Here is a piece of an article on tipping from the NY Daily News:
BY LORE CROGHAN
NY DAILY NEWS BUSINESS WRITER
It’s hard to know when and how much to tip.
From a customer’s point of view, tips are a reward for a job well done.
But for service workers in the city’s low-wage jobs, tips make the difference between earning a living – or not.
Some workers are counting on you to make their hours of standing on their feet, wiping your children’s noses, fixing a burst pipe or cleaning up your cuticles pay off.
But what is right? The rules are more elaborate than you might think.
# Restaurant service: The average restaurant tip in New York City is 18.8%, said restaurant-guide guru Tim Zagat. Leave 20% if you’re really happy with the service, 18% if the service was good and 15% if you’re unhappy, he advised. “Tip because you want to say ‘Thank you’ – reward good performance,” Zagat said.
Even at modest coffee shops, where New Yorkers used to leave tiny tips for sit-down service, they’re now putting 15% to 20% on the table. “People have more money in their pockets – they’re feeling more generous,” he said.
# Drinks at a bar: 15% to 20%.
# The worker who makes your take-out salad or sandwich: Put money in the tip box only if you want to. “Do what you feel good about,” Zagat said.
# The Starbucks barista: Needs no tip – at least that’s what management said. “We don’t expect our customers to pay anything extra to receive our legendary service,” Starbucks marketing manager Dan Lewis explained. The tip boxes at Starbucks registers are there “to avoid loose tips on tables and counters throughout the store,” he said.
# Pizza or other restaurant delivery: 10% – or 20% if you live on a high floor of a walk-up, said Joe Pasquale, the owner of Joe’s Pizza in Greenwich Village.
You can read the entire article at the NY Daily News
There is a lot to comment on here, but I’m not feeling great so will just make a couple of points.
1. Zagat is an expert on tipping?
2. Leave 15% tip at a restaurant for bad service?! If I get really bad service I tip just enough to let them know I didn’t forget. Feel free to challenge me on this; maybe I’m the one that is wrong.
3. I’m likely to tip a higher percentage at a sandwich or coffee shop – I know how little they make, though I suppose they might make it up in volume.
4. I usually tip a bartender at an ordinary bar around a dollar, but have reservations about it because I remember the large amount of money I made as a bartender back in the early 80’s. On the other hand, I would definitely give more to a bartender that is making very creative and interesting drinks.
What do you think?