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Nareed
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August 9th, 2011 at 3:52:27 PM permalink
I tip more whan I don't pay, or when I get a big discount.

Years ago a coffe shop chain, Restaurantes California, ran a promo involving a card you got punched after each visit. You got progressively larger discounts for the next visit as you got more punches. I think after 50 you got a 100% discount for up to 4 people. Of course, punching the cards yourself was easy.

A friend did just that, after waiting a couple of weeks, then brought along three others for dinner (he invited me but I declined). Naturally they ordered about twice as much food they would normally. And just as naturally they paid nothing. But they left about a 30% tip, which wasn't bad at all.

It's still theft, but at least they didn't stiff the waitress.
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August 9th, 2011 at 3:56:31 PM permalink
Minor hijack: Why do we tip based on the value of the meal instead of the amount of work the server puts in? I like to tip based on the # of trips, especially special trips, or things we get. I'll drop $5 on a $10 breakfast for 2 if my coffee gets refilled but I'll tip the same on a $40 meal if we each get a drink and an entree.

That being said, I'd tip the same whether the meal was comped or not. Maybe a little more if its a hassle for the waitress to handle a comped cheque?
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August 9th, 2011 at 4:09:30 PM permalink
As I typically eat at a buffet by myself, I usually tip 1-2 dollars based on service. However, if I don't get a drink refilled or my plates cleared, it may be pocket change at that.

At a restaurant I would tip 15-20% based on what the cost of the meal would have been. Again this is based on service levels, just as if I were paying. I do tip a minimum of $2 at a restaurant, even if by myself for a cheap meal.

I have a problem tipping at places like ice cream shops, coffee shops and delis, especially when the drinks etc are way over priced anyways.
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August 9th, 2011 at 4:10:12 PM permalink
Other than a buffet, the only restaurant meals I eat are comped. So less than or more than is not applicable. The comps they give me are for $15, so I leave $5. If I felt I was 'supposed' to leave more, I wouldn't eat there and would leave zero
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August 9th, 2011 at 6:09:20 PM permalink
Quote: gofaster87

I tip 20% regardless of comp or not at restaurants and 10% at buffets.


Very good rule of thumb.
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August 9th, 2011 at 6:55:26 PM permalink
I think it is an unspoken rule of etiquette in Vegas that when you are given a comp you are expected to tip a little more. Lots of times when somebody writes me a comp they emphasize, "This doesn't cover the tip, so be sure to take care of your waiter yourself." They tend to emphasize the words "tip" and "waiter," as if tipping extra is how I should show my gratitude for the comp. Maybe it is just a lot of hot air, but if I'm given a comp I don't mind giving an extra 5% in the tip.

This can go too far, however. I told this story before, but once I had a comped dinner with a friend and his host at a fancy restaurant at the Wynn. It came time to order wine and the host volunteered to pick one. Personally, I'm happy with any bottle worth at least $20, and my friend probably couldn't tell the difference between $2 wine and $2,000.

When it comes time for the bill the wine was about $800. Jeez! It then erupted into a debate if you had to tip the full way on a really expensive bottle of wine. I argued no, because it takes the safe effort to open and pour an $8 bottle as $800. An 18% tip on $800 is $144, which seems ridiculous for opening a bottle and pouring a few glasses.

My point is not to start that debate, but that I think the host deliberately ordered an expensive bottle so that the waiter would get a big tip on it.
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August 9th, 2011 at 7:10:22 PM permalink
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Nareed
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August 9th, 2011 at 7:23:04 PM permalink
Quote: Wizard

When it comes time for the bill the wine was about $800. Jeez! It then erupted into a debate if you had to tip the full way on a really expensive bottle of wine. I argued no, because it takes the safe effort to open and pour an $8 bottle as $800. An 18% tip on $800 is $144, which seems ridiculous for opening a bottle and pouring a few glasses.



That's one way to look at it.

Another is that the skill required to tell 1) a good vintage and 2) one that goes well with what you've ordered, is worth a lot more than the effort of uncorking a bottle and pouring a few glasses. Therefore it deserves a bigger tip.

Yet another way is that you got an $800 for whatever you choose to tip. You don't say, but I assume the bottle was worth much more than the meal.

I would tip more, but not $144. Actually I'd be embarrassed not to tip more, given the value of the wine. But I can bear embarrassment more easily than a hit to my pocket book.

Full disclosure: given my experiences with wine during meals, if offered wine with a comped meal I'd ask for a glass of whatever they have already open. I can tell $2 from $2,000 wine, but not a $50 from a $2,000 bottle to save my life. It would be a waste and would enrage any sensible oenophile.

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My point is not to start that debate, but that I think the host deliberately ordered an expensive bottle so that the waiter would get a big tip on it.



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August 9th, 2011 at 7:29:18 PM permalink
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August 9th, 2011 at 7:41:23 PM permalink
I don't play enough to get comps in general, but if I did it wouldn't change my tipping any. I'd still start at 15% and adjust up/down based on service, or at 10% for a buffet. Why should I change my behavior simply because I'm being rewarded by the casino?
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