Originally Posted by Groves
This thread is still going...
So let's add some fuel to the fire. I'm indifferent and generally tip, as my parents taught me (my mom, specifically). 10% for starters and it goes up and down as it needs to. But I don't eat out often, so it's not something that I give much thought to.
But if someone can give me a reasonable answer to this, it would be great.
Two people dinning at a restaurant, being served by the same waiter/ress, same service.
Person A orders a $50 plate.
Person B orders a $100 dollar plate.
Say each tips 20%, so person A tips $10, while person B tips $20.
What justifies the greater tip for the $100 dollar plate, if the waiter/ress provided the same service and had no part in the making of the meal?
I get your point, but firstoff, my suggestion is you start at 15% and go up from there. You may want to eat at the same place more than once. Waiting tables is like poker, you dont remember the big wins, but you damn sure remember the big losses (shit tips).
You are trying to rationalize why someone deserves more money for the cost of an item. So lets say you change policy and every table tips 15$ regardless.
What happens when someone eating alone orders a 10$ appetizer? $15 tip?
Or what happens when you wait on a party of 20 people? $15 tip?
It doesnt work. You are ordering expensive food, you are paying for its preparation, you pay for the service. Buck up.