Before going to the DC PF blogger get-together last night, I took the time to figure out how much I wanted to spend. $10 seemed like a reasonable amount, since we had some money in our Misc fund. Then, instead of buying $10 worth of food, I first computed how much of it should go towards the tip.
I came up with $3, which is a bit high for a $7 purchase (42%), but I figured that it’d be a busy time and I know waitresses can normally use it.
This led me to ponder whether it’s ever appropriate not to tip. I tend to think that one should tip at least 15%-20% 99.9% of the time. And most of the time it should be towards 20%.
It’s probably because I’ve lived with waitresses. Many make less than $3 per hour and rely on tips to get them even to minimum wage (or above). Plus, they have to split tips with the busboy .
I also know that if the food takes a long time coming, it’s often not the waitress’s fault and one shouldn’t penalize her.
If a waitress is very rude, completely ignores you, etc, (and there isn’t an apparently good reason for her neglect, like a full restaurant or she’s the only one on staff) then I can see leaving a smaller tip. Perhaps no tip. But it’d have to be really bad for me not to leave anything.
And for goodness sake, don’t leave a tract. Well…I’ll amend that. Feel free to leave a tract, if you leave a good tip. Your waitress will not want your religion if it leads you to stiff her. Believe me, you’ll be a horrible “witness.” But if you leave a huge tip and a tract, you’re being a great witness about how generous people of your faith are and she might actually care. (I could write a whole post about how I feel about tracts, but if you want to leave them it’s your business.)
Is not having the money an excuse not to tip? NO! says Lynnae at Being Frugal. Her rule of thumb: “If you can’t afford to leave a tip, you can’t afford to eat at that restaurant.”
In the end, I ended up tipping 111% because I ordered something for $4.50, my soda was free (which I hadn’t counted on) and I felt generous, so I just gave her the $10. I think the only other time I’ve been so generous was when I accidentally tipped a pizza guy with a $20 thinking it was a $5. He was trying to make change and I said “No, keep it.” He got this funny look but said “Ok.” Oh well. He was an immigrant and looked old enough to be a father. I’m sure he could use it.
What are your rules about tipping? Have you ever tipped 100%? Or felt justified in leaving no tip at all?
Edit: I just wanted to add that the waitress kept my glass filled with the free ginger ale. So she wasn’t even a sucky one, probably why I was even more inclined to just leave the $10.
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