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To not want to leave a tip ?

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cookieswirls Fri 25-Nov-16 22:38:08

Went for a meal tonight nothing fancy just pizza and my friend seemed mortified that I didn't leave a tip. I was paying for our meal and I generally don't leave tips. Ive never left a tip for anyone actually not taxi drivers, hairdressers, waiters is that mean of me ?

VanillaSugarAndChristmasSpice Fri 25-Nov-16 22:39:55


orangebird69 Fri 25-Nov-16 22:40:41

Yes it is mean and YABU.

Paulat2112 Fri 25-Nov-16 22:42:01


Soubriquet Fri 25-Nov-16 22:42:06

Depends what type of restaurant really.

I've never eaten in a posh restaurant that requires a tip

nurseinwonderland Fri 25-Nov-16 22:42:30

I never tip. I find it strange that DH who is a delivery driver gets tips. And he tips the pizza delivery driver.
I'm planning on getting my hairdressers some chocolates when I go in Christmas eve but that's about it.

WussyWat Fri 25-Nov-16 22:42:34

Yes, YABU. Why would you not tip someone who receives barely minimum wage for providing you with good service? I'd be mortified if I was with you too.

cookieswirls Fri 25-Nov-16 22:44:02

I just seem to pay them what they ask. I've never thought twice tbh. Oops

MontePulciana Fri 25-Nov-16 22:45:28

This is common in the US where waiters get $2 an hour and rely on those tips. Not in the UK. We never tip here. It's not expected and unless you're tipping all minimum wage workers then I don't see how waiters are any different. I will be buying my child's nursery carers a gift at Christmas though.

rumpelstiltskin43 Fri 25-Nov-16 22:46:32

Hope you never come to the US on vacation! You'll be classed as a stingy tightass Brit.

cookieswirls Fri 25-Nov-16 22:47:39

Ha ha rumpel I'm Sure I would !

MontePulciana Fri 25-Nov-16 22:48:47

But we do it in the US. 20% is normal. It's not a British thing. It's definitely not European either (Italian waiters got really huffy after we once left €1 on the table, chased after us to give it back).

frikadela01 Fri 25-Nov-16 22:49:05

Yanbu. Tipping is a ridiculous practice that seems to be on the increase. There are many many minimum wage workers who works bloody hard but do not work in the sort of industries where tipping is acceptable. What makes then less worthy than wait staff or hairdressers or taxi drivers?

And fwiw I've worked as a waitress,i was fucking minted when I did Friday and Saturday nights thanks to the tips. I was pulling in far more money than when I was working as a care assistant.

Soubriquet Fri 25-Nov-16 22:49:14

But like above rumpel everyone is paid minimum wage here.

So unlike the US we don't rely on tips. Though they come in handy

chicaguapa Fri 25-Nov-16 22:49:25

I was brought up to tip in restaurants so always leave around 10%. I think it's mean not to and do judge if I'm out with other people and they don't. If I was dating I wouldn't see someone again if they didn't tip.

MontePulciana Fri 25-Nov-16 22:50:40

Isn't minimum wage like £7.50? That's a huge difference from US waiters who are often self employed.

frikadela01 Fri 25-Nov-16 22:50:57

Oh and I do tip in the US since I understand that wait staff are expected to make up their wage with tips.

user1477282676 Fri 25-Nov-16 22:51:31

I had a job a very swish restaurant in London where I simply greeted people on the door. Sort of a host.

I got about 2 quid an hour but people used to give me 50 pound notes as a tip.

They'd breeze in and say "Hello darling...can you watch my car?" and point to their stunning vehicle parked on double yellows outside.

For some reason, no car ever got clamped or anything! I used to be shitting myself that a traffic warden would appear and I couldn't do anything about it after they'd dropped me fifty quid!

I loved that job. I'd come out with loadsamoney! It was the early 90s though.

BolivarAtasco Fri 25-Nov-16 22:51:40

I only ever refuse to tip if the service has been awful. Otherwise 10% for waiting staff, hairdressers, taxis, etc.

Elledouble Fri 25-Nov-16 22:52:06

Is it not the case that waiters are taxed to take tips into account? That was definitely the rumour when I was a waitress...

cookieswirls Fri 25-Nov-16 22:53:36

Wow user I wouldn't have taken the money

GabsAlot Fri 25-Nov-16 22:54:44

i do sometimes depending on the service if its not good i dont tip

BrightOranges Fri 25-Nov-16 22:54:48

Why tip because they are on the minimum wage? Ia that the customer's fault? And do you tip at a checkout? Or tip a dinner lady or teaching assistant? Or the person who delivers the papers? The list is endless. How about if you received awful service in a restaurant? How do you decide who does get a tip and who doesn't?

MontePulciana Fri 25-Nov-16 22:56:21

Our neighbour in Salt Lake used to work Friday and Saturday nights in a restaurant and that's all she had to do. Cash in hand. She worked damn hard for it though. I find here you are waiting around for ages for your food and the service is always very average. I love the efficiency in American restaurants.

Lovemyfurfurbabs Fri 25-Nov-16 22:56:37

Not in the UK. We never tip here.

Eh? I'm in London and I've never not tipped, it's normal.

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