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Old 02-02-2013, 10:55 AM   #91
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I saw this at work today, and thought it was strangely apt given this thread!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisf...ess-needs-tips

Interesting POV from a Waitress.

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I read that story elsewhere the other day. I think it's awful that she got fired over that.

As I've said before, I wouldn't want to do their job and, if I get good service, I will leave a good (and well deserved) tip. That applies in this country too, although I am less inclined to tip at all here if I get poor service, whereas in the US I would still tip, just not as well.
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:43 PM   #92
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Hopefully that makes the point. I have seen other English guests as WDW quite clearly not tip on several occasions and it always makes me cringe.
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:46 PM   #93
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That was certainly an eye opening read, I will definitely be tipping fairly in October!
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:37 PM   #94
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The one the h that really gets to me is the fact I have to tip 18% at buffets!!! To me this is a joke .
I get my own food plus the kids, and yet all the server does it collect my dishes and fill my drinks and because of the buffet prices they can get a higher tip then a Ts server!
Next trip now the boys are older i think we will only do 2 buffets at the most!
We tip the same amount as TS at buffets (15-20%). The server may not take your order and deliver your meal, but statistically they collect more than twice as many plates as people are more likely to sample different dishes. It's easily as much work as TS. We prefer buffets for some meals where we want to try a wide variety of foods (breakfast in particular, I want pancakes, waffles, fruit, eggs, the works!) so am more than happy to tip accordingly. The buffet servers we have had in Disney have actually always been better than the TS servers we had (e.g. One heard me say to my partner the they were out of strawberries - fresh bowl appeared on the table for me a moment later).

We also tip cab drivers (min 10%), housekeeping (min $1/person/day) and bartenders ($1/drink). We budget for all of this in the cost of our holiday.
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:04 PM   #95
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We tip the same amount as TS at buffets (15-20%). The server may not take your order and deliver your meal, but statistically they collect more than twice as many plates as people are more likely to sample different dishes. It's easily as much work as TS. We prefer buffets for some meals where we want to try a wide variety of foods (breakfast in particular, I want pancakes, waffles, fruit, eggs, the works!) so am more than happy to tip accordingly. The buffet servers we have had in Disney have actually always been better than the TS servers we had (e.g. One heard me say to my partner the they were out of strawberries - fresh bowl appeared on the table for me a moment later).

We also tip cab drivers (min 10%), housekeeping (min $1/person/day) and bartenders ($1/drink). We budget for all of this in the cost of our holiday.
See I feel very different about buffets then you do,
My kids eat very little at buffets we don't collect a mountain of plates just because we can! And I feel they really don't do that much compared to the TS places I eat at but then like you said before you don't do Disney!
So if I was only paying $10 a buffet and at breakfast as little as. $4 I would not mind paying 20% either lol,
But instead I'm paying upwards of $30 for a plate or 2 of food at the most, we also due to having owned a cafe always stack our plates etc so the server never normally has to come by twice.

We also always budget for
Taxi
Housekeeping we tip a $ a person each day which is $6
Bar tenders
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We have been going to the US Many yrs and as nearly all my family but my mum are Americans the tipping conversations come up regular, I don't doubt some servers work hard at buffets but I've found it to be the minority.
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:20 PM   #96
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See I feel very different about buffets then you do,
My kids eat very little at buffets we don't collect a mountain of plates just because we can! And I feel they really don't do that much compared to the TS places I eat at but then like you said before you don't do Disney!
So if I was only paying $10 a buffet and at breakfast as little as. $4 I would not mind paying 20% either lol,
But instead I'm paying upwards of $30 for a plate or 2 of food at the most, we also due to having owned a cafe always stack our plates etc so the server never normally has to come by twice.

We also always budget for
Taxi
Housekeeping we tip a $ a person each day which is $6
Bar tenders
Porters
Etc
We have been going to the US Many yrs and as nearly all my family but my mum are Americans the tipping conversations come up regular, I don't doubt some servers work hard at buffets but I've found it to be the minority.
I guess we disagree on the buffet tipping - in my eyes, servers work equally hard.

Incidentally, the only buffets we do are Disney - not our thing offsite. Whilst we don't "do"the Disney parks any more, we have been 10+ times in the past and still make a visit to at least one Disney meal on Disney property - usually a buffet breakfast - onsite whenever we are in Orlando. This year we are going to Chef Mickey's
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:05 AM   #97
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I saw this at work today, and thought it was strangely apt given this thread!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisf...ess-needs-tips

Interesting POV from a Waitress.

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It is interesting.
I think the point made in the story about the system being broken is spot on. But, as hateful as a saying as it is: "it is what it is and we are where we are!"

So we are expected to tip, yet we are already paying for the food. As a brit, there is (as discussed already) a much lower expectation to tip, although it is usually the norm, I think the amount varies.
It is the norm, that if you receive poor service, the tip is minimal if not nothing.

I think the % of tips expected in the US and the expectation that you still leave 10% even if the service is poor is a very alien concept to many. (I can only speak for Brits).

That being said, the level of service in the US, USUALLY puts British servers to shame.

The above is just more musings from a Brit. as stated before, I tend to take the "when in Rome" attitude when eating (as I said before - I tip the recommended amount and maybe adjust slightly for the odd poor service - e.g. When we were rushed out despite us having a booking etc, no good reason to be delivering my main when I'm half way through my starter!) but still feel lost for other tips, such as cleaning staff.

Interesting thread.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:13 AM   #98
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I think the % of tips expected in the US and the expectation that you still leave 10% even if the service is poor is a very alien concept to many. (I can only speak for Brits).
No, you can only speak for yourself. As I said earlier in the thread, if I receive poor service or poor food, I would speak to somebody first to try and resolve the issue before I resorted to reducing the tip. Leaving a tip is not an alien concept to me and I will continue to tip well when I am in the US.
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No, you can only speak for yourself. As I said earlier in the thread, if I receive poor service or poor food, I would speak to somebody first to try and resolve the issue before I resorted to reducing the tip. Leaving a tip is not an alien concept to me and I will continue to tip well when I am in the US.
Fair point. What I was trying (but failing) to say is that I would suggest that the norm in the UK is that tipping tends not to happen for poor service (in the UK).
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My boyfriend and I are both restaurant managers so I wouldn't think twice about tipping, he spent more money tipping than he did on buying drinks when we went to Orlando last week (but he used to be a bartender so I think that's why!) It's hard work for little appreciation in a lot of cases!

I normally factor in about $10-15 per meal plus $2-3 for housekeeping a day as a minimum.
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I know quite a few people have said that service is generally better in the US than here (because of tipping) but I can't say that I agree with that at all. I usually have pretty good service wherever I go and haven't found the service here any worse than in the US. But, I do tip less here just because I know that the staff in the US depend on it more and are taxed accordingly.

Maybe I am a bit biased having been a waitress in my student days, but I can't think of a time when I have ever not tipped in a restaurant
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Wow what a thread.

Great for a newbie to read.
I'm sure ill get slated for this but I can honestly say I never tip in uk nor do any friends and family. May have done if been out for a meal with a big party but me, never.its just not the dine thing I don't think up north.
If I got to London for the day - tipping def would not cross my mind.

I will tip in usa but I must admit more I read more I feel a little pressured.

I've got a nice app that works tips out, n I aim to use it. Maybe 18% TS and 10/15% buffet.

My wife totally doesn't get the tipping. I've tried to explain and justify we need to allow some extra $$ fir this.
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Wow what a thread.

Great for a newbie to read.
I'm sure ill get slated for this but I can honestly say I never tip in uk nor do any friends and family. May have done if been out for a meal with a big party but me, never.its just not the dine thing I don't think up north.
If I got to London for the day - tipping def would not cross my mind.
I used to think it was a North South thing. I had never heard of tipping in the UK until I started reading the forums, none of our family or friends around here tip but my Brother who has lived down South 20+ years does tip. But others from the North have posted its common amongst their friends and family so its more areas of the country I think rather than North South.
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I'm sure ill get slated for this but I can honestly say I never tip in uk nor do any friends and family. May have done if been out for a meal with a big party but me, never.its just not the dine thing I don't think up north.
I'm from Manchester and tipping is definitely the done thing here (only 10% or so).
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I live within a couple of miles each direction of where the boundries meet for West/North/South and East Yorkshire and I always tip - so that's the 4 yorkshire's covered!

I can not imagine going out for a meal and not tipping and that's been the case for 20+ years?

I was amazed when I read a thread last year where some people said they did not tip in the UK so I asked a waitress the next time we were out and she said 90% of customers tip
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