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Reminder – Servers Make Less than Minimum Wage

Just a reminder to everyone eating at a restaurant. Servers make less than min wage. $9.20 instead of $10.20.

The government assumes customers are tipping according to make that up. So please think about the next time u leave them 5%.

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  1. I don’t care how much they make, the tip is based on how well you serve me.
    If I have shitty service. Your getting no tip, and I really love how people assume you aren’t going to tip based on how you look, like really. Treat EVERYONE with good service. You’d be surprised who will tip nice.

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    • I agree with you .Also dont tell me how low of minimum wage they make when they are making that then have 6 tables each giving you a tip of minimum 5-6 dollars ($36 an hour). Even if you have to divide that up amongst others tough shit you are not court ordered to work that job.

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    • I agree about how servers judge on appearance if they think you will tip or not. I’ve been a server, I’ve done it. And I’ve been tipped by people i didnt expect, and it taught me a lesson not to be so judgemental.

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    • I agree entirely. I went to Humptys in Fort Sask with a guy Im seeing a while ago and we actually waited 15 minutes before even getting a drink order! Then another 15 for food order! The restaurant was LITERALLY empty. It was him and I and noone else. There were 3 servers on. We were about to leave and the food just showed up. The guy Im seeing was good and tipped but literally waiting 15 minutes to get a drink order in an empty restaurant? Ive also served before so I get that sometimes when you have huge sections it can be difficult but 15 minutes for just a coffee in a empty restaurant is… just a joke if they expect a tip out of that… really. Haha

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    • Shouldn’t even tip them! Holy that’s ridiculous! I would of just left. Give someone my business. That’s way to long

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    • There was this place where we got shitty service, went back there again got the same person, she didn’t learn the first time so she gave us a even crappier service. Like if someone tips you 1 dollar. You’d think you switch your attitude for next time?

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    • I told him not to but he’s nice like that 😛 I wouldnt have being a server I know shit service and that service was the poo. Well in cases like that I’d use constructive criticism with a manager to say I noticed my server was late with this or not paying attention to us as customers, then she can learn effectively (hopefully) from it. If someone gives me a small tip Im assuming its because they cant afford a big one or are being cheap. Im not saying I didnt fudge up once (10 four to six topper tables on my 2nd week at Boston Pizza in Mayfield Common and my first time ever serving and made me take a girls section who didnt show, so I had 2) and ohhh yeah that day I couldnt get orders done in a timely manner. I had too many tables and I got overwhelmed! Imagine 10 tables with 4 to 6 people each and trying to organize in timely fashion. I could have but not on my second week in the job! In that case though I can say I had a reason and I wasnt just blabbing to other servers or hanging in the pass through or showing one more attention than another, it was way too much for me to handle and my manager didnt care. Thank God I quit. I have worked for 2 seperate BPs and had 2 different friends, one worked for 3 different ones and one worked for 1 of the same as the other friend. The management is horrible, therefore the way the business is run is horrible.

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    • I tip on good service and how well we are treated.

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    • Russ Gibbs Russ Gibbs says:

      Christ your cheap, most women are

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    • HAHAHA most women are cheap?? Funniest post ever! Thanks for the laugh, ridiculous internet dude.

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    • And it’s “you’re”.

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    • Haha Russ Gibbs, whatever you say.

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    • Russ Gibbs well… actually I was a server and I can agree if I gave you horrible rude untimely unattentive customer service I wouldnt expect anything.

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    • Zac M Hunka Zac M Hunka says:

      100% agree that its all based on service. Annnnnddd to tell the truth, the more posts I read about what servers are entitled to, the less I tip

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    • It’s not called cheap Russ, it’s call economically savvy.
      And men can also be “cheap”, boys aren’t though.

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    • Sue Weir Sue Weir says:

      I am incredibly generous when it comes to leaving a tip, provided I’ve been given decent service. However, if you’re a complete waste of human flesh in a short skirt or tight shirt who thinks your sh*t doesn’t stink and you have your nose so high in the air you might drown in a rainstorm, giving me sh*tty service, you better damned well be prepared to get nothing for a tip. It’s the same with ANY industry where tipping is OPTIONAL. If the service is good, the tip is good…if the service stinks…the tip doesn’t happen! Check out the definition of GRATUITY (TIP). It says “optional”…so drop the expectation and start working for it!

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  2. I tip 20%, even more, when the service is excellent. But also nothing when it totally sucks. Not cheap, but don’t reward poor service either.

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    • Or more importantly. Bad attitudes. If someone is run off their feet and still smiling, even if the service isn’t the best, they get a good tip. Sometime it is shitty management. Attitude is everything !

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    • April Dawn April Dawn says:

      Totally agree. Great service= great tips. I once went to a restaurant, out waitress forgot about us, because she was too busy flirting with the bartender. We had 3 other servers help us throughout the evening and apologized for her lack of service. Then when paying by debit it was mandatory to tip. I called the manager over, refused to tip her. And tipped out the 3 other severs in cash, each at 30%. Our original server was pissed but the manager set her straight when she was sent home early from her shift. It wasn’t even busy.

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  3. Matt Bird Matt Bird says:

    Someone left a bad tip? Well that’s the first time I’ve ever heard anyone doing this. How many more servers are going to keep complaining? It’s part of the job. Literally heard this complaint from every server. It’s not going to change with your post. I promise.

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  4. You make your minimum wage if you do your minimum job. People should only be tipping when it’s deserved! Then maybe service would get better. Oh, don’t like it? Then get out of the industry.

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  5. Diane Peters Diane Peters says:

    And remember too that servers have a mandatory tip out to other staff of anywhere from 3 to 8% of their total sales every shift.

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  6. I’ve said before, as a server myself tips need to be based on quality of service. But for those who just don’t tip, also keep in mind that we also tip kitchen staff a certain percentage so when you don’t tip that comes out of our pocket.

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    • Give good service, a tip might come your way. its not the customers responsibility to tip the whole restaurant. Its also not the customers fault that the entire restaurant expects a tip.

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    • Uh, my first statement says, tips are based in quality of service. At the cooks are the ones that cook your food so yes they should be tipped as well. Wouldn’t want to receive food from a cook that hears ya say that.

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    • So your saying if you don’t tip you’ll get your food spit on and crappy service? Usually I tip after my meal and I will only tip if the meal is as I asked and the service I got was worth it.

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    • Fawn Ziebird Fawn Ziebird says:

      Why Melissa? Wpuld your restaurants cook spit in the food if they heard what Cristene said?

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    • Just a saying omg

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    • And how you tip Corrie is how we expect. Not tipping for something wrong with the food also isn’t the servers fault. Many times something wasn’t cooked right and ppl don’t tip the server. That’s not fair either.

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    • Fawn Ziebird Fawn Ziebird says:

      Where do you work? I’ll make sure to never go there. Don’t want to eat spit

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    • You chose. I’m saying PERSONALLY I wouldn’t want to piss off a cook at any restaurant. And I never said spit in anyone’s food, that was said by others. And my restaurant the cooks are owners, so they care a little more, other restaurants cooks are not so considerate.

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    • Britt Buxton Britt Buxton says:

      I washed dishes for years and never did I expect or want tips. I found a better job.

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    • Pat Jones Pat Jones says:

      As a server myself I don’t expect to be tipped if I don’t give good service however I also don’t expect to lose a tip because of something someone else did. I have had many people who have left a tip even though the food was not quite perfect but they didn’t feel it was right to blame the waitress. And yes we tip the kitchen staff and if we don’t get a tip because of something they did wrong they still g

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  7. TIPS –TO ENSURE PROMPT SERVICE
    GRATUITY- IS A SET RATE 15%+ THAT IS ADDED ONTO THE BILL…
    TIPS is given to a server that has done an excellent job serving the customer, and is not an entitlement, a;so not set amount, it is about time servers understand this fact…I dont care what you are making and to demand a TIP is crap!! Do your job well and you will get a TIP..

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    • Rachel Kelly Rachel Kelly says:

      http://www.snopes.com/language/acronyms/tip.asp
      I hate this argument, it’s incorrect, it’s been proven incorrect time and time again and yet everytime this argument comes up someone pulls it out.
      If it was correct, which it isn’t, it would be TEPS..

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    • Betty Moren Betty Moren says:

      I don’t give a darn where this idea came from..my point is I spent my hard earned money and expect to get what I paid for… and like buying a dress in a store [they are paid the same for the most part as servers] and I don’t tip them either!!! It is my choice and I should not expect as “tax” on my dining…

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    • Actually, retail gets paid more than servers…
      Yes, it’s your choice to be cheap and not tip a server even though they did everything you asked and did a good job. If you want to be cheap, spend your money at macdonalds..

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    • Direct TIPS: are paid directly by the client to the employee and that are not subject to any of the forms of control by the employer or goverment as mentioned above under the heading controlled tips. Tips should be pooled and/or shared among all employees in a fair manner ie: front house – servers, back house – cooks & busy staff. If I tip it is up to me not anyone else… @ Christine Katherine you are a rude nasty person….

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    • Actually, that was me being polite. I was directing my comment at Betty.. Please read that comment and even yours again and decide who is the rude, nasty person
      Tip if it is deserved… To say it is your right not to tip is rude and nasty! Especially when the server deserves it.

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    • A tip is a bonus. Not everyone gets them or earns them. You are entitled to give me good service, it’s your job. It’s not my job to tip, or even think about how much you’re making. I’ll tip accordingly to the service… If you are going to give me shitty service for something I’m paying for, you bet your ass I won’t tip well. So think about that next time you look and see no tip on the table

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    • Actually, I’m an excellent server and RARELY receive no tip. I am polite, go above and beyond for a table. Yes, it is MY job to give good service. That’s why I’m a server, I enjoy my job. I enjoy meeting new people everyday. Since I enjoy my job and do well, I make excellent money because of my tips. I can stay at home with my kids all day and then work evenings. I make just as much money as my husband and he’s a mechanic and works more hours than me. I am not here complaining about my standard of living. I’m complaining about all the people that get excellent service and still don’t tip because it is their right or because they are angry about something that is out of my control. I ALWAYS quality check and always make sure the customer is happy. However, it is out of my control how long the kitchen takes, it is out of my control how long your drinks take and out of my control how long you waited for a table. If I make it known I care and get my manager or do what I can to make you happy. Then consider that before you don’t leave a tip..

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    • Sue Weir Sue Weir says:

      In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of tip/gratuity is:
      Full Definition of GRATUITY

      : something given voluntarily or beyond obligation usually for some service; especially : tip

      This means…NOBODY is obligated to tip!!! VOLUNTARY …servers should NOT go into the wait-staff “business” with the sole expectation that they’re going to make CEO wages based on their tips!!!

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  8. Shit service gets no tip. Show pride in your job and I’ll respect you and your work and I well top you well.

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  9. I don’t, lmao! Doesn’t go directly to the people who cook it so why?

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  10. I tip regardless, sometimes the server may be having a bad day, it’s short staffed, so many scenarios, the server still has to tip out the kitchen

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  11. Tip them for handing me my dinner? Lol

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  12. Mandy Rochon Mandy Rochon says:

    I leave what is deserved, work harder if you want a higher percentage.

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  13. Kody Shwaga Kody Shwaga says:

    Expected, no. But you can always tip to show your appreciation to the kitchen staff who made your order.

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  14. Donna Impey Donna Impey says:

    Really? Great service equals great tip. My tipping has nothing to do with what you make or don’t make!!

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  15. Don’t understand the tip out to the kitchen – is kitchen staff making less than minimum wage too? According to the OP it’s just the servers.

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    • Me either it makes no sense and even if i have a good waitress and shitty food im tipping for how he or she treated me. They should have a lil spot for tip division on the bill if thats the way they wanna go then they would see who’s doing a good job and who’s not.

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    • It’s not that kitchen makes less that minimum wage.. They just make a crappy wage. So they make the servers tip out to make up for it.

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    • Virtually everyone who works in a restaurant makes less than they’re worth, this is a labor saving measure to ensure more competitive pricing for you, the customer. The flip side is that most tipped positions share tips in some way with the support staff that helped them provide service which helps compensate the rest of the staff. So a cook who ought to be making, for instance, $17 an hour may be getting three or four dollars less but the tipout can make up that difference without the restaurant itself having to take the labor cost on (which would result in higher menu item costs).

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    • I’ve worked back of house and a lot of restaurants do not tip the back

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    • Cooks make more than servers actually like up to $18 an hour

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    • Ana, restaurants with no tips for back of house generally pay those positions more, but still not what they’re worth. Those places are a dying breed. Both for losing great staff to establishments that do have tips for BOH as well as because their profits aren’t what they would be with the tipout model.

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    • Thank you for the clarification everyone. Still, this seems to be a bit of a racket, no? Any business owner could pay their staff less and tell the customers to cough up the difference.

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    • Nadja Banky Nadja Banky says:

      The amount of crap the back of house has to deal with is just as bad as the front. Time lines, no breaks, waitresses yelling at them because a customer wants something different with their order and so forth. It only makes sense to me that the kitchen gets paid out too. I tip on the whole experience. Food included. I don’t care how great a server is, if the food is horrible, you relate it to the whole experience. Kitchen life is a hard job.

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    • Nadja Banky Nadja Banky says:

      The amount of crap the back of house has to deal with is just as bad as the front. Time lines, no breaks, waitresses yelling at them because a customer wants something different with their order and so forth. It only makes sense to me that the kitchen gets paid out too. I tip on the whole experience. Food included. I don’t care how great a server is, if the food is horrible, you relate it to the whole experience. Kitchen life is a hard job.

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  16. Tipping is earned not to be expected. If the kitchen staff and servers don’t work together as a team it’s not my problem. That’s then an issue the manager needs to step up on.

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    • Hoo tell that to the numerous BPs around the city! I have worked for 2 seperate locations both with horrible management. I had a friend who worked for 3 different ones in the west end all the same. Another friend worked for 1 across from WEM. I personally worked in the one at Mayfield Common and it was AWFUL. Once there were 6 people in the whole restaurant including lounge and dining, and the kitchen didnt make a Cactus Cut appetizer for 20 minutes. It takes 6-8 minutes in total to prepare. My manager did step out and say “Hey Ive noticed they dont have food” after he saw me asking the kitchen so much and then said “This has to be done” they still didnt and he had to go back twice. They were entitled and rude, unfortunately I couldnt fix the attitude of the whole kitchen and the manager did f all to really fix it either. My second week, they asked me to cover a section of 5 tables that can seat 4. Sure ok, np. Then a girl doesnt show up, so they ask me to take her other section of 5 tables. So, on my second week of work with no experience serving prior, they gave me 10 four toppers or more. It got so overwhelming because I had no help and noone to ask if I needed help (cough cough manager ass. Manager food supervisor etc.) That 30 minutes before my shift was over I broke down because I couldnt get the orders and extras done in a timely manner! Maybe if I had a year experience but not on my second week. Ugh. Horrible management. Bps chain of restaurants has gone so far downhill its ridiculous and its because of the shit managers running the show.

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    • You are right! I’ve had bad experiences there at bps at more than one location. It’s really unfortunate. But management won’t care because they still get business. I’ve had people with me who won’t tip because the food was terrible even though the server was good and it’s unfortunate.

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    • I know! I dont know what the hell is going on with their management but every one Ive been to on the west side and the ones I worked at one in beverly one west were awful. Oh yeah thats not ok. The food being bad isnt the servers fault. Trust sometimes the people in the kitchen are super entitled like in Mayfield and I was always polite said please, may I, waited when they weren’t too busy if I could. But its like when they were and I needed something because a customer asked, theyd give soooo much attitude about it! It was ridiculous. Glad I quit from there. Ugh.

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  17. Dave Valente Dave Valente says:

    My wife is a bartender and firmly believes that shit servers deserve shit tips! Your not entitled to the “15%” if you friggin suck! And I’ll tip half my bill usually if the service is good. But if it’s not you get 2%

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  18. Doris Heck Doris Heck says:

    I see this on my news feed at least once a day. You chose to be a server and if you do a sloppy crappy job – I’ll leave you a 5 cent ‘tip’. If I get good service its 15%.

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    • 15% isn’t really considered a great tip, that’s below average. Which is fine, tip what you want, but if you intend to convey the message of “you did great, I really appreciated your service”, 15% doesn’t. That’s more of a “meh, it was alright”. In most great restaurants, the baseline is 18% and excellent service is generally considered to warrant 20% and up.

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    • Doris Heck Doris Heck says:

      Wow Michael – thanks so much.

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    • No trouble at all. You can typically get a good sense of what an establishment will consider an appropriate tip for good service by finding out what the autograt is. That would be the automatic gratuity applied to a bill for large parties, almost all of the better restaurants will have one and that’s a great indicator.

      Not that it changes much, but average gratuity for good service is subject to inflation as well like any other good or service. Usually a percent every few years starting with the highest quality restaurants then trickling down each tier of service quality as the general public gets used to the inflation.

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    • ^the fact that’s a tip is a percent of the total means it is unaffected by inflation

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    • And yet it inflates all the same. Only a couple years ago, 17% was the standard autograt in Edmonton, it was 16% when I first moved here.

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  19. I’ll tip for delivery … not pick-up.

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  20. Haha this made me laugh. It’s like any service, you get what you deserve. If your going to give me shitty service for something I’m paying for, you bet your ass I won’t tip well. Simple gestures from waitresses/waiters go along way, so it’s not like it’s difficult to provide decent service imo

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  21. Win Chan Win Chan says:

    If you think that’s bad, reminder that a lot of people work 100% commission-based salary jobs. So if your customer hates you good luck paying your bills.

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  22. Samantha Mae Samantha Mae says:

    9 times out of 10, 100% of the take out tips go to the kitchen

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  23. Trish Ehd Trish Ehd says:

    Or perhaps the minimum wage goes up and so does everything we pay for. Your $18 pizza goes up $5 bucks when you’d only tip $2, hmmm…I’d rather tip. Everyone deserves opportunity to make a life people. Not just those who make $70,000+/yr

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  24. Shari Heiser Shari Heiser says:

    I think I’ll quit tipping altogether since you seem to be demanding it.

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  25. Good to know Samantha! I’ve been pretty wishy-washy on take out tips. If I get there and it’s not ready when they said it would be, I wouldn’t.
    But was never sure what the protocol was or even who actually got the tip.

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  26. DJ Martin DJ Martin says:

    I agree that the tip is based on service. Shitty service no tip but There are still people tipping 5% on good service and that isn’t right. Especially when the server isn’t making min wage and has to tip out the house at 3-8%. I’ve experienced it myself. Two people come for lunch. They are there and hr with no problems. Seems happy. The bill is $25 and they leave 5%. Like thanks for the $1.25. I’d be happy with just a decent wage and the tip option eliminated.

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  27. Trish Ehd Trish Ehd says:

    Doris Heck leave enough to cover kitchen at least….making them pay money to serve you is harsh. Every restaurant aside from a select few deducts servers a percentage of their sales to kitchen staff automatically. Not tipping will cost them money and that contributes to bitchy waitressing and crappy service.

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  28. Diane Peters Diane Peters says:

    Wow to some of the comments on here. Power trips all over the place. I wish one day they get rid of the whole tipping process, pay good servers a good wage based on performance and adjust prices accordingly. Then instead of punishing a less than minimum wage worker for not kissing your ass while serving you, you can just stop going to the restaurant.

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    • Lol I’m not saying they have to kiss my ass, but if my glass is empty for half my visit, or if you haven’t asked us anything during the time we are there but what our order is, then what’s the point? Little things like that go A LONG WAY.

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  29. I think it would be lovely if everyone as part of high school or something had to work three months in the service industry. I think a lot of people lack respect and empathy for the people who work in the service industry from a complete lack of understanding that I think doing the job, even briefly, would easily fix.

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  30. Britt Buxton Britt Buxton says:

    If a server is making less than minimum wage, that should be illegal and the server should work somewhere else. Tipping is NOT a tax. Tips used to be given for better than average service, and it was and STILL IS, up to the customer. Now, we have servers explaining to customers how tips should be paid before they even take your order! I no longer tip except for great service, and I NEVER tip for cashiers or any service people that simply stand behind a counter. Now we also pay using mobile debit card machines. These machines often ask for tip percentages before paying your bill at hair salons, among others. I ignore those too. You NEVER ASK for tips! Thats totally BEGGING for money and NOT proper! I’m seriously thinking of getting a card reader for my iPhone, so that I can get tips for telling people to have a nice day!

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  31. Bryan Lat Bryan Lat says:

    personally I do not see why anyone needs to tip them. They chose to do that job, they are not forced into it and the industry is catered to either the semi retired and or also students for part time work. I dont see trades, or people in grocery stores, or other departments stores being tipped. why should they get tipped. I personally think it is greedy. i know IF I was in teh industry i would never expect it at all.

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  32. I think the only time as a server that I can say was unfair is when I gave someone EXCEPTIONAL service only to get 25 cents or 3-4 dollars. I get students and families cant always afford big tips but when you spend 50-60 bucks on a meal, it would be nice to get 5 bucks out of that instead of 10 cents lol. Also when food comes out late, thats not always the servers fault but a lot of the time a backed up kitchen. I once served a family of 6 and theres 4 kids, so of course Im refilling pop like nuts, getting crayons and drawing pads because theyre going through them or ripping them lol, pop spills get napkins and clean it, WHILE serving, doing whatever they asked, being attentive, and I got a 25 cent tip because they were mad that the meal for 6 people cost 90 bucks. Well duh? You just bought food for 6 people per person its around 15-20 bucks for food and a drink depending on what you order and from where. However if you give poor service where people are waiting and literally watching their server babble along, or attending one customer more than others, or out of sight nowhere to be found then I wouldnt tip either! However for some people to tip measly cents when I just spent almost 2 hours waiting on you, I can defenitely say that was a huge piss off. However again if you are a crap server, arent attentive, arent available when a customer needs you, then dont expect a tip and stop complaining! I unfortunately am going back into serving while in school because of the tips and if Im a good server a majority of my tips will be decent! Even 5 bucks is appreciated on a 30 dollar meal. If I dont do a good job, I wont expect a tip. Simple.

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  33. Bryan Lat Bryan Lat says:

    Ok, so if a welder or a plumber, or electrician, etc does a great job you give them a tip too??

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  34. I tip based on service, ive left 10$ tips on a 30$ meal before, if ya want tipped good , do your job good….

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  35. Sharlene Zak Sharlene Zak says:

    Ha! If you have a bad attitude you get a bad tip! I also love it when the waitress flirts with my husband Thinking he’s the one paying the bill.. I love the look on their faces when I pull out my credit card… Lol

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  36. A tip is based on how well you serve a customer its not manadtory so bust your ass fake that smile and say yes sir, yes mam’ dont expect it. ( former waitress)

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  37. Reed Wilson Reed Wilson says:

    Why are people so cheap, if you can’t afford to tip, stay your cheap ass indoors!

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  38. Boo boo, it’s a dollar less. Everyone knows servers make far more than any other entry level job, multiple tables leaving a shit tip still ads up at the end of the night. Don’t like it? Get a different job

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  39. Shari Heiser Shari Heiser says:

    What a bad taste this leaves. Had to comment twice.

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  40. Lorie Buxton Lorie Buxton says:

    This is aimed towards those nasty people who do not tip or give less than 5% regardless of what kind of service they get, if you can’t afford to tip decently then you should just dine at Mc Donalds!!!

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  41. Just a reminder, stop telling me how to spend my money. If your job doesn’t pay enough, get a new one.

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  42. Should we create a new group or page: “Ongoing never ending “TIP” debate lol

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  43. Kathleen Rae Kathleen Rae says:

    Change your job if you don’t like your wage.

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    • Exactly! It’s not like they are forced into this work field!

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    • Someone can love their job and still get irritated by aspects of it from time to time. Honestly, serving the public isn’t easy. People can be demanding, entitled, disrespectful, unreasonable and rude. Then those same people will be the ones who will decide if you deserve a good tip, despite rarely if ever understanding what service entails or what a good tip even is. That said, and I think most servers would agree, the vast majority of tables are not nightmares in the least, But I don’t begrudge anyone who is unhappy after serving a table that is.

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    • Who would serve you fat bitches your food though??

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    • Very mature response Megan, you totally proved your point with a statement like that!!

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    • She must have been looking in the mirror

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  44. If they are good servers they will get good tips. It’s not my problem they make less. If they don’t like it, get a different job.

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  45. Xavier Paddy Xavier Paddy says:

    Servers are complaining ?? Worked as a buser & that’s a shit job there! Forget about being paid minimum wage, you don’t even recieve anything close to what servers earn. Yet I was constantly pushed around by the servers, clean my table, can you grab my customers some tissue, forks & knives, get a clean cup for this lady/gentleman, we are out of stock for clean plates etc. servers are lucky to get tips based on how some of them treat their busers!

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  46. SO because the government is stupid enough to assume, we have to make up for their failures? Now servers are “entitled” to tips? I call BS. I tip when I feel like it. But i don’t do it because someone is going to demand it or someone else is going to say I should feel bad. A tip is a bonus. Not everyone gets them or earns them. If you start your job agreeing to 9.20 an hour you should expect to budget off that, nothing more. Free money is never to be counted on.

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    • In most establishments, support staff are entitled to a portion of a server’s tips. A server may not be entitled to a customer’s gratuity, but their coworkers are getting their cut regardless. It’s not unreasonable for servers to want to at least make enough to cover that cost. It’s a strange relationship, if tips are a bonus as you say and not entitled and yet coworkers and the business itself is entitled to a portion of that bonus.

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    • again, someone else makes assumptions and short changes the servers and thinks it’s our job as customers to pay for their mistakes? They shouldn’t be entitled to diddly squat imo. The servers tips should belong to the server that earned them, noone else.

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  47. Alana Kornik Alana Kornik says:

    I worked as a waitress for years and always made minimum wage. Plus tips and some days were crap but other days I made tons of tips and would walk out with an extra $100+ tax free

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  48. Sounds like someone chose the wrong line of work to me….you are entitled to give me good service, it’s your job. It’s not my job to tip, or even think about how much you’re making. I’ll tip accordingly to the service…so think about that next time you look and see no tip on the table

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  49. Ashley Cragg Ashley Cragg says:

    Enter all the self entitled jerks with their don’t like it get a better job comments. People who have probably never worked in the service industry a day in their lives.

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    • False. I worked as a server for two years now I’m a cashier. Different but my statement still stands. Seriously poor service equals no damn tip.

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    • Ashley Cragg Ashley Cragg says:

      I love when people who are cheap use poor service as an excuse to not tip servers appropriately. Did you know that some places make servers tip out based on sales not based on tips? So leaving nothing they are actually paying to serve you. Don’t think of it as a tip if that helps. Because if we did away tipping you’d be paying $5 more at least per meal anyways.

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  50. TIPS… To I(ensure) Proper Service. If your server did everything that was asked of them, was polite and did everything in THEIR power to make you happy. Leave a tip. Keep in mind things that are out of their hands. IE wait times, improper cooking. If you have an issue, complain. Guarantee that server will do everything in their power to fix the problem. If not, then they’re a crappy server and don’t deserve the tip. Otherwise, tip them.

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    • Rachel Kelly Rachel Kelly says:

      http://www.snopes.com/language/acronyms/tip.asp
      Tips does not and never has been an acronym for anything. This gets brought up everytime this debate happens, even though it’s been proven wrong time and time again. If it WAS an acronym, which it isn’t, it would be TEPS..

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    • This has always been what I was taught from my Dad who grew up as a server. As a server myself, I have no problem agreeing with it 🙂

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    • Rachel Kelly Rachel Kelly says:

      I agree with the idea behind it, tips are earned based on level of service for sure.
      But it’s not an acronym for anything. Grammatically and historically, it’s wrong.
      I was told this by a customer at my first ever serving job and it didn’t add up to me (insure vs ensure) so I looked into it and low and behold.. Wrong.
      If you’re insuring prompt service you’re insuring it the way you would a vehicle, which makes no sense. You would pay up front for insurance. It only makes sense if you’re ensuring prompt service with the promise of a tip which also doesn’t make sense..

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  51. If the service is crappy…they will get zero tip!!
    I understand that they make minimum wage…but tip is based on quality of service.
    Sorry…but u have to EARN a tip from me

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  52. It all depends on who rang in the order. If it was a bartender or other support staff.. They usually don’t have to tip out so the money goes directly into their pocket. If it’s a small place or slow day.. Might be a server who does have to tip out on it.

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  53. Idk why all these cheap asses are complaining. Self – entitled they are, like just because it’s your job they think it’s ok to be rude to someone. I’m grateful that someone is bringing me my food. Even if they are slow or disorganized… Whatever it may be. And if they’re assholes to me, I still tip… As long as their hands are clean, and they’re not doing things to my food. :/
    I go places for the food not the service.
    You want service go to a buffet or all u can eat and serve yourselves.

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  54. Lacey Chyz Lacey Chyz says:

    As a single but bigger girl in this city, I avoid certain restaurants just because of the attitude servers can sometimes have towards women who dine alone. I have disposable income and am out to spend it on a decent meal and treat myself to something nice but it’s like you can see them just getting annoyed with all that work for one person and it’s not a fun experience for me. I am a friendly and patient patron and an exceptional tipper (even more so if I’m taking a friend or business partner out) but I’m plain tired of the drastic change in service I get when I’m in full professional work attire compared to my regular strolling downtown clothes and the difference I notice when I’m alone compared to with people. Anyways, maybe I’m just a bitter snatch about the tax free cash in hand money you walk out with every night, but I’m a nice person who consistently tips, we’re out there and you often overlook us and make us feel like we should just stay home or order cheap take out.

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  55. Shaun Siever Shaun Siever says:

    They are getting a 1.50/h raise in October and will be at 15/h by 2018

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  56. Shaun Siever Shaun Siever says:

    All tipping is, is subsidizing a cheep ass employer

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  57. Time to unionise servers. Change the system if you aren’t happy with it instead of complaining and trying to pass your problems onto your customers.

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  58. Shah Jee Shah Jee says:

    I feel some ppl because its very difficult to live on minimum wage like rents are so high you cant save and since the markets is down so some of the employers just dunt care about employees and treat them bad and some are nice too………we shud realize that everyone is human being and they have dreams too well………i am saying this from experience cz i been there and now whenever i see a young person who is steping into his practicle life I feel for them………they do lot of work and getting less money sometime they do get little bad with service but be understanding and humble not demanding…thanks

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  59. However they do make these tips and often do not claim them …. they make some good cash …. and yes tip is based on service

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  60. A tip is a bonus. Not everyone gets them or earns them. You are entitled to give me good service, it’s your job. It’s not my job to tip, or even think about how much you’re making. I’ll tip accordingly to the service… If you are going to give me shitty service for something I’m paying for, you bet your ass I won’t tip well. So think about that next time you look and see no tip on the table

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  61. Lucy Tignor Lucy Tignor says:

    My bases of tipping is simple, whatever
    GST is on my bill I double that as a tip, regardless
    Of the service I got. It does not mean I have to go
    Back to the same place….

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  62. I know servers who live off their tips and bank their pay check…. I’m not saying don’t tip but some make good money.

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  63. Britt Buxton Britt Buxton says:

    What ever happened to the days when we ate at home? Its very easy and more fun to learn to cook burgers yourself. I myself make a better burger or steak on the BBQ than what I see at most restaurants these days. Inviting friends over for a bbq is much more fun and CHEAPER! 🙂

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  64. Tammy Wright Tammy Wright says:

    Just tip it’s the right thing to do yes there are bad servers but there are also good servers who are just having a bad day it happens to all of us if you can’t afford to tip stay home and cook for your self

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  65. Your tip starts at 20%. If you want to keep it, earn it. If I have to wait 15 minutes for my drinks or my bill, it is going to go down from there.

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  66. You get what you give. A crappy server regardless of how bad the day does NOT deserve a tip. If I did poorly to others at my job I wouldn’t have one

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  67. Kayla Lee Kayla Lee says:

    Seriously the typical wait staff has a section of table. They serve roughly one table every hour to hour and a half. Think about it like this. As long as one table tips $5 in that hour they are making minimum wage for that hour also assuming they tip out and are only left with 20% of their tips. A tip is for great service not an obligation.

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  68. You would be surprised by how many ppl actually dont know that servers have to tip out 5% percent. So when u tip 5 bucks on a $100 bill….we paid to serve you. Its not even the fact that our service is good or not, its that some ppl are not aware of this.

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  69. Here’s a reminder, you chose that job so find something else to complain about. You could have been a flag person making way more. I’m SO sick of hearing about this complaint.

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  70. The kitchen does all the work cook the food prep the food fuck servers

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  71. Servers are rude to the cooks and the dish washers tip the cooks we are doing everything

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  72. Randa Gill Randa Gill says:

    Your service earns my tip. Shitty service, shitty tip. Not entitlement!

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  73. Shaun Caron Shaun Caron says:

    Here is a good guideline. If the service was poor but the food and drinks were good make sure you leave a minimum of 5-6% so the cooks and bartenders who performed their job well get covered. If service was poor, and the food and drinks were wrong or subpar the whole team doesn’t deserve any gratuity. But don’t make the staff who worked hard to bring you quality products get snubbed for poor service from the server.

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  74. I see that if minimum wage goes up, the managers will be less likely to keep staff on payroll who do a shit job!!!! Buddy who continuously screws up orders or serving staff who don’t take their job seriously are accountable to the business like the rest of us.

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  75. Pardon me…..wow. Serve and you will get a tip.

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  76. Tan Ja Tan Ja says:

    Simple.
    A good server -> good tip.
    Lousy service -> why the hell should I leave a good tip? Hell no.

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  77. Why do you stay ata job that pays you only $9.00/hr? Minus taxes and your cpp contributions. Get a higher paying job and contribute more to the economy.

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  78. I serve for fun on the weekends. I know I give great service hands down. I’m proud to be a tentative server and always give it My all. Sure I have a table here and there that leave exact change, I know it’s not my level of service that warranted that. It’s the customer, maybe they don’t have much money, maybe they are going through something bigger in life than leaving a tip. At the end of the day it’s what you did as a person to leave an impression on someone that should matter. Or do what I do, get a real job and serve for extra cash

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  79. Are we really talking about tipping again? Get over it.

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  80. OK so let’s figure this out, the average person spends about 45min to 1hr in a restaurant. Say they spend an average of 65 dollars on food and drink. Now 5% of that works out to be $3.25 now add that to their hourly wage and they are making 2 dollars more then minimum wage and most don’t declare tips so its tax free on top of that!!!

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    • A lot of this is based on assumptions that aren’t accurate. Most people spend a lot more time and money in restaurants if we’re talking good places. And servers almost always have several tables on the go at once, so your math based on a single table an hour isn’t quite right. 5% isn’t appropriate for good service, it’s insulting and neglects to take into account the house tipout which could be anywhere from 3-10%. And most intelligent servers do declare tips when doing their taxes, the government isn’t stupid and any server that doesn’t declare at least something is playing with fire.

      I’ve been in food and beverage for many years now, if I’m not making $25+ an hour, the shift was essentially a waste of my time. But I work hard for my money and deserve every penny. If I’m being honest, I probably deserve a bit more but not everyone knows how to tip or what actually constitutes a great tip. But no server worth their salt would be content with a couple bucks more than minimum wage.

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    • But your missing the point its a gratuity!!! Its not required, so if I see you hustling and working hard I will tip better. Ive worked more then 15yrs in the restaurant business so I know. People that are on here complaining about their tips are the ones that are just going through the motions

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    • I didn’t get that at all from the post I replied to, which came across more as a “servers don’t deserve more tips than this, look at my math” argument.

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  81. Shane Silver Shane Silver says:

    I’ll tip what you’re worth.

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  82. Ah the good ole days when I made $500 on a Friday night and it was all mine!

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  83. Lisa Whelan Lisa Whelan says:

    When did servers start making less than minimum wage? That is some BS right there!

    I still tip most servers, but now a days less and less servers are trying to earn those tips and many have no actual ‘customer service’ skills lol

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    • This is actually changing beginning Oct 1/15. There will be no wage difference between an employee who doesn’t serve liquor for a living and one who serves liquor for a living (servers).
      Glad to see this change!

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    • Lisa Whelan Lisa Whelan says:

      Ok. Ya, i had no idea that even happened. Glad its going to be rectified because allowing minimum wage ‘exceptions’ is… stupid! Lol

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    • I didn’t know until recently either, but I was just reading the laws on Alberta’s employment standards board today.
      And I totally agree with you, making an exception to the minimum wage is nothing but ridiculous!

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    • Alcohol servers do make less than minimum…..its fact. Call labour board and get educated

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    • Did you read the comments Barend?? Both Lisa and I are aware of that and both agree it’s not fair.
      You need education in READING.

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  84. At least they dont make 2$ an hour.

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  85. I always tip 15%

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  86. Jason Rochon Jason Rochon says:

    T.I.P.S.
    To Insure Prompt Service

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  87. I tip awesome, but I’ll make a point of loudly saying you suck and tipping one cent if you don’t serve me well, my beer better never be empty and my food better be top notch, then you get top notch tips. Seriously I’ve made waitresses cry but if you can’t hack it do something else, if I take two minutes too long at my important job I’ll get screamed at, you want my money you will too.

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  88. Trav Iss Trav Iss says:

    Minimum skills=Minimum wage

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  89. I eat out a lot. And by that I mean in 4 and a half years when I get home from the bush. I do not cook for myself. My tips have ranged from 40 dollars to walking out after getting my drink and waiting 45 minutes for her to come back and take my oder when I was the 4th out of 6 people to come in. I tip based 100% on your ability to do your job. I understand if its busy and someone’s section is full. I won’t hold slow service against any one in that regard. But if its a quiet night and you make me wait 20 minutes to take my order your not getting a tip. If you do an awesome job. I give the 15% on the machine plus a little extra cash the actual server.

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  90. Betty Moren Betty Moren says:

    It is as if servers are now beggars! It is not my fault they feel they are underpaid!!! I save my money and budget so I can go out and enjoy a meal now and then. I figure that price out, and if I have enough a small gratuity. Not all servers go above and beyond, are polite or efficient, and they most certainly do not desrve any tip and should be thankful I go to their restaurant. If I did not do so, they would not have a job!!! I should not have to worry about their wages… they usually are paid about the same as any other workes… People who work a till in a department store do not have their hand out for tips… SO WHY LAY A GUILT TRIP on me????

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  91. I went to BP’s with my 19 month old twin girls….on our own!

    Someone should be tipping me! 😉

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  92. Tips reflect the service given. Shitty service = Shitty OR NO tips. That simple!

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  93. Jo Green Jo Green says:

    Don’t forget two important things- #1 – usually wait staff have to pay out a portion to the kitchen. You don’t tip them, and it actually costs them money to serve you. #2 – many are uneducated about employment standards and actually think they are obligated to pay for dine and dashes. They aren’t, but often contribute to tip pools to cover themselves.

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  94. How can you say ‘less than’? It’s a liquor server minimum wage – it’s not less than anything. It’s a wage. It’s legal under the employment standards code. End of story. On average – a liquor server will or should make (overall) more than $10.20 per hour. I worked at a diner in university and even if I made 12$ for a 6 hour shift , that’s still $2 more than my hourly wage.

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  95. I think I will quit tipping cause it seems like a demand now…

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  96. I tip well when they deserve it.
    If they aren’t happy with the small amount they have been tipped, they need to realize it is their customer service skills, not me being a cheap ass.
    Just because it’s expected, doesn’t mean you deserve it.

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  97. Joop Mick Joop Mick says:

    So when the minimum wage goes up to $15 bucks will the acceptable TIP still be 15%? I’m betting the answer from the organized whining brigade will be “yes.” That suggests to me that tipping is not about hourly wage, but about something else, like extra compensation for good service and a quasi commission for wait staff to sell more food and drinks. Getting people to buy appetizers, alcohol, desert, coffee, all increase the bill and therefore the commission/tip.

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  98. Kyle Mosiuk Kyle Mosiuk says:

    Or restaurants could just pay their employees properly…

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    • Yes!!! 100 times yes!!! The employee should definitely be getting paid a wage that matches their duties, it’s not fair to anyone that it’s up to the customer to make sure their server can pay their own bills.

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  99. Kyle Mosiuk Kyle Mosiuk says:

    Or restaurants could just pay their employees properly…

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    • Yes!!! 100 times yes!!! The employee should definitely be getting paid a wage that matches their duties, it’s not fair to anyone that it’s up to the customer to make sure their server can pay their own bills.

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  100. Shawna Rau Shawna Rau says:

    So a server that takes 30 minutes to bring us our drinks. Gives attitude about bringing water to the table when she has a minute. Takes another hour to bring food that comes out cold and wrong (admits she entered it wrong), forgets to enter an allergen on the order, then takes 20 minutes to bring a bill — should she be tipped??? Not freaking likely.

    note: there are only 2 tables of customers totalling 8 people

    If I acted like that at my job, I don’t bonus pay. The bonus I get from my boss is the bonus advice of don’t let the door hit you On the way out!

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  101. Pierre Jacques mom was right

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  102. Kayla Walker Kayla Walker says:

    I’ve tipped over 150$ for a 60$ bill because I found the person went above and beyond. Great service gets great tip. Bad service no tip.

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