A new tipping conundrum, banquets and benefits

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  1. SaltwaterServr

    SaltwaterServr Blank Paper Offends Me

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    For those of you with altruistic tendencies within the CZ.com population, here's a question for you.

    Do you tip the wait staff at a fundraising banquet dinner or benefit dinner?

    I'm not talking about a $20 a ticket affair, something considerably more formal but under $500 a seat.

    Say you went to a breast cancer research fund raising dinner at $100 a head where you have 3 main entree choices off of a menu and will be served at your seat for the entire night.

    What's the call on it? Do you even read the fine print on the tickets to check if it says "tax and gratuity not included"?
  2. Dodger12

    Dodger12 Well-Known Member

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    More than likely, the taxes and tip will be included in the price of the ticket. In other words, $40.00 of the $100 may go towards the food, taxes and tip and the remainder will go to the charity. No reputable banquet hall will allow taxes and tip to be left to the discretion of the individual customer.
  3. casmith07

    casmith07 Attorney-at-Zone

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    Agreed. You don't tip, because the employees tip/pay is built into the price of the ticket. It's up to the organizer to ensure that's taken care of.
  4. rkell87

    rkell87 Well-Known Member

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    you would think but that is not always the case. depending on who the organizer gets to do the food and service, and how many times that person has put on those types of events, they may not know or think to ask how much the staff will be compensated if at all. it always varies how much of the fee and grat goes to the staff. my GF and i always ask a server if they are are being well taken care of, they always answer yes, then we tell them to be honest because we have been there before and know how it is and then they usually tell us a percentage and we decide from there if we will tip over based on service received
  5. Teren_Kanan

    Teren_Kanan Well-Known Member

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    When the Hotel I once worked at as Valet did banquets, the tip for staff was generally included in the admission price. The majority of the time though they would still leave an additional tip as the included one often is not very generous.

    I'd imagine it'd be different at a charity event, though I've never worked for one. I'd think it would definitely be something the organizer would take care of.

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