Tipping is a nightmare. I’ve put that I’m a generous tipper, because that’s what people I’m with tell me if we’re trying to work out a tip in a restaurant or whatever. I think basically out of awkwardness I don’t want to tip too low.
Currently though I am a generous tipper due to having spent the majority of my working life in hospitality. Always cash, never a card gratuity, and always handed directly to the server.
Also nearly always add a drink for the barperson into any round over 3 drinks.
It’s total bullshit. In my job, if I fuck up or have to deal with a dickhead I still get paid the same. Why shouldn’t that apply to everyone? It’s not even consistent with other service jobs - you can’t pay less for your groceries if there’s a queue or the checkout assistant doesn’t smile at you enough
As @Hostile_17 says, non-optional service charge (or just include it in the food prices if it’s a flat %) is the way to go.
Genuinely puts me off visiting the US (a little bit, not saying it’s a dealbreaker) – do you have to tip everyone? If it’s one of those hotels with a guy at the door, do you tip him, and how much? Is a dollar insulting? Is five wildly generous? You can’t tip $5 every time you go in and out can you? Fuck it, I’m staying home.
I tip generously on Uber and Uber Eats to make up for the guilt of using Uber and Uber Eats and it’s nice when they make use of the “Thanks for the tip!” functionality and you get a wee notification later that day/evening
Best one was during Cheltenham week some guy who was watching the racing in my pub won £20k so gave me £250 to put behind the bar to ‘get you and your mates as drunk as I am’. That was a good afternoon.
We weren’t allowed to accept tips and used to get them pro rata’d over the whole year, as we used to only really do private events (weddings, conferences, etc.) - got split between the front of house, kitchen, events team, gardeners, etc.
Would have to tell people I couldn’t accept cash tips and they would give us cigars and stuff (#cambridgelife) as if it were some smart loophole - mate I’m seventeen what am I going to do with this? (Answer: smoke it on the top floor of vodka revolution on a student night, obviously)
Counting out my tips at the end of a shift was the highlight of my service industry days even if it was next to nothing. Whatever I had in tips was what I could spend on getting some dinner on the way home from the co-op. Always hated the super busy days when staff hadn’t shown up and I ended up working three times as hard and there’s bound to be a drop in service as a result no matter how hard you try and so you get fewer tips for doing more work than ever.