HOME > Chowhound > Not About Food >


Oops! Should we have tipped?

My friend and I had lunch at a pub yesterday. While we were eating, our waitress brought the bill, saying that she was going off shift. We settled up, including the usual tip, and she introduced up to her replacement.
The second waitress refilled our pop and cleared the plates. She didn't return to ask if we wanted anything further.
It didn't occur to me to leave her a separate tip—it just came to me today. Should we have? We are in Canada, btw, if that has anything to do with anything.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Hmmm, well, I tip everyone and I tip well, but I would NOT have tipped the second waitress.

      1. I wouldn't have tipped twice.

        1. I don't think it was necessary to tip the second waitress. You're fine.

          1. Maybe a buck? Probably not. Shift changes happen all the time.

            1. In this case - definitely not.

              However, there's a bar I frequent where my friends and I usually arrive for 70% of the first shift but pay the second shift. We do always try to pay/tip when the first shift leaves, but we don't always remember and the first shift will often brush it off as more of a nusance if we ask to pay before they leave. But I figure that has more to do with the way the bartenders are paid (not in the US).

              1. Cultural norms differ between countries about tipping as about many things in life. I don't know what the norm would be in Canada but, in the UK, I doubt whether anyone would consider leaving a second tip.

                1. Maybe, as a policy or rule for servers, the first waitperson did a small split with the tip for the second waitperson or maybe they have reprocity and it all balances out over time.

                  1. My opinion:

                    Most restaurants, bars, etc. have a policy in place to cover such things as multiple servers, shift changes, kitchen staff, etc. The exception for me would be a good sommelier or a separate check at the bar while waiting. Otherwise, I tip at the checkout.

                    4 Replies
                    1. re: Bigjim68

                      We also tip at checkout, and if a waitperson brings the bill, saying they're going off shift, I don't see the need to "settle up" right then and there. Won't they get the tip when we pay at the end of our meal?

                      1. re: pine time

                        She asked us to so we did. I think it may have had to do more with her cashing out than getting the tip.

                        1. re: pine time

                          They should get the tip, but not all restaurants are that well organized.

                          1. re: Midlife

                            True, but that would be an internal problem and not one with which the customer should be bothered.

                      2. Thanks—I'm relieved.