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



Philip from Madison, WI

Q: How do you make your tipping decisions?

A: Fifteen percent standard service and 20 percent for superior service.

Q: What personal experiences influence your tipping style?

A: My children working in hospitality industry have made me a bit more generous to others.

Q: Any other thoughts?

A: I am bald since chemo therapy, so no haircuts or barbers to tip. I don’t tip doctors and nurses either, but I have bought gifts for nurses when treatment s over.

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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