Tips on Tipping in Every Food Scenario

Tip jarWe’ve all been there. I order my small black coffee, hand the barista my debit card, grab the pen to sign off, and halt at the gratuity line. Am I supposed to add something here? Am I cheap if I don’t? Can I just pretend I already tossed some change in the tip jar? I don’t know—and it’s far too much indecision to deal with before my cup of the black morning elixir.

Any American old enough to read a menu knows we’re expected to tip as our server politely clears away our meal at restaurants. We feel confident about what’s expected in these situations (15 to 20 percent, in case anyone needs reminding). But what about today’s alternative eating-out situations — beyond the confines of the standard sit-down restaurant?

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There’s a girl on the swim team that is really mean to my daughter.

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