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    • benten69
    • By benten69 29th Aug 16, 8:59 AM
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    Do you tip in restaurants?
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    • 29th Aug 16, 8:59 AM
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    Do you tip in restaurants? 29th Aug 16 at 8:59 AM
    Wasn't sure if this was the right place to put this, so admin, please move if needed.

    Do you guys (and girls) tip when you go for a meal out? Personally I hate the idea, and it's even worse when you've got the waiter standing next to you as you select "No" on the card machine.

    However, I always say that I don't get tips for doing anything extra and providing good levels of service in my job, so why should I pay others extra for a basic service their employers should be paying them for. In my previous role I saved the company £20,000 a day in penalties by delivering the project on time (a week early in fact), but I didn't get anything extra for it, because quite simply, it was my job.

    Hence, I don't agree with tipping. They are doing a job & getting their hourly rate, so why do I need to subsidize it? Tesco don't tell me to pay extra if I go to a till vs going to the self checkout.

    However, if there is a large group of us and say the bill comes out to £18 each, we'll all chuck in £20 and let the waiter / waitress keep the change. That's the only scenario it works in for me, as it saves everyone the hassle of finding change, waiting to get their change, etc.

    What are peoples thoughts?
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    • whiteslice
    • By whiteslice 3rd Dec 17, 2:13 PM
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    I always tip when eating out unless the service was really poor. I try to muster up the courage and ask for the 12.5% service charge to be removed, but don't always manage. I will tip 10% for decent service, 5% if the bill is huge, 15% in some circumstances (i.e. family run restaurant with good food & service and very low prices). I am not a fan of the tipping culture (and the automatically added service charge does irritate me) but I recognise that it's impossible to get by without tips if you're waiting tables, the pay is just too low.
    • Sephs
    • By Sephs 5th Dec 17, 12:26 PM
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    I tip if I've had a good meal and the staff have been pleasant and helpful, unless it's a self-serve restaurant (such as a carvery where you go up and get your food yourself). I aim for 10% but I have given more when the service has been particularly great.
    • imavillan
    • By imavillan 11th Dec 17, 5:46 PM
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    I only tip on the criteria of good service, friendly service, good food, good overall experience.

    If these boxes are ticked i will then ask the waiter/ress if the tips go directly to the staff or the ''business'' distributes them out, ie; makes up the wages with them. If this is the case i will not tip, other than being discrete and making sure it goes in the pocket of the person serving me.

    I cannot abide these places that use the tips to make up the wages of the staff. Indeed, once i know they do this i will not go back to the establishment.

    Its wrong, wrong, wrong.
    • Nick_C
    • By Nick_C 11th Dec 17, 7:50 PM
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    Distributing tips as part of the payroll ensures the correct amount of income tax is paid!
    • Elliesmum
    • By Elliesmum 12th Dec 17, 1:13 PM
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    Yes I tip for good service. I will ask for the service charge to be removed and then pay what I would like to pay.

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