Most Americans think that the standard is 15-20% for decent service while eating at a restaurant. So what are the rules? It seems like all credit card receipts have a place for adding a tip - even if it isn't clear if you need to leave one. What about when picking up take out? Do you tip on a delivery after they've already added a delivery fee? Do you have to worry about getting your food messed with if you don't tip at the counter?
We've decided to lay all of the questions to rest - leave your rules below, in the comments..
Here are Bama's rules for getting good tips:
- As the blouse buttons go down, the tip goes up!
- Phony compliments like, "I love it when my customers get food all over the floor and table!" will get you big money.
- Commenting on how cool I dress always works. "That hot-rod shirt is just so cool and colorful! You can't even see the mustard stains!"
...and his rules for getting BAD tips:
- Hey Mr. Buffet manager - I know how many times I've been to the buffet. I don't need your help counting for me.
- Hey Ms. Judgmental waitress - saying "wow" after I place my entire order will get you nothing. I have to eat a lot because I never know when I may get to eat again!
- Listen Mr. Manager - I have to unbutton my pants. Your food is good and I eat fast, and my belt will only go so far.
Here is what Emily Post (etiquette expert) says:
- Wait staff at a sit down restaurant: 15-20%, pre-tax
- Wait staff at a buffet: 10%, pre-tax
- Take out: no obligation, unless it's curb side, then 10%
- More here: http://www.emilypost.com/out-and-about/tipping/89-general-tipping-guidelines
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