How much should you tip your servers? Should it be based on quality of service, should there be standard percentage, or should it be some combination of the two? Most would say it should be a combination of the two, but what is the bottom line? 10 percent? 15? 20? It usually varies from customer to customer.
“I feel like I’m quite lucky, I usually get 15%,” says Brooke Graham, who is a waitress at the Fox & Fiddle. “But a lot of the time it depends on the quality of service, the customer, and even the customer’s mood.”
Tipping etiquette can also vary depending on what the situation is. Bartending can be very hit or miss when it comes to tipping; some people get more generous when they drink, and others can be quite stingy. It even depends on what kind of crowd the bar attracts. For example, The Ceeps is primarily a student hotspot, and the tips there can get quite low, or none at all.
“There are a lot of kids where it doesn’t matter how big their round is; it could be a $70 round and they wouldn’t leave a tip,” says Jessica Yip, who is a bartender at Ceeps. “Even if it’s a quarter left over, they will still take it.”
But let’s not be too hard on students just yet; this is only one server from one place. Maybe a bar setting isn’t exactly the best way to determine whether or not students tip well enough. At the Fox & Fiddle, Brooke had quite the different response.
“I find that students usually tip more than middle-aged adults,” says Graham. “I think it’s because they are more likely to have friends that are servers so they understand how much tips are relied on.”
The clear message that is being sent here is that if you don’t have enough money to tip your servers, then don’t go out. Servers are paid less than minimum wage and rely on tips to make a living. So be fair to your servers, and tip them a reasonable amount.