So just watched Reservoir Dogs (always been a favorite of mine, one of Tarantino's best) and of course one of best scenes is the opening, with Mr. Pink's little rant on tipping. You go on imdb to the movie's forum, nice big topic with people arguing over it. Go to the food board on GameFAQs, there usually ends up a topic on tipping every now and then. Figure, hey may as well see what the good people on TFW have to say. Personally, I'm with Mr. Pink. I don't care for the practice of tipping..as an expected, mandatory thing. From what I understand it's only really a practice here in America as well. I know people I have talked to that either are from Europe or have studied abroad or gone on vacation or whatever say that it's not really customary there, certainly not expected. And I also seem to recall that in Japan you're outright not allowed to do so. Tipping because it is expected of you, or (as I've seen so many in the food service industry say when it comes to the subject) to insure (ensure, lol) proper service. That's just..no. If I'm going to tip, it's not so I receive good service or so that I am treated well on my next visit should it be a place I go to more regularly, that's fucked up. No, if I tip (and there are times I will) it's going to be because the service I received was above and beyond what is expected. Clearing the plates, the occasional asking if I want a refill or would like to order dessert, stopping by now and then to ask if everything is ok, that's standard, I expect that. Making sure that my drink is always full or replaced, hitting that right balance of checking up with us while not overstaying your welcome or being pushy, stuff like that, that gets a tip. Good example. My friends and I would go to the local Denny's after our closing shifts at work, order a couple drinks, usually something to eat, and we'd play cards. We'd get off work around 10:30 or so, get to Denny's shortly thereafter, and play until..usually like 3, 4, sometimes even 5 in the morning. The service we received was amazing. We'd be there at least once or twice a week, were good friends with a few of the workers, and they took care of us. And because of that service, we'd leave a decent tip, and the times that we could not (those times generally being we're short on spare cash) we'd apologize and feel pretty bad, but that never effected the service we received next time. Well they tore down our old Denny's, have had to start going to one a town or so over, just a couple minutes down the freeway. Things were different. Rarely had our drinks refilled, were generally just ignored, I mean there'd be times an hour would go by and no one would even walk near our table or look at us. So we wouldn't tip. And the more times we would go the worse our service would get. Hell I remember one time recently we went, one of the waitress saw us when we were heading up to be seated, she turned to a co-worker and said barely audibly "fuck". We actually had a discussion with the manager that night, told her we were regulars, we were used to much better service at another location, after not tipping we started getting attitude (one night we got a very sarcastic "thanks" when paying), if service had been better we'd likely have left something, etc. So things are getting better there, and we have actually left tips a couple of times as the service started to actually warrant it. Tipping should be earned, not expected. And then that whole tipping based on the percentage cost of your bill or whatever. That's bullshit too. Any tip left is and should be based on the service you received, the cost of my meal should have no impact on what I decide to leave for my server. If I eat cheap at Denny's but get amazing service I'm gonna tip a helluva lot better than if I'm at some upscale, $100+ a plate restaurant receiving piss poor service where I likely wouldn't tip at all (and if there is a gratuity charge, I'm not tipping regardless of my service, sorry). And I know all the counter arguments. Minimum wage (or lower as some say), they can barely get by on what they earn, etc. etc. That it's a hard job and so on. I barely make minimum wage (and certainly not enough to live on), my job is hard, I don't get tips. So TFW, what say you?