Did you know that servers in the United States are often paid very low wages at sit down restaurants? This is why it is a customary practice to tip your server when you go to a restaurant. It seems like many people do not know how to properly leave a tip. There are four simple steps that you should follow to leave a proper tip.
First you will need to determine the total “tippable” amount. This is the percentage of your bill that you will tip on. If you used any coupons or discounts, you will need to calculate the tip based on how much you would’ve paid without them. For example if you had a coupon for $25.00 off of your total of $50.00, you would tip on the $50.00. If you tip on the discounted amount, you are just punishing the server, because they did the same amount of work even though you are paying less. Do not include tax in your “tippable” amount, because the service you received has nothing to do with the tax being charged.
Now that you have calculated the “tippable” amount you need to evaluate the service that you received. This will help you find the percent that you want to tip. Think about if the food matched with your order, if the server was attentive to your needs, and if your empty dishes were taken away quickly.
Once you have evaluated the service that you received, you can decide the percent that you want to tip. The general guidelines for tipping are 20% for excellent service, 15% for good service, and 10% for bad service.
Now that you know how much to tip, you can determine the best method of payment for the tip. The best method of payment when leaving a tip is usually cash. The server can bring it home with them that day. However, try not to leave excessive change if you pay with cash because it is considered rude. A credit card can also be used, but it can take up to a couple of weeks for the server to pocket the money.