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    Re: Tipping

    I have not encountered much bad service the last few years, or even a server with an attitude. One time I decided that instead of approaching the Manager at the end, I pulled the server aside and very nicely asked why the service was lacking and I did get attitude. I the proceeded to nicely tell him that I would be speaking to the Manager and that he would be lucky to see a tip. The next time I went back there, he was gone. Guess I wasn't the only one.

    Another time, it took about 15 minutes for the server to even come to our table after we were seated. I then pulled the server aside and said that we were already extremely unhappy that it took so long and if the service was going to be like that througout the meal, we would like to know, so we could go elsewhere immediately. Apparently that worked because we had excellent service, I did however write a letter to the Manager telling her exactly what had happened and was comped 2 meals the next time we went there.
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    What about take out orders? there are some restaurants which have someone who seats you and you simply pick your order up from them...they haven't served you, but does no tip slight the cooks? And what about a less staffed restaurant where you would maybe pick up your order from whomever happened to rush by you...usually a server... they haven't served you but still at a table but rather simply handed over the meal from the kitchen...
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    Re: Tipping

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonbonlover;2733984;
    What about take out orders? there are some restaurants which have someone who seats you and you simply pick your order up from them...they haven't served you, but does no tip slight the cooks? And what about a less staffed restaurant where you would maybe pick up your order from whomever happened to rush by you...usually a server... they haven't served you but still at a table but rather simply handed over the meal from the kitchen...
    It's nice to tip with take out orders because the person who takes the order is usually the one who has to put it together. Packing it up, packing up the sauces, butter, silverware, etc. It takes some effort. However, depending on how big the order is, the tip doesn't need to be quite as big as if someone served you. A few dollars is nice.

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    Thanks that is what I thought... Our local sushi restaurant only has 2 servers and they work hard...When I phone in an order, I know they must package up the food, add the chopsticks, and soysauce. I figure they actually take as much time and effort with my meal when I pick it up as when I sit at a table. I usually tip them about 15% but never quite know...
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    Re: Tipping

    We went out to eat dinner last night - yes Christmas Day - and not alot of places were open except for IHOP, Denny's, asian places. We ended up at Bennigan's and they were extremely busy. We only waited 10 min but we went at 5PM as opposed to 7PM or so - I'm sure they got busier as the night went on.

    To make a long story short, it took a while to get our food. We didnt' mind, weren't starving, but of course wanted to eat at some point. The table across from us were waiting as well. Well, they ended up leaving $5 for their teas and sodas (3 of them) and left. Not more than 3 minutes later, the waiter brought their food and saw they were gone! I thought that was extremely rude of them to do so. Our waiter kept refilling the drinks of all the tables that were his and kept apologizing for the back up in the kitchen. He was so nice and we knew it wasn't his fault! We tipped him pretty well and had a great dinner. What do people expect on a Holiday?! The servers were away from their families and working so that others could eat out!

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    Re: Tipping

    Quote Originally Posted by PGM35;2734279;
    What do people expect on a Holiday?! The servers were away from their families and working so that others could eat out!
    Thank you!!! Those of us in the food service industry wish more people would realize that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unklescott;2734283;
    Thank you!!! Those of us in the food service industry wish more people would realize that.
    Very true. I even feel bad when I go to a grocery store or Walgreens on a holiday because they are open and not home. I'm forturnate that I work in a family owned restaurant and we've been closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and will be on New Years day. (it's an Italian place) It's amazing to me how many people call to see if we will be open on certain holidays and get upset when we tell them we won't be. I overheard my boss (the owner) telling a customer on the phone "Well, we don't have too many chances to give our staff a day off, so we are happy to do it so they can spend time with their families."

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    I feel bad for people who have to work holidays, I have been there myself. Even working for double time and a half didn't make up for missing the family.

    My daughter is learning tipping early. We went to Cracker Barrel for breakfast on Christmas Eve. The bill was $18 and she made me leave $6. I didn't mind, the waitress was pretty good while being incredibly busy.

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    My daughter's new cell phone has a feature to figure tip percentages. Pretty cool. I almost always tip 20% if the service is decent so that's not hard to figure out at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gutmutter;2734795;
    My daughter's new cell phone has a feature to figure tip percentages. Pretty cool. I almost always tip 20% if the service is decent so that's not hard to figure out at all.
    that sounds so cool !!

    I tend to tip at 15% for so-so service (not too attentive, etc); 20% or more for excellent service/attitude (always taking into consideration how busy the person is); and closer to just a couple of dollars if service is crappy. I never leave without some type of tip. I work retail and am so grateful that my salary doesn't depend on the kindness of others who are oblivious.

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