No-tipping policies at US restaurants prompt delight – and disaster
Note the following point in the article:
"According to research by Michael Lynn, professor of consumer behaviour
and marketing at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration,
most people tip not based on service, but *because they feel guilty and
obliged*. He also found that 53% of customers liked the idea of higher
menu prices where tipping is not permitted."
I have a question about tipping in general. I have no problem paying
tips for service in a restaurant. I just question different formats:
-sit down, waitress takes your order, serves your meal, keeps your
beverage glass full, frequently asks what you need, suggests possible
-Chinese Buffet, get table, person brings glass of water, you serve
yourself food, water server never returns to offer more water
-Golden Corral Buffet, pick table and lay your receipt on table, go
get your food and beverage, come back to table and notice a person has
signed their name on your receipt with a note saying they are going to
be my server...but they never serve a thing to me while I am eating
What would Miss Manners tell me to tip in these various scenarios?
You're going out for a nice dinner. Don't be such a Scrooge. Leave a tip
and quit bitching about it or just stay home and cook. I would rather
serve myself with what I prefer and the amounts than someone deciding
Miss Manners would say:
Find a different buffet where they don't know you for being a
Buffet says it all. They take dirty plates away and yes, I agree he's
a cheapskate. Throw $5-10 on the table. Sheesh. If they can't dig
into their pocket for a measly tip, then they should be eating at home
or going to a drive through.
I love cooking with wine.
Sometimes I even put it in the food.
On Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 4:39:48 PM UTC-5, sf wrote:
$5 - $10 tip at a buffet???? Only if lobster tails and filet
mignon and pate de foie gras are on that buffet.
Lunch buffets around here are in the $5 - $10 range around
here and I'm certainly not going to give them a 100% tip. I
drink water when I go out to eat, no matter where it is and
95% of the time I don't drink anything until I'm finished
with my meal. So the attendant only takes away my empty dishes
and depending on the price of the meal I will usually leave
$1. That's the norm around here; if I eat at a restaurant
that actually takes my order, brings me different dishes,
then yes, I will tip accordingly. Not just pull out a five
or ten dollar bill and throw it on the table.
The tip at a restaurant where my order was taken and I'm
served will depend on the server. If my meal is brought to me
with part of it missing and my server vanishes only to show up
to bring me the bill will be reflected in the size of the tip.
On Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 9:31:43 AM UTC-5, sf wrote:
I'm not complaining about leaving a tip just commenting on the
'need' or 'deservedness' of a 50 - 100% tip because someone removed
a plate or two, or even the possibility of refilling a glass.
Paying $10 for a buffet meal and then slapping down a $10 bill
for a 'tip' doesn't make someone worthy of praise and admiration.
As far as 'feedbag type buffets' well, hold onto your garters, ALL
buffets are feedbag type establishments if you want to make a statement.
You think some buffets are for those who eat like a bird and
others for those who feed like they are at a trough? Once again
ALL buffets, yes every one of them, are feedbag establishments.
Sometimes Babs, I think you make statements just to see if you
can outdo Julie on the ridiculousness.
Yep. Walgreen's (although they are ridiculously priced) and even my
grocery store has a drive thru pharmacy. I suspect Gary is being
Of course, you don't tip the person at the drive-thru pharmacy. Nor do
you ask them how much they make per hour so you can figure out whether
or not you should be tipping them. LOL
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