ANSWERS: 56
  • Not necessary, but greatly appreciated. I am a tipped employee, (pizza delivery) but there are also servers at the store I work at. I'll just put it this way,...if you dont tip.......people remember you.
  • In the US, YES. Providing you have received good service. I recently learned that tips in Europe are traditionally very small while NO TIPPING is the Australian policy. Comments appreciated.
  • Yes, it is necessary. It's income that your server depends on. Some may not agree that this is fair, and they may ask why the restaurant doesn't just pay them better. If they did, they would only pass the extra cost on to the customer by raising prices. Tipping gives the diner the chance to compensate their server for meeting their needs exceptionally. Even so-so or bad servers deserve at least 10 percent, and the standard is 15. The server-diner relationship is more than just a business relationship. If they're good, a server goes above and beyond to make their interaction with you a pleasant experience.
  • In a restaurant, yes. Most servers make 1/2 of whatever minimum wage is per hour. When I was 18 minimum wage was $4.25 per hour and we made $2.13 an hour- even for the hours we spent setting up and breaking down the restaurant when we didn't earn tips.
  • In the US I feel it is. Waitstaff and delivery drivers are paid a bit less than normal with the expectation that they will be tipped. They have a lower minimum wage than other occupations as a result. Don't go overboard though.
  • Very much so - When I was a waitress I was very polite and friendly and gave my all, checking but not over checking on my customer's,making sure they had coffee,water ex...There is a lot more to it than just walking up to a table and smiling, And I was alway's a lady and treated my customer's with respect,and sometime's they didn't deserve it !
  • Well yes, if you appreciated the service you got from the waiter. It is manner. But in some countries, tipping is like being invisible!
  • In Kansas waitress minimum wage is $2.13 an hour. We rely on tips to make a living. When I go out to eat, I overtip, unless the service is really bad, then I may not leave a tip at all. My opinion is, if you can't make enough tips to live on, then you need another job. Some people have told me that restaurants should pay their employees, instead of letting the customers pay them, but if that were to happen, the prices would go way up, or the number of servers would go way down. Either way, eating in restaurants wouldn't be desirable. I paid taxes on my tips, which is another debate with tipped employees. Most feel they shouldn't have to pay taxes on tips, but with the hourly wage being so low, why shouldn't we pay taxes on ALL of our income, like everyone else?
  • Depends on the service by the restaurant and/or waiter. If you don't want to dish out any extra money for poor service, don't.
  • Yes it is necessary. The waitresses and waiter only make about $2.00 to $3.00 an hour from the restaurant. The rest of their income is bassed on your tips. Now there are some waiters and waitresses that seem to be lazy or don't care, they may be having a bad day or whatever, I still feel they should recieve a tip.
  • They do get taxed - so you should provide something. On the other hand - I am not allowed to be tipped because its unethical at my work. Tipping is one of those things that makes going out uncomfortable - I say you still don't tip as a moral imperative. But keep in mind others will think you cheap.
  • They do get taxed - so you should provide something. On the other hand - I am not allowed to be tipped because its unethical at my work. Tipping is one of those things that makes going out uncomfortable - I say you still don't tip as a moral imperative. But keep in mind others will think you cheap.
  • Depends. My mother taught me to tip ONLY if the bill had no 'service charges/fees' included, because that means the service IS already being paid for. If it did, then we don't leave a dime.
  • restaurants do not pay better because they want the servers to take the initiative and provide the best service they can. i work at 2 different restaurants right now. one pays $2.36 an hour. the other pays $5.60. the service at the $2.36 place is almost 90% better than the one that pays $5.60 an hour, yet servers walk out with almost the same amount. however, the restaurant with the higher paid servers has less repeat business.i wonder why? busineses depend on repeat customers and word of mouth. don't stiff your servers.if they did bad, tip them and never return.but make sure you tell a manager first.they will be fired, i garentee you.
  • Yes it is necessary to tip in a restraunt especially if the service was good. I waitress on the side to make extra cash(I'm a single mom) If I didn't make any tips I would not be able to buy groceries
  • necessary no but I always leave at least 1.00 tip unless the service was totally lousy or I just do not have it and then I always try to leave at least a few cents anyway. They work VERY hard and put up with customers shit all day , listen to their complaints, run their legs off and get paid less than min. wage which I think should be outlawed. Y should they have to depend on tips to make up the difference. basically you can be rude and still make the same thing as someone who's nice and polite (they have to pay min. wage if you don't make tips to cover it). I know how hard it is to make a living..I use to do car hopping and people never left me as much as 50 cents for catering to their every whelm..which was my job. I have no problem giving tips to someone who is hard working, polite and generous because everyone needs that extra cash .. with no more than they make, some of them are probably on welfare so they really need it. HOW MUCH I leave depends on the service.
  • Yes, in the USA tipping should be done at restaurants.
  • No, not required. If they want a better wages, they could either negotiate a better deal with their boss, or find other employment that pays what they desire. I do tip, and will tip well at times. The better the service and meal, the better the tip. PS I used to be a dishwasher for some fancy restaurant in the next town over like 20 years ago. On busy weekend nights, some of them walked out with a few hundred in tips alone, that on top of their regular wages.
  • Tips, if you're in North America are expected, and yes, I agree that if service is terrible, cheapness is warranted, but i always leave at least 16 percent
  • Yes, in the US tipping continues to be necessary because so far we haven't been able to convince the restaurants to pay a living wage. If the day ever comes that the service staff gets paid a proper wage, then tipping will become a thing of the past.
  • No. Why should some one is to be paid extra for doing his job?
  • If the restaurant allows tipping, it should be done unless the server is lousy. This goes for in restaurant servers and delivery drivers. If a service/delivery fee is included, this does not replace the tip. Delivery fees sometimes help cover the cost of gas for the driver, tips are a thank you for good service. Unless a server does a horrible job or is very rude, I always tip a bare minimum of 10%. I also bear in mind that sometimes a server is not to blame for poor service. If your meal is late, it could also be the fault of the kitchen workers or even another server.
  • Only ass hats dont tip, or tip poorly.
  • Yes. They pay terrible. I always tip between 15 and 20%. At least 20% if the services was really good. I go 10% or less if the service was bad. I know these people depend on the tips to make a living.
  • Yes when we go to restaurants we usually tip a couple dollars. Depending on the restaurant we are at
  • if the service was good and worthy of a tip
  • 100% of the time. At a restaurant, if the service sucks, they only get double tax (about 16%), though, I usually tip around 20%. At a bar, they get $1 a drink, regardless. Same goes for coffee.
  • I don't go unless I can. Not only do those people depend on tips, you'll find less spit and snot on your food.
  • Having lived with a waitress in my checkerd past, I always tip something just so she does not hunt me down and beat me silly. Good service - 20% Bad service - 10% or so. If I want to send a message for extremely bad service or attitude - one penny. It should be noted that I have only felt the need to do that once in my life. For the most part I find the waiters and waitresses to be solid in the execution of their jobs.
  • always
  • Yes and sometimes I tip more than the meal cost.
  • I do at both.
  • Always. $5.00 is generally the tip given, if the service is good. Sometimes, its 15%, depending on the waitress and the service given.
  • The amount varies according to the service provided, or the complexity of the drink being made.
  • unless the waitress is a complete bitch then yes. in a bar, not often tip but tell the barmaid to get a drink for herself,erm, maybe that is a tip afterall, lol Fuck Knows
  • In a bar, very good tip the first drink (100%). If they remember what you were drinking (if you aren't sitting at the bar) when you go back for another, a nice tip. From then one nothing or maybe the silver left. Restaurant, 15% for plain old service and 20% for good service. I never stiff them unless they are terrible and I have brought it to their attention and they don't change. I do leave a coin to make sure they know what i think.
  • Yes I do unless the service is awful. That has only happened once.
  • I don't go to bars, but I do tip at restaurants and the better the waiter....the better the tip. Even if they are bad...I still tip.
  • I love tipping when the service is really good and the person has a great personality. Sometimes people tell me I tip too much. But i dont like feeling obligated to tip and usually will not if the person didnt deserve it.
  • yes i do and i have a tip calculator on my phone which i actually use
  • yes of course
  • YES, NORMALLY IF THE BAR IS CROWDED, YOU TIP GOOD, THAT WAY HE, THE BAR TENDER WILL COME WHEN YOUR DRINK GETS LOW AND YOU GET IT WHEN YOU WANT IT. IF YOU DONT YOU MAY NEVER CATCH THE BAR TENDER. THE CHOICE IS YOURS.= AT A RESTAURANT ONLY ONCE AFTER EATING.
  • yes.I tip the bartender, or waiter.
  • If the service deserved it.
  • ... not blindly and automatically, no ... for me a tip needs to be earned ... if everything is bad, I give no tip at all ... if everything is excellent, I tip BIG ... so, for me it all depends on the server ... but I do go prepared to tip big and hoping the big tip is earned well ...
  • As a general rule, unless service is poor and the employee has been rude or indifferent to you, you should always tip. Servers and bartenders make several dollars less than the minimum wage in 48 states, and do the jobs that they do with the understanding that tips are a part of their pay. If restaurant/bar guests didn't make tipping a common practice, establishments would have to raise the prices of food and drink SIGNIFICANTLY in order to hire talented people to serve their clientele.
  • not in a fast food place or a place that is a buffet But i give a buck or two at a buffet most times my wife and I don't go to these fancy joints were tipping is expected when I go out to a monthly meeting of the gang of retired people I tip~~but some timp 30% and that is too rich for me 15% is my limit~~like it or lump it
  • I do because their wages are so low. also it can motive better service if they want a good tip.
  • Well...I thought PA was bad, paying servers a whopping $3.00 an hour...and make up the rest on tips...but Kansas is evidently worse! OY! I haven't done anything for $3.00 an hour, since I was babysitting at 14! I even was paid $10.00 to muck out horse stalls! How anyone, especially a man or woman with children can try and THRIVE on such wages is beyond my imagination..... I won't tip for bad service, but for good service, by a friendly, personable individual...20% or better!
  • No I don't think it is necessary. It is, however, custom which is why the waiters have such a low salary. If everyone just quit doing it custom would change and the restaurants would have to pay at least minimum wage and probably more to get people to take those jobs. I'm not convinced service would deteriorate drastically but I could be wrong. I've never waited tables. It seems like something at which I would not do well. Especially if all of the customers were like me as I will complain about things.
  • Yes it is. The base pay they make in not a livable wage. I would prefer that they were paid a normal wage and tipping was gotten rid off. It seems wrong that the waiter in a cheaper family place that is putting up with screaming kids gets a 20% tip on a $30.00 meal ($6.00), while a waiter in a high end place gets the same 20% on a $90.00 meal ($18.00). Is the person working the high end place really doing more work? Basing it of the price of the meal just doesn't seem right.
  • there is only one criteria that i use for tipping ... do they refill my glass without having to ask ... if so, then i tip $5 and change (whatever makes the total bill an even dollar amount) ... my tip plus their base wage bumps them up to minimum wage ... i don't agree whatsoever with the "Well, tips are considered part of their salary" argument ... no-one MAKES them work at TGI Friday's ...
  • Tipping is my way of informing the staff what I think of their service. I tip anywhere from 0 to 30% of the final bill depending on the strength of service. I realize that some are totally dependant on tips supplementing theirs wages, how ever they have to indicate that be doing their job correctly to get the tip. There have even been times that I have left an additional tip for the kitchen staff when amazed by a particularly spectacular dish or meal. It is important for people to have a method of gauging how well they do their job. In my job I get yearly reports, commendations, or even promotions. In the service field, their tips are their gauge. If a server consistently receives good tips, they must be doing a good job. Hope this helps.
  • No, but I'm in Australia and it's not the done thing. Apparently not so in the US. I did waitressing myself at one point, and I was making $20 an hour, so it really isn't necessary. Especially since I only had a junior position and I was 16, it was plenty for me.

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