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    Buffet tipping 22 percent

    Had a comped night at the Tampa Hard Rock so decided to use it with my wife. The buffet for Elite card members was only $10 for the Elite card person and $10 for a guest so that sounded like a good deal. Their buffet does not clear the place from lunch to dinner. In other words the dinner people might have to wait in line until a table is ready since the lunch is until 4 and the dinner from 4 to 9. You could go at quarter to 4 and get the lunch price and still get dinner choices at 4 if you wanted. But they do have a 90 minute limit on how long you can stay regardless, which is kind of strange since no casino buffet I have ever been to had a stay limit. Plus they don't ask you what you want to drink at the desk when you pay for the buffet. The person asks you at the table. Which is probably what they call "extra service" allowing for the unusual tipping requirement. On your buffet ticket it says 18, 20 or 22 percent with it typed on the ticket what those percentages come to for those that didn't bring a calculator. I always tip at the buffet but not at waiter or waitress prices since basically they are only servers and you really go and get your own food and they only bring your drinks. Has anyone been to any casino that did likewise. I found it odd to say the least. But then Tampa Hard Rock charges $20 for valet parking up from $5 so they do what they want when they want to do it being a monopoly.

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    That is on almost all of the restaurants I go to now. It tells you the amount starting at 18 percent and up. I am sure it's in the casinos I go to, will double check this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bingoredfish View Post
    That is on almost all of the restaurants I go to now. It tells you the amount starting at 18 percent and up. I am sure it's in the casinos I go to, will double check this weekend.
    On all the buffets you go to also? Casino Restaurants I don't mind but never had to tip 22 percent at a buffet before.
    By the way, saw a guy in a casino restaurant use a coupon for half off and then told the waiter he was giving a tip on what it then cost rather than a tip on the "retail" amount. Thought that was tacky to say that but maybe he wanted to explain why the tip would be less. When I use a half off coupon I tip on the full price of the meal. Maybe that is just me. We are all different.
    Last edited by sq33756; 10-30-2018 at 07:40 PM.

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    I've never heard of this policy in regards to tipping. I occasionally will do a breakfast buffet. I get my own food and ask the server for a cup of coffee. I leave $2. The buffet costs $8 but a coupon in my monthly mailer brings it down to $4.

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    I would never consider that level at a buffet unless someone actually brought me something other than beverages.
    Handpays for all my friends !!!

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    At the Bellagio (Las Vegas), the drinks are self-service [there are lots of dispensers for coffee, soft drinks, juices] = no waiter service.; plates are removed by people you may not even see. When you enter the buffet the cashier adds a tip to your bill unless you opt-out. I leave $2<g>.

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    I do not think you are obligated to choose a tip percentage... I do think you can just not choose one. Then you can leave a table tip if you wish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJMargDE View Post
    I would never consider that level at a buffet unless someone actually brought me something other than beverages.
    Agreed! And i'm not a cheapie, i'm a good tipper. But to tip 22% of the bill for being served nothing more than a coke or a coffee is a little out of line...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sq33756 View Post
    Tampa Hard Rock charges $20 for valet parking up from $5 so they do what they want when they want to do it being a monopoly.
    How could i possibly strongly dislike a casino that i've never been to?
    Tampa Hard Rock... That's How!
    And of course hundreds of negative posts scattered throughout this forum over the past 10 yrs...
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