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

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Dennis from Milwaukee, WI

Q: Do you tip differently for alcohol versus food?

A: Yes. Bartenders have to deal with drunks all night.

Q: How do you base your tipping decisions?

A: I generally go by percentage, but particularly outstanding or truly terrible service will sway me.

Q: What personal experiences influence your tipping style?

A: I had several good friends in college that waited tables or tended bar, and they helped me appreciate the extent to which some employees are dependent upon tips.

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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