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Old 06-09-2011, 05:07 PM   #121
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I always throw a buck or two in if I am getting a growler filled at the bar, especially if the bar is busy (extra buck if the bartender doesn't avoid me because they see the growler in hand at the busy bar). I figure that if I were buying the beers I would be paying more per beer and tipping a little more, so I can definitely afford a buck or two on a 9 -14 dollar growler.

That being said, the brewery I live next to has a growler exchange type set up. You bring in your empty growler, and they give you a fresh one from the fridge (I was skeptical of freshness at first, but after dozens of growlers I have only had 1 bad one). I never know what to do in this situation. The bartender is just grabbing something out of a fridge and setting it down. What would you guys do? Tip? No tip?

I've been leaving a buck if the bar is busy, sometimes nothing if the bar is dead. Having been in food service industry for several years I feel sorta scummy if I don't leave something, but then again at the restaurant I worked at we sold pre-packaged items and I never felt short changed if someone didn't tip when all they got was that.

What do you guys think?

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Old 06-09-2011, 05:14 PM   #122
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For a growler fill I would typically tip something like $2-3. I try to tip at least a buck a beer, and a growler is more work. Sure, you could make the case that a carryout sale is basically the same as going to a liquor store, and the guy at the liquor store doesn't get tips. The difference is that there's no chance you're taking up time that the liquor store guy could be serving someone who WOULD tip.

My thinking on tipping in general is that I'm in a situation that requires a tip 2-3 times a week. So even if I throw the bartender/server a couple extra bucks, that's maybe $250/year. I was just going to blow that money on booze anyway.

I often wonder about the customers I have who don't tip. Have they never had a job working for tips, or has it just been so long that they've forgotten? Most of them do tend to be middle-aged and above.

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Old 06-09-2011, 05:17 PM   #123
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I never know what to do in this situation. The bartender is just grabbing something out of a fridge and setting it down. What would you guys do? Tip? No tip?
I don't think there's an universal answer, but at the brewpub where I work the brewer and/or bartender has to fill those before the bar opens. So at the minimum I'd ask who does the work to fill them, and try to tip that person.

I was actually in the brewery yesterday and someone came down from the restaurant with $2 for me. "These customers said they really enjoyed the beer and they wanted to make sure you got this." I was floored.
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Old 06-09-2011, 05:20 PM   #124
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That being said, the brewery I live next to has a growler exchange type set up. You bring in your empty growler, and they give you a fresh one from the fridge (I was skeptical of freshness at first, but after dozens of growlers I have only had 1 bad one). I never know what to do in this situation. The bartender is just grabbing something out of a fridge and setting it down. What would you guys do? Tip? No tip?
Meh, if you're a regular customer they know and tip well when you're there, you could skip the growler exchange tip. I know I would down a pint while they were walking to the fridge and throw a buck down, now your down to $.50 per transaction.

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Old 06-09-2011, 05:54 PM   #125
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I think the growler tipping depends in part on how the brewery is set up. I'm fortunate to have a lot of craft beer access close at hand. Some of these places have a "growler fill" line. You go stand in the line and whoever is behind the bar will get to you, typically when any pending drinks have been served. You need to have patience if that's what you're there for. Personally if I'm just walking in and getting a growler to go in a place I frequent, I don't add a tip on the growler, I just pay cash and go. A lot of times the person filling the growlers is the owner and/or one of the brewers.

This being said, walking in and grabbing a growler is not my typical practice. Usually I will sit at the bar, have a pint or two, then get my growler filled. If this is the case, I tip generously on the cost of the beers but do not include the cost of the growler to bump up the tipping rate. If it's happy hour and the beers are discounted I bump the tip. If the bar has an AHA discount, particularly if it is added on without me asking, I almost always give the AHA discount back to the server on top of whatever I would leave as a tip. I would have paid the higher price for the beer anyway so I pass the savings on.

Because these places are really craft beer locations and the folks behind the bar are generally all about the beer fortunately I don't see a lot of jerky folks pulling pints so I can't say that I've ever felt the need to show my frustration at the local places by withholding tips. As a general tipping practice I don't feel the need to tip if I'm not being served. Fast food is not service (nor is fast casual).

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Old 06-09-2011, 05:59 PM   #126
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The one thing I have learned with this thread is that people that don't tip ARE prick bastards.

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The one thing I have learned with this thread is that people that don't tip ARE prick bastards.
You forgot self important.

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Old 06-09-2011, 06:31 PM   #128
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If I do my job and someone dies, it sucks. But it happens more often than not. If I am negligent, then not only will I not be paid, but I'll probably be sued and or prosecuted. I have to carry malpractice insurance to make 12 bucks an hour, do you have to carry any sort of liability insurance to serve me dinner?
Off-topic curiosity. How do you only make $12 an hour as an paramedic? A buddy of mine with his national EMT-P certification makes something like $70k a year.
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If you can afford $8 for a beer, you can afford $9. Those are the most ripped off servers in the entire industry.

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:EDIT: Reference is to buying beer at a sports event, do you tip the beer cart or snack stand guy.

But are they really servers? They aren't making the $2.15 an hour like servers in other states. My buddy worked at Anaheim stadium and made $12/hr.

Granted he only worked on game and event days but he didn't depend on tips, the hourly more than made up for it.
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Old 06-09-2011, 08:29 PM   #130
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THIS is the problem with this entire system. What in the world would make you tip someone for giving less than perfect service.

If I do less than "good" or "as expected" at my job, I get warnings, sent home, or could lose my job--not to mention the fact that if I am not on my game I could be sued and someone could die.
(This was in reference to my statement that I always tipped.)
Excuse me, but if you don't like my way, its hardly a 'problem of the entire system' or whatever it was you were going on about.
I tip well for good service, poorly for bad service -but I ALWAYS tip -even poor service -it lets them know that I most certainly did not 'forget' -and there are plenty of ways to show your displeasure through the tip.
If you don't like this method, feel free to NOT use it. Good manners are NEVER the problem.
NEVER.
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