Standard Tipping Rate

What is the standard tipping percentage for a sitdown restaurant?

  • 15%

    Votes: 8 32.0%
  • 18%

    Votes: 3 12.0%
  • 20%

    Votes: 14 56.0%
  • Other

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    25

Yappi

Go Buckeyes
I know that we've had a thread before about how much you tip. That is not the intent of this thread.

Simply put, what do you think the standard tipping rate is supposed to be?

15%
18%
20%
Other

This is the rate that you think most people would say is the standard rate for tipping.
 

cabezadecaballo

Well-known member
20 if good
25 if exceptional
15 or less if poor
Pretty much this. It's as much about the amount of trips as the bill total. At least a fin at breakfast if they don't suck, especially if the waitress looks like somebody's mom.

And as far as reckoning from the bill's total, I don't tip on the tax.
 

arizonawildcat

Well-known member
20-25%. I too don't tip on the tax. What I learned from my neighbor's daughter/waitress, a waitress has to share her tips with the following: the bar staff who makes the drinks, the bus boys, and even the hostess who leads your party to the table.
 

Zunardo

Active member
The accepted rate was 10% I first became aware of tipping at restaurants 50 years ago. Today, if you believe the "industry experts" in Yahoo articles, it's "should be" 25% or more. Who decreed that change, especially with restaurant checks getting higher and higher each year? That's as bad as raising the income tax rate the more you make.

I go15%, that should be more than sufficient. Like Cabe, I will overtip my breakfast server at Waffle House. I think those ladies work harder for their pay than just about anyone else who makes the tipped minimum wage.
 

cabezadecaballo

Well-known member
20-25%. I too don't tip on the tax. What I learned from my neighbor's daughter/waitress, a waitress has to share her tips with the following: the bar staff who makes the drinks, the bus boys, and even the hostess who leads your party to the table.
And regardless of what they actually get in hand at the end f the night, I believe that they are obligated to claim at least 8% of the value of the checks that they serve.

A former high school buddy works a service bar^ at a Vegas casino. He does very well for himself.
 

eastisbest

Well-known member
Hope your daughter becomes a waitress and you have to support her because of cheap jerks like you.
Is it a tip or is it pay? Blame the person doing the hiring. BTW: it's okay for sons to wait also. ;)

I think the accepted rate is 20% and I agree with the sentiment, how'd that happen when it was 15%? I would like to give 20 to recognize exceptional service but now am told that's average?

The problem here isn't "cheap jerks." You're more than welcome to provide the tip for every diner where you are eating to make sure no server gets shorted in your estimate. The problem is the arbitrariness and the attempts to shame people into dropping money that's not on the bill.
 

Sykotyk

Well-known member
Rough estimate of double the pretax total. Adjust from there. My big pet peeve is not checking regularly on refilling my drink. So if my drink ever gets completely empty and I have to wait then I'm going to knock back what I'll leave. If they're exceptional I'll add more.

And honestly, a lot of time is just based on the total. A 13.22 bill I might leave 3.78 but a 13.96 bill I'll leave 3.04. Really depends on the change since I'll always leave the change.

Also, if the server cashes you out, bring me singles with my change. Bill is 14.40 and I give a 20, I expects 5 singles back. You bring me a five, I'm not giving you a 33+% tip on the full tax amount.
 

OhioBobcatFan06

Well-known member
You strike me as the kind of guy that would lay a pile of singles in the middle of the table when you sit down, and then take one back every time that the server disappoints you. :unsure:
Lol did George Costanza do this? I remember him trying to pull the dollar out of the tip jar, but not this. Sounds like something he would do.
 

Zunardo

Active member
I think the accepted rate is 20% and I agree with the sentiment, how'd that happen when it was 15%? I would like to give 20 to recognize exceptional service but now am told that's average?

The problem here isn't "cheap jerks." You're more than welcome to provide the tip for every diner where you are eating to make sure no server gets shorted in your estimate. The problem is the arbitrariness and the attempts to shame people into dropping money that's not on the bill.
Can I get a witness?
 

cabezadecaballo

Well-known member
Can I get a witness?
Nah - not me. It is what it is.

If you or eib don't like the cultural dynamic, you could always stay home and cook, right ? Would you prefer for a "fair" wage for the entire staff to be included in the price of the meals ? At least this way there is a motivation to better attend to your table's needs.
 

cabezadecaballo

Well-known member
Lol did George Costanza do this? I remember him trying to pull the dollar out of the tip jar, but not this. Sounds like something he would do.
Not that I recall. Just felt like goofing on you.

I dated a waitress in high school that worked at a diner with some nice home made desserts. There was this old biddy - it's around 1980 - that would come in at least one evening a week for a slice of cake or pie and coffee. She'd put 10 dimes out. and withdraw them one at a time if she wasn't fussed over properly. it became a bit of a contest among the girls to see if they could get $1 out of her.

I would have dumped coffee on her.
 

ohiopup

Active member
Not that I recall. Just felt like goofing on you.

I dated a waitress in high school that worked at a diner with some nice home made desserts. There was this old biddy - it's around 1980 - that would come in at least one evening a week for a slice of cake or pie and coffee. She'd put 10 dimes out. and withdraw them one at a time if she wasn't fussed over properly. it became a bit of a contest among the girls to see if they could get $1 out of her.

I would have dumped coffee on her.
1980 ...

Coffee 50 cents
Cake/Pie $1.50 ~ $2.00
So the lady started at 40%,,,50%
50 cent tip would have been 20% (on a $2.50 tab)


:>---

EGA
 

JcksnPlrBrs2002

Active member
I typically go with 20% as "standard" (10-15% for buffets). I don't tip on tax or "delivery fees". I'll go 25%+ if my mind was blown.

Casinos are a bit of interesting exception, because most of what I eat/drink at them is comped, so I'll typically double the tip, going as high as 50%. I also like to hand out chips if I run into any custodial workers in those places who are doing something nasty (like dealing with vomit or being designated to picking up cigarette butts), because they usually have the worst of it and they hardly ever get tipped by anyone.
 

cabezadecaballo

Well-known member
1980 ...

Coffee 50 cents
Cake/Pie $1.50 ~ $2.00
So the lady started at 40%,,,50%
50 cent tip would have been 20% (on a $2.50 tab)


:>---

EGA
But you'd better hit that warm-up pour in a timely manner, or those dimes would start sliding back to the change purse.

She'd read a book, watch the crowd, linger longer, and she'd be down to $0.60 before you know it !
 
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