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Old 07-28-2013, 02:13 PM   #31
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[QUOTE="meggiebeth;49101317"

A mediocre server is a server that is average, and should be tipped according to that. They are polite and bring out your food, but not much more. A good or outstanding server is attentive and does more than just deliver your food.


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I've got to ask. As their job is to bring you food and clearly to be polite whilst doing so, what else is it you are expecting?
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Old 07-28-2013, 05:26 PM   #32
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Exactly, that's their job, and for doing that I tip 15%. If they are more than polite- they go above and beyond and are attentive (which is different to being polite) then they get a higher tip. That's not expecting too much.

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Old 07-28-2013, 06:21 PM   #33
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Exactly, that's their job, and for doing that I tip 15%. If they are more than polite- they go above and beyond and are attentive (which is different to being polite) then they get a higher tip. That's not expecting too much.

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Well I think that's a lot to ask of people working all day every day in what is just, at the end of the day, their job. Most of us don't manage that every day at work in our none Disney jobs

That said. Disney servers usually exceed my expectations and I hope that's your experience too. Have a nice holiday
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:00 PM   #34
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Well I think that's a lot to ask of people working all day every day in what is just, at the end of the day, their job. Most of us don't manage that every day at work in our none Disney jobs

That said. Disney servers usually exceed my expectations and I hope that's your experience too. Have a nice holiday
I suppose it might be. I do find the service in the US generally fantastic and tip accordingly. The one thing I love is that they refill your drinks automatically, for free!!! We don't get that here. The service just doesn't compare.

Have a great holiday too! What nice weather, then rain had to come and ruin it, lol.

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Old 07-29-2013, 01:43 AM   #35
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I think the 15% is incorrect. It should be 18% if the service was just ok. 15% is considered you are not happy by today's standards. I have friends that are from Florida and checked. So if you choose to leave 15% you are saying you weren't happy. I just wanted you to be aware.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:10 AM   #36
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I think the 15% is incorrect. It should be 18% if the service was just ok. 15% is considered you are not happy by today's standards. I have friends that are from Florida and checked. So if you choose to leave 15% you are saying you weren't happy. I just wanted you to be aware.
I agree. 15% is on the lower end now.
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I think the 15% is incorrect. It should be 18% if the service was just ok. 15% is considered you are not happy by today's standards. I have friends that are from Florida and checked. So if you choose to leave 15% you are saying you weren't happy. I just wanted you to be aware.
You're right. I'm from the US and we occasionally tip 15% when there was something slightly wrong with the service. It's a signal that we were somewhat unhappy. The standard tip now in the US is 18-20%. I think a 15% tip from an international visitor simply means that they are using an out-of-date guidebook . One may tip 15% and no one will run after you and ask you to tip more but by tipping less than the standard amount you are perpetuating the stereotype believed by that Applebee's waitress.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:51 AM   #38
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You're right. I'm from the US and we occasionally tip 15% when there was something slightly wrong with the service. It's a signal that we were somewhat unhappy. The standard tip now in the US is 18-20%. I think a 15% tip from an international visitor simply means that they are using an out-of-date guidebook . One may tip 15% and no one will run after you and ask you to tip more but by tipping less than the standard amount you are perpetuating the stereotype believed by that Applebee's waitress.
We have been coming to the States from the UK for 15 years and honestly I don't recall a time when 15% was ok. It's always been 18-20 in my mind more if they do more than the minimum. Food in the US is cheap, portions generous and serving staff very accommodating. Leaving less than 18% if service is average is just rude imao.
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We have been coming to the States from the UK for 15 years and honestly I don't recall a time when 15% was ok.
Hmmm...it always used to be said that as a rough guide you should leave double the tax - that would make it 13%.

I've asked American collegues and they think it's hilarious that we talk about 20%. They tend to leave a round amount in the 10-15% range depending on the type of restaurant (higher percentage in more upscale restaurant, less in a Dennys etc).

That said, I've been going to the US for holidays and work for 25 years and, while I've sent a few meals back, I can't recall a bad server experience. I've had bills zero'd out due to food issues, but still left a full tip.
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But tax varies from state to state, making it a poor method to use.

Speaking of tax though, one of the reasons for a slight difference may be that some people figure the tip on the bill before tax and others afterwards. Personally, I tend to go with after unless I have worked it out in advance of getting the bill for some reason. Living here in the UK where vat is added into the price you see while shopping has spoiled me.


If we're talking about a single person someplace like Denny's, the difference between 15 and 18% is next to nothing. If we're talking about a party of 6 at a nice restaurant, the difference is a lot more.

Back in jr high, so about 25 years ago (wow I suddenly feel old) we were taught in math class to figure out the tip by figuring out 10% then adding half of that to get to 15%. It was an easy enough method.
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But tax varies from state to state, making it a poor method to use.

Speaking of tax though, one of the reasons for a slight difference may be that some people figure the tip on the bill before tax and others afterwards. Personally, I tend to go with after unless I have worked it out in advance of getting the bill for some reason. Living here in the UK where vat is added into the price you see while shopping has spoiled me.

If we're talking about a single person someplace like Denny's, the difference between 15 and 18% is next to nothing. If we're talking about a party of 6 at a nice restaurant, the difference is a lot more.

Back in jr high, so about 25 years ago (wow I suddenly feel old) we were taught in math class to figure out the tip by figuring out 10% then adding half of that to get to 15%. It was an easy enough method.
I think it also verbs from city to city like melb fl taxes are lower then Orlando
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Well I think everybody has to do what they feel comfortable with for myself and DW that's 18 - 20 % . But the most important thing is to treat serving staff with respect I have seen big tippers been so rude! Also have a great holiday one and all it's only 52 days to go for me and DW so excited!

Good wishes! We all love Disney! :-)
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Can somebody clarify for me....do you tip 18-20% before or after tax? I always struggle with this and don't know what is accepted.

For example, if we have a bill that covers two meals and drinks that comes to $60 menu price, is $12 an appropriate tip?
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Can somebody clarify for me....do you tip 18-20% before or after tax? I always struggle with this and don't know what is accepted.

For example, if we have a bill that covers two meals and drinks that comes to $60 menu price, is $12 an appropriate tip?
The tip is supposed to be calculated on the pre-tax (and pre-discount, if applicable) amount.

And, yes, $12 would be an appropriate tip for good service on a $60 meal.
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I think it also verbs from city to city like melb fl taxes are lower then Orlando
You're right. Doubling the tax and rounding up only works in some communities since each city/county has a different tax rate. My county in Wisconsin is 5.5% while it is 6.5% in Orlando.
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