Post # 16
If you’re in the US, you should always be tipping 20% unless something was seriously wrong. If you can’t afford that, then don’t get the service. It sucks, I hate tipping culture as much as anyone, but it’s not the fault of the employees and they shouldn’t be short changed because of it. TBH I do judge people who tip badly. Sometimes I go out to dinner and notice my friends only tipping 10% for their part of the bill and I want to say something so bad!! I also notice that if I frequent salons etc where I’m consistently tipping 20%+, I get better service.
Post # 17
Why 20%? I do agree the employers should pay well, but a tip is to supplement pay not be the whole paycheck. This is a sincere question.
Post # 18
I tip more generously when I have a gift card. I also think if service was poor to mediocre a 15% tip is fine. Though I’m not too picky so I usually consider service to be above mediocre.
Post # 19
I actually see both sides to this. I also dont understand why we tip after paying for the service but i do it without question or thought. I waitressed & bartended during my late teens/early twenties…so again, i understand both sides.
Post # 20
I think bartenders and waitresses are different as they only get minimum wage. They sometimes make 2 bucks plus tips to barely make minimum wage. That’s messed up in my opinion!! So I definitely agree to tipping well in restaurants…
Post # 21
Tipping was always 15% standard, and less if service was bad. I don’t know how all the sudden 18%, and then 20%, became the norm. I don’t feel the need to escalate my tip percentage when prices have already risen, and thus the tip amount with the same percentage rose with it. I worked in the service industry at a restaurant for 7 years, and I was always happy with the standard 15%.
Post # 22
I’ve wondered too how standard tip went from 15% to 20%.
Post # 23
For me, as a general rule, I tip 20%. But if the service was really exceptional or really terrible, I’ll give a little more or a little less – depending on the situation. I also try to tip a little more during the holidays. I briefly waited tables during my starving college years, and that experience has really stayed with me, so unless the service was really horrific, I do tip 20%.
Post # 24
Tipping is touchy but it’s just the unfortunate reality of living in the US. I wish employers paid their employees a living wage and didn’t pass that onto the customers but they do. However I will say that I think tipping has gotten a little bit out of hand in that it seems like we’re expected to tip everyone now, not just the standard waitresses, bartenders, hair stylists. I’m not going to McDonalds and tipping the cashier, I’m sorry but you rang up my order I don’t think that should be part of the tipping industry. And I think that it keeps climbing, 15% used to be the standard and now you’re a jerk if you don’t tip 20%. I very very rarely tip less than 20% but it does feel like where does this stop? I go to a salon that actually has a no tipping policy and it’s one of the reasons I like it, it feels like I’m supporting a business that actually pays their employees well
Post # 25
I tip 20% by default and let the service work it’s way up or down from that. I am happy to tip more for stellar service but I will also tip less if I was not pleased (and it was the fault of the person performing the service, of course.) I try to give benefit of the doubt and don’t go looking for reasons to tip less.
For example, my stylist did an amazing job on my hair. I was glad to tip him $100 on a $300 service.
I also recently got my nails done by a woman who was too busy on her phone, counting her money, rearranging the nail polishes, chatting with co-workers to really focus on my nails. She got $3 on a $35 service and I won’t be back there again.