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This New Poll Just Revealed Who America's Best Tippers Are

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14 days ago - Thursday 7/13/17 - 2:05:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
Republicans are among the best tippers in America, according to a survey released Monday.

Men, Republicans, baby boomers and debit or credit card users all leave an average tip of 20% of the total bill when they dine out, according to a CreditCards.com poll. Women leave a median tip of 16%, while Southerners and Democrats are at 15%.

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14 days ago - Thursday 7/13/17 - 3:03:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
The article notes (and other research has found) that income plays a big factor in tipping behavior, and income is associated with political affiliation, race, gender, and where you live. Not to mention that those factors also interact with each other. What would be more interesting is to look at whether things like political affiliation matter after controlling for things like income - each demographic in isolation doesn't really tell you much about *why* people tip. It's not really clear whether they did anything like that. The creditcards.com page says "Statistical results are weighted to correct known demographic discrepancies", but it's not clear what that means, and they don't give the actual data to check.

It makes a nice headline for the company commissioning the poll, but given how vague it is, I don't think it tells us anything meaningful.
14 days ago - Thursday 7/13/17 - 3:08:50 PM EST (GMT-5)

14 days ago - Thursday 7/13/17 - 3:12:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
The world's smallest violin playing for the waitresses.
14 days ago - Thursday 7/13/17 - 3:14:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
Anyway, boomer cxnts are good tippers? I'm not buying it.
14 days ago - Thursday 7/13/17 - 3:27:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
14 days ago - Thursday 7/13/17 - 3:38:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
I always tip at least 20%. I read an article a while back - can't remember where - that said if you can't afford to tip, you shouldn't be eating out in the first place, which I thought was a good perspective.
14 days ago - Thursday 7/13/17 - 3:44:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 7/13/17 - 3:38:39 PM sleepyhollow wrote:
I always tip at least 20%. I read an article a while back - can't remember where - that said if you can't afford to tip, you shouldn't be eating out in the first place, which I thought was a good perspective.


Welcome to the Republican party!
MAGA!!
14 days ago - Thursday 7/13/17 - 3:51:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
I refuse to tip 20% unless the service was especially good (or she was really good looking)
14 days ago - Thursday 7/13/17 - 4:04:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
I tip in cash when I possibly can. F&ck them having to claim it.

I also factor it into my night before I go. I try to only spend 50 dollars on a meal for two at decent places. I tip around 10 bucks.
14 days ago - Thursday 7/13/17 - 4:05:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
noldor: continuing to meet expectations
14 days ago - Thursday 7/13/17 - 4:07:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 7/13/17 - 3:14:34 PM CuckingFunt wrote:
Anyway, boomer cxnts are good tippers? I'm not buying it.


my parents are actually some of the most generous tippers i know.

i personally tip around 18%, 20%+ if service is exceptional. i wish there was some standard people can agree on.
14 days ago - Thursday 7/13/17 - 4:10:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
I always tip 15-20, 15 is the bare minimum.

My husband tips counterintuitively. Because he used to be a server and apparently sucked at it, he tips more for exceptionally bad service. For them, he'll give 20% or more out of pity because he knows lots of others will barely tip if they tip at all.
14 days ago - Thursday 7/13/17 - 4:14:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
That would drive me crazy.

All the bad servers I managed were bad because they were lazy and didn't write things down.

Or they thought the "not writing it down" thing was some how a good trick to make tips. Then they would f*ck things up.

If I go to a place and they do that, Ill eat there once and probably never go back.
14 days ago - Thursday 7/13/17 - 4:15:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
do you pay with the card and tip in cash? i think that's the best way to do it. it ensures that the server gets the tip, because i don't know the restaurant's policies on tipping or how they distribute tips.
14 days ago - Thursday 7/13/17 - 4:16:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
I've only had one experience where I didn't want to leave a tip

and it was a time where we got the bill and they had applied a tip to it already because we had 6 people... which is ridiculous
14 days ago - Thursday 7/13/17 - 4:18:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
but I typically just double the tax (ours is ridiculous at like 9.5%), so I'm usually basically doing about 20%
14 days ago - Thursday 7/13/17 - 4:29:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
I hate when they automatically add the tip to the bill. That's not a tip, that's an additional fee.
14 days ago - Thursday 7/13/17 - 4:32:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 7/13/17 - 4:29:46 PM Noldor wrote:
I hate when they automatically add the tip to the bill. That's not a tip, that's an additional fee.


isn't that usually done for parties of 6 or more?
14 days ago - Thursday 7/13/17 - 4:32:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
I remember 'discussing' with my wife how much of a tip we should leave. I wanted to give 10% and she wanted to give 15%. I said let's look at what her sister-in-law gave. She gave a big fat zero. She said, nobody tips me at my job.
14 days ago - Thursday 7/13/17 - 4:33:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 7/13/17 - 4:29:46 PM Noldor wrote:
I hate when they automatically add the tip to the bill. That's not a tip, that's an additional fee.
On Thursday 7/13/17 - 4:32:08 PM Inquizitor2 wrote:
isn't that usually done for parties of 6 or more?

Yes. It's fine if that's what you want to do, but don't call it a tip, call it a fee, and let your customers know before they sit down.
14 days ago - Thursday 7/13/17 - 4:45:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 7/13/17 - 4:15:31 PM Inquizitor2 wrote:
do you pay with the card and tip in cash? i think that's the best way to do it. it ensures that the server gets the tip, because i don't know the restaurant's policies on tipping or how they distribute tips.


That's exactly what I do. If I know I'm going out to eat I pull some cash out of the atm.
14 days ago - Thursday 7/13/17 - 5:06:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
I need to be better about having some cash on hand.

That said, we know the real answer to this question is probably "People who work/have worked in the restaurant business."
14 days ago - Thursday 7/13/17 - 5:27:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
personally, I think six is a ridiculously small amount of people to start tacking on a mandatory tip
14 days ago - Thursday 7/13/17 - 7:04:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 7/13/17 - 5:27:55 PM Disappears wrote:
personally, I think six is a ridiculously small amount of people to start tacking on a mandatory tip


i think it varies. i've seen it applied to parties of 8 or more and parties of 6 or more. mostly 6.

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