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Tipping when waitstaff get paid minimum wage

As a result of my family, I've been a fairly mindful tipper for restaurants/bars/etc. involving service and have adjusted the percentage I tip based on what's considered the norm irrespective of quality of service (now, doubling tax which is close to 10% in CA and rounding up). I ran across minimum wages for tipped employees as a result of an argument with a cheap tipper and discovered that in CA waitstaff is paid at least minimum wage ($8, and higher in SF) without tip credit. I've looked at previous AskMes about dealing with bad tippers, contextual tipping, and others. Knowing that tipping in CA no longer goes toward maintaining basic wages, (based on size/# of staff, i.e. tip out), would it be socially acceptable to move toward a quality-based criteria for the value of the tip, and what would you consider an appropriate minimum assuming a properly run restaurant where employees are getting paid on-time and full salaries? Feel free to correct me if I've misunderstood anything.
posted by palionex on Feb 28, 2010 - 43 answers

Barclays is bending me over

I need some advice on how to handle some questionable conduct by my credit card company... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2010 - 7 answers

Good calendar printing service for a small side-business?

Calendar Printing: I have a calendar I want to sell as a small side-business. What print service should I use? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Jan 13, 2010 - 1 answer

Help Me Out Of Lost Luggage Limbo

Air Canada WTF? On Tuesday I took a trip from Laguardia Airport to Pearson Toronto to CDG, Paris on Air Canada. From Toronto to Paris, they lost one of my bags, which wouldn't be terrible except said bas contained 1) My only change of clothes for the next 2 weeks 2) My BFs extra heart medication and 3) I'm leaving for Prague in 4 days and there is still no news. Is there anyone I can call or talk to see that I actually get my stuff before I leave France? Kakfaesque detail follows. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Jan 7, 2010 - 21 answers

Can I steal someone’s TOS / TOU?

Can I steal someone’s TOS / TOU? [more inside]
posted by jseven on Dec 31, 2009 - 8 answers

Poor little banjo on the doorstep

How do I receive a USPS Parcel Post package that is (probably) getting delivered to my (closed) office this week? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Dec 28, 2009 - 6 answers

So how much of a long shot is this?

I would like to publish a cookbook as a community service project. Am I delusional? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l on Dec 27, 2009 - 14 answers

Where to find volunteer pen-pals for elders?

Mission of Mercy Filter: How can I find sources of cheery personal mail for my lonely elder Alzheimer's patient? I live with my mother-in-law who has middle stage Alzheimer's. She does a lot of sitting and staring. She has no attention span for books or magazines or TV. She lights up for visitors, dessert, church... and personal mail. I am looking for a service that arranges (basically, one-directional) "pen-pals" for elder shut-ins. She has just enough means to assure her basic care, but not much for extras. This would have to be a volunteer service like a charity or ministry. [more inside]
posted by cross_impact on Dec 26, 2009 - 53 answers

The MTA took my baby away

Why does the New York City's Metro Transit Authority keep losing money? [more inside]
posted by orville sash on Dec 21, 2009 - 22 answers

Proposing an official name for an Oregon Hiking Trail..how exactly?

What procedure would one conceivably follow in order to propose a hiking trail be named for a person in the state of Oregon? [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Dec 4, 2009 - 5 answers

IPR for a new Google business service?

How do I go about proposing a new business service concept to Google? [more inside]
posted by Eltulipan on Dec 4, 2009 - 10 answers

How to find a taxi/care service to get parents from Jersey City to Long Island on Xmas?

Shot in the dark filter: Does anyone have any ideas about how I can find a taxi/ car & driver service who can get my parents from Jersey City, NJ to Long Island for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by anitanita on Nov 27, 2009 - 7 answers

Prepaid iPhone data plan in Mumbai?

Hi, I will be living in Mumbai for 11 weeks next summer. I have an unlocked iPhone 3G. What is my best bet in terms of carrier and plan for the cheapest and most reliable data access? I plan to do local calls over the cell phone voice network and international calls via Skype on the iPhone. Thanks in advance!
posted by jesseendahl on Nov 17, 2009 - 2 answers

Is AmeriCorps a good lead-in for Peace Corps?

(Inter)national service filter: Does an AmeriCorps stint make you a more attractive Peace Corps candidate? If what I really want to do is Peace Corps, would NCCC help me get there or be valuable of itself? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres on Nov 10, 2009 - 7 answers

Creative Ideas to get my money's worth post facto-

I might have to pay money for a service I basically never used. Any creative ideas on how to get my money's worth post situation? [more inside]
posted by priested on Nov 9, 2009 - 2 answers

Experiences with Schwan's Delivery Service

Does anyone have any experience with Schwan's Food Delivery service? Are they a good value? [more inside]
posted by inturnaround on Nov 2, 2009 - 28 answers

Creak-creak-creak

What's this creaking sound my car is making and how long should I wait to get it fixed? [more inside]
posted by pised on Oct 26, 2009 - 12 answers

I really hate dusting. Like, A LOT.

Does anyone in the Denver Metro area (or even better: Aurora) have a recommendation for a house cleaner for bi-weekly cleanings? [more inside]
posted by Kimberly on Oct 19, 2009 - 2 answers

SEO Study Help

Can you help me become a Foreign Service Security Engineering Officer? [more inside]
posted by snapplepop on Oct 12, 2009 - 2 answers

Help me find a vibrant Protestant church in the Cleveland area. I'm between denominations.

Help me find a vibrant Protestant church in the Cleveland area. I'm between denominations. [more inside]
posted by debbie_ann on Oct 11, 2009 - 12 answers

My Vehicle is a Piece of Crap

Car repair: I have a 2003 Kia Sedona. Due to a humming sound coming from the front end, we've taken it in to be diagnosed. It gets complicated . . . [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras on Oct 8, 2009 - 11 answers

Need a free online newspaper clipping service

I need a free online newspaper article clipping service that will let me view images of actual print articles, front page headline stories. Sort of a free Burrell's. Newseum sort of helps, but I need to search for articles throughout 2009. Can anybody point me in the right direction? Didn't Google used to have something like this?
posted by punkfloyd on Sep 25, 2009 - 1 answer

Tell me about the Texas State Guard

TexasStateGaurdFilter:Im interested in the Texas state guard. Can you all give me some details other than what on the website, which is really not that informative. Can i be deployed overseas in the TSG? What can i expect? Im in my mid thirties, married and two young kids, and ive always wanted to contribute to my country and state. Just looking for some details..Thanks!
posted by flipmiester99 on Sep 18, 2009 - 1 answer

Third-party email service suggestions

Recommendations for a good third-party email service provider please. [more inside]
posted by supermedusa on Aug 25, 2009 - 9 answers

Help me think of a new career.

I feel like a career change. I need help brainstorming the possibilities. Which careers do you think may meet my skills and requirements? [more inside]
posted by speedoavenger on Aug 23, 2009 - 8 answers

Best voice+SMS GSM carrier for one month of travel in Europe?

What is the best flat calling rate pan-European GSM SIM card for temporary use? Two people with iPhone 2G (iPhone1,1) quad band unlocked phones will be in Europe for one month. We want voice and SMS only, not GPRS data, and the ability to add credit to either phone by scratch cards... [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Aug 11, 2009 - 4 answers

I need an inexpensive, yet reliable moving company in Chicago?

Can anyone recommend a reliable, yet reasonably priced moving service/company in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by shrimpsmalls on Aug 5, 2009 - 20 answers

Undercharged for DSL and land line. Now what?

Telecom has undercharged me for DSL and land line service the past couple months. Is this going to bite me in the butt? If so, when and how severely? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2009 - 9 answers

AT&T, I DEMAND GOOD PHONE RECEPTION!!!

Cellular reception is horrible in my area. I get at least 2 dropped calls during my commute to work, and every cellphone I've used is generally worthless indoors. What's the best way to pester my service provider into fixing this? [more inside]
posted by Zeker on Jul 27, 2009 - 9 answers

How do I deal with Dell Inc. customer service hell?

How can I get any service from Dell Inc. Help they seem to have lost my order and won't give me any answers etc. [more inside]
posted by Twinedog on Jul 8, 2009 - 17 answers

Windows-Service-workable FTP Client?

Free/cheap FTP Client as Windows service? [more inside]
posted by Picklegnome on Jun 23, 2009 - 6 answers

Legal/Debt Filter: How to deal with improperly served summonses

For the third time now I've discovered that I've been improperly served a summons, and for the second time I've had a default judgment entered against me because I was unaware of the court date. It seems ridiculously difficult to take action against service processors for this behavior as it's your word against their affidavit and there are no regulatory agencies governing them. Are there legal avenues that I'm not aware of? [more inside]
posted by scharpy on Jun 9, 2009 - 11 answers

Zipcar Update?

Daytrip Dreamin': I've read the previous question about Zipcars in NYC, but it's about a year old and I have some specific questions. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on May 28, 2009 - 14 answers

Embeddable Video

What video sharing website has the 'cleanest' looking embeddable video player which has less branding on it than say YouTube or Daily Motion? It would be a plus if it had a "HD" video option.
posted by nam3d on May 25, 2009 - 10 answers

Gave cell phone to fire victim

I gave my cell phone to a badly burned fire victim and she took it with her to the hospital in the ambulance. It was covered in blood. I dont want it back. I have no phone insurance. I'm with Sprint. Any provision for a replacement if the phone is lost in in a life saving circumstance? WARNING: graphic details inside. [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde on May 24, 2009 - 31 answers

Apple Sours

Apple Genius Bar not so Genius - I bought my macbook back in 2004 and recently took it into the London Apple store for help with a software problem. [more inside]
posted by numberstation on May 21, 2009 - 12 answers

Car service from LAX to Bakersfield?

Car service from LAX to Bakersfield CA? [more inside]
posted by jseven on May 14, 2009 - 3 answers

Looking for alternatives to service beacon

Looking for a site like ServiceBeacon [more inside]
posted by tdreyer on May 5, 2009 - 1 answer

Easter basket delivery in Melbourne

I'm in the US, my partner is in Melbourne AU. In a very last minute arrangement, he is picking up his 6 year old daughter for Easter weekend. Does anyone know any way that I can get some Easter goodies (a traditional Easter basket, preferably) delivered there in time? I would likely need to accomplish this online.
posted by newpotato on Apr 8, 2009 - 3 answers

[USA] Best chances to become a foriegn service worker?

[USA] Best chances to become a foriegn service worker? I want to apply, I've alreadly gotten the study guide, but beyond studying and being open minded of the people I'd be dealing with, I don't really know how to prepare. [more inside]
posted by Nighthawk3729 on Mar 29, 2009 - 2 answers

Does one tip one's car detailer?

Does one tip one's car detailer? [more inside]
posted by danny the boy on Mar 12, 2009 - 13 answers

Same-day laundry service recommendation in Montreal?

I’m taking a one-week vacation in Montreal this May and I want to travel light by bringing four days’ worth of clothes with me instead of seven. So I’m looking for a recommendation for a laundry where I can drop off a few days’ worth of dirty clothes in the morning and pick them up clean later that same day. [more inside]
posted by letourneau on Mar 9, 2009 - 7 answers

iPhone-class RAZR replacement for Verizon service?

What's the best current Verizon phone for me? [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Mar 6, 2009 - 20 answers

Correct my Spanish

Has anyone ever used a good Spanish text correction (not translation) service? I'd prefer to have my Spanish corrected by humans if possible, not software.
posted by Holly on Feb 21, 2009 - 2 answers

How can I convince the Apple Store to exchange my iPhone for a new one because of a defect?

Brand new iPhone (1 week old ) has a dead pixel! Apple Store says this is within "spec," and therefore doesn't warrant an exchange. I call BS on that. Suggestions to help me persuade them to take the thing back and give me a new one? This isn't what I paid $199 for. It's within the 30-day exchange period and I have Apple Care, in case that's relevant.
posted by JuniorBCat on Feb 17, 2009 - 13 answers

Help me find a searchable list of Sysco products!

Help me find a searchable list of Sysco products! [more inside]
posted by btkuhn on Feb 16, 2009 - 4 answers

Become an online survey taker. Earn cash and rewards!

Is BigSpot (as seen on TV) a major scam, a minor scam, or a good way for a bored person to make a few pennies skewing demographic research. Or other? Are there any reputable or recommendable companies of this nature? I don't want to make a living, I just want to choose your mayonnaise.
posted by Area Control on Jan 28, 2009 - 7 answers

I rarely use a car

Help me start a car sharing service [more inside]
posted by Brennus on Jan 18, 2009 - 9 answers

I don't need a support system... or maybe I do. Is there a support ticket system for Brick & Mortars?

I am looking for a client management/help desk/support ticket... thing. Customers come into our stores with items to be repaired and I'd like to be able to allow stores to create ticket for each repair. I'd like for the system to retain information about the customer and the items they bring in... and be able to make notes to the account. What exactly am I looking for? [more inside]
posted by aristan on Jan 15, 2009 - 4 answers

Does my simple for-pay website need a privacy policy and terms of service?

I'm building a simple web app/service, but storing very little sensitive user information. Do I need a Terms of Service document and a Privacy Policy? [more inside]
posted by inkedmn on Jan 7, 2009 - 6 answers

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