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FEATURED QUERY: Do you rely on tips for a living? Tell us more



Brian from Franklin, WI

Q: How do you make your tipping decisions?

A: Prompt service gets me to give more. Above and beyond gets more. I will go up to 30 percent if the service, food and attention were extremely great.

Miserable waitresses/waiters get 8 to10 percent, and a note as to why, and a discussion with the manager. Great service means that the servers are interested in all aspects of the meal or service.

In May, we asked our listeners and readers how they decide what to tip for the services they use. More than 500 people responded to our survey. Many provided their personal experiences, strategies and rationales for how they handle this often confusing part of everyday life. Click here to see all the responses, and please visit our interactive map of tipping trends in the U.S.

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