What is your opinion of tipping?

What is your opinion of tipping? We had a huge change in the minimum wage here in the city of Seatac Washington, changing the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour for some service jobs. This has put alot of people at a loss for tipping because the increase went to the patrons bills in some areas.

While tipping is not mandatory , it is customary in many circumstances for service, especially at almost all sit-down restaurants which offer table service and many food servers depend on tips as an essential part of their wage.  Generally, the average tip is 15% to 20% of the total meal cost.

Tipping practices vary depending upon the location in the U.S., and even published guidance can vary greatly depending upon the source.  Cheapskates have carved out several exceptions.  For example, some Americans don’t tip at a buffet restaurant, but it’s generally good form to tip $1-2/person for wait staff just clearing several rounds of plates, to as much as 10 percent if the wait staff is refilling drinks and providing other services.  The general rule is to tip in proportion to the service, and the quality of service being delivered.

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Tip jars at carry-out restaurants are a recent innovation, and one resisted by many Americans.  While many advise to tip 10 percent at carry-out restaurants, many Americans do not tip for carry-out, even when a tip jar is present, and tipping at most chain restaurants, such as McDonald’s, is not common.  Some who do contribute to tip jars, put in change or only $1, depending upon the size of the order.

Keep in mind that those who provide service are often dependent on tip income and generally are grateful for any tips received, especially when prompt and exceptional service has been provided.  Tipping is the means by which to acknowledge good service.

Tipping, generally, is 10% for acceptable service, 15% for great service and 20% for above and beyond service.

I was recently told by a friend who is a waitress that “some” employees get tips and are required to report the amount of their sales as income, regardless of how much you tip them, so, if you decide to not tip your waitress and she gave you excellent service, please remember that is part of her wages and help her out, I am sure it would be greatly appreciated!

Share your blessings in life with others and I truly believe it will come back to you.

Have a very blessed day!



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