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We all work very hard to make ends meet, but I’m sure if you can afford a vacation in Key West, then you can afford to take care of the service workers when warranted. What we witnessed yesterday happen to a popular bartender was just appalling, $105 tab and the couple leaves a $5 tip? A group of guys order 5 mixed drinks and then leave $3.50? In both cases they received the same good service that we did, so it wasn’t about the service. Most of these people were out of work for at least a month if not more and are having tough times making ends meet, please tip appropriately. This is just my opinion.

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Toronto, Canada
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61. Re: Tipping

This is from........tripadvisor:

While tipping is not mandatory in most of the United States, it is customary in many circumstances for service, especially at almost all sit-down restaurants which offer table service and many food servers depend on tips as an essential part of their wage. Some states allow a "tip credit" to count as part of the Federal Minimum Wage of $7.25/hour so tipped employees may be paid as low as $2.00 an hour plus tips. Generally, the average tip is 15% to 20% of the total meal cost.

Tipping practices can vary depending upon the location in the U.S., and even published guidance can vary greatly depending upon the source. For example, some Americans don't tip at a buffet restaurant, but it's generally good form to tip $1-2/person for wait staff just clearing several rounds of plates, to as much as 10 percent if the wait staff is refilling drinks and providing other services. The general rule is to tip in proportion to the service, and the quality of service being delivered.

Key West, Florida
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62. Re: Tipping

Well if TripAdvisor says so lol

yo. oh
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63. Re: Tipping

The math on the starting point for an appropriate tip is super easy when using 20% - if the service you receive is above average, then you can easily add $ to increase the tip amount/percentage - correspondingly subtract if the service is below average. However its reality that some people are big spenders while others are cheapskates - thats where the "average" tip comes from.

Regarding an earlier post comment of "the entitlement attitude some servers have whether they are good or a total snot to customers". The quality of servers/service has a wide range that affects the tip: Was at Hogs Breath a couple weeks back, ordered two drinks at the outside bar and handed the waitress the money, she rang it up and took the change and put it into her tip jar without even looking at me - took our drinks and left because of her offensive entitlement attitude. Was back in Hogs Breath 4-5 days later at the same outside bar with a waiter that is probably the best we ever had in KW - we stayed there for 3+ hours and left an above average tip because of his excellent service.

Rochester, NY
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64. Re: Tipping

My niece was a server for years and she taught me this trick:

Move the decimal point to the left (10%) and doubling it (20%). For example: if the bill is $40.00 you move the decimal $4,00 and double it to $8.00 - voila - 20%.

Comes in especially handy after you have had a few cocktails :-)

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65. Re: Tipping

One problem with that. You are supposed to tip on the pre tax amount.

66. Re: Tipping

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Cape Canaveral...
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for Key West
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67. Re: Tipping

We tip on the total amount but it's not a huge difference in any case.

Fort Lauderdale...
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68. Re: Tipping

How you tip says a whole lot about you as a human.

South Jersey
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69. Re: Tipping

I'm sure there are plenty of lousy people who are good tippers.

Key West, Florida
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70. Re: Tipping

I’m with Fred, people who can empathize with others tend to be kinder. Human nature 101

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