I got into a major argument with my “better half” last week on tipping. While in the city, we treated ourselves (and friends) and got 4 takeout meals at our favorite little restaurant. The total bill was about 50 bucks. My generous “better half” (never to miss a tipping opportunity) went and tipped the fellow who rung in our sale a whopping 8 bucks.

Doing the math, that’s a 16 percent tip for 3 minutes of work. Not a bad return for a guy who only handed us our food. Needless to say, I was livid. I am a firm believer in tipping for good service, but 8 bucks for picking up takeout? S$it.


For interest, I looked up tip in Wikipedia:

A tip (or gratuity) is a unrequired payment to certain service sector workers beyond the advertised price. The amount of a tip is typically computed as a percent of the cost of the transaction before the addition of any taxes. These payments and their size are a matter of social custom.

Question: Do you tip? How much? Ever feel forced to tip?

Fox’s Answers:

  • Yes I Tip, BUT I tip when service is good and exceptional. I do feel a little upset though when forced to tip. It seems some establishments automatically build tipping into the total bill. What’s up with that?
  • The amount of tip varies. I usually tip 5-15 percent depending on the service. I tend to tip best to hair stylists and waiters, depending again on the service.

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