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

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Susan from Winchester, VA

Q: How do you base your tipping decisions?

A: Quality and duration always make a difference in affecting the percentage. Good service must be rewarded and bad service will get only a minimal tip and a phone call or personal complaint to management

Q: What personal experiences influence your tipping style?

A: I was a waitress and know how hard that job is. I also was once married to a cab driver so I know how difficult that job can be.

Q: Any other thoughts?

A: A discussion of tip “pooling” would be interesting. Also, why do some employers think this is the best way to “pay” their employees?

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.

Discussion: 1 Comment

  • Posted by Joan on July 4, 2011 12:41 PM

    I rather agree with Susan. I find myself much more generous these days since my income is up and financial obligations are fewer. I genuinely believe we ought to take “service” more seriously, rewarding accordingly and disincentivizing lousy service with no tip and a call to management. I also make sure to call management as well as tip very well for outstanding service. Good service should be expected from all of us when we deal with the marketplace, whether or not we are waitpersons or hotel attendants.

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