People are vocal about tipping in America. While many people don’t think twice about the custom of tipping for good service, others question its value. Some of the complaints we’ve heard include:
- Tip jars are far too prevalent.
- Receipts from restaurants and taxi cabs list pre-printed suggested tip amounts beginning at 20% and increasing to 25%, 30% and higher. Whatever happened to 15%?
- Paying a hairstylist $200 for a cut and color is one thing, but forking over an additional $40 tip feels wrong. My hair stylist makes more per hour that I do, yet I should still give her a tip?
- It just doesn’t make sense to me to tip a sommelier 20% of the cost of the wine. Isn’t it the same amount of effort to uncork a bottle of wine, regardless of the cost?
- A massage is an expensive luxury, and I’m supposed to tip 20% on top of the hourly rate?
- Where will it stop? In five years will I be paying 40% in gratuities?
Is tipping in America Broken? Does it need to be fixed? Which statement below best describes your opinion about the future of tipping in America?
- Tipping has always been part of our culture and will remain so. The amount of the tip is always up to the customer. People just like to complain. (51%, 277 Votes)
- Ban tipping and increase prices if necessary to account for fair wages and the assurance of good service. (25%, 139 Votes)
- If tipping expectations continue to rise, I will stop tipping or change my habits to avoid situations that require me to tip. (20%, 110 Votes)
- The current “tip rage” is due to the economic downturn, and will blow over when people start to recover financially. (4%, 20 Votes)
Total Voters: 546
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