Do you tip?

I often do, but I won't pay a pre loaded tip.

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17/08/2011 at 16:16
Badly Drawn Bloke wrote (see)
Turn it around then, would be happy for all items on the menu to be 10%-20% more expensive yet know that the staff are being paid a better wage without the need to tip?

It boils down to the same amount paid in the end, so yes, that would be OK with me.

Many restaurants do add a service charge, and it must say so on the menu, so you know up front that the total bill is going to include it.  They probably still pay their staff minimum wage though!
17/08/2011 at 16:19

We had a discussion on this whilst we were in Sweden at the weekend - what do you do? We came to the rule that if we had exceptional service - then round up and add something on but not otherwise. In Europe, most people are paid above minimum wage for the service they provide. A friend of mine is a chef and she wanted to tip the equilivent of £10 for basic service (the waitress kept hovering to take our plates away from us....)

Having worked in a place where everything was "divided up fairly amongst all of the staff" and not receiving anything - i'll only tip if i know it goes to the person directly and never on a credit card.

If I'm away on business, it's "exceptional" if we can tip.... and we need to provide reasoning behind it.

17/08/2011 at 16:23

That's the trouble isn't it Wilkie - you just don't know if you can trust the restaurant to pay their workers a decent wage.

I know that Harvester do pass tips on and that the staff, yet Prezzo, which is a bit more expensive than Harvester, don't.  Garfunkals (a chain I vowed years ago to never eat in again) generally employ illegals, pay them next to nothing and then charge them huge amounts for uniforms etc so I doubt that any tips there would be given to staff; and their food is shite and the service appalling.

17/08/2011 at 16:30

BDB, perhaps you need to start frequenting a better class of establishment!

My Squeeze's son used to wash up in a pub/restaurant.  He got a share of the tips, and usually came home with about £30 of tips per session.

I wouldn't eat in a Harverster/Garfunkels  - I'd rather cook at home than pay for their food.  If I'm paying for someone to cook for me, I want it to be of a higher standard than I could produce at home.

17/08/2011 at 16:36
Lol Wilkie - not eaten in Garfunkels for many years, or a Harvester come to that.  Hardly ever eat out at all these days, being skint and all that.  My point though is that you can't really tell by price.  I would have thought that Harvester, for example, being a cheaper chain, would treat their staff poorly and pay them peanuts.  It would appear that they don't having spoken with a few of the waitresses.  Yet Prezzo, which is a bit of a posher chain, don't.
17/08/2011 at 16:45

I rarely eat out either, BDB.

It really pisses me off if you get crappy food and poor service, so I rarely risk it.

And I really enjoy cooking

Edited: 17/08/2011 at 16:46

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