Amex black card holders are the cheapest tippers!

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Postby jbamex » Sun Aug 23, 2009 6:41 am

I think that people with less money can tip better because they may have actually waited tables before and thus know how hard a job it is! I waited tables one summer in the Hamptons and will never forget how badly I was treated by some clients.....Needless to say I am a big tipper.

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Postby fffresh » Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:09 pm

jbamex wrote:I think that people with less money can tip better because they may have actually waited tables before and thus know how hard a job it is!

Very True. It is the people who come from money that have no concept of it. It's the entrepreneurs that struggle for years and then hit it big that I find to be the most generous on average.
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Postby » Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:02 am

This question has been raised before among my circle of friends.

Is It Possible that the reason people with the Amex Centurion Card and other high end cards tip less is the same reason why they have these cards, and that is respect for money.

Another words since they have a more frugal mentality (don't tip ...etc), they can afford these cards. People who don't have them, most likely don't qualify for them, for the reason that they tip too much, and thus have less money to spend via the credit card ..... do you see where im getting with this?

the same phenomenon has been noticed by pizza delivery guys, who say that the biggest tips they receive is usually in the poorer neighbor hoods, as opposed to the wealthy ones.


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Postby Mogul of Pineapples » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:01 am

I would have to disagree. Most of the people that have the Centurion card would be able to tip extremely generously and afford it. When you think about it tipping makes up a very tiny percentage of their annual income, even if they ate out every day the tips alone should be a fraction of 1% of their income, so there's really no excuse for them to not tip well.
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Postby DoingHomework » Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:01 am

I don't think a frugal mentality means you don't tip well. I am fairly frugal but try to be a very good tipper (20-25%) IF I get good service. I don't mean I need to be spoiled or doted on. But I don't want to be ignored either and I want it to be noticed when my glass is nearly empty.

Did you ever consider that maybe people of means simply know what to expect and might be used to a level of service better than you might have been providing?

Personally I have eaten at some very nice restaurants with exceptional service. It is really not my thing. But it can be very annoying to me when a server disappears for 20 minutes and I finish my beer, water, tea, dinner, or whatever and have to wait. This happens more than you think and it most certainly affects the tip I leave.

I actually notice that the service is frequently better in "everyday" restaurants than in the "better" places. And the worst are the chains because teh servers are so overworked!

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Postby Floppster » Sun Nov 15, 2009 8:34 am

I believe it is one thing to get rich and another to stay rich. I doubt that just running your travel expenses through your gold or platinum will automatically get you a invite to the centurion.
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Postby ronnieloo » Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:58 pm

maybe american express centurion cardholders can't afford to tip because all their money goes to pay the damn fees on this POS card. that's food for thought.

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Postby bravo4 » Tue Jan 25, 2011 8:51 pm

I have a Centurion card and always tip in excess of 20%, unless the service just sucked. However, as to some points made before, I grew up in a lower middle-class home and earned what I have myself, worked my way through college, etc. so maybe that does indeed have something to do with it.

I do know another black card holder and he tips ridiculously generous. I once saw him get a $5 beer and tip the gal $20! He just liked to make people smile and be happy. I thought that was pretty cool. I think he grew up middle class too.

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