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  •  I think it's to ensure that large bills... (12+ / 0-)

    don't get under tipped.

    If the standard wasn't 18%, then how many large parties would only tip $15 on a $200 bill?

    We already know how many would - so many that every restaurant includes the 18% tip automatically on tables of over 6.

    It is done. Four More Years.

    by mconvente on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 10:06:47 AM PST

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    •  the reasoning behind the 18% (8+ / 0-)

      of the 18%, 5% goes to the other staff as a "tip out".  3% is taxed away, leaving the server with 10%, or the original Tithe.

      This is what we were taught in corporate training.

      95% of all life forms that once existed on earth are now extinct. It is only a matter of time until the Republicans follow suit.

      by PRRedlin on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 10:10:20 AM PST

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      •  Yes, makes sense (4+ / 0-)

        I'm aware that the other restaurant workers receive a small percentage from the server tips.

        I took ashenthorn's comment to mean more that it's unfair for waiters/waitresses to earn the same percentage for doing similar work for two different bills.  i.e. - why is a server's work worth $40 on a $200 bill vs. only $8 on a $40 bill when they did pretty much the same work.  Seems like ashenthorn may be recommending a minimum tip charge to level the playing field.

        My comment was about why there's a standard 18% rule (beyond the reason you mentioned) - basically, if the standard was "flat fee" for servers, then tons of people would tip only $15 on a $200 bill.  We know they would because restaurants automatically add tip to large parties to prevent this very thing.

        It is done. Four More Years.

        by mconvente on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 10:18:30 AM PST

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    •  WAIT A SECOND!!!! (2+ / 0-)
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      If the tip was added to the bill at a rate of 18% by Applebees due to the size of the party, then it was not necessary for any additional tip to be given.

      Yes, the pastor made a snarky comment, but she DID tip the waitperson. It was in the bill that she paid and wrote her note on.

      I thought she didn't tip at all. That's actully not possible in the large table situations.

      "Jersey_Boy" was taken.

      by New Jersey Boy on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 12:16:23 PM PST

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