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The Dining Rule

I am a firm believer in the rule of buying what you can pay for, in all aspects, but especially when eating out. If you are buying $200 worth of food and drink between 3 people then clearly you have enough money that evening to be equally as ‘spend’y towards the individual(s) who worked to make your night as good as it was.

Shitty service? Well then by all means, make it known with a low tip and a few words to the manager. But don’t be Mr./Mrs. Impressive Moneybags and then become Frugal Fickle Fred when the server bids you goodnight with a smile and a handshake. Classless and deplorable, especially if the service was great.

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Anonymous asked: This isn’t really a question, but just something to consider.

Tipping really depends on where you live. In Canada, you typically only tip 10%. In Europe, there are some countries where they don’t expect you to tip at all. Where you grow up, you expect this to be the norm. So when you go to New York (whether it’s for a trip, or you suddenly got a job/school there), you tip what you consider to be normal, and sometimes, no one tells you that you tip too low.

If you’re visiting a new country, it should be your responsibility to research the culture you are going in to. That includes proper tipping amounts, if there is any at all.

Anonymous asked: Many places in my area didn’t start charging a delivery fee until the last time gas prices went really high a few years ago. At the time they said it was because of the high cost of gas. Of course most of those delivery fees have never gone away. Are you saying that the delivery driver probably didn’t even get that fee despite the fact that they are the ones that have to pay for gas? It seems like it would be a big scam if businesses charged for deliver because of the high price of gas then don’t even give the extra money to the driver.

I’ve received a number of messages from delivery people saying they never see that money. So it seems to be a scam. In NYC most places offer it for free, so I cant comment personally.

Above and Beyond

Something that people don’t realize who have never worked in this industry is that the percentage tip is merely a launch pad. You should always tip 15 or 20% for excellent service, but remember that sometimes, you really need to tip more. For example, if there are 4 of you, and you are eating 2 entrées, a 20% tip is not probably going to cover the work that the server had to do to keep you all happy. The bill is too low. If you hang out for 3 1/2 hours talking about how much you love pina colladas and getting caught in the rain, the server just missed out on at least 2 tables in that time, so tip better to make up for his/her lost income. If you are a pain in the a**. Look, I love mustard, pickles, extra cheese, tomato, onion, mayo, bbq sauce, ketchup, hollandaise, pico de gallo, and pesto on my burger as much as anyone else, but if you need something super dooper over specifically special, you need to tip more. Also, if you drink 35 glasses of water, or if your kid leaves a ring of destruction around the highchair….

This list could go on and on. Just remember, if you are anything different, unusual, special, unique or…challenging, tip more.


Submitted by MrsMontoya

Saw a post where it said “You don’t tip on pickup.”  Do you think that order just magically put itself together?  The second someone picks up the phone to take your order a service begins and it ends with your food packaged with all the extra sh*t you aksed for. You would tip a bartender for cracking a beer but yet where I work it’s routine for corporate douchebags to leave the goose egg on a $100 order that personally took me 20 minutes to put together. Putting together takeout is part of my job as a server (which pays $2.89 an hour) so when someone does not tip on a pickup order I am providing that service for free. I would like to walk into a lawyers office and ask them to work on a case for free.


I can only speak for the baristas out there, but I worked my way through undergrad as a barista and here’s the deal: $1 tip per drink is minimum. I grew up in the NW (Seattle/Portland) and when I moved out to the NE (Boston/NYC), I kept noticing that people don’t tip AT ALL??? I’m no longer in the service industry, but if I see you do this, I’m going to spill my latte on you and smile. Again, if you can’t afford the tip, don’t order your item.

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