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Do you tip the normal 15 to 20 percent at buffet restaurants?

While talking to friends of mine that work at Golden Corral, they spoke of tables with 8 customers that leave them a dollar tip. I don't think that people realize that the servers that take your dirty plates and get your drinks at buffet restaurants only make $2.38 an hour (at least in Pennsylvania) and depend soley on the customer's tips to make a living. I just wondered if people are aware of this when they dine at buffets. Something to ponder next time you go to one. The servers work very hard and not only do they serve, but also clean the restaurant before going home at night. Tip your servers well.....I know I do! I am not wrong....they are not lying about the $2.38 per hour....I have seen their pay stubs. Servers and waitresses DO NOT get paid minimum wage..it does not apply to them because they make TIPS!

Asked By: Theresa - 3/1/2007
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I can't believe that these people are such tight wades, most of these people could put a nickle up there butt and a week later you would have 5 pennies. My mom is a waitress and she works very hard for her tips, and I'm sure that the people who work the buffet work very hard as well, i tip no less the 20% when i go out... More
Answered By: sincity usa - 3/1/2007
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at a buffet they don't get my food for me, I get it for myself. All they do is walk around with an ice tea pitcher and fill my glass and at some places they don't even do that because there are drink machines. The "waitress" will get $.50 for everytime she comes by the table. That is it. If they want to make more... More
Answered By: mommy102905 - 3/1/2007
 
I usually leave a 20% or better tip for good service. If the service is poor it goes down. The worst I've ever tipped was when I was 16. I was at a restaurant with a guy friend from school. The waitress was slow, rude and insulting (she actually said that we were "probably on some date where I was going to become... More
Answered By: Nancy J - 3/1/2007
 
I know I used to work at Bob Evans. You barely got any tips there either.I was a nice, sincere, and worked very hard for my money. I did everything for my customers. Others did too. I will never be a waitress ever again.
Answered By: beverlystittums - 3/1/2007
 
depends how the service was
Answered By: jojo - 3/1/2007
 
the work a server do in a buffet could be more than a regular Waiter usually people go more than ones to get food and the mess you see int a buffet aw!! poor servers..so they have to pick up more plates clean all the mess you let Ur kids do cause since you are not paying for the extra food on the floor u let them make... More
Answered By: BRENDA A - 3/1/2007
 
I usually tip at least %15 at a normal restraunt, but I never tip at a buffet. Maybe a dollar but usually not. I guess I just don't consider it the same deal because I'm serving myself.
Answered By: Big D - 3/1/2007
 
I doubt your friends are making $2.38, as those are waiter wages. Buffets might have someone to refill your water, but they do NOT take your order, nor do they bring you your food. If your friends are making that low a wage, tell them to find better work. What they are doing is busboy work... More
Answered By: William K - 3/1/2007
 
At buffet restaurants...no. It just doesn't feel like a place that I should leave a tip, especially if I get my own drink as well as my own food. I'll have to keep your question in mind next time I go to a buffet.
Answered By: quizmeister - 3/1/2007
 
I start with $20 tip, no matter what type of restaurant I go to. If you do good, you get the $20 otherwise $1 starts to deduct from your tip if you don't provide good service. If you end up with nothing, that tells how well of a server you were.
Answered By: cjstudent2006 - 3/1/2007
 
First off, if someone told you they only made $2.38 an hour, they lied. The U.S. minimum wage for anyone over the age of 14 is currently over $5. The amount that I tip the waitress/waiter depends on their service. If they act like they don't want to serve me and they don't care, I will throw a couple dollars on the... More
Answered By: Logan - 3/1/2007
 
As a matter of fact, I do tip the regular 15-20% tip when I eat at a buffet. I think the servers there do ***more work*** than waitstaff. Waitstaff doesn't have to remove as many plates mid-meal as buffet servers so yes, I think buffet servers do more and therefore shoudl receive comparable or better tips... More
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Answered By: let's get busy - 3/1/2007
 
Yes always. In a buffet style place the servers also have more tables to deal with at one time than in a regular place because they don't have to spend time taking orders, so they have more people to help at any given time. Always tip your server !! yeah !!
Answered By: BigTip$ - 3/1/2007
 
who ever said that it was 2.38 an hr is wrong!! thats not even min. wage
Answered By: Melissa - 3/1/2007
 
The $2.38 is correct... More
Answered By: Alec_Storm - 3/1/2007
 
I do not, although when we do go there is usually enough people to where they add the tip on automatically. I would tip 10% if possible. In regular restaurants I tip 20%, although I've gone higher with over and beyond service.
Answered By: ChrcPn - 3/2/2007
 
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