The longstanding debate: Do you tip on the pre-tax total or the post-tax total? Our data revealed that most people tip post-tax (57%) as opposed to pre-tax (43%). Also the post-tax tip was more common in the South and Midwest (both at 64%) than in the Northeast (55%) or West (54%). Also men are slightly more likely to tip pre-tax (44%), while only 41% of women do this.
We haven’t had a post about tipping in a while! Zagat put together a holiday tipping survey, and some of the responses are very interesting. At our fancy bar this weekend, a friend asked us how much to tip the coat check person, and we felt $2 would do it. Responders answered similarly:
41% said only $1 per coat, 26% said $2 and 25% said they don’t check their coat. Glad we’re not the only cheapskates…
Also this chart is interesting to me because I didn’t realize people tipped their mail carriers and teachers during the holidays:
According to the Wall Street Journal
, the IRS is reclassifying automatic service charges
—i.e. that 18 percent service charge you sometimes see when dining out in groups of six or more—so that they're treated as regular wages and subject to payroll taxes, rather than tips, which are up to employees to report to the IRS come tax time. Restaurants like those from Darden, which includes the Olive Garden and Red Lobster, are considering getting rid of the automatic gratuity charges for large groups and testing out suggested tipping to see if they can work around the new tax rules.
Brendan's post about getting fired from the food truck
he worked at for tip-shaming a customer who placed a $170 order generated lots of discussion, one of them being (of course!), should you even tip when ordering from a food truck in the first place?
I couldn't sleep last night, so around two in the morning I took half a Sominex tablet and put on the most recent podcast episode of Freakonomics
(public radio voices are soothing). I ended up listening to the entire 40-minute episode because there was so much to think about and unpack.