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Last edited: Saturday, June 14, 2008
Posted: Tuesday, October 07, 2003

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The art of tipping

Tipping Tipping is a very controversial subject and around any group of people you are likely to find many opinions on who, when, and how much should you tip. It is a custom to tip in most places. Some even list a gratuity on the bill. Usually people tip out of graditude and appreciation for services. However; a lot can be revealed about a person's personality as to what he does in this area.

Tipping is defined as an exchange of money for services rendered. It is a custom in different places of businesses such as restaurants, hotels, airports, garages--almost anywhere that people do something for you in a personal way. For instance, it is customary to tip or give a gift to your newsboy, car mechanic, grocery bag boy, or numerous other service professions. In restaurants the usual percentage of a tip is 20 to 30 of the total bill. However; many people feel that this is earned and therefore if they get lousy service, they will leave no tip or leave a very small one.

An undertipper may have serious reservations about tipping, but feel compelled to leave something. A peron's tip may have a lot to do with the company he works for. Some restaurants see themselves as exceptional good or high class and therefore a tone is set for the waiters or waitresses to be tipped larger than usual amounts.

On the other hand, the company employee may not be tipped much if any, and sometimes this is a reflection on the company itself. If a company doesn't see themselves as a provider of good services this attitude might be embraced by the employee. Women more than men we are told are mood tippers.

Also, more women than men believe tips shouldn't be given at all. Sometimes this has to do with female waitresses almost ignoring the wife or girlfriend as she realizes the men are paying the paid and play up to them. Some women complain that management should pay a decent wage so this wouldn't be necessary. Men on the other hand will tip generously if the waitress is pretty and she smiles at him or makes conversation to him in a seductive way. Waiters usually are tipped less than females because they are males. The waiter or waitress may invoke pity on the tipper. For instance, if the tippee appears poor, reminds them of their son or daughter or themselves when they were young or grabs their heart strings for any reason then the tip might tend to be more generous.

Other times if a person wants to make a favorable impression on his or her friends or to impress the waiter or waitress then the tip might be more. He might even be trying to prove that he is a nice person. Some people may not tip because they simply can not afford it or they might not understand that this person's salary is usually extremely low and the tips serve to bring that salary up to something standard.

Others may not tip because they saw their parents model this behavior to them. The promptness of the staff and what they do for you should dictate whether or not the tip is excellent, good, fair, or none at all. A person that is a non-tipper might be angry and self-centered. This is what is called a mean tipper. He might be a fussy person and is impossible to please.

On the other hand, waiting staff have been known to be rude and ignore tables for a variety of reasons. When a person tips this usually indicates that he or she is more of a conformer. They are geared more to living peacably and pleasantly with society as a whole. It is good manners.

Those that do it usually are having the best intentions. Many times people show off who they really are by how they tip. Tipping then has more to do with the personality of the person and how they have adapted to the world around them than it does to the quality of services they have received. 


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