KidsHappen Posted March 2, 2012 Share Posted March 2, 2012 Generally I tip 20 % for good service (because 1 - it is easy to figure and 2 - two and wait staff who gets my family deserves a little more) or 25 % for above and beyond service. Since we only go out to a sit down meal a few times a year and it is always the whole family (between 10-12 people), even a 20% tip can be pretty substantial and 25% must be unheard of. I have had many wait staff track me down and ask me if I had made a mistake, or try to give some back, tell me it really was necessary to be quite so generous or just to thank me profusely. I am fairly comfortable with the fact that I am a good tipper. So the other night we went out and it was a everyone throw some money in the pot kind of deal. So we paid for the meal with our card and then used cash to pay the tip. We left $20 and that was about $1.05 short of 20%. One of the girls asked if that was all I was leaving and I said yes that seemed about right. The waiter was wasn't the best but it was acceptable enough for almost 20%. My dd said that she thought that you should always leave at least 25% for good service and if it ended in some loose change number then she rounded to the next nearest dollar. Another one informed me that she had been leaving a tip on the tab and then some money on the table. So I informed them that they had been over tipping and we went over the whole thing all over again. This is not the first time I have covered this but hopefully now that they are spending their own money they will get the concept for good here soon. Momma's Tipping rules: 1) tip between 10-20% for acceptable, average, good service according to your preference. You can leave 10% for acceptable, 15% for average and 20% for good or you can just pick one set amount that you always pay unless something extraordinary happens. 2) Figure the tip and add it to the bill OR leave the tip on the table. One or the other not both. 3) If you are dining with a parge party be sure to check and see if a gratuity has already been added to the bill and if so be sure to not double tip. It is ok to leave a small additional amount if you would like but you are not obliged to. 4) It is always acceptable to tip above and beyond for service above and beyond. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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