Am I Supposed To Tip At An Event With An Open Bar?

Am I Supposed To Tip At An Event With An Open Bar?

When most people go to a bar, they take care to tip the bartender and/or the wait staff. But for many people, that courtesy seems to go out the window when someone else is picking up the tab, as guests assume that the tip has also been taken care of (or just don’t think about it at all). But are they making the right assumption? [More]

How Far Would You Go To Tip Your Server?

How Far Would You Go To Tip Your Server?

Many, many pixels have been on this site over the subject of tipping in restaurants, but how far out of your way would you go to give a tip? -Joe and his wife had dinner at Red Robin, paid for with a few free entrée coupons and a gift card. Only the gift card receipt didn’t have a line to authorize a tip, and the couple only had a dollar in cash between them. In a culture where we often don’t talk about tips, should they just leave the dollar that they had in their wallets and feel guilty about it, or actually address the problem and talk to the server about it directly? [More]

I Didn't Loudly Announce I Was Tipping, Does That Make Me A Bad Consumer?

I Didn't Loudly Announce I Was Tipping, Does That Make Me A Bad Consumer?

We’ve all done the Conspicuous Tip — you wait until the barista or employee behind the counter is looking before you stuff the dollar in the tip jar, lest you be thought a non-tipper. But should that apply in a confusing situation involving a hotel shuttle and a cupholder full of bills? Bill found himself wondering if his failure to narrate his act of tipping makes him a bad consumer. [More]

Survey: We Tip The People That Clean Our Houses, But Not The Ones Who Collect Our Garbage

Survey: We Tip The People That Clean Our Houses, But Not The Ones Who Collect Our Garbage

For a lot of people in various facets of the service industry, this time of year means that some customers will brighten up your holidays with a gift or a tip to show their appreciation. But new numbers from our surveying siblings at Consumer Reports break down which particular people get the most end-of-year love. [More]

Deciding The Right Amount To Tip

Deciding The Right Amount To Tip

Since the beginning of time — or at least the beginning of the movie Reservoir Dogs — people have debated the proper amount to tip. There are no hard and fast rules for how much you need to tip for various services, and it comes down to a matter of personal preferences as they relate to social customs. Few people really like paying more than they need to be, or to be viewed as a cheapskate, so everyone walks a fine line when deciding how much to leave. [More]

Someone At This Dave & Buster's Needs To Learn How To Count

Someone At This Dave & Buster's Needs To Learn How To Count

Steve has no problem with the mandatory 18% tip included in the bill for parties of eight or larger at Dave & Buster’s. He does, however, have a problem with getting charged 18% for mediocre service for a dinner party of seven, not eight. Maybe most diners are having too much fun to notice that there isn’t an invisible eighth guest at their tables. [More]

"Suggested Gratuity" Calculations Can Incorrectly Include Tax

"Suggested Gratuity" Calculations Can Incorrectly Include Tax

Whether your standard tipping policy is 10%, 15%, or 20%, the calculation is supposed to made on the bill’s subtotal before tax. After all, the taxman didn’t have a pleasant pairing suggestion or crack a wry joke. But at the bottom of some restaurant bills, the “suggested gratuity” included “for your convenience” is sometimes wrong, making the calculation after sales tax is added. Reader Mark spotted two of these recently. [More]

Brooklyn Delivery Guy Calls Out Bad Tippers On His Blog

Brooklyn Delivery Guy Calls Out Bad Tippers On His Blog

Crappy tippers, beware. The delivery guy or gal who you grossly undertip this weekend might have a Tumblr account. Tired of meager tips from customers who clearly have some cash, one delivery guy in Brooklyn–Williamsburg, to be exact–is striking back by calling out lousy tippers on his blog, and gathering tips from readers. Unlike us, he leaves names, addresses, and locations unredacted. Check it out soon, because it probably won’t stay up for long in its current form. [More]

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Why Are We Tipping People Anyway? For Flirting With Us!

In case you thought you were tipping your waiter for quality of service, you were wrong! Really, you’re just a good tipper when someone flirts with you. At least, that’s what a few studies indicate. [More]

Starbucks In Wrongful-Death Lawsuit After Tip Jar Dispute

Starbucks In Wrongful-Death Lawsuit After Tip Jar Dispute

The estate of a Starbucks customer who lost his life after attempting to chase down a tip jar thief has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the java giant, alleging that the company invited crime by having an unsecured tip jar on the counter. [More]

How Not To Show A Restaurant That You're Annoyed :(

How Not To Show A Restaurant That You're Annoyed :(

What’s more obnoxious than leaving a few pennies on the restaurant table as a tip to make a point? Try writing in a tip of two cents on your credit-card slip, then leaving a passive-aggressive note with a smiley face. [More]

Hawaiian Restaurant Adds Surcharge For Customers Who Don't Speak English

Hawaiian Restaurant Adds Surcharge For Customers Who Don't Speak English

Fed up with being stiffed on tips by foreigners, a restaurant in Hawaii has added on a mandatory 15% gratuity for customers who don’t speak English. [More]

Waiter: Parents Of Bratty Kids Should Tip More At Restaurants

Waiter: Parents Of Bratty Kids Should Tip More At Restaurants

Taking young children out to eat at a restaurant is an expensive — and sometimes messy — prospect for parents. One waiter also claims it’s actually a costly experience for the restaurant’s staff — and that the parents should be willing to dish out bigger tips to make up for it. [More]

NY Regulates Tipping For First Time

NY Regulates Tipping For First Time

The New York Department of Labor has issued rules on what until now has walked a gray line between custom and law: the tip. [More]

Who Should I Tip During The Holidays And How Much?

Who Should I Tip During The Holidays And How Much?

I’ve left strict word upstairs that the cat-sitter must be tipped well. So far, it’s worked. The fancy food comes out, the litter box is kept extra clean, and I even get to sleep in the master bedroom. But not everyone is so generous with their cash. [More]

Is "I'm From Europe" A Good Excuse For Being A Crappy Tipper?

Is "I'm From Europe" A Good Excuse For Being A Crappy Tipper?

About a month ago, we brought you the story of overpriced NYC hotel bars that were adding automatic 18-20% gratuities to tabs, claiming that they had to do so because so many of their patrons were from Europe and other parts of the world where tipping isn’t part of the culture. Now we hear from a waiter who proves they might have a point. [More]

At Least One Overpriced NYC Bar Ditches Mandatory 20% Tip

At Least One Overpriced NYC Bar Ditches Mandatory 20% Tip

Yesterday we brought you the story about several overpriced, overhyped NYC hotel bars that were adding mandatory 18-20% tips to drinks that already cost more than a good meal. Today, we’re happy to report that at least one of these spots has changed its policy. [More]

Overpriced Bars Now Adding Mandatory 18-20% Tips

Overpriced Bars Now Adding Mandatory 18-20% Tips

Here in New York City, there are certain bars — most of them in hotels and most of them frequented by people who read in Us Weekly that celebrities party there — that are not only charging absolutely ridiculous amounts of cash for basic cocktails, but are automatically adding hefty tips onto the tab. [More]