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lanky spoken here Oct 7th 2007 7:58 pm

Tipping in the US
 
I don't tip. Never have.

Money is too precious to give away.:thumbsup:

My American friends think I'm Scrooge.

They dish out five and ten bucks each time they eat. :eek:

If I go to a restaurant, I pay for the meal and thats that. They get the profit off the food.

Anyone else feel uncomfortable with the free-spending Americans?

Sugarmooma Oct 7th 2007 8:02 pm

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I have a question: Why don't you just put all your negative posts in the MBTUK forum??:zzz:

lanky spoken here Oct 7th 2007 8:09 pm

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Originally Posted by Sugarmooma (Post 5398499)
I have a question: Why don't you just put all your negative posts in the MBTUK forum??:zzz:

Its not a negative post. Its an observation on US life.:blink:

elfman Oct 7th 2007 8:10 pm

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Originally Posted by lanky spoken here (Post 5398523)
Its not a negative post. Its an observation on US life.:blink:

I think it tells us more about you than about US life

Sugarmooma Oct 7th 2007 8:11 pm

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Originally Posted by elfman (Post 5398528)
I think it tells us more about you than about US life

Exactly:thumbup:

BritGuyTN Oct 7th 2007 8:29 pm

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Originally Posted by lanky spoken here (Post 5398477)
I don't tip. Never have.

Money is too precious to give away.:thumbsup:

My American friends think I'm Scrooge.

They dish out five and ten bucks each time they eat. :eek:

If I go to a restaurant, I pay for the meal and thats that. They get the profit off the food.

Anyone else feel uncomfortable with the free-spending Americans?


I'm uncomfortable with the fact you are a behaving in a disgraceful way

the majority of servers either have no hourly wage or make $2 an hour and tips make up their income.

I don;t agree with the system but it is what it is

hopefully you are just ignorant of the system and not just a jack-ass

Ray Oct 7th 2007 8:30 pm

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Originally Posted by BritGuyTN (Post 5398596)
hopefully you are just ignorant of the system and not just a jack-ass

I go for the latter ..

dunroving Oct 7th 2007 9:21 pm

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Originally Posted by lanky spoken here (Post 5398477)
I don't tip. Never have.

Money is too precious to give away.:thumbsup:

My American friends think I'm Scrooge.

They dish out five and ten bucks each time they eat. :eek:

If I go to a restaurant, I pay for the meal and thats that. They get the profit off the food.

Anyone else feel uncomfortable with the free-spending Americans?

It's the restaurant owner that makes the profit from selling the food, not the wait staff.

If the service is good, I usually leave 15%-20%. I only very occasionally leave less (or nothing) if the wait staff behave like they don't need the tips (i.e., rudely). Some people punish the wait staff for the quality of the food but I think it goes on how the wait staff behave, not whether the chef is crap or the restaurant owner is too cheap to buy good ingredients. If somene can keep smiling and be polite at the end of a long shift dealing with rude customers, I think they deserve my cash.

I think last time you were in a restaurant, the waiter must have spilt some food on you - it looks like you have a chip on your shoulder ... :rofl:

cindyabs Oct 7th 2007 9:21 pm

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Originally Posted by elfman (Post 5398528)
I think it tells us more about you than about US life

SNAP!

surly Oct 7th 2007 9:36 pm

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I was just in France and Italy and was at a loss to know how and when to tip.
Some places include the tip then there's a cover charge and then there's a 20% vat.

Elvira Oct 7th 2007 9:52 pm

Re: Tipping in the US
 

Originally Posted by lanky spoken here (Post 5398477)
I don't tip. Never have.

Money is too precious to give away.:thumbsup:

My American friends think I'm Scrooge.

They dish out five and ten bucks each time they eat. :eek:

If I go to a restaurant, I pay for the meal and thats that. They get the profit off the food.

Anyone else feel uncomfortable with the free-spending Americans?

You are beginning to get seriously on my tits!! :curse:

BigDavyG Oct 7th 2007 10:07 pm

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Originally Posted by Elvira (Post 5398960)
You are beginning to get seriously on my tits!! :curse:

:rofl:
If I'd known how easy it was I'd have started months ago.

Elvira Oct 7th 2007 10:08 pm

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Originally Posted by BigDavyG (Post 5398995)
:rofl:
If I'd known how easy it was I'd have started months ago.

You would have started what, darling? :p

.

Kaffy Mintcake Oct 7th 2007 10:16 pm

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Originally Posted by surly (Post 5398915)
I was just in France and Italy and was at a loss to know how and when to tip.
Some places include the tip then there's a cover charge and then there's a 20% vat.

In France, I believe the custom is to round up. (ex: your bill is 37 francs, and you would leave 40)

Granted - they weren't using the Euro the last time I was there, so my example is dated. ;)

Poppy girl Oct 7th 2007 10:30 pm

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I always tip and find that if it's a regular resturant that you go to each time you go back you get better service, or always looked after.

Its a nice gesture for being taken care of and to be honest it always makes me happy when someone is so grateful if you tip well.

I have in the past worked as a waitress and that 2nd job came in very handy it paid for the cosmetic dentist :D lol $5,000 and it was paid on a few months tips but I busted my ass lol.

Servers do not get the profit off the food the owners do.... I am pleased I am was not a server at your table or you might of been wearing your food the next time you came in...servers have good memories on who is a tight ass and who is not:)

TruBrit Oct 7th 2007 10:37 pm

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yes we always have tipped in any country we visit, my OH in particular is a very good tipper. it is somewhat annoying though when it is expected of the customer to make up the waiter's salary....surely that should come from their employer? i feel so sorry for the waiting staff here. anyway, that's the way they do it in america and so yes when we have good service we tip accordingly.

Kaffy Mintcake Oct 7th 2007 10:39 pm

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Originally Posted by TruBrit (Post 5399085)
yes we always have tipped in any country we visit, my OH in particular is a very good tipper. it is somewhat annoying though when it is expected of the customer to make up the waiter's salary....surely that should come from their employer? i feel so sorry for the waiting staff here. anyway, that's the way they do it in america and so yes when we have good service we tip accordingly.

I am guessing of course, but either way I would suspect that the customers would have to pay the waiter's salary, right? In the UK it must be included in the price of the food (i.e. obligatory) vs. the the US it is paid separately. I do feel bad for those who wait on people who wouldn't know that it is customary to tip unless you've received very poor service. On the flip side, if I receive exceptional performance I tip at a higher rate (maybe 30%) - so it's a sort of pay for performance isn't it?

Poppy girl Oct 7th 2007 10:44 pm

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Originally Posted by KJ2007 (Post 5399092)
I am guessing of course, but either way I would suspect that the customers would have to pay the waiter's salary, right? In the UK it must be included in the price of the food (i.e. obligatory) vs. the the US it is paid separately. I do feel bad for those who wait on people who wouldn't know that it is customary to tip unless you've received very poor service. On the flip side, if I receive exceptional performance I tip at a higher rate (maybe 30%) - so it's a sort of pay for performance isn't it?

I used to have the guy come into the seafood resturant I worked in he would show up every other Friday alone and ask for me..
He would make polite conversation to chat no flirting, then he would say "I am going to eat now please leave me to enjoy my food" again very nicely.

You bet I did he would give me $100 tip every time I used to say that it was too much but he would not hear of it.

TruBrit Oct 7th 2007 10:45 pm

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Originally Posted by KJ2007 (Post 5399092)
I am guessing of course, but either way I would suspect that the customers would have to pay the waiter's salary, right? In the UK it must be included in the price of the food (i.e. obligatory) vs. the the US it is paid separately. I do feel bad for those who wait on people who wouldn't know that it is customary to tip unless you've received very poor service. On the flip side, if I receive exceptional performance I tip at a higher rate (maybe 30%) - so it's a sort of pay for performance isn't it?

but some peeps like has been said on here don't tip at all and so poor wait staff on that table. at least if it's all in the price of the meal the wait staff get their cut and anything else is a bonus.

Kaffy Mintcake Oct 7th 2007 10:45 pm

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Originally Posted by Poppy girl (Post 5399062)
servers have good memories on who is a tight ass and who is not:)

and now they can share that information! :eek:

http://www.badtipper.com/

(looks like they have a "sh*tty tipper database" here!)
http://www.bitterwaitress.com/

and an interesting blog on the subject - I have heard the advice before that you can tell a lot about someone based on how they treat those in the service industry

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/...r_waitres.html

I would never pi$$ someone off who served my food or drink!

Poppy girl Oct 7th 2007 10:47 pm

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Originally Posted by KJ2007 (Post 5399108)
and now they can share that information! :eek:

http://www.badtipper.com/

(looks like they have a "sh*tty tipper database" here!)
http://www.bitterwaitress.com/

and an interesting blog on the subject - I have heard the advice before that you can tell a lot about someone based on how they treat those in the service industry

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/...r_waitres.html

I would never pi$$ someone off who served my food or drink!

I have not read the link yet but believe me evil things happen to food when you get nasty customers remeber that folks lmao

TruBrit Oct 7th 2007 10:50 pm

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Originally Posted by Poppy girl (Post 5399104)
He would make polite conversation to chat no flirting, then he would say "I am going to eat now please leave me to enjoy my food" again very nicely.

and that's annoying here also. because we tip well yes we get good service at our favourite restaurants but the wait staff never leave us alone to enjoy our meal in piece! it's nice to have a chat but then pi$$ off and leave us alone. we even receive wedding invites and shower invites from the wait staff :eek:

your $100 tipper had the right idea!

Poppy girl Oct 7th 2007 10:52 pm

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Originally Posted by TruBrit (Post 5399123)
and that's annoying here also. because we tip well yes we get good service at our favourite restaurants but the wait staff never leave us alone to enjoy our meal in piece! it's nice to have a chat but then pi$$ off and leave us alone. we even receive wedding invites and shower invites from the wait staff :eek:

your $100 tipper had the right idea!

Yep he did lol wish there were like him then.

I agree it does get up your nose when they won't leave you alone I mean ask once when the meal has been served then get out of my face :) and don't come back.

franc11s Oct 8th 2007 12:38 am

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I'd like a hot plate please :)

And don't take my plate till the misses' as finished her meal..

Ask me for Desert before my wife finish and I'll poke ya in the eye with me fork !!

Ask me more that once if my food is OK and Salt will hurt..

Ask me if me food is nice before I've lifted me fork will result in Hot Horseradish poked up ya nose (the creamy sh/t don't ave any effect)..

No my soup spoon is not the same spoon I'd choose to eat my desert with..

And why do I get frost bite when I touch me salad plate ?

Oh, well... Yes, despite my britishness, I do tip (typically 20%.. - 15% for average) because I know, cheap food, don't come cheap..

Bon UP-ya-Tit.

britvic Oct 8th 2007 12:58 am

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Originally Posted by franc11s (Post 5399333)
I'd like a hot plate please :)

And don't take my plate till the misses' as finished her meal..

Ask me for Desert before my wife finish and I'll poke ya in the eye with me fork !!

Ask me more that once if my food is OK and Salt will hurt..

Ask me if me food is nice before I've lifted me fork will result in Hot Horseradish poked up ya nose (the creamy sh/t don't ave any effect)..

No my soup spoon is not the same spoon I'd choose to eat my desert with..

And why do I get frost bite when I touch me salad plate ?

Oh, well... Yes, despite my britishness, I do tip (typically 20%.. - 15% for average) because I know, cheap food, don't come cheap..

Bon UP-ya-Tit.

:lol: very good.

Thydney Oct 8th 2007 1:06 am

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Originally Posted by Elvira (Post 5398960)
You are beginning to get seriously on my tits!! :curse:

I'm mentally scarred now:)

cindyabs Oct 8th 2007 1:22 am

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Originally Posted by Thydney (Post 5399362)
I'm mentally scarred now:)

yeah but you got a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

Maz Oct 8th 2007 1:25 am

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franc11s, brilliant post, thank you! :thumbup: And I completely agree. :)

NC Penguin Oct 8th 2007 1:29 am

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Originally Posted by lanky spoken here (Post 5398477)
I don't tip. Never have.

Money is too precious to give away.:thumbsup:

My American friends think I'm Scrooge.

They dish out five and ten bucks each time they eat. :eek:

If I go to a restaurant, I pay for the meal and thats that. They get the profit off the food.

Anyone else feel uncomfortable with the free-spending Americans?

... and you wonder why Americans don't like you...:rolleyes:

Yorkieabroad Oct 8th 2007 2:57 am

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We basically always tip - I can only remember once since I first came here in the late 80's leaving a restaurant without leaving any tip at all. It was at a lunch with work colleagues who were all USC and me, as a bemused foreign onlooker. The service had been pretty crap, but the decision to leave no tip at all required a 10 minute round the table discussion, fairly heated at times, followed by a blind vote (N or Y on folded napkin) which resulted in a 5 to 4 vote against tipping. As we were heading out to the cars, one guy remembered he needed a leak, so went back in. The others were convinced he'd dropped a tip.....led to a fairly frosty drive back to the office, I can tell you!

But at least it taught me the lesson that tipping is serious here. I don't particularly like it, but I go with it because thats how its done here. At our table, I am trusted with calculating the 15-20% tips for the smaller bills, but anything over about $100 gets passed over to the missus, especially if we're dining with other friends.....I struggle with the percentages at that sort of level..:unsure: We had a dinner a couple of weeks ago that came to about $500 for 6 of us - the waitress (who had been absolutely top notch) pocketed close to $100 for waiting our table for 3 hours. Thats not a bad whack......

Sally Oct 8th 2007 4:57 am

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We do tip in Britain as well.

Dogbyte Oct 8th 2007 12:35 pm

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Originally Posted by Sally (Post 5399673)
We do tip in Britain as well.

2.30pm at Haydock Park !!

Thydney Oct 8th 2007 12:50 pm

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Originally Posted by Dogbyte (Post 5400748)
2.30pm at Haydock Park !!

But don't buy the ham sandwich there

Scouse Express Oct 8th 2007 1:44 pm

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Lanky's Account has been deleted!

Misearable Sh*t!

Let's break out the Champagne:thumbsup::thumbsup:

Jim.

BritGuyTN Oct 8th 2007 1:54 pm

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Originally Posted by Scouse Express (Post 5401036)
Lanky's Account has been deleted!

Misearable Sh*t!

Let's break out the Champagne:thumbsup::thumbsup:

Jim.

don;t think i'm gonna tip you just for opening the damn bottle! :rofl:

Scouse Express Oct 8th 2007 2:02 pm

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Originally Posted by BritGuyTN (Post 5401050)
don;t think i'm gonna tip you just for opening the damn bottle! :rofl:

Perhaps not, but I'll give you this tip;

"Don't eat yellow snow!":eek:

Jim.

cindyabs Oct 8th 2007 2:07 pm

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Originally Posted by Scouse Express (Post 5401036)
Lanky's Account has been deleted!

Misearable Sh*t!

Let's break out the Champagne:thumbsup::thumbsup:

Jim.

Speaking as one who got tired of being insulted by him as he slid down into some bizarre pit of misery, I hope het gets his act together.

Poppy girl Oct 8th 2007 3:15 pm

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Originally Posted by cindyabs (Post 5401081)
Speaking as one who got tired of being insulted by him as he slid down into some bizarre pit of misery, I hope het gets his act together.

I really do not understand why people stay in the US if they are so against the lifestyle.
Maybe he should concider moving home and be done with it at least he won't get ridiculed for not tipping :D

Get used to it or move on :) Edited :)

Ray Oct 8th 2007 3:19 pm

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Originally Posted by Poppy girl (Post 5401281)
I really do not understand why people stay in the US if they are so against the lifestyle.
Maybe he should concider moving home and be done

He is going home ..I think January he said ..
thats why he did the turnaround ...

Poppy girl Oct 8th 2007 3:21 pm

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Originally Posted by Ray (Post 5401291)
He is going home ..I think January he said ..
thats why he did the turnaround ...

God help the Brits lol


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