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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    we did go to the LaVista last week and we had a gift certificate.

    there was a service charge 15% added to the bill

    the server explained that there are 2 kinds of bills........
    1. if the diners are paying with cash or credit card no service charge added
    2. if paying with a voucher from casino or with gift card, a 15% will be added

    i do not know the reasoning

    the bill including the 15% was about $98
    we threw in $6 more
    How does the restaurant know how you are paying? The check is delivered before you select a payment method.

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    the waiter asked as soon as we were seated
    .....asked if we were using a casino voucher or other sort of payment other than cash or credit card.



    Quote Originally Posted by AndyM View Post
    How does the restaurant know how you are paying? The check is delivered before you select a payment method.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    the waiter asked as soon as we were seated
    .....asked if we were using a casino voucher or other sort of payment other than cash or credit card.
    Maybe when folks use a comp at the restaurant, they tend to think that gratuity is included and don't tip at all? I could see someone thinking a comp is all inclusive. I guess if the service charge is distributed among the staff they just automatically add the 15% to ensure the staff gets a little something extra for their hard work?

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    I know everyone has their take but here is mine Tip and be generous!! It always funny how we can get weird about a percentage. If the bill is $100 and you tip 15 percent thats $15, but if you tip 20 percent its only a $5 difference. $5 is not much but it could be a huge blessing to someone. I love feeling when I walk away they might be looking down at the tip and feeling better about their night! Making someone happy is the best $5, $10, $15 I could ever spend!! Sadly (not on here) there are cheap people who will not tip at all or give crazy low tips. I know it can get the wait staff down. My hope is my tip might change their night. Might be wishful thinking but its my hope

    Now poor service is poor service, we will usually go to 15 percent if the service was not the greatest and if it was AWFUL we would talk to someone in management. (which doesn't happen hardly ever) but if the service is great we just trust our heart and go 20% plus. As was already said, most times I think the buffet wait staff (waiters/waittress, bus boys) are working harder because they are constantly on the ball to clear the tables and fill drinks.

    I went to lunch with a friend who insisted on paying. Our waiter was amazing, we had small talk and he was on the ball. When the bill came my friend paid and I saw he was giving a garbage tip on his card. When he went to the bathroom I asked for change for a $20 and left him another $10 which would of been like a 30% plus tip. I told my friend that I just felt like I wanted to bless him. When I got home my friend called and said he lost his credit card and wanted me to check at the restaurant since it was close to my house. When I came in, the waiter had the card waiting, and was so thankful for the tip. I don't know if that kept the waiter from doing something shady with my buddys card or not, but I want to think it helped haha. Anyways, sorry for my lengthy post!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbatjc View Post
    I know everyone has their take but here is mine Tip and be generous!! It always funny how we can get weird about a percentage. If the bill is $100 and you tip 15 percent thats $15, but if you tip 20 percent its only a $5 difference. $5 is not much but it could be a huge blessing to someone. I love feeling when I walk away they might be looking down at the tip and feeling better about their night! Making someone happy is the best $5, $10, $15 I could ever spend!! Sadly (not on here) there are cheap people who will not tip at all or give crazy low tips. I know it can get the wait staff down. My hope is my tip might change their night. Might be wishful thinking but its my hope

    Now poor service is poor service, we will usually go to 15 percent if the service was not the greatest and if it was AWFUL we would talk to someone in management. (which doesn't happen hardly ever) but if the service is great we just trust our heart and go 20% plus. As was already said, most times I think the buffet wait staff (waiters/waittress, bus boys) are working harder because they are constantly on the ball to clear the tables and fill drinks.

    I went to lunch with a friend who insisted on paying. Our waiter was amazing, we had small talk and he was on the ball. When the bill came my friend paid and I saw he was giving a garbage tip on his card. When he went to the bathroom I asked for change for a $20 and left him another $10 which would of been like a 30% plus tip. I told my friend that I just felt like I wanted to bless him. When I got home my friend called and said he lost his credit card and wanted me to check at the restaurant since it was close to my house. When I came in, the waiter had the card waiting, and was so thankful for the tip. I don't know if that kept the waiter from doing something shady with my buddys card or not, but I want to think it helped haha. Anyways, sorry for my lengthy post!
    I couldn't agree with you more - it DOES make a huge difference - when I was in university, five or ten dollars meant a lot to me at any given point in time.

    And I can still remember the face of the guy that stiffed me for the first time... he came up and said that he didn't believe in tipping and that the hotel I was working for should compensate its employees better. Yeah, that make sense - take it out on the staff because the system is broken. Word got out fast and he became VERY thirsty at the bar for the balance of the week. That was thirty years ago and I'd still recognize him (and others) today.

    I also remember the man who saw me running around like mad on Xmas Day brunch because a number of the wait and bus staff had called in sick. The three of us in the dining room (there were normally eight staff) held it together, smiled and made sure everybody had a good time. That Texan handed me a hundred dollars at the end of their meal and said, "You are sure working hard and making it look easy." That guy was treated like royalty for the balance of his stay.

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    Absolutely agree with being really generous for really great service/experience. Average 15-20% for good service and frankly.... poor service (with an attitude) gets 10% or less.......

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    I hope this isn't too far off topic, but what about carry out? If you order and go pick up your food to go, what is your standard? For good service at a sit down mwal, we are closer to 25% unless we feel things are unreasonably marked up. For example, if I am paying $10 for a simple cocktail with minimal ingresidents I will tip closer to 20%. bufrets and carryout we are in the 15% range usually. If the service charge is on our bill, maybe less it just really depends on the service. If my happy hour bartender is personable and on top of things, they are getting something special on tip over the service charge.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Picking up food to go such as Applebee's, TGIF and etc.... I usually give a few dollars since nobody really "served"me as if I was in a restaurant. Especially if I placed the order via phone or on line.
    Buffets I usually give a few dollars per person.. more depending on the service.. cleaning my plates, getting my refills and etc. If nobody acknowledges
    us then it will be min,
    At a regular place I will give at least 20% or more depending on the service.
    I was a waitress for many many years and always gave the "best service" knowing the "tips" was my "real" pay. Back in those days I think the
    pay for waitress was under a $1.50 ...
    If the service fee was already added and their service was not good, I will not add on to it; since they already got my money.

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