Q: Someone took me out for a meal at a nice restaurant but left a horrible tip. The service wasn’t great, but not bad either. Could I have left cash at the table?
A: It depends on whom you’re with. If your host is a close friend or relative, you can say “Would you mind if I put down a few dollars? You probably didn’t notice, but our server was very helpful to me.” With someone you don’t know well, however, it’s better just to let it go. You wouldn’t want to seem like an ungrateful or judgmental guest.