Tipping: Is it Out Of Control?


ORLANDO, FL (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Nearly three-quarters of Americans say they feel tipping is now expected in more places compared to five years ago. But a Pew Research poll says that even as we’re asked to tip more, few people know when to tip and how much.

Some say the tipping backlash has begun. Who should you tip? Nerd Wallet says to aim for 15 to 20 percent for servers in sit-down restaurants. If you’re doing take-out 10 percent is plenty. The same goes for baristas, add 15 percent for food and grocery delivery drivers and rideshare drivers. Plan on an extra 15 percent for your hair stylist and massage therapist.

When is it ok not to tip? Etiquette experts say as a blanket rule you don’t need to tip anyone who earns a salary or performs a trade. That means your plumber, cable technician, lawn guys, pool cleaner, and UPS. Amazon, FedEx, or mail carriers do not get tipped. What you do is up to you, and always remember, it’s always okay to skip the tip.

Worldwide, Americans are known to be great tippers, but nine countries don’t expect you to leave a tip, and three where it’s an insult. People in Australia, Switzerland, Argentina, Belgium, French Polynesia, and Singapore do not expect gratuities. While Japan, China, and South Korea think of it as an insult.





Contributors to this news report include: Marsha Lewis, Producer; Bob Walko, Editor

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