How much to leave a tip has been a raging debate ever since the concept of tipping was introduced way back when. No matter the situation there are going to be mixed opinions on the topic of tipping, be it having pizza delivered to your loft or dining out at an Italian bistro.
When it comes to leaving a tip when you go out to eat one established rule has been if you can't afford to leave a tip then you can't afford to dine out. While that might seem a little harsh it is one way of thinking by many people. Some people feel embarrassed when they go out to eat with their friends, family members, or co-workers and they leave without tipping their waitress, server or bartender. We can understand how that may look as the waitress will look at the overall tip left behind for the number of people they served and feel like they didn't get tipped adequately.
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The person you dined with will justify not tipping by saying it's not their duty to pay somebody else's salary. While in a way that is true not everybody who works in the food industry gets paid all that well to do their job they're doing and tips help to supplement their income. Some servers are there to make enough money to go to college and be done with the industry once they've reached their goal. For others though it's a way to make a living the only way they can and they can use any extra income they can get from tipping.
If you're the type of person who always tips when dining out, whether it's on your own time or when hosting clients for a business lunch, then you already know how important it can be to leave a tip behind. For those of you who are adamant about not tipping you might want to consider what we mentioned above about how much that tip can mean to the person you're leaving it for, as it can be the difference between buying school supplies for their children or not.
The amount of a tip you leave has always been a contentious topic and the standard used to be 15% of the bill but with the cost of living everywhere going up the new standard in some places has gone up to 20%. What it all boils down to in the end is that if you can afford to go out and spend $30 on a meal you can afford to tip a few extra dollars on top of that, especially if you have a windfall of cash at your dispersal.