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Tipping: How much is too much or too little? PDF Print E-mail

USA Today recently referred to an article in the New York Post that quotes Manhattan restaurant workers who believe they deserve 25% tips. Surveys also indicate that for restaurants in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Miami and other big tourist destinations, the high-tip trend is already expected by wait staffs.

The expected increases are said to be because waiters in those cities cannot keep up with the ever-increasing high cost of living when they’re being tipped just 10 or 15%. Some restaurants already add an automatic 18% to 20% to diners’ bills. We’ve found that many experienced travelers are against what amounts to in-your-face demand charges, regardless of the quality of the food and service. They also complain that restaurant owners are happy with the increased tip trends so they won’t have to pay their waiters a living wage.

Critics of increased tip amounts say it’s the same as with the ever-increasing airline add-ons. Example: The $99 airfare special always costs at least $125. The automatic restaurant tips are just as sneaky. They’re ways to advertise low prices, when actual customer out-of-pocket payments of bills are at least 25% higher.

What are your thoughts about being required to pay 25% tips for restaurant service, regardless of how you’re served?

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