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Old 06-07-2011, 09:27 PM   #1
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I have always wondered, do most people tip the bartender when they get a growler filled?

If so, how much?

If not, why?

I used to tend bar for two years and I still hesitate to tip in certain situations. Getting a food order to go from a restaurant is one of those gray areas.

What do you think?

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Old 06-07-2011, 09:29 PM   #2
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I tip but not as much as I would when I spend a few hours at a place and have a few pints.

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Old 06-07-2011, 09:30 PM   #3
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If the fill it when I order it, yes. If they pull some oxidized, flat, growler out of a small fridge behind the bar that's been sitting there for gawd knows how long, no.

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Old 06-07-2011, 09:31 PM   #4
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I always tip $1 for anything the bartender does.

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Old 06-07-2011, 09:33 PM   #5
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I always tip for friendly service. Usually, for a growler, it's not much but on an $8 growler, I'll usually give a $10. A friendly smile, and a nice "can I help you?" deserve a tip. Otherwise, the service people will hate to fill growlers for us. It's sort of a pain anyway- sometimes there is foaming and a bit of a mess.

I tip for take out, too. Not somebody who is unfriendly and acts like they're doing me a favor by handing me my food, but for a friendly person who acts like I'm not ruining their day, I tip. Not as much as a sit-down meal, of course, because it's much less work, but certainly something. It's not the wait staff's fault I'm taking it out.
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Old 06-07-2011, 09:36 PM   #6
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I find myself trying to tip the 7-eleven gal at times.

I really need to spend less time in bars.............
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Old 06-07-2011, 09:36 PM   #7
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I usually run a tab and tip based on the total. I don't usually tip as high as I would in a restaurant though, considering all the barkeepers do is pick up a glass, rinse it, and pour a beer into it.

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Old 06-07-2011, 09:38 PM   #8
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I would if I could get a growler filled here. Remember, your server pays income tax based on a percentage of his sales whether he gets a tip or not. If you stiff him, you're really making him pay Uncle Sam to serve you.
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Old 06-07-2011, 09:39 PM   #9
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I typically won't tip for a growler fill unless I'm drinking it on site, or if I've been drinking prior to buying the growler. Otherwise, I look at it like I'm picking up a six pack at the store. I'm not really expecting any type of customer service, just a quick fill up and go.

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Old 06-07-2011, 09:48 PM   #10
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No. I'm still 3 credits shy of a B.S. Most of my work hours have been logged at coffee shops where I worked harder than a bartender and usually got close to zero tips. I would have killed to earn half as much as a bartender. On top of that, most of the bartenders I know or have had encounters with have been absolute douchebags. I feel no real obligation to tip someone whose job it is to pour a glass of something (I never order mixed drinks) when I was lucky if I received one dollar per ten customers for making complicated drinks. I'll still tip, but usually not very much.

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