Buffet tips

MrFredricksen

Active member
So, if you were a server at a place with “inflated” prices, you’d be OK with only making 2/3 of the socially-accepted norm, whatever that might be? Is there a reason why someone who can pay $50 for a mediocre buffet shouldn’t also tip accordingly? Or is it the server’s responsibility to defray that expense?

I realize that OP simply asked what other people do, but the logic sometimes baffles me.

PS: Tip is included in HDDR rates.
I never understood why the tip was a percentage of the price of the food. If I am at a restaurant and I order a burger for $10 and the person at the next table orders the fish special for $30, why does that person have to tip the same server 3 times what I am tipping? Does the server work harder or differently depending on the cost of each item ordered? Tip should be a flat rate per person.
Do you tip house keeping? We tip $1 per person per day (because we are 4 people I actually tip $5). Each day I leave out out $5 for the person cleaning the room that day. Should I tip differently if I am in a standard room or one with a water view? The rooms are the same size. The work is the same, but the cost per night is more expensive.
 

George

wishes he had a pink frolicing llama under his tag
I never understood why the tip was a percentage of the price of the food. If I am at a restaurant and I order a burger for $10 and the person at the next table orders the fish special for $30, why does that person have to tip the same server 3 times what I am tipping? Does the server work harder or differently depending on the cost of each item ordered? Tip should be a flat rate per person.
Do you tip house keeping? We tip $1 per person per day (because we are 4 people I actually tip $5). Each day I leave out out $5 for the person cleaning the room that day. Should I tip differently if I am in a standard room or one with a water view? The rooms are the same size. The work is the same, but the cost per night is more expensive.
It sucks that there’s not much clear logic behind it. Nevertheless, that’s what etiquette and social norms dictate.
 

Art Vandelay

that's a shame
If you can afford a WDW vacation, you can afford to tip 20% and shouldn't be questioning the "why...?" You tip because that's what we do in this culture.

Don't be this guy:

Mr. Pink : I don't tip because society says I have to. All right, if someone deserves a tip, if they really put forth an effort, I'll give them something a little something extra. But this tipping automatically, it's for the birds. As far as I'm concerned, they're just doing their job.
 

George

wishes he had a pink frolicing llama under his tag
If you can afford a WDW vacation, you can afford to tip 20% and shouldn't be questioning the "why...?" You tip because that's what we do in this culture.

Don't be this guy:

Mr. Pink : I don't tip because society says I have to. All right, if someone deserves a tip, if they really put forth an effort, I'll give them something a little something extra. But this tipping automatically, it's for the birds. As far as I'm concerned, they're just doing their job.
Exactly. Especially because there are more pressing issues, such as that the girl singin' [The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia] is the one who shot Andy.
 

magic1106

May be computer illiterate, but I figured out how
I never understood why the tip was a percentage of the price of the food. If I am at a restaurant and I order a burger for $10 and the person at the next table orders the fish special for $30, why does that person have to tip the same server 3 times what I am tipping? Does the server work harder or differently depending on the cost of each item ordered? Tip should be a flat rate per person.
Do you tip house keeping? We tip $1 per person per day (because we are 4 people I actually tip $5). Each day I leave out out $5 for the person cleaning the room that day. Should I tip differently if I am in a standard room or one with a water view? The rooms are the same size. The work is the same, but the cost per night is more expensive.
For this exact reason I have started to base my tips on a per person rate plus one.
We don’t frequent “high-end” restaurants but we have a local restaurant that we frequent about 2X a week. Most meals are under $20 and they have a $5 drink special daily. Our bill works out to ~$30/person. I usually give $5/person plus an additional $5.
If we go to a cheaper diner, I still use the $5/person rule as I feel they do the same amount of work.
If we have complicated orders or order multiple rounds of drinks, I will up that rate.
I also always try to air on the side of over-tipping.
If the server is truly horrible/rude and not just new, over-worked, having a bad day, etc., I will tip the normal amount but not necessarily over-tip.
For Disney TS prices, I would raise the per person rate to be at least 20% plus.
 
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