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Oops! Should we have tipped?

Jasz Mar 3, 2013 05:04 PM

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.

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  1. Dagney Mar 3, 2013 05:27 PM

    Hmmm, well, I tip everyone and I tip well, but I would NOT have tipped the second waitress.

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      Hobbert Mar 3, 2013 05:28 PM

      Nope.

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        CanadaGirl Mar 3, 2013 06:03 PM

        I wouldn't have tipped twice.

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          justalex Mar 3, 2013 06:05 PM

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

          1. Jimonthebeach Mar 3, 2013 06:06 PM

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

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              cresyd Mar 3, 2013 11:44 PM

              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).

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                Harters Mar 4, 2013 02:13 AM

                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.

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                  cstr Mar 4, 2013 06:43 AM

                  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.

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                    Bigjim68 Mar 4, 2013 07:16 AM

                    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.

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                      pine time Mar 4, 2013 07:39 AM

                      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?

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                        Jasz Mar 4, 2013 11:43 AM

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

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                          Midlife Mar 4, 2013 03:58 PM

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

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                            Bigjim68 Mar 4, 2013 04:16 PM

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

                      2. Jasz Mar 4, 2013 11:46 AM

                        Thanks—I'm relieved.

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