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Old 06-26-2013, 03:52 PM   #61
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There is no tipping in any situation in Japan Ė cabs, restaurants, personal care. To tip someone is actually a little insulting; the services youíve asked for are covered by the price given, so why pay more?

If you are in a large area like Tokyo and canít speak any Japanese, a waiter or waitress might take the extra money you happen to leave rather than force themselves to deal with the awkward situation of explaining the concept of no tipping in broken English.

Just remind yourself: a price is a price.
We don't live in Japan.
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Old 06-26-2013, 03:53 PM   #62
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There is no tipping in any situation in Japan Ė cabs, restaurants, personal care. To tip someone is actually a little insulting; the services youíve asked for are covered by the price given, so why pay more?

If you are in a large area like Tokyo and canít speak any Japanese, a waiter or waitress might take the extra money you happen to leave rather than force themselves to deal with the awkward situation of explaining the concept of no tipping in broken English.

Just remind yourself: a price is a price.
I would prefer this, personally. I liked it when I lived in Japan.
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Old 06-26-2013, 04:02 PM   #63
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We don't live in Japan.
What I hate about America is you have all these teeny boppers getting temporary food industry jobs and they
  • Lack total professionalism
  • Are abrasive
  • Regardless, feel entitled to said tip
  • Tend to focus on 1-2 tables for the magical tip instead of making sure all 5-10 are equally well off
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Old 06-26-2013, 04:03 PM   #64
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15% unless you get exceptional service then I give 20%

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Old 06-26-2013, 04:07 PM   #65
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What I hate about America is you have all these teeny boppers getting temporary food industry jobs and they
  • Lack total professionalism
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  • Regardless, feel entitled to said tip
  • Tend to focus on 1-2 tables for the magical tip instead of making sure all 5-10 are equally well off

Maybe it's a difference in perception, or something else, but I don't notice this much, if at all, when going out to restaurants. On top of that, I tend to pick up more on stuff like this since I worked in various positions in the service industry for quite a while.
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Old 06-26-2013, 04:10 PM   #66
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I would prefer this, personally.
It works well for a country like Japan where people take pride in everything they do. Unfortunately, in the US, many workers, especially in the food service industry, do not have the same work ethic. I'm glad most waiters/waitresses need tips to make a living. That's why most of them do a good job at serving the customer. Bad service = small tip
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Old 06-26-2013, 04:21 PM   #67
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20% for average to good service
>20% for great or excellent service
<0-20% for horrible to less than avg. service.

I figure you can't get a bad reputation for being a good tipper, but you can certainly get one for being a poor tipper.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:18 PM   #68
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Re: how much do you generally tip at restaurants?

I tip the standard. 15% for normal service. 20% for excellent. If I'm a regular, I'll throw more in. I was at a bar the other night and I gave the bartender about 40-50% the whole night. Knew the guy was the owner, he brings kick ass bands to town and knows how to overpour a drink. I hope that my doing that gets him to bring more kick ass bands.

Back to the point 15-20%. But if you do a bad job, you'll get a bad tip.

For the record, I hate going out with ex-servicepeople. They always complain about how hard it is to do that job and that we should tip well. Get off your high horse, the job isn't that hard. And when you disagree (and you will), take into consideration that you're working inside doing non-strenuous labor. Just because you have to think, talk and walk at the same time doesn't mean the job is hard.
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15%. 20% if the service is very good. At nicer places, I usually don't go over 15% since good service is expected. I'll leave less if they provide lousy service.
So you would tip 20% at a place such as Applebee's if you receive unusually good service and 15% at a restaurant where you are waited on by more than one person and your silverware is replaced after each course?
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15-18%, more in clubs or the if the bartender is cute.
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For the record, I hate going out with ex-servicepeople. They always complain about how hard it is to do that job and that we should tip well. Get off your high horse, the job isn't that hard. And when you disagree (and you will), take into consideration that you're working inside doing non-strenuous labor. Just because you have to think, talk and walk at the same time doesn't mean the job is hard.


The hard part of the job is dealing with the random asshole people, strange one off requests, and getting talked down to/treated like you're a 2nd class citizen from strangers. I'm guessing you've never worked a service job?
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I think it's weird how bartenders, even one here, can brag about bringing home thousands in tips for a good weekend or two... but if you don't tip, you're an asshole. Like, what?
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The hard part of the job is dealing with the random asshole people, strange one off requests, and getting talked down to/treated like you're a 2nd class citizen from strangers. I'm guessing you've never worked a service job?
I've never worked in food, but I've worked in service. I know about asshole customers for sure! Trust me, even in a job where you don't talk to customers, there are still plenty of assholes. The only hope is the asshole isn't your boss, haha.
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Standard tip has always been 15%. Anything above that is for excellent service, and up to the customer. Most times, I will just 15% it, and round up to make it easier. This way, you aren't doing the bare minimum, and at most you are losing less than a dollar. If you are eating out, you can afford 1-99 cents. If the service is good, or I go there often, I go 20% and maybe round up a little.

My big question is whether you leave a tip for taking food to go. I take food to go all the time from restaurants (sit-down), and was taught not to tip when you don't sit down to eat. After a while, I started leaving a dollar just for good measure at restaurants I frequent.

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Standard tip has always been 15%. Anything above that is for excellent service, and up to the customer.

My big question is whether you leave a tip for taking food to go. I take food to go all the time from restaurants (sit-down), and was taught not to tip when you don't sit down to eat. After a while, I started leaving a dollar just for good measure at restaurants I frequent.
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So you would tip 20% at a place such as Applebee's if you receive unusually good service and 15% at a restaurant where you are waited on by more than one person and your silverware is replaced after each course?
Dunno. I don't go to places like Applebee's.
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The hard part of the job is dealing with the random asshole people, strange one off requests, and getting talked down to/treated like you're a 2nd class citizen from strangers. I'm guessing you've never worked a service job?
That employee at McDonald's probably gets just as much abuse if not more than your average sit-down restaurant waiter but they're not frothing at the mouth when they don't make more than minimum wage.
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I treat the waiter with respect and pay what the meal is worth. I rarely tip unless the waitress really worked for it more than just keeping my drink full, If i feel the meal was really good I ask to see the chef and tip him, The waitress only brought me my food and in most cases for me brought me one iced tea. I dont see why they deserve one when they are getting a wage for it
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I treat the waiter with respect and pay what the meal is worth. I rarely tip unless the waitress really worked for it more than just keeping my drink full, If i feel the meal was really good I ask to see the chef and tip him, The waitress only brought me my food and in most cases for me brought me one iced tea. I dont see why they deserve one when they are getting a wage for it


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I usually tip 10-15%....sometimes more. It all depends on how many drinks I have had. Also depends on male or female server lol..
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