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Having worked as a waiter before, I've never heard of tip sharing with the cooks. Waiters/Waitresses do share with the bus boys, but not the cooks. Cooks are paid better than the wait staff. Is this some new industry standard or something?

I tip on the service and attentiveness of the waiter/waitress. Nothing more, nothing less. I don't care if it takes 2 hours for my food to come out or if it's the worst meal I've ever had.....if the server is making regular rounds, has a pleasant disposition and is keeping my drink full then they are doing a good job and will be tipped appropriately. 15% is industry norm, I typically start at 20% and then work my way up or down according to the level of service.

I also try not to add the tip to the bill when paying with a credit card. Cash only and I give it to the person directly rather than leaving it on the table.

Tipping for take out is ridiculous. I don't tip the person working the drive thru at Burger King so why would I tip a take out order?

And for the love of Pete, be generous when tipping your pizza delivery guy. More often than not, they're driving their own vehicles and if they're lucky, they get a small stipend for gas. If they work for a chain, perhaps they get dollar for dollar reimbursement on fuel. But that still doesn't come close to covering oil changes, tire replacement and overall wear and tear on the vehicle. Not to mention that I imagine that the inside of their car is permanently tainted with the smell of pizza and wings (not that that would be a bad thing, but who wants to smell their job when going on a date?) I don't tip percentages with delivery drivers, I factor in a lot of things like the weather (cold, rain and snow gets them extra $$), the distance they had to drive to get to my house and the number of items they had to carry to my front door. When I lived in KC about 10 years ago, a local joint was delivering in the middle of a severe winter storm. Rain, ice, high winds, single digit temps...most businesses were closed. My total was only about $12. Gave him a 20 and told him to keep the change.

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"Tipping is to reward service" - that is my philosophy too Nic but what was once considered a reward for excellent service is now not only expected but is built in to their wage system. I could launch in to an entire diatribe about how we've allowed our society to become one of expect instead of earn but that's more suited for the Politics forum. Grrrr

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I have never in my life heard of tipping a gas station attendant, but there's a first time for everything.

I just make sure I have enough gas to get through New Jersey. Getting gas at a rest stop there is SUCH an ordeal I refuse to do it.

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Here's one that's been bugging me for a while...Are you supposed to tip the guy in New Jersey who puts gas in your car? Personally, I hate that I can't fill up my own tank for whatever reason, but I always feel weird NOT giving the guy a $1.

Can someone tell me if its customary or not?

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Most waiter staff must share tips with cooks, expediters, bus staff and dish washers. So not tipping on a take out order shows disrespect for the entire staff. Now if the order is wrong and not cooked properly then no tip is acceptable. This is why I check the order before I leave and leave a 15% tip.

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I'll tip for most of those things, but not counter service. If so, why not tip at the gas station? The grocery store? The bank? The 7-Eleven? The bus driver? The sporting goods store?

Why is a Starbucks barista any more appropriate to tip than the cashier at the grocery store? Why not tip at McDonalds?

I'm not budging on counter service. Sorry.

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Sorry, I don't see any reason to tip on a carry out order. Tipping is to reward service. Walking to the kitchen to pick up a bag doesn't qualify IMO.

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I have left a quarter and a bent spoon for poor service.

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Bayou - I didn't know that we were expected to tip on take out and I think it's terrible that an establishment would force their employees to cover tips on a service where "95%" of people don't tip. I'll tip from now on because I don't want the employee to suffer.

However, I must admit that the expectation of a tip and the expanding list of services expecting a tip truly irritate me. Hair stylist. Shampoo girl. Manicurist. Dog groomer. Massage therapist. Housekeeping services. Getting charged a "delivery fee" for food order but that's separate from tip. Etc.

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And for the record, I am a generous tipper. My usual is 20% and then rounded up to the nearest dollar. I will go much higher for very good service.

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