Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Your Turn

If you waited tables, what was the biggest tip you received? If you haven't waited tables what is the biggest tip you have given or seen given?

16 comments:

Former CNN Anchor Candy Crowley said...

I worked as a waitress all through college. Once, one of my customers complained that his soup tasted funny. I looked at him and said "well then, why aren't you laughing".

david said...

Does bar tending count?

Back in the early 1980's, I was tipped $100 by an older guy who was trying to impress this gorgeous young woman who was there to try and stay away from obnoxious guys! He bought her a drink and she accepted it as per usual when she was out.

When we (spouse & I) eat out, I will tip 20% because i find that upon repeat trips to the restaurant, the waiters/waitresses want me sitting in their sections.

(And, I get better service the next time!)

=)

Do Tell said...

I'll always tip at least 20%.

Do Tell said...

*unless the service is really, really bad and by bad service, I mean being ignored or not checked on for long stretches, like when I am waiting to order or tryuing to ask for a check, or getting rude or impatient waitperson. Bad food or busing, etc are not the waitperson's fault.

For bad service, 10% or less/nothing

Marlo said...

I never waited tables, but before I was my own boss, I received $1,000 tip from a big shot client, because I delivered something (totally legal) to him in his country.

The largest tip from my end is my housekeepers annual Christmas bonus, of a 13th month pay, which is 1,100 GBP (roughly $1,300).
We love her, she's family. Hell, she's more family, than some of my real family Lol

just sayin\' said...

never waited tables, always leave 20%, but had a jarring experience with take-out recently. went to the cashier to pickup and pay for my food with a credit card. they swiveled the register's touchscreen to face me, where there were 3 boxes to choose from: 15%, 20% or 25%. 25%!!!! this was in a small-town, family-style diner, i was picking up sandwiches...had not been waited on. chose 20%, as i would have anyway, but i deeply resented the presumption. is this a new thing?

Alistdiva said...

$60

New Englander said...

This is a new thing near me, and I resent it too!

bean àlainn rua said...

$1000. / Bartending.

Criminal defense attorney (son of a mob boss), his client (a strip club owner) & a half dozen of client's dancer employees (straight from work) at the bar of a fine dining/expense account restaurant (pearls were clutched & ties adjusted in the dining room that night). Client had just won his federal case. I gave them great service, client paid & tipped me equal to the total. In C-notes.

I call it "the night I earned stripper money without taking my clothes off".

Scandi Sanskrit said...

Bien never had anything super extraordinary to give a super huge tip to wait staff working in restaurants/cafés (normally, I just round up). The most memorable story about tipping at a restaurant was when I was eating with my friend (who's a gold-digger) and her sister and she DIDN'T tip even after I chipped in extra for tipping (I only realised this after the fact) and I was HORRRRRRRIFIED!

I'm usually much nicer to street vendors (you know, the ones who sell street food). In Southeast Asia, they're nothing like the people selling street food in New York/Europe or something. Sometimes I'll give them a 100% tip if I think they're selling food for too cheap (like if it's a salad of fresh fruit). And even a 100% isn't much considering how low their prices are. It kills me how these people seem to be stuck in a life of poverty like social mobility doesn't exist or something. ?

Scandi Sanskrit said...

You're a sweetheart! ????

Scandi Sanskrit said...

LOL! You know how like you want to do something nice like do some household chore to impress your parents, and then they TELL you to do it before you get the chance to do it, and then you suddenly don't want to do it anymore?

Evee said...

Waited on in a small restaurant in an english village for a few years in my teens, where tipping is very much optional. Worked a christmas day shift once and got over £200 for the day, about 20 times my usual cut.
One of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me was a customer there. He was an older gent and stopped me as he was leaving. I had my hands full and he reached into his pocket, scooped out a fistful of change and dumped it into my apron pocket without looking at his hand - such a sweetheart.

Evee said...

Also, something I've noticed older people do which I find extremely cute is when they hide the tip under a teacup or side plate. Happy surprise for the server haha

Marlo said...

Not really LoL
I'm just very loyal to those who are loyal to me.
The rest can go screw themselves ;)

WickedBee said...

$1,000 tip for bartending when I was working in Toronto (Bay St.)
An older guy came in for a pint and we had a nice chat. His pint was $5 and he left me a five and 10 $100 bills with a note that said "Here's my number: there's a lot more where this came from if you feel like being spanked by an old fart like me". I didn't call him but I coulda been a sugar baby.