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Tipping Etiquette Relative To Cost of Meal

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  • Jul 18th, 2019 4:00 pm

Poll: How do you tip?

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Fixed dollar amount
 
21
12%
Percentage of the cost of the meal
 
130
72%
I don't tip. (Please state who you are and if you got in trouble with it).
 
29
16%
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Tipping Etiquette Relative To Cost of Meal

This topic has been beaten to death but this part of tipping may not have been thought about much. Why is it that if I go to a restaurant and ordered a $15 salad, I'm entitled to tip less than a $30 steak entree? The server is still doing the same job to serve me, bring me food to the table, put the plates away, and the whole nine yards. In what way does ordering a steak mean my waiter can make more in tips? If we really want to tip, shouldn't it be based on a dollar amount and not a percentage on the bill?
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Just follow social conventions and pay 15% tip give or take whatever you feel like that day.

Social conventions is just that. A set of cultural or social norms that everyone does to keep our society going... or to help us get a long.

Youre free to be a rebel. Its your god given right living in a democratic society. You can leave 0% tip and save the money. Just be ready to deal with some confrontation.
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15% across the board.

20% if it's good.

Never less than 15%, because we live in a society, and your face is your currency.
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redflagdealsguy wrote:
Apr 10th, 2019 2:09 pm
15% across the board.

20% if it's good.

Never less than 15%, because we live in a society, and your face is your currency.
So save your face by saving your currency...lol
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I don't tip unless i got good service. Normal service = no tip
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Redsanta wrote:
Apr 10th, 2019 2:44 pm
So save your face by saving your currency...lol
No bro support for the wicked? Classic Zuck.

I've given my contact out to thousands in this community, I can't just go around not tipping like a mensch.
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This is definitely not a new idea OP - you are not the original person to ask why is it a percentage not a lump sum amount. I can easily ask why realtors are paid 2.5% commission (that's like 25K on a $1M house) as opposed to a fixed amount like 10K like lawyer fees)

Anyway. To answer your question, at fine dining establishments, the servers generally tend to you more, are more cautious about filling your glass, and they coordinate with other servers to clear your table and such. They are more sensitive to your needs without eavesdropping too much. You need to experience it to see what I mean.

I don't really like the idea of tipping either but I guess we are all sheeps to this regard.
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I stick with 20%, but not shy to leave nothing if the overall service is bad.
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The idea of tiping based on value was that usually more $ = more things ordered so more work for the server.

Obviously you could just order a horribly expensive meal and it would in theory be the same amount of work as any other meal for the waiter.
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How much do you tip at MacDonald's or Tim Hortons?

Burger king?

Do the employees there work any less hard to deserve a paltry minimum wage while suddenly a sit-in restaurant demands different standards?

Why?

I also tip but realize how illogical some societal norms can be.
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between wrote:
Apr 10th, 2019 3:12 pm
Anyway. To answer your question, at fine dining establishments, the servers generally tend to you more, are more cautious about filling your glass, and they coordinate with other servers to clear your table and such. They are more sensitive to your needs without eavesdropping too much. You need to experience it to see what I mean.
Oh yeah I know exactly what you mean. But at a regular restaurant like Moxies or The Keg, the service is the same whether I order a salad or the steak. It's just that the steak is twice as much as the salad so I'm "forced" to tip twice as much. Yet if I didn't order food and I just sat there, drinking water, I don't need to tip?
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...and what happens if you add a desert ($10) and a coffee ($5) to that salad. Surely the waiter deserves a lot more for serving you these 3 items versus just the steak. So why should you give the same 15% in both cases? I tend to tip based mainly on service rather than value of the meal.

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