Always Leave a Tip

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I recently learned something about restaurants/pubs/cafes… in Lebanon. There’s this system which most restaurants/cafes/pubs… use with their waiters and waitresses when it comes to tips.

What happens is that each waiter/waitress has to pay the restaurant a certain percentage of the bill of the table he/she is serving (usually between 2% and 5%) no matter how much the people at that table leave as tips. If a customer chose not to leave a tip for the waiter/waitress, he/she still has to pay that part ofΒ the bill; whereas if a customer leaves the average 10% to 15% tip, the waiter/waitress is safe and doesn’t have to pay out of his/her own money.

Now I don’t really know if this is something you’ve heard of and/or that everybody knows but it’s the first time I hear about it. Anyways, consider this post as a reminder for us to always leave a generous and reasonable tip wherever we go, also because some waiters/waitresses really do rely just on the tips they earn.

Enjoy your outings!


13 Responses to Always Leave a Tip

  1. pat says:

    well from what i know, it depends on the resto or pub, most take percentages from the waiters/waitresses while in others, all the tips are all theirs

  2. Saso says:

    It’s commission (so that the kitchen staff, the runner, and the counter person get tips as well) that we have to take out of our tips depending on the bill. Where I work, we have to pay 2.7% of the bill as commission. Last Saturday, because not a single soul left tips, I ended up paying out of my own pocket. It’s rare that this happens, but it really sucks when it does.

  3. Ahmad says:

    To name a few, Roadster, Casper and Gambini’s, Crepaway, and guess what, even places like Sky Bar take percentages of a waiter’s tips, not because they’re blood sucking restaurants, but because they’re places with Bar-backs, Commis, Busboys and Runners, as well as Supervisors, Team-Leaders and Shift-Leaders; and when you leave a tip on your bill, regardless of whether it’s a cash or credit card payment, and it goes straight to your waiter’s pocket, how’s that busboy changing your ashtrays and cleaning up your plates supposed to make a living?
    I’ve had friends that worked at Pangea and Riviera Beach Resort, and they used to pay something like 1,000 LBP per invoice.
    And those glasses and plates that customers break, I know lots of places that charge the staff a breakage fee, it’s something very minimal (as in ramzeh) and on a weekly basis, as opposed to being on a per-shift basis.

    The place I work at nowadays doesn’t have any of those, la supervisors wala runners, it’s just myself, another waiter and two bartenders, but we do have a steward, Mhammad, and every Sunday when we split the tips he gets his share. Is he directly involved in table service? Nope, but he sure as hell is doing his part.
    Whereas places like Starbucks, Burger King and Hardee’s don’t even have stewards, the counter and kitchen staff do all the cleaning up and take the trash out themselves, they get to keep their tips, good for them πŸ™‚

    At the end of the day, what matters is, as long as the customers are as delightful as you guys are, Kevork and Co, tipping becomes a mere gesture of appreciation; I would much rather have nice customers that don’t tip than rude and obnoxious grand tipping customers.
    But then again, niceness doesn’t pay the rent πŸ˜›

  4. Janine says:

    I worked in a couple of pubs, and i used to keep all my tips. But then again, maybe it just applies to big blood sucking restaurants! πŸ™‚
    El mouhem, what’s important is reminding everyone of the importance of leaving a tip! πŸ™‚
    Remember, most of the waiters/waitresses are college students and really need that tip to get along.
    Dig deep in those pockets! πŸ™‚

  5. Mich says:

    I think that is applicable if you leave the tip as part of the credit card payment. But it you give the tip directly to the waiter or waitress, they get to keep it. That’s what I heard. But not sure. πŸ™‚

  6. Anonymous says:

    I have previously worked as a waitress in a Pub, in a Restaurant by the beach and as a waitress in another restaurant- All the tips that i get are for me.
    No one has the right to take part of my tips.

  7. A friend who works as a waitress at this restaurant in Lebanon told me, and I made sure by asking some other friends who work as waiters too..they all know about it and work or have worked in places where that system is applied..

  8. Rayssa says:

    lah! shou heyda… from where did u get this info??

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