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The Do's and Don'ts to Tipping your Server

Published May 30, 2004 in HOW TO
By Ryan Parsons | Campus Resource

It has come to my attention that people today still do not understand how to tip their serer. Because of this annoyance, this article was written to teach you the do's and don'ts on tipping your server.

The Standard
Everybody by now should know that the standard tip rate is 15%. If you cannot quickly figure this out by the numbers, here is a simple chart on how to tip on the 'standard.'

The Bill
The Tip
<$20 $3
$30 $5
$40 $6
$50 $8
$60 $9
$80 $12
$100 $15

The rule of thumb on 15% is that for every $20 on the bill, you tip $3. The 15% should be given if your service was sufficient. Many try to save this rate only for miraculous servers.

The Lounge
The lounge is the area that surrounds, or is near, the bar. This area usuallly allows you to seat yourself. The myth about the lounge is that the tip rate here is lower; about 10%. That could not be farther from the truth, especially if you order alcohol. Lounge servers have high tip-outs to the bar since a lot of alcohol is usually consumed in this area. So, if you only tip 10% and order a lot of alcohol, it is possible for the server to be negative tips from your table. Therefore, keep lounge tipping at 15% or above.

The Kickback
Your server works for you. Their earnings are in tips, not hourly wage. If your server does an amazing job, show appreciation with 20%; they are counting on it. Also, if it is soome ones birthday, or you get free drinks, or you get a discountk, or you got comped food items, give your server a part of those savings. For they are the ones making sure you get comped, etc. A lot of times this could mean the server reporting to a manager and admitting a mistake or problem. Show some appreciation!

Just Tip
In the end, remember you are not your server's only table and he or she must multi-task to keep all tables in good order. These servers count on your tips to pay rent, books, and school. So lets help them out.

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