Tipping on table time?

ShootingArts

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For awhile the only nine foot table I knew of within fifty miles was a very ratty Big G in a bar. Bucket pockets that were falling off the table, cloth well past voting age, the whole thing one step above junk, a short step at that! No coin slot and the owner refused to charge me for practicing on that POS. There was a tip jar on his bar and although I might drink a coke or two or nothing, I usually tipped five or ten bucks dropped into the tip jar. The servers were very happy, the owner was happy that I took care of his people, I was happy to not come in and use the table for free while generating little or no income.

It is a cardinal sin to let my tea glass go dry and sometimes I suggest bringing a pitcher to the table if I know several of us were the same way. After working in a pit crew for stock car races where the temperature in the pits might be 120 degrees or more our crew usually started off with two huge pitchers of water and two of tea. Not unusual for another pitcher or two to get ordered! However, drinking it by the glass, I can't eat without washing the food down so so sometimes I am dry and the food is getting cold, If the person working the table is busy with other tables I understand. When they are chatting with friends or on the phone, after the first minute or so the tip starts going down a dollar a minute!

Even in nice pool halls I often start off with a trip to the bathroom to wash my hands. I then bring the damp paper towels I dried my hands on and wipe down the rails. Sometimes the house person notices my habits and starts wiping down and brushing the table for me before I start. A nice consideration and worth some consideration in return! I have had the counter person at a place I was a regular give the set of balls I was going to play with a quick polish too. Again, a little extra deserves a little extra.

I was checking out a place and they gave me a set of balls with a cue ball about the size of a walnut. I knew games were being played and just walked out to my truck and got a measles ball I was trying out. When it was time to leave I dropped my change to the penny in my pocket, no tip when you tried to treat me as a chump!

HU
 

Brookeland Bill

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I tip ridiculous amounts in terms of percentages to the good guys and gals. Take me over the hurdles, nary a cent! The room owner knew my habits so when I didn't tip his counterman a cent he noticed. "He didn't know!" "He will next time." The counterman was looking after the owner a little too good and took me for a sucker. New guy though, we did come to an understanding!

I won't tip for lousy service with no reason for it. In restaurants I do tip, a quarter tossed down after I stand up so it rings and bounces on the table! Just want the person that waited on me to know I didn't forget, and everyone else nearby to know what I thought the service was worth!

Hu
A good friend would do the same. Except he would leave the smallest coin in his pocket.
 

ShootingArts

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A good friend would do the same. Except he would leave the smallest coin in his pocket.



Tips don't always make direct sense. When we tip on the road where we will probably never eat again we are tipping to benefit the people that come after us. It would make more sense to tip when we first arrived if it was really To Insure Prompt Service for ourselves. My brother was on a week long trip on company business. He and a coworker stepped into my brother's room, found his beer on ice in the sink, a bucket of ice for his mixed drinks, a few other perks. His coworker was amazed, "Wow, they don't do any of that for me!?

"Do you tip?"

"I leave one big tip at the end of the stay."

" And how do they know you are going to leave a big tip??" The company was paying tips and all. My brother was greasing the wheels when it could do some good! Generally my tips do reward me in places I am a regular like my favorite pool halls.

A funny about tipping. My brother and I stopped in a place to eat. The waitress hung at the table complaining about everything about her job to the extent we couldn't eat without being rude and the food got cold while she complained about her boss, her coworkers, the cook, the phase of the moon, Lord knows what all. Nonstop, I damned near felt like we were married! My brother and I take turns picking up the tab and figure it works out over time. When the waitress came with the bill I simply left the money on the table as I often did including a very generous tip for the price of the meal even if service had been great. My brother didn't say anything until we were out the door: "Figure she is gonna need it?"

"Yep"

Hu
 

CocoboloCowboy

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Well I forget the normal closing time of North HollyWeird Billiard's was, but if the was some big money game going on past normal house normally the guy who won paid the staff member on duty a tip for stay after hours. Because someone had to lock the place up, turn off lights, and the Houseman was doing it off the clock.

Think the Houseman did OK by keep the place open into wee hours of am.
 

MmmSharp

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Similar to Hu's trick of tipping early, any open bar event i tip big on my first drink and make sure the bartender sees it. The bartender always remembers me and no matter the line, my drink is poured and handed to me when i walk by.

By far one of the best tricks i was taught in my twenties. An old bartender let me in on that one.
 

Brookeland Bill

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Tips don't always make direct sense. When we tip on the road where we will probably never eat again we are tipping to benefit the people that come after us. It would make more sense to tip when we first arrived if it was really To Insure Prompt Service for ourselves. My brother was on a week long trip on company business. He and a coworker stepped into my brother's room, found his beer on ice in the sink, a bucket of ice for his mixed drinks, a few other perks. His coworker was amazed, "Wow, they don't do any of that for me!?

"Do you tip?"

"I leave one big tip at the end of the stay."

" And how do they know you are going to leave a big tip??" The company was paying tips and all. My brother was greasing the wheels when it could do some good! Generally my tips do reward me in places I am a regular like my favorite pool halls.

A funny about tipping. My brother and I stopped in a place to eat. The waitress hung at the table complaining about everything about her job to the extent we couldn't eat without being rude and the food got cold while she complained about her boss, her coworkers, the cook, the phase of the moon, Lord knows what all. Nonstop, I damned near felt like we were married! My brother and I take turns picking up the tab and figure it works out over time. When the waitress came with the bill I simply left the money on the table as I often did including a very generous tip for the price of the meal even if service had been great. My brother didn't say anything until we were out the door: "Figure she is gonna need it?"

"Yep"

Hu
Tipping is a city in China.
 
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