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Oct 6, 2007 08:43 PM

I Forgot To Leave A Tip-What To Do?

I had brunch earlier today, and paid for my bill with a credit card. I didn't include my tip on the credit card like I usually do, because after paying with my card, I asked for change for a five dollar bill...with every intention of going back to the table to leave the tip for the waitress. I was dining with two friends, and we all started chatting while up at the cash register (not a fancy place). So, with all the chatting going on, I obviously completely forgot that I needed to go leave a tip on the table, and my friends & I walked out together.

It wasn't until tonight that I looked in my wallet, realized that I had five singles, and gasped! Oh no, I forgot to leave a tip.

I feel awful about this...the food was great, the service wonderful....I honestly forgot to go back to the table to drop off the money for the tip.

I'm not sure if the restaurant is open on Sunday. I'm inclined to go back to the restaurant & tell them what happened & give them my tip. I just want to make sure that it gets to the proper server, and I don't know her name.

What would ya'll do?

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  1. Definitely go back tomorrow and see if they're open, if not call and leave a message about it and go back when they are open. Just describe the server to them, they'll be able to figure out who it was.

    1. go back until you can have the same member of the wait staff, apologize, and make up for the misstep...all should be well

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      1. re: jword2001

        No need to apologize. Go back when it's open and leave the tip and make sure it's the right waitress. It's an honest mistake and not that big a deal.

      2. This sort of happened to us the other day. We had 2 waitresses. First we ordered drinks and waitress #1 was leaving her shift so we closed out with her. We were a group of 6 so she charged us gratuity automatically. Then we had waitress and check #2. I think everyone just assumed gratuity was included again as we were still a party of 6. We paid the bill and as we were leaving the manager asked us if everything was ok service wise and wanted to know why we left a $5 tip (on a $100 or so check). We felt pretty bad and my husband went back in and added some cash for the tip.
        I would just go back and leave a tip.

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        1. re: SweetPea914

          I called...the restaurant is closed on Sunday (today), but I'll definitely go back in on Monday and leave the tip that I forgot. This is the first time I've ever done this & been so absent minded or distracted that I forgot to leave a tip.


          1. re: ctflowers

            happened to all of us at some point. call on monday and describe the server. if s/he is in that day and it fits your schedule stop by and hand her the tip plus a couple and apologize.

            guaranteed the next s/he serves you it will be as great, if not better than the last time. things like this happen.

            1. re: ctflowers

              If you still have your c/c receipt it probably has your servers name/number on it. Take it in to the resto with you and if your server isn't there hopefully, it will help identify her. If you didn't want to go back in you might be able to have them add a tip to your c/c

              1. re: sweetnspicy

                Thanks for the idea! I never thought to look at my receipt to see ther servers name or id# on it.