Tip on the Real Total, Not the Discounted Total, Ya Jerk!

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Madame Mystery sez "Groupon schmoupon, show me the $$$"
In this series, food and drink professionals dish to Gut Check about their pet peeves -- anonymously, but honestly.

Gut Check Code Name: Madame Mystery

Position: Manager, casual fine dining restaurant in South St. Louis

Pet Peeve: When guests tip on discounted check and not the pre-discounted check.  

Why This is Horrible: "We are so glad you've got a gift certificate! Or a comp, or a Groupon, or an e-mail for 25 percent off a bottle of wine or whatever it is! However, just because you're saving money, that doesn't mean your server is doing less work."

A Savvy Diner Can Avoid This By: When you look on your check, search for the higher dollar amount, which can usually be found right above your discount. Sometimes it's called the subtotal, sometimes it's just called the total. But you should tip on that. Your server will appreciate it.

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JDexi
JDexi

Groupon is really doing the job......I am amazed to see groupon to being so successful and actually i am also a user of groupon i passes over http://grouponbot.com on the net some 2 years ago when this service was launched and from that time i was thinking that someday this site will gain the reputation of facebook and simmilar sites. It offers cool, i mean peaceful national deals everywhere! It is starting services in Aus, China ans now in Russia too!

ronnie dobbs
ronnie dobbs

Lets be real for a second. A server does the same amount of work when I buy a 20 dollar of wine vs a 80 dollar bottle. But for some reason I'm supposed to tip 4x as much? That doesn't quite make sense.

But yes, I always tip on pre-discounted total, that is only right.

STLdiner
STLdiner

Yes, but the server is taxed on their sales at a different rate on an $80 bottle of wine vs. a $20 of wine.

Fuzz the Musical
Fuzz the Musical

Why did you buy the $80 dollar bottle instead of the $20? Maybe your server informed you of the difference and upsold you.

By the way, if you're cool with buying an $80 bottle of wine but NOT cool with tipping your server a few extra bucks, then you're a grinch and nobody likes you.

ronnie dobbs
ronnie dobbs

If I want to enjoy a fancy bottle of wine every now and then, I'm already getting screwed on the restaurant's mark-up. I shouldn't have to pay an additional 20% to the server.

My maximum tip on any bottle of wine is 5 dollars, and I think that's perfectly fair.

Wheeler020
Wheeler020

If you are that upset about the mark up then dont buy it from the restuarant drink it at home. With most restuarants about $3 of that $5 will have to go to the bartenders & bussers for tip out and they have to claim that they made about $10 off the $80 bottle so the remainder goes to taxes

STLdiner
STLdiner

I hope you don't go to the same places on a regular basis because the staff will recognize you and trust me the service will be adjusted to meet your maximum $5 tip.

Anonymouse
Anonymouse

@Ronnie Dobbs: that's fine if you think it's perfectly fair. Do it. Meanwhile, the rest of polite society tips on the total of the check, period.

Douche McGee
Douche McGee

I don't think it comes down to people not being savvy, it comes down to people being cheap.

I took my girlfriend to Kemoll's a while back because they offered a $25 off coupon on their website. After discount the bill was about $55 before taxes, so and I left a $30 tip because the staff was great and it was no big deal to throw the staff part of my savings. If I had to pay the full bill I probably would've left $20.

And in all honesty, I might not have even tried the place without the discount.

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