Do you think tipping a waiter is nessessary?

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asked Nov 25, 2011 by Tux Penguin (891 points)
Some places, like Japan, do not accept tips. I found this quite odd when I traveled to Japan a couple months back. Do you think its necessary? I have always felt obligated to do so and will continue to do so, but have always questioned the reasons. I understand that a lot of the income waiters receive comes from tips, but isn't more of a courteous gesture? Some people are so adamant about giving tips, and some places even add the tip to the total. Just want to know what other people think.

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answered Nov 25, 2011 by DerekWyland (16 points)
Leaving a tip isn't necessary depending on the attitude of the waiter towards you, and the experience they give you.  It is a polite thing to do, but I say to start at 15% and depending on what they do to either go up to a max of 22.5% to as little as 5%.
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answered Nov 25, 2011 by TheTechDude (76,270 points)
My family tips and feels it is necessary because we realize that the waiters need to make a living also and most of their pay comes from tips. We always tip around 20% however, if the waiter is not nice or is not attentive then you can end up giving less.
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answered Nov 25, 2011 by Kevan (196 points)
Usually the price for something is tied specifically to the thing, but we do not buy food in a restaurant that way. Instead, part of the price is tied to the food and the remainder is given freely to the waiter.  In other words, so long as the waiter's service is acceptable, the tip is his and if you don't give it, you're taking his service without paying for it.  I don't like this  system, but  that's our system here.  To avoid it, stick with fast food joints.
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answered Nov 25, 2011 by Compucore (2,451 points)
Well up here in Canada the wages for waitresses and waiters are not that high so yes we do tip up here.
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answered Nov 25, 2011 by geekomatic (1,842 points)
My brother was a waiter- and a damned good one who won many awards for his service.

Everything depends on the location/culture. In the USA, the wait staff are generally paid a pittance for an hourly wage & are expected to make up for that by providing good service & thus are "tipped". From experience, this is what I learned from my bro':

He got taxed a particular percentage- whether or not he actually was paid it or not...this means that if the table had a large bill, but decided to "stiff" him (no or little tip- just because some people are stingy b*stards)..he had to pay tax on earnings he never he got stiffed!

If you wish to reward the wait staff with a generous tip, do so in CASH. This allows the person to claim what they wish- and this offsets the above example of "no tip"...

If the place adds a percentage to a bill automatically- then it's up to you...I still tip extra if the person does a great job for me.

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