I am pretty sure most, if not all of you have noticed the amount of tipping expected has not only increased percentage wise but services that were never considered a “tip worthy job” are now exactly that. I wanted to list the top 10 rules when tipping is expected. There is nothing more awkward then not knowing you had to leave a tip and were scorned with evil eyes for not doing so. We’ve all been there!

1. First and foremost, if you are a person that doesn’t tip or doesn’t “believe” in tipping you are not allowed to go to restaurants. You cannot afford to eat out, either financially or ethically, or both. Spare restaurant staff your presence.

2. Ask yourself “Do I think that the person taking care of me through my meal and making my experience a positive one deserves to earn a living wage?” Examine that answer.

3. Personally speaking, I never tip less than 18 percent, unless the service is really bad. But even if you are a stingy tipper, going beneath 15 percent for good service is seen as a sign of disrespect.

4. The dreaded tip jar. Annoying? Yes. Legally expected? No. Basically expected? Almost always yes.

5. Never take out a problem in your meal that had nothing to do with your server on your server’s pay. If a dish comes out not to your liking, but the server handles it gracefully, that is an issue you can take up with the manager or the chef. Don’t punish the innocent party by taking money away from them.

6. Understand that sometimes servers have to pay for the food that is sent back. This shouldn’t prevent you from doing it, but it should make you more judicious about what you expect to be comped.

7. Never base your server’s tip on what you expect them to have comped for you. Servers usually can’t go around giving free things, or adding on extras, and you shouldn’t factor that in to the kind of pay they deserve.

8. If you have hurled verbal abuse onto your server for whatever reason, this should be reflected in your tip. As a woman who has been called “sweetie” by a patron who then left me a ten percent tip, I can confirm that this is just about the most evil thing you can do.

9. You are in a restaurant to pick up a to-go order, yet there is a tip line on the credit card receipt? The dude putting the order through didn’t refill your water glass, suggest the endive salad or tell you his name is Tim, but he did do something. In this case, 10 percent is probably sufficient.

10. The nice woman at the coffee place who remembers how you like the foam on your double macchiato? A buck in the jar. Which if you end up buying a scone or something will end up being about 20 percent.


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