Tipping. It can be a touchy topic of discussion for some, and it’s certainly subjective to the individual. I also think there are differences on the topic across cultures, as I’ve heard horror stories from friends who are servers. But I won’t go into details…after all, I still like the Brits!
Honestly, I’m not quite sure why I chose this topic to write on; perhaps I was out to dinner recently (we all know how I love to eat!), and realized I have a tendency to overtip.
The economy in Central Florida largely relies on tipping…in a way. We are, after all, primarily a service industry centered market. And many of the salaries of service industry employees depends on good tips. Granted, one must earn their tip — it’s a pretty sure thing if you are nice to me and make sure I’m taken care of, I’ll give you a good tip.
So what, really, is a fair tip? I’ve always heard 15% is standard. That’s “if you do your job” and not much beyond. Typically, I just tip 20% as a standard. But I’ve known people who are very specific about what they tip, and it’s a walk on the wild side to tip anything beyond 15%.
I ran across a website that might help. It’s called The Tipping Page, and while the site design isn’t all that appealing it does appear to contain some great information. I even found an article on Oprah.com that talks about appropriate tipping rates. What I like about hers is that it covers situations beyond dining (while out-of-date the article is still relevant).
What are your thoughts on the matter? How do you determine what sort of tip a server gets when you’re out to eat for a meal, or having a few drinks at the local bar? Take our poll and let others know.