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How Much to Tip For Bad Service?

How Much Tip Do You Give When Faced With Bad Service?


Many servers barely make minimum wage, so tips are definitely a huge part of their income. That's one of the reasons why there was so much public outrage when an allegedly well-to-do banker, whose identity was not disclosed, tipped a waitress a measly $1.33 when the bill came to $133.54. To add salt to the wound, he wrote "get a real job" on the receipt. The picture of the bill was featured on a now-defunct blog called Future Ex Banker, reports Huffington Post. The blogger claims to be an employee of the tipper and says his boss "tips exactly 1 percent every time he feels the server doesn't sufficiently bow down to his Holiness." The tip is meant to be a mockery of the 99 percent, a phrase that refers to those who aren't in the top one percent of income earners.

We've all had experiences with rude waiters, and in those circumstances, there's always a dilemma when it comes time to paying the bill. What's the smallest tip you've given for bad service?

Update: the tipper turned out to be a hoax.

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Jay2379335 Jay2379335 4 years
 @lauren and no tip to the staff means no class, leave a penny to let them know you do tip but they were horrid at their job, btw the penny is left tails up and most servers understand it. if with more than one person each leaves one penny tails up. they get the message.
Jay2379335 Jay2379335 4 years
 @lauren and no tip to the staff means no class, leave a penny to let hem know you do tip but they were horrid at their job, btw the penny is left tails up and most servers understand it. if with more than one person each leaves one penny tails up. they get the message.
Jay2379335 Jay2379335 4 years
If you believe the supposed author in the "research" amounting to; "Many servers barely make minimum wage" then please take a look at this. It is the link to the facts. Namely the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Minimum Wages for Tipped Employees January 1, 2012 of the U.S. Department of labor. I served in fine dining restaurants and made a decent living through hard work, taking jerks cussing me out for things the chef had caused and policies of the restaurant, then to add insult to injury was often stiffed or left with a rude remark about the food. Yes sometimes it was my fault and I readily admitted it. However I averaged 36 percent in tips in the higher end restaurants, until I went to work in a casino. You have so many no class uncouth non tipping people in the casinos you would think you were in Europe where they do not tip.   My worst tips were in a steakhouse called BT steakhouse at Boomtown in Biloxi, MS, a casino that caters to locals who have no concept of tipping. I remember receiving two dollars on a 283 dollar check and I was taxed by sales not actual tips as in most casinos.   In Tennessee and in Mississippi the minimum wage for a server was and is to this day, $2.13 an hour, and you better believe the employers take advantage of the cheap labor by using them as a cleanup crew and to do linens and polish silver etc. etc. etc. SO here it is, see what you state pays the servers, oh, and by the way, be sure to note an employer may pay you that below minimum amount if you receive 30 dollars or above in tips MONTHLY, that is the federal definition. Enough of my ranting, here is the page the non-informed author should have checked first before making such absurd statements.   http://www.dol.gov/whd/state/tipped.htm
amber512 amber512 4 years
It depends on how bad the service is.  Definitely less than usual if it's bad.  The only time I have left no tip though was with a really awful waitress who ignored us the entire night and then came over and took my plate as I was in the middle of eating!  I was in the middle of scooping up some pasta with my fork and she pulled it out from under me.  Umm sorry, but NO tip.  I think I made some sort of guttural "uh" noise because I was just so shocked!
poizenisxkandee poizenisxkandee 4 years
i usually tip at least 15% if not more, and definitely 20% for great service but was told that very poor service that was the servers fault should be tipped one cent.  there are obviously things that happen to cause a bad time that aren't the fault of the server and thus a tip on the lower end of my normal spectrum, but my father, who also usually tips generously, used to wait tables in college and let me know this info when we were on a family vacation and had a beyond awful experience.  it wasnt in the kitchen or management or bar that was the problem, it was the server and my father tipped one cent as a message to the server that if he wasnt able to improve not only would he lose out on tips but on his job.
lauren lauren 4 years
If i have terrible service and  I mean really terrible, I have not tipped but that rarely happens. I usually tip pretty well and then if the service was mediocre I will vary the percentage. For great service=great tip!
Nancy-Einhart Nancy-Einhart 4 years
I usually tip 20 percent for good service and 15 percent for OK service; if it's really bad I'll do less than 15 percent but never less than 10. It's just not right.
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