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Jul 22, 2008 09:03 PM

So, Even if You Eat Out, Are You Tipping Less?

MY DD, the gorgeous bartender and sometime waitperson reports that tips have shrunk of late. She's lucky to get 10 per cent these days ... is that a trend, or an anomaly? She's located in a touristy type area, and while folks are dining out, they seem to be skimping on the back end. So, are you tipping less to save a few bucks? (We're not counting the family that asks for extra lemons so they can make their own lemonade from free sugar and the those lemons ...)

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  1. I'm not tipping any less. But now that you mention it, I think I will. This would be a refreshing trend. 10% or even less would be nice.

    1. Nope - still tipping exactly as before, though we're not eating out as much, or at the higher-end places.

      It's rather upsetting that someone would think that the economy somehow lessens the value of the service provided by server.

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      1. re: ElsieDee

        Nope. 20%, 25% and more, depending on the service.

        Servers have one of the hardest jobs in the world, they deserve it.

      2. Not reducing the tip at all. The touristy type are may be a factor....people trying to cut corners on vacation (something I can't wrap my mind around, but many people do).

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        1. re: Janet from Richmond

          I agree - I can't imagine tipping less - I'd eat somewhere less expensive, instead.

          1. re: MMRuth

            Totally agree with you about eating somewhere less expensive if you're feeling the financial crunch -- a much more reasonable solution than tipping less.

        2. Probably eating out less, but not tipping out less at all. Typical tip for dinner, or drinks is at least 20%.

          1. Great subject! I think we're actually tipping more now that I think about it. I assume they (servers) are feeling the economy more because people are eating out less. Even when I have subs/salads delivered - I'm tipping more. I'm not a big spender when it comes to "things" but with food and service, I am. I like the idea that we may have put a smile on the servers face and brightened their day or night.

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            1. re: lexpatti

              What a nice sentiment, lexpatti. Good for you.