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Restaurant Tipping

Updated on July 20, 2014

The Importance of Tipping Properly when dining

When you go to a restaurant, you are making the decision to tip and to do so appropriately. The reasons for the importance of tipping properly are as follows:

  1. It's the right thing to do and socially correct.

  2. Tipping appropriately is an indication of your class level.

  3. People make their money and survive off their tips and not their salaries.

  4. It's appropriate to financially compensate someone for their service.

There is nothing more embarrassing than to be in the presence of someone who does not tip appropriately. It indicates a lack of class and social understanding. It is expected for one to know what is appropriate at a certain age in your life. Some people were never exposed to a parent or family members tipping appropriately but surely one should have encountered enough situations in which one understands the power of tipping. If someone is servicing or serving you, you should tip them. Period.

Typically you can base our tip off of pre-tax totals and the standard range for the BASIC appreciation of service range from 15%-20%. Let's just conclude your tip should start at18% or higher. In my opinion you should start at 20%, and up, which is appropriate and proper.

When dating there is nothing worse than these three scenarios:

  1. A person who pays the check and an in appropriate amount is given. Not only is it a poor reflection of the tipper and his/her associates.

  2. A person who takes out their cell phone to calculate, to the penny, how much they should tip.

  3. A person who asks for the bill. *Bills come in the mail and checks come to the table.

Yes, there are different expectations based on the environment and service situations that must be taken into account. Tipping inappropriately however is wrong! If you are not prepared to tip properly then you should speak into the drive-thru microphone and not go out. If you can't afford to pay and tip for your martini then go by the wine or liquor store and go home.


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    • realtalk247 profile image

      realtalk247 3 years ago

      Tips are based on percentage of check in the US. For large parties sometimes the tip is already added to the check with the option to give more.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Tipping practices vary per country. I wonder, if a restaurant includes a service charge in the bill, would you still consider it appropriate for the diner to add a 20 percent tip? I don't mean to be cheeky, just curious. In the Philippines, not everyone tips the same. But I always tip, even if there is a service charge. How is it in the US?