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Tipping etiquette


When you eat out, how much do you usually tip? Do you have a formula (ie. 10% for ok service vs 15% for good service vs 20% or more for exceptional service). And do you tip anything for poor service? I typically tip 13% if there were no issues with service and up to 20% for great service. 10% tip if service was mediocre. 
Mar 09, 2016 @ 09:31 pm

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I usually do 15 for normal. 20 for good. And if it's bad because of the server's attitude I don't!
Mar 09, 2016 @ 09:43 pm


I usually tip 15-20%.

I have friends teaching in Korea and they told me they don't tip there, it's considered disrespectful.
Mar 09, 2016 @ 09:55 pm

Other countries

It's considered somewhat normal not to tip in Scotland either. You tip at restaurants only, not for cab rides or servers at the counter (starbucks etc), which makes me unsure of when I'm supposed to tip. One thing that really confuses me is tipping tattoo artists...I'd rather they just bumped up the price at least then I know what I'm supposed to pay.
Mar 09, 2016 @ 10:59 pm


15 for OK, 20 for good.
I never know what to tip a hairdresser?!?
Mar 09, 2016 @ 11:55 pm


I will usually round things up for a service like hair/eyebrows/nails-if my haircut was 30something I will just hand them two 20's.
For food 15-20% depending on how the service was. If it is really bad, which I have rarely had happen to me then they get nothing.
I usually like to pay cash for tips/services.
I also really like the rule that if you cant afford to tip you shouldn't have gone out!
Mar 10, 2016 @ 10:16 am


If the service was normal or good, I will tip 15%
If the service was excellent, I will tip 20%

I do wish that tipping was not expected though. I feel like tipping should reward someone on a job that was above and beyond, but we cannot go to a restaurant without being expected to tip to someone doing a satisfactory job. I think that tipping is no longer a "thank you" or a statement expressing gratitude for great service. What leaves a statement now is if someone does not leave a tip - that's what shoes a dissatisfied customer.
Mar 10, 2016 @ 10:52 am


I waitressed and bartended for 100 years, so I am definitely an overtipper. I have very cheap friends, and I am usually embarrassed to go out with them.

The servers' wage is significantly less than minimum wage, they rely on their tips to survive.
Mar 10, 2016 @ 11:25 am


I tip 15-20% as well
usually if service is average, not bad, not good i give just the tax

if service was great then i'll tip a little more, honestly I'd rather make someone's day buy giving a few extra dollars won't affect me, but might make their day extra thankful :)

depends on service really
Mar 10, 2016 @ 11:42 am

Great Topic

I was always unsure how much to tip,thanks
Mar 10, 2016 @ 11:55 am

I was a waitress

So I am a very picky tipper. If you don't at least swing by and apologize for not checking in when you are swamped and I'm left needing something you aren't getting a great tip. If I see you hanging out with the rest of the waitstaff while my cup is empty or worse you haven't even bothered taking my drink order or are rude to me you are not going to get a tip. If you offer just passable service I'm leaving a minimum of 5 dollars ( I'm taking on a low end bill so really that's like 20%- 25%) If on the other hand you are friendly, attentive and intuitive ( notice I am not eating my food for example and try to see if something can be fixed) I have tipped up to 100% of the bill. I basically just tip what I felt the service deserved.
Mar 10, 2016 @ 12:06 pm

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