questionsdo you tip a boyfriend / girlfriend?

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Yes... Assuming they're at work at the time. If you're at your house and your girlfriend makes you a drink then it is really not necessary. Unless you're into that kind of thing.

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Only if you don't want to get punched when you get home.

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Depends on how serious the relation ship is. If you share a lot of the finances and live together, there really is no need - however be sure to still let them know that their service is appreciated. Maybe pay them back by doing something nice for them?

Especially since tips are taxable income, and some people have to share tips with the rest of the staff.

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Yes because many restaurants, bars, etc pool their tips so if you don't tip him/her, you're also not tipping the others.

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I would. My brother-in-law waits tables part time, and I always tip when he's the server.

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I'd ask them. If they split the tips, then maybe they'd prefer you just leave it on the nightstand instead.

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Of course I would tip them. Why would I freely give money to someone I don't even know, yet withhold it from someone I love (or at least really like) when they're both doing the same job?

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@first2summit: I've worked at a dozen bars and clubs over the years, and I've never seen bartenders required to pool tips.

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@kamikazeken: There are more things in heaven and earth, [kamikazeken], Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. (Hamlet Act 1, scene 5)

Yes, many places do pool tips. Further, if you don't tip the bartender, waiter/waitress, they're not able to tip out the buser, etc.

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Whoa, sounding in on an old post but as someone that has bartended for nearly 12 years, I want to answer with a resounding yes! It was always a respect thing for me, and what initially brought DH to my attention was the fact that he ordered "whatever I wanted to make" and always tipped really well. Yeah, I'm a bartender that married a customer... He stopped tipping extravagantly after we started dating, but not completely (a buck a drink is acceptable). It's not about the money for me, it's more of a recognizing your worth thing. Had he not tipped I would have considered it an (albeit minor) insult.

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Oh and we pool tips at the club where I work now.