I had an interesting conversation with an acquaintance the other day, during which she told me that she never tips more than 10% when she goes out to eat. Gotta be honest, I lost a little respect for her, since I’m a steadfast 20% or more tipper.
I tip relatively well for a few reasons: 1) I work in a service industry and I know how hard the waitstaff is busting their ass; 2) I’m fully aware that in my state, the minimum wage for tipped employees is $2.13/hour, so a crappy tip means that the server likely isn’t even making enough to cover their transportation into work; and 3) as nice as it would be if our restaurant culture didn’t rely on tipping so that servers made a minimum wage, the fact remains that it does, and being a jerk and not leaving a tip because I disagree with the system sure as hell isn’t going to change that system.
Those of you who are in the U.S., where tipping is part of the restaurant culture, how much do you leave? Those of you who are from other places, do you tip at all? Do you do it when you visit the U.S.?