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  1. MMike

    MMike A fowl peckerwood.

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    Ok this oughta be fun. (and maybe we've done this before).

    But as an offshoot of the other thread....

    I personally don't believe in tipping people working at a counter. The 15%-20% tipping rule just doesn't apply. You're handing me something within reach. Sorry, doesn't qualify. It's not like a restaurant where they are....."controlling your dining experience" or whatever you want to call it.

    I don't get why people leave tips at say Tim Horton's or whatever.

    And what REALLY bugs me is when they put their tip jar just beside or in front of the "Kids' fund" (or whatever) charity box.

    99% of the time, my change goes in there.


    Have at it.
     

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  2. TrailMonkey

    TrailMonkey Chimp

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    Tipping...good question.
    My wife said I should tip the guy that services/tunes up my bike.
    Hmm?
     
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  3. Spero

    Spero ass rainbow

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    I frequent smoothie king and they have a tip jar at the register. I usually order a smoothie for myself and g/f and it comes out to 9.40 or so. The change goes in the jar. Other than that case, I never tip at the counter.
     
  4. BigMike

    BigMike BrokenbikeMike

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    I REALLY can't stand when they put a sign on the tip jar that says "my boss is cheap, I need money"
     
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    sanjuro Tube Smuggler

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    Trying to save your 2 cents?
     
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    I would give you my two cents worth, but you would claim that I shorted you.
     
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    Upgr8r High Priest or maybe Jedi Master

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    I'll generally drop a buck in the jar if I have it. If I use my debit card I won't
     
  8. mogulskr

    mogulskr Monkey

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    How would your statement work at a bar? They are handing you something that's usually within reach. And other then pouring heavy are not "controlling your experience"
     
  9. Da Peach

    Da Peach Outwitted by a rodent

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    A cashier would have to do something pretty extraordinary to get a tip from me.

    TIP=To Improve Performance
     
  10. Potroast88

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    I frequent a local coffee shop and I tip the staff regularly, but the service is exceptional. I am greeted by name each time I walk in and my coffee is poured and waiting at the counter for me. If I hang around and drink it there, someone comes around every few minutes and offers refills (no charge). I have no problem whatsoever giving the staff a few bucks here and there. Customer service is becoming a lost art so I will gladly show my gratitude when it is exhibited.
     
  11. stosh

    stosh Darth Bailer

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    I don't, in fact I hate tip jars.

    Waitresses get tipped because they get paid less. What am I tipping someone to ring up my order F' that if I had a choice I wouldn't pay for my order but now I have to tip you to charge me?
    I love tipping people and I do it often but I hate TIP JARS!!
     
  12. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    I normally don't tip at the counter, but I do toss a buck in the jar at the taco truck.

    I got 2 tips when I worked as a tow truck driver.

    1. An old lady who's car broke down at the zoo and I towed it to her house. Gave me $1.35, I tried to refuse, but she insisted and I thanked her for it. It was a sweet gesture.

    2. An ex-Blazer got a flat on his Land Rover at 2:00AM in the middle of nowhere. I had to drive an hour to get there and was pissed. He was very cool and gave me a $20 for my trouble and quick response. It was nice because I only got paid $10 for AAA calls after hours for tire changes/jump starts/out of gas.
     
  13. X3pilot

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    Tip jars are like pan handling to me. I know you're not making a fortune working at a place behind a counter serving me but don't remind me. If you smile, are very courteous and helpful, you might get a tip. But the sullen, attiutde filled teen sloppin me my subway or quiznos can suck it if they think just because they put a jar out, I'm putting money in it.
     
  14. Jeremy R

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    Nope, I don't tip in Jars unless I put a note in there. For example: there is a chunk of turd flicked upon your bathroom wall by some sick lowlife. I would de-turd that wall before it hurts your business.
    See, there is a tip.

    I tip well at places where I am waited on, but I had to make a rule to keep from getting confused.
    If a restaurant does not refill drinks, I don't tip.
    My favorite local Thai place, you order and pay up front, and then you take a number and your cup, get your own drink and sit down, when your number rings up, they drop off your food to you, but they don't check on you at all after that. When you need a refill, you get up and get it.
    That = No tip.
     
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    X3pilot Texans fan - LOL

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    That kind of answers my next question about self serve buffets...
     
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    greenchris Turbo Monkey

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    if you're happy with your service and want to continue having top notch service give the dude 3-5 bucks for a beer. Better yet at my shop we have a ton of customers who drop off 6 packs of High life for tips.
     
  17. stevew

    stevew unique white person

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    I guess I am crazy.

    I always tip tow truck drivers at least $20.
     
  18. stosh

    stosh Darth Bailer

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    I've ways been confused by Chinese Buffet's as well, I will tip the girls who bring me a drink but nowhere near 20%.
     
  19. drkenan

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    Actually, the people that are ringing up your order generally put it together for you as well. They normally make sure that all your food is there and that you have eating utensils, napkins, etc. I think it's polite to throw them your change, a buck or whatever - not necessarily 15-20%.
     
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    Stevew-
    you're a good person. I'd do the same...
     
  21. AngryMetalsmith

    AngryMetalsmith Business is good, thanks for asking

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    Where the hell do you eat, the S&M cafeteria ?





    I'm a moody bastard, so I throw $ in the jar when I feel like it.
     
  22. Potroast88

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    Do you use tow trucks on a regular basis?
     
  23. stosh

    stosh Darth Bailer

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    Same here (I don't usually break down though), I tip guys delivering appliances, one time some guys helped us on a job site off load some windows and I had no cash so I gave them mine and my bro's fresh hot chicken parm sandwiches, and they really loved that. I have a guy installing a new boiler at my house next week I'll probably tip him $50's.
     
  24. TN

    TN Hey baby, want a hot dog?

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    Just a buck goes in the bucket if it is one of my regular joints. I have worked behind the counter I know it goes appreciated.

    Oh & screw the 'kids fund' that is another word for beer money.
     
  25. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    This is stevew we're talking about. Of COURSE he uses a tow truck regularly. :D
     
  26. X3pilot

    X3pilot Texans fan - LOL

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    A buddy of mine keeps different gift cards to Subway, Quiznos, local resteruants, Home Depot, etc in $25 to $50 values at his house to tip for big deliveries or repairs.

    I told him he should get the local beer store to do gift cards!
     
  27. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    You're tipping the HVAC guy?!? You know they make like $400/hr, right? ;)
     
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    How many $50's are you talking about?
     
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    I tip based on performance in a restaurant. No tips in the jar though. As everybody has already said, the counter guys don't do anything other than ring up your items. They need a tip for that?
     
  30. Da Peach

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    I'd save my money and get a car that doesn't require tow trucks. Prevention rather than reaction, that's what I say.
     
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    I had some guys come and install my carpet. The company charges you extra for any furniture that had to be moved. Well, my shoulder was still jacked from surgery, so I just bit the bullet and listed "furniture needs to be moved before installation". They showed up and saw that it was just a desk and my entertainment center, so they moved it for me and didn't charge me. They also took all the old carpeting with them, again for free. I gave them $20 in cash each (I'm poor, so that's the best I could do), because they didn't have to do any of that.

    Did the same thing when I called my LBS and asked if they could repair my bike that day for a ride. Guy had me come in at lunch, dropped everything he was doing and fixed it, all in my lunch hour. Even better was he didn't expect a tip, he was just happy to help.
     
  32. Jeremy R

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    Yep, it depends on the place.
    This particular place has a couple of honkey girls running the register and dropping off food. Thats all they do.
    I get my own napkins, fork, drink etc.....
    Their tip = don't stand up in a canoe.

    Now gross Buffet food where they refill your drinks the whole time, take plates away and all that, I tip there.
     
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    He's a guy I know and he's just going out on his own. He's also giving me a break on the cost.
     
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    stosh Darth Bailer

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  35. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Good on ya, man! :thumb:
     
  36. stosh

    stosh Darth Bailer

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    Fawk I hate Chinese buffets but man they seem like such a good idea on the way there.
     
  37. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    I like them after a nice, big mt bike ride.

    So like once a year. :(
     
  38. stosh

    stosh Darth Bailer

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    It's pretty sweet, I got an almost new boiler out of a commercial building we demo'd for free with pipes, controls, valves etc. He's coming and installing it plus he's doing an overhaul on my wood boiler ( :) ) so I can use it this winter.
     
  39. stevew

    stevew unique white person

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    In the last 3 years, twice.

    I've had AAA...horrible service.
     
  40. Jeremy R

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    I am pretty much the opposite of a picky eater.
    I eat anywhere and everywhere and I pretty much like it all.
    That said, I think, in general, Chinese Buffets are the worst food on the planet. They take what is already nasty Chinese food, and then it sits their all day marinating in MSG.
    At least some of them have soft serve ice cream so I can wash all that $hit out of my mouth.