A Short Philosophy of Tipping

8 thoughts on “A Short Philosophy of Tipping”

    1. In that case, you are making a poor decision on eating out. Stay home if you can’t afford it. There are plenty of “huge treats” one must stay away from if they can’t truly afford it.

  1. The interesting part to me is that this “standard tip” amount is going up seemingly inexplicably. As Dr. Groothius noted in the article, he grew up being taught that 10% was standard. I’m in my early 30’s and I was taught that 15% was standard, so I usually do 15-20% depending on the service. Now 20% seems to be the norm.

    We could point to inflation and the rising cost of living, but this in turn drives up meal prices and, by the nature of percentage based tips, the gratuity will go up as well even if the percentage stays the same. So who’s deciding that the “standard” gratuity needs to keep going up? And why?

  2. My philosophy:

    * 15% is grace. No matter how terrible the service, they get 15%. Most restaurants for decent service, I tip closer to 20%.
    * If I only have a small thing at a regular restaurant, I don’t tip less than a dollar. If I get a coffee for $1.50, I don’t count out pennies – just slip the waitress a bill.
    * If the restaurant is particularly expensive, I generally can’t afford more than 15%, so that’s what they get. Most of those restaurants tell you what the tip should be anyway.

    My wife was a waitress before we got together and she testifies to how horrible Christian restaurant patrons can be. Sunday afternoon in the Bible belt is typically the worst time for wait staff.

  3. We are supposed to be Ambassador’s of Christ surely two extra dollars will not break someone if they are eating out. If things are that tight you may want to re think eating out.

    1. Bing… Exactly. I often find myself doing the math of what is 20% then get smacked with knowing I bear the name of Christ and figure what is an extra dollar or two…

      Also, if you can’t afford to represent Christ well, then your problem isn’t your tip. If I need to save money, no beverages or eat at home… You don’t negotiate the price of the food item, so why negotiate the tip?
      Good article.

  4. Thank you for this article. My son is a waiter, and he came home from work tonight complaining that he had gotten poor tips. We started discussing the philosophy of tipping, and I did a Google search on that and saw your article. I just read it aloud and it made a lot of sense. I never realized how little waiters are paid, and so tips are very important to them. I have always tipped at least 15% and usually 20%, but from now on, I will try to make sure I tip at least 20%. 🙂

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