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