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pomaj46808 t1_jba61rb wrote

15% is fine, and 20% is more than fine. If you're just standing at a counter taking my order, you get what you get.


PimpOfJoytime t1_jbae53u wrote

Probably a direct correlation between the % of the metro area’s workforce employed in hospitality and the average tip rate.


J-Colio t1_jbaig4s wrote

Fun tip to tip

Say your check comes to $abcd.ef

Move the decimal to the left one and multiply by 2, so 2*(

That's your 20% tip. Monstrously faster than dividing by 5.


icepick314 t1_jbandm6 wrote

Am I the only one who's offended by the fact that other cities are recognizable just their name but Richmond has to be specified to Virginia?


njbrews t1_jbaokf3 wrote

Probably because we're forced to tip at every stop we got lol


SorryDuplex t1_jbatyi1 wrote

I was a server for 3 years and did delivery driving for a couple years. People don’t tip that great here


turnipmeatloaf t1_jbb87f0 wrote

I always just do 20% because it’s easier to calculate in my head


J-Colio t1_jbbfo91 wrote

I do my method then round up the total to make a pretty number.

13.57 becomes 2.714 which then goes to 2.93 because $16.50 is prettier than $16.28

I don't know which is easier on the servers/restaurants, though. Easy number tips or easy number totals. I only ever have my cards...

It looks nice on your statements having pretty numbers.


aimeebisoubisou t1_jbbgvyz wrote

The rounding up of the total for a pretty number is where I draw the line, math-wise. I’m barely able to do the other math 🤣

In your $13.57 scenario I would just round up to $15, divide by 5 to get $3 for a tip, and the total would be $16.57. Bam, math done.

But then again I’m also the type who doesn’t round up @ the gas pump either. Very few other transactions are round numbers so 🤷🏼‍♀️


connor8383 t1_jbbs2el wrote

Which is interesting, bc we are taxed at about double the rate of most places, at least downtown.

I went to LA recently and was shocked to see the tax at restaurants was pretty standard. Eating in Richmond has made me think 15% tax is normal lol.


Mikey6304 t1_jbbxmgu wrote

San Fran is kinda fucked up, 17% average tip in that kind of housing market!? I'm amazed there are people willing to work service industry there as is, but such a shitty tip average makes me wonder even more.


BureauOfBureaucrats t1_jbc75b0 wrote

It’s to the point where if we see those swivel tablet registers at a place that does NOT offer actual table service, we just won’t go in. I depend on tips myself, but it’s just ridiculous how far tipping has gone.


connor8383 t1_jbc9386 wrote

True. Call me an asshole but I always base my tip on the subtotal. Especially here now where the restaurant tax is ridiculous

Edit to those downvoting me: 20% of the subtotal is my default. Unless the service is downright bad, I rarely stray from 20%. Seeing lots of people saying 15% is within acceptable range, 15% of the post-tax total and 20% of the subtotal aren’t that different.


Pretend-Bread-8856 t1_jbcept9 wrote

Most of the world that would appeal to americans have fair labor standards and pay living wages. Waiting tables is one of the few jobs in the us that you can pick up easily(yes it is hard work) and make a decent and fair living to support a family. By doing away with tipping you are counting on the same bosses who do not pay fair wages to then raise prices to match the earnings of waitstaff and then be honest and actually give that to waitstaff.


SIDEEYEmusic t1_jbcjmwc wrote

Starting to feel like all of these charts with city comparisons just have "Richmond, VA" photoshopped into them


wanna_getaway t1_jbcotm8 wrote

As an Instacart shopper/ they don't 😂


nazsquad t1_jbe2qvy wrote

If only we had pretty decent employers that would just pay their employees well.


Colt1911-45 t1_jbec8cq wrote

I keep seeing Cleveland come up all over. I even get a Cleveland subreddit pop up in my feed. I have heard it's similar to Richmond. I may need to go visit. Damn you Cleveland Tourist Board and your excellent marketing team!


Notexactlyanoob t1_jbejvuz wrote

If people are too dumb to figure out 20%, with literally everyone having a calculator in their pockets, and THATS the reason they haven't been tipping 20, this tip isnt gonna make em do it. Cause that aint the reason.


7SlotGrill t1_jbek1ax wrote

I'm 25% walking in the door. It either goes up or down depending on the service and food/drink. Granted, the wait staff can't help it if the kitchen sucks but their attitude does effect the outcome.
To be honest, I've not had to deal with shitty wait staff, but food on the other hand...


Notexactlyanoob t1_jbekalf wrote

But they aren't raising prices. People (who tipped as they should) will still be paying the same, psychological perceptions aside. Tipping was created 100% to benefit the restaurants, not the customers or the employees. Do you know the history of how it came about? Why do you defend the practice? And how it it fair when you have to rely on others who can literally screw you out of good pay for a shift/table because they are assholes. Really fair that. Dont trust a boss who can be held accountable but trust rando strangers who aren't. Bugger off defending tipping as a practice.

I will tip minimum 20% as a starting point as long as it IS the practice for the US, and youre an asshole if you dont, but to defend it? Thats flipping dumb.


J-Colio t1_jber4n6 wrote

That's rough. People are too proud to admit that they're trash at math.

I'm biased. I'm an engineer and in my experience even many of my peers have a questionable grasp on math. If I'm questioning how good at math the people who are widely accepted as being legitimately dang good at math are, then I really gotta assume that people are normally REALLY bad at math...

Our scores as a country support this rationale. The general population is plainly bad at math. When you see the Karens of Facebook complaining about new methods to teach math - they're probably horrible at math. We're not going to improve our scores by teaching the same way that got our scores so low to begin with...

We're left with people who are bad at math who are too proud to admit that they can't figure out something as simple as 20% in their heads - I don't think they want to use their phones because then they're admitting it. You know? Multiplication and division are grade-school math. You want a 35 year old guy with 2 kids admitting he can't do grade school math in front of his kids? You want some hotshot yuppie taking his tinder date out for drinks to whip out his phone and proudly proclaim that numbers scare him? You want a proud independent woman who's run her own business for the last 10 years to admit she still has anxiety dreams about math-tests in front of clients?

I don't think it's malice or mal-intent. I don't think anyone WANTS to be a bad tipper (unless they're going full Karen). I would think (hope) the reason is more plain-Jane hubris. They want to tip. They don't want to bankrupt themselves. They don't accept numbers, so they go with their gut instead knowing they won't go broke.

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Pretend-Bread-8856 t1_jbf2eoi wrote

So they are gonna pay 20% of gross receipts to waitstaff and not raise prices? Ok buddy love to hear how you expect that to work. Waited tables for over a decade, the percentage of folks who stiffed me was less then a quarter of a percent. Cooking, I gave up so much of my life and got so little in return. If my business fails I know I can return to waiting tables and be ok. I am not concerned with the history of tipping, I just know that the combined history of the system of american labor has lead us to the point where waiting tables is my only other viable skill to rely on. I dont know why you are being so hostile.


Notexactlyanoob t1_jbf3hei wrote

Sigh. If you raise prices by 20% and people who used to tip 20% dont have to tip anymore, they will be paying the same price. How hard is that to understand?

And yes, tipping was established 100% to benefit restaurants at the expense of the staff. But anecdotal data is worth what its worth.


Notexactlyanoob t1_jbf3yox wrote

Yes, in effect, to the customer (who already tip appropriately), the prices wont be raised because they will be paying the same. Thats why I said aside from the psychological aspect (of seeing a higher number on the menu), the ACTUAL price they pay will remain the same.

For people who dont tip 20%, yeah, they will pay more, that doesnt bother me. If they could afford to eat before with however they tipped, but cant with a forced 20% "tip" baked into the price, maybe they should stay home. For those that typically tip more than 20? You can still tip additional for excellent service unless its against the business policy to accept tips. Like everywhere else in the world.

So try again?


Pretend-Bread-8856 t1_jbfsc1w wrote

So they are raising prices just like I said on my original post. Im really not sure why you keep talking about this, nor why you are so condescending. Im not the smartest guy, but its a pretty simple and old concept. I understand how the economics work. I agree most people will not have a problem with paying more in the overall bill with the trade off that there will be no responsibility to tip. I do have an issue with the idea that this will work with no mechanism to make sure the owners will not find fuck with the money, such as raising the price 20% giving employees 15%.


Notexactlyanoob t1_jbfspzm wrote

Sigh. Because you're being obtuse. The prices, the cost to the consumer, in effect, would not rise if you're already tipping 20%, like ya should. How many times do I have to repeat what I meant before you get over yourself?

Thats what regulation is for. Like all kinds of workplaces have. Like the ones allowing them to pay less than minimum wage because of tips currently. No one said it should be a free for all, keeping the current laws, or that unfair rules should be put in place. That would be incredibly stupid to argue for. Strawmen are good for farming, not for discussions.

Stop defending systems that were LITERALLY designed to work against you.


Notexactlyanoob t1_jbfvusd wrote

Sure. When you say people would be happy to pay more on the overall bill in exchange for not having to worry about tipping we are not saying the same thing. And keep having issues with stuff no one suggested. On a topic you dont know the history of. Have a good day.


Pretend-Bread-8856 t1_jbfwqhr wrote

I cant tell if you are being pedantic, or just a jerk but that is how it would work. The bill would be higher to cover higher labour costs so that a higher than living wage would be achieved tipping would be eliminated. Yes? Fuck the system? All for it dude I want these things. But i dont want these things until the mechanism is there to enforce them. We are in america, i dont see it happening for a long long time.


redditrva456 t1_jbiwb2e wrote

Sir. Where have you been? 20% is the top tier. A tip is dependent on the level of service received. It is the perception of the customer. No service or bad service, you’re getting 0. Mediocre, you’re getting 10 maybe 15%. Those that to go above and beyond, they get 20%.


Notexactlyanoob t1_jbiwhc5 wrote

Not true, but go you. Like, yeah, that how it's theoretically supposed to work, and how it STILL works in places where tipping is not expected to pay the servers salary, but only for truly exceptional service. But no, that isn't how it works in practice for everyone. Yeah, some people dont care, period. Whether you like it or not.


blamberr t1_jblkx4j wrote

cleveland getting some deserved love.