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



Syeeda from Milwaukee, WI

Q: How do you make your tipping decisions?

A: I start with a certain percentage and either add or subtract from that depending on the service.

Q: Any other thoughts?

A: I think that most people who have never worked in a service industry job that pays a very low wage don’t really think about the people who provide their services and how those people get paid. It doesn’t occur to your average person that works a 9 to 5 salaried position that their tips are what that person uses to pay his/her bills.

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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