How To Handle A Stingy Tipper

September 11, 2018

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You enjoy a wonderful lunch with your bestie and that wonderful restaurant you both love.  As you finish up the meal, the check finally arrives in a little, black tray.  You glance down and notice your best friend in the world isn't leaving gratuity to the server!  How can your bestie be so rude???  A recent survey found one in 10 young adults never leave a tip for service at a restaurant and for those who do leave a tip, it is never above 15%, the standard tip even if the server was particularly good. Perhaps it is because Millennials aren't as established in their careers to have additional funds to tip. But let's be honest, if you've got the cash to go out to a restaurant, you should have enough to cover at least 15% of the total. Considering tips make up nearly 60% of the salary of wait staff, the optional gratuity is really a mandatory custom. But how do you address it with your bestie without ruining the great lunch you just had? Experts weight in. They say could choose to remain silent and recognize that people tend to have their own opinions on tipping. The person might not have been raised to tip; they might be opposed to the idea of restaurants not paying workers a living wage; or they might feel they don’t have the means to spring for a generous gratuity. Which leads to you leading by example. You can compare notes on the tip. A simply question of "how much are you tipping" can be a simple way to bring up the subject.  You can say that you're tipping 20% and follow it up with, "does that sound good" or "are you going to do something different?" The last option is to cover the difference yourself. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to your bestie, especially if you think it will provoke a confrontation, you may just increase your own tip on the total bill. And if you anticipate more problems if you leave extra money on the tab, do so discreetly by walking to the bathroom and handing your server a little extra cash, or asking the host to pass along additional tip money.  If this is a recurring issue that’s important to you, simply avoid eating out with this person. If you believe in tipping, perhaps working in the service industry before, and your friend has not, then that’s not the person you go out to eat with.

SOURCE: Moneyish

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