New Standard for Tipping?

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New Standard for Tipping?
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Thu, 09-20-2012 - 8:46am

It’s a question we all face – what’s a reasonable tip for your waiter? After all, the last thing you want is to get on the bad side of the person who handles your food.

According to the New York Post, tips may be adding a bigger chunk to your bill.  Waiters in Manhattan now want a 25 percent tip, and some New York City restaurants that print “suggested gratuities” even present 30 percent as an option, the paper reports.

It’s not just wishful thinking – waiters are starting to get it. A study by Cornell University consumer behavior professor Michael Lynn, who examined 9,000 credit card receipts from a Poughkeepsie, N.Y. restaurant, found that more than a third of diners left tips greater than 20 percent.

Is 25% the new standard for tipping? Depends where you eat- http://bites.today.com/_news/2012/09/19/13967515-is-25-the-new-standard-for-tipping-depends-where-you-eat#comments

 

Wow!  25% seems a bit high!  How much do you generally tip your waiter/waitress?

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Fri, 09-21-2012 - 9:21am
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Fri, 09-21-2012 - 10:34am
We tip about 18 - 20%. Our tax is 6% here and I tend to multiply tax by 3 to get my tip. If it is a small bill (ie just me for lunch) I might do $2-3 dollars which might be more like 40%

Hijack - who else do you tip? I'm thinking hair dressers, etc. I get a cut and color about every 6 weeks and she was charging me $50.00. I'd add $5.00. Now she is charging me $55.00 and I still give an extra $5.00. But when you are tipping a waiter, you are paying the restaurant for the food and the tip is for the service. In a hair salon, you are paying for the service and maybe a small amount for the product. But you are paying the "owner" if it is a chair-rental type shop, for all of it anyway. So why do we tip them?

What about at a buffet type restaurant where all they do is bring you a drink and clear your plates? Do you tip more or less there?

Do you tip anyone else? Why? and how much?
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Fri, 09-21-2012 - 1:43pm

  I tip for hair cuts.  I have heard the rule about not tipping if it is the owner but I do anyway.   The cut is $15 and I tip $5.

  At a buffet I tip less,  it really depends on how much actual service I get.

  Although it is rare that we ride in taxis when we do we tip the drivers.  When we do a shuttle at the airport we tip the driver. 

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Fri, 09-21-2012 - 4:37pm
I tip 15% on hair service too. For a buffet I usually drop thd tip down a bit - 10% or so. I don't tend to use tip jars hnless I'm ordering something complex or a big order. My dd works at an ice cream shop that had a tip jar, but unlike waitresses, she makes minimum wage.
I also understood yhat you don't tip the owner of a business, but I offer it, and they never seem to turn it down.
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Fri, 09-21-2012 - 7:46pm
I tip between fifteen and twenty percent at restaurants. At buffets i usually drop a dollar per person at the table. I tip shuttle drivers at the airport a dollar, more if they actually do something nice like wait for me while I am running to the curb, whatever. I tip hotel maids two dollars for the first night and then a dollar for each night after that. I don't get my hair professionally cut very often but if I do, I usually tip two to three dollars for a cut, more if I get a comb out.
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Fri, 09-21-2012 - 7:55pm

  I forgot about hotel maids we do tip buy since DH takes care of it I do not know how much.   In Michigan where my family lives there is a $.05 deposit on bottles,   we leave our empties in addition to the cash tip. 

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Sat, 09-22-2012 - 12:48am

I worked as a maid at a hotel one summer during college. It gave me a new respect for maids. I always leave money for the maid. The amount depends on how long we've been there and how much we needed. As for leaving the cans in states that have a deposit on them, I find that a bit insulting to be quite honest. I know you don't mean it to be, but unless they'd been all cleaned and bagged and I could just take them to the break room, it would just be more work for me as a maid (when I was a maid). I worked in a can-deposit state, but honestly it was just one more task to do if I had to rinse out all the cans and bag them and take them somewhere until I left at the end of the day, and then find time to go recycle them. Please, take your cans, throw them away and leave a little bit bigger tip. That's my thoughts as a former maid.

I have a niece who is a waitress at a popular restuarant. She told us that cash tips she does indeed get to take home that day. The ones left as part of a credit card will come eventually in her paycheck. She does not get anywhere close to minimum wage. However, she's a smart girl and a sweetheart and she's learned the system. She takes excellent care of her customers, checks on them often, is friendly and kind, talks to them briefly, smiles a lot and goes the extra mile. She lives off those tips to pay for college. She actually likes large groups--not because they're "required' to tip more, but because she takes great care of them and they leave above and beyond the required tip. Recently a group of about 12 guys left her a $56 cash tip for about $150 of food and drinks. She was thrilled. It helped pay for one more book.

I generally leave 15-20% for good service at a restaurant. I've left less when service was poor, and probably more at times since the restaurants we go to are never extravagant. And I think about my niece who needs the money for college and try to be kind to young students who do a great job.

I tip the man or woman (they are married and run the shop together--whoever is free cuts my hair) cutting my hair some--I don't pay as much to a percentage as just eyeballing it. Bigger service and I leave a bigger tip, but I never stop to figure it out. It's also awkward as this couple are friends of ours, so I feel awkward tipping, yet would feel more awkward not tipping. So I just always tip what seems fair to them.

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Sat, 09-22-2012 - 6:48am

 We do clean the bottles.  We thought that cleaning them and leaving them out in case the maid (or someone else) wanted them was better than putting them in the trash where if someone wanted them they would have to dig through the trash to get them.  If   no one wants to bother with them  then they can quickly put them into the trash,   just because they are there it does not mean they have to take them.    Since the bottles are not counted as part of the tip, not leaving them would not mean leaving a bigger tip.

 

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Sat, 09-22-2012 - 8:57am

  I forgot about pizza delivery, the tip is usually about 10% -12%.

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Sat, 09-22-2012 - 4:56pm
I am with your husband, Jam. We lived about two miles from the pizza joint. I go get the pizza, or make the older kid go get it, if he is home.