JohnnyQ
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August 3rd, 2014 at 9:25:51 AM permalink
Quote: VCUSkyhawk

I disagree with a portion of Commandment 10. I won't say I am an anti-tipper. But I definitely would want the ability to make my point of view against those who say that tipping is always necessary.



Which reminded me of something that we discussed a little bit while we were in Vegas last week.

What are the "guidelines", if any, for tipping at a Buffet ?

This is probably covered somewhere on this site or at WoO, but I don't know where off-hand.

15 percent (or more) is pretty well established for a restaurant meal, right ?

And does it make any difference if the buffet has a self service drink station, so your server is only removing used dishes ?
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August 3rd, 2014 at 9:31:03 AM permalink
For that matter, what should we do when confronted with "tip jars" at bakeries and other similar stores?

I think it is pure greed on their part, an unearned, unwarranted feeling of entitlement which is fueling the spread of this scourge.

We never tipped when buying bread or sweets before: why start now?
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VCUSkyhawk
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August 3rd, 2014 at 9:34:22 AM permalink
Quote: MrV

For that matter, what should we do when confronted with "tip jars" at bakeries and other similar stores?

I think it is pure greed on their part, an unearned, unwarranted feeling of entitlement which is fueling the spread of this scourge.

We never tipped when buying bread or sweets before: why start now?



I agree. I forgot what thread it was, but somebody said that tipping at places like Jersey Mike's should be expected. Sorry, it is not my place to supplement your minimum wage job.

Along the lines of tipping when gambling, if you stand there and stare at me while flipping cards you do not deserve a tip either.
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terapined
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August 3rd, 2014 at 10:07:12 AM permalink
I generally tip less at a buffet then a regular restaurant. The waitress is taking care of more tables because generally just getting drink orders.
I tip 1 to 2 bucks per person at a cheap 10 buck buffet.
average priced 20 buck buffet, I tip 2.
The expensive buffets, I may up it to 3 or 4 per person
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August 3rd, 2014 at 10:41:43 AM permalink
$2 per person.
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August 3rd, 2014 at 10:45:08 AM permalink
1-2$ per person is my standard, with bonus modifiers for service and mood.

I follow the same policy in VIP lounges, and actually tend towards the high end in there since I usually take a few drinks/snacks to go.
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August 3rd, 2014 at 10:47:26 AM permalink
Quote: terapined

I generally tip less at a buffet then a regular restaurant. The waitress is taking care of more tables because generally just getting drink orders.
I tip 1 to 2 bucks per person at a cheap 10 buck buffet.
average priced 20 buck buffet, I tip 2.
The expensive buffets, I may up it to 3 or 4 per person

I tip at the buffet as well however why do you think they deserve it more then McDonalds workers who probably work harder?
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August 3rd, 2014 at 10:58:46 AM permalink
I suggest tipping $1 per drink brought to you. If you get a soda, and you get five refills, that a $5 tip. If you're trying to save money and tell her "no drink just water is fine, I'm on a budget" hopefully she will understand if you leave $0.50 or $1.

I have made this point before about tipping at the craps table. It's no harder to push around a black chip than it is to push around a red chip.

You should tip according to the amount of work spent pushing chips around, not your own financial means and good fortune.

This rule works really well in a buffet scenario. $1 per drink. Easy.

Servers get pissed off when they see that you might have a couple thousand bucks and you tipped poorly. But that is not an entitlement to them (that YOU have money).

I tipped $5 for a drink at a $25 Bellagio craps table (a red bull with no ice). But this was mostly because I didn't want to ask for change after I failed to prepare ahead of time to get her a dollar. Normally, I tip $1 per drink and no exceptions. It wasn't because I wasn't using white chips and felt like $5 is no big deal. $5 is a big deal no matter how much money I have on the rail. And $1 per drink brought to me is enough, even if the buffet costs $45(!!!)
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August 3rd, 2014 at 11:42:14 AM permalink
I usually tip 1-2 bucks a person at a buffet no matter what the price is
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August 3rd, 2014 at 12:13:13 PM permalink
Usually $3 for 2 of us. If service was slow, $1 each. For Vegas this is probably a little below average. I'd assume the average at run of the mill buffets is $2 a person. And if drinks are self serve, $2 max for the two of us.

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