How much do you tip in a restaurant?
After reading the other restaurant post I wondered how much people usually tip, provided the service was good? I always give at least 20%. After my son and then daughter started serving sometimes I have increased this. If I went out to eat with them, they always added money to my tip after checking out what I had left...that is if I was paying for everyone's meals. Servers here make between $1 and 2.00 an hour usually. Then they have to tip out the bartenders, food runners, and sometimes kitchen staff. I'm appalled by some of the stories they have told me over the years. People coming in, huge table of people, ordering $100 to $200 and tipping only a couple bucks, etc.... A lot of people apparently tip quite a bit less than what I thought was normal: 20%. Others tip way too much and sorta make up for the other people. I'm kinda in between. Even is the service is slow or not great, I still leave a tip. Sometimes it's not the servers fault the food is slow in coming. They could be understaffed in the kitchen or on the floor. I do get annoyed sometimes when I see the servers standing around chit chatting and ignoring drink refills etc... but that doesn't happen a lot. I was a waitress years ago and was a horrible one due to my shyness. I left after less than a month because I knew I was horrible.