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March 5th, 2007


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05:26 pm - How to tip ... gracefully ?
For some reason, this always happens to me : I get a taxi somewhere. It costs something like £8 or £10. All I have in my wallet is one or two pounds in small change, and a £20 note.
How do you pay the fare and include a reasonable tip without making it a "OH BY THE WAY HERE IS YOUR TIP NOW KTHXBYE" moment ?

Edit: I meant to include situtations other than taxis - e.g. in a restaurant, paying by card with one of those nifty portable card readers, except it's one of the models which doesn't allow you to enter a tip - but you've already gone past the point where you can say "just make it £x" to the server. Do you just leave coins on the table afterwards ? What if they reason you're paying by card is that you have no cash handy ? Slink away, figuring that if they want your tip, they can darn well make it easy for you ?
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From:iosef
Date:March 5th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
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I generally use "Call it XXX". Never had a problem with it.
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From:bohemiancoast
Date:March 5th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
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What he said. Remember, the cabbie is far less embarrassed about taking your money than you are about giving it to him.
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From:the_magician
Date:March 5th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)

What they said ...

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... cabbies are hoping for a tip and will make it as easy for you as possible. If the fare is, say, £9 and you only have a £20 and want to leave a £2 tip, then say "can you break the ten?" or "take £2 quid for yourself" or similar.

The "oh by the way here's your tip" is absolutely fine, they like being given money!

Yes, leave coins on the table afterwards. If it's too late and you have no change, I find apologising and say I'll get them next time is the least embarrassing.

If the machine doesn't allow you to add the tip, then ask them to cancel the transaction (if it hasn't gone through yet) and add on the tip.

A lot of wait people like to have the tip in cash as that way it doesn't appear on any kind of taxable income statement (and if it goes through the machine, the management may take a cut, or claim "tax" on it).
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 5th, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC)
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ARNOG, DESTROYER OF WORLDS, HAS DEIGNED TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, MERE MORTAL. COWER!

IF ARNOG RECEIVES REASONABLE SERVICE HE SPEAKS THUS TO THE SERVANT.

"YOU HAVE NOT DISPLEASED ARNOG. YOU MAY LIVE! OH, AND MAKE IT 11 QUID."

SERVANTS WHO DISPLEASE ARNOG GET A BIGGER TIP, NAMELY THE ONE ON THE END OF HIS GREATSWORD.

ARNOG HAS SPOKEN. MARK HIS WORDS AND LIVE ANOTHER DAY.
From:arnog
Date:March 5th, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
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ARNOG DID NOT FORGET TO LOG IN. HE SOMETIMES SPEAKS HIS TRUTH ON THE WIND AND IT CARRIES FORTH WITHOUT HIS NAME.

YOU HAVE BEEN GRANTED NOT-DEATH FROM ARNOG. GIVE PRAISE TO YOUR GODS.

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