What is your criteria for tipping at restaurants/bars/coffee shops/fast food joints? Many people tip at every opportunity, but I tend to be more selective. After all, if you do not tip at the local McDonald’s, why tip the guy that filled your coffee cup with brown water? After all, the guy at the coffee shop is getting a regular wage, not a waiter’s wage. I guess my criteria is that if I have to get the product myself (in line, from a cashier, etc) I do not leave a tip, but if I am being served in some way (sit-down restaurant, for example), I make sure to leave a 20% tip on top of the entire bill (including the tax). I just take 10% of the bill and double it – voila, the tip!
Patrick over at Cash Money Life asked the other day if tipping rates were being affected by our economic troubles, and 76% of the respondents said that it has not affected them at all. That is great, I think, as now more than ever people who rely on tips need the income. After all, most of the time they make less than minimum wage.
So, what determines if you tip or not? Is it the type of place? The level of service? What is the deciding factor for you in your tipping habits?
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