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So we’ve all been there. You were just handed the check at a restaurant and you find yourself having an internal debate on what to tip your waiter. Before you end your night in a blank stare reverting back to your days of calculus and algebra, don’t sweat it. Tipping shouldn’t be this complicated. It doesn’t have to be about decimal points or carrying the one, it’s really just knowing what services deserve a tip and what percentage to tip.
Believe it or not, tipping did not originate for the mere act of being a gentleman and impressing women, but it dates back to 16th century England. There is great debate about exactly where the word came from, but there is an obvious connection to the acronym, “To Insure Promptitude.” In between the 16th and 17th century, brass urns were placed in local bars and coffee houses for customers to put in spare change before being served. This was important for future service, as well as getting that beer in hand, a little quicker.
In this day and age, giving someone an extra few bucks, is more about showing your gratitude for their services. It may be saying thank you for serving you the best steak you’ve ever had or never letting your fountain soda go empty. No matter the reason, it has become a growing and expected trend in the United States. In the U.S., nearly $26 billion is spent on tips in restaurants. So the next time you find yourself at the barber, favorite restaurant or just ordered a delivery style pizza, take an extra few minutes to account for their services, question if they went above and beyond typical service and realize what the going tip percentage is for that particular service.
How much to tip?
So if you have ever waited tables, you realize that majority of what you make comes from tips. Whether this makes you more likely to tip better, you need to know how much to tip and where.
Depending on your service, tipping in restaurants can vary from 10 percent to 20 percent of the total bill. If you are experiencing poor service while eating, do not tip any lower than 10 percent. If something disastrous occurs, you may want to contact the head waiter or manager versus giving a lower tip. For typical service, 15 percent of the total bill is expected. If service exceeds expectations and you are very pleased with service, 20 percent of the total bill will suffice for gratuity.
You may be at the barber shop for only 20 minutes for a quick haircut, but tipping your hairstylist 15 percent is customary.
Even though getting a pizza delivered tacks on an extra few bucks to the overall price, it does save you some gas money and more importantly, energy. 15 percent of the bill is the going rate to tip your delivery person.
Getting you to and from a destination in a timely manner deserves 15 percent tip of your fare rate. If you are experiencing superb service, like getting across town in five minutes, you can tip a little more. If you’re dragged across down, purely to drive up the fare rate, adjust your tip accordingly.
Hotel bellhops are the first people to grab your bags upon entering a hotel. Even if you can carry your bags 40 feet to your room, that is what these people are here for. Tipping $1 per bag is routine for this service.
While it is not mandatory to place a few extra bucks on the table after eating, it has become a common practice across the United States. Tipping is all about showing gratitude towards those who are serving you. In order to be the gentleman that you are, it’s best to be discreet about what you are tipping. Never flaunt those dollar bills just to impress those sitting next to you.
Tipping is a standard practice that can ensure future service, and is really about thanking those people for the small things that they are doing. These people are serving you and keeping you content while out to dinner, getting your hair cut, or delivering you food, just in time for the big game. Next time you find yourself in front of a bill, consider those people who made that night happen, and tip accordingly.