20% excellent service always for me.
    And on a side note 14 years as a cook taught me that servers rarely share tips properly. Lol.

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  52. Erin Hage Erin Hage says:

    I do food delivery and you would be amazed at how many people don’t tip at all. It’s very frustrating. Thankfully the generous people usually make up for those who think that us spending half an hour to make $4.5 (minus the cost of gas, wear on my car…) is acceptable.

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  53. Tim Jacklin Tim Jacklin says:

    I tip according to the service I get. very lousy service = very lousy tip (which might be zero) . I am not a rich man , but very good excellent service = very good tip , which may run as high as 30%. most often I am a 15 to 20% tipper

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  54. I agree. That assumption makes me ill.
    I worked in a salon for many years, where I certainty appreciated tips.
    However I didn’t ask for them.
    Ugh.

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  55. I do agree that tip should be optional as it is no longer a wage portion as it used to be.
    I usually do 10- 15%. If the service was great, go to 20-25%. For example even if the food was wrong or something, how did the server handle that? If the service was good, then it is not the server’s fault that the chicken was raw…lol. vice versa – if the food was good but the server was rude, then I have gone lower, like 5%.
    There was one time I remember not doing a tip at all…but that is because the server was beyond rude. Such as commenting that wheelchair people (I was in one at that time) should stay home as restaurants are for healthy ones. I did not tip and complained to management.
    I think service can often make your experience better or worse, whether it is food, retail or other industry. So I go with that accordingly. I don’t tip at a take out since no extra service was done other than hand the box of pizza as an example

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  56. Pat Scott Pat Scott says:

    I believe 15% is quite adequate for tipping more than generous if we are there for a long evening and have a few cocktails we usually up it to 18% if the service is good I believe waitressing is one of the hardest jobs out there

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  57. Rob Brown Rob Brown says:

    You all must eat out a lot, if you can’t afford to pay a decent tip.

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  58. Holy crap! I’ve never seen that high of a percentage on tip options. 10, 15 and 20 is all I’ve seen. I’ll do 20% if the service is exceptional but generally I tip 15.

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  59. I don’t tip unless I feel that it’s been earned. If the server Is miserable and simply does what I could have done on my own ex. Walk to the kitchen window and drop it on my table and only return to the table when we track them down … I’m not paying extra on top of the already inflated cost of my food and drinks.

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  60. Bobby Bongo Bobby Bongo says:

    GFY with 20 %. Find out what your ‘owner’ makes and then as a unified group, demand more. Short of that, find a new job.

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  61. Whoah, I consider myself a good tipped as I know I appreciate tips when grooming dogs…but 25-35%….I couldn’t afford to get a free cup of water at those rates!

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  62. In China, it’s an insult to the owner to tip, because you’re telling them they don’t treat their employees well. Tipping used to be done, as return for favours, or feeling sorry for the overworked underpaid waitress. Why don’t clerks get tipped, or anyone else on minimum wage?

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  63. I will never buy this agreement now that waitresses and waiters get the same minimum wage as my daughter in retail. My daughter does not gets tips but she still has to deal with many belligerent customers, customers who stay late past closing, and customers who hit on her. She actually does more for the customers than people in the restaurant business do and like I said; no tips. With this higher minimum wage tips for restaurant staff should just disappear

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  64. Donald Parker says:

    I agree. Tipping should NOT be mandatory! A tip is a form of thank you for a job well done. Why should I give someone 15 -25% of MY hard earned money when in some cases they don’t deserve it? All the servers crying on here about being on there feet all day, carrying hot plates, dealing with rude people, etc. Too bad! Get another job if you’re not happy. The restaurant owners are the ones who are suppose to be paying the servers. Do you know what the mark up on food and drinks are? They’re in sane! There’s no reason for me to subsidize a servers wage if her employer is not paying her enough. Now… on the other hand when I go to a restaurant and receive good service I absolutely tip. In some cases very generously, but it should be up to me (the person receiving the service, eating the food and paying for it) to decide how much and IF a tip is warranted.

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  65. Katy Cole Katy Cole says:

    Agreed and I have actually complained to businesses for making a personal assumption on my part about what I want to tip (want not should). It’s consumers who have to keep this in check. Contact restaurants who do this and make your views known. It’s the fast food and food court locations requesting tips that kills me.

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