Thursday, January 25, 2007

25 percent is the new 20 percent, which was the new 15 percent, which was the new 'thank you'

SF Magazine weighs in on tip inflation in the February issue, noting that Poleng Lounge and Toast Eatery both print receipts showing how much a 25 percent tip would be, in addition to the usual 20 percent and 15 percent.
"Yes, that's one-fourth of what you paid for the entire meal. Not that service isn't important, but at that rate restaurants may soon be known more for their signature servers than their signature dishes."
The best part is the accompanying picture of a receipt, which shows the 25/20/15 tip calculation. Whoever filled out the receipt has left a $6 tip on $44.16 -- 62 cents under 15 percent. An editorial comment on the 25 percent tip calculator, an editorial comment on service at Poleng or Toast, or just a frugal diner who remembers the days when 10 to 15 percent on a round of cocktails was considered Just Fine, Thank You?

(The story is not online, as is always the case when I don't provide a link.)

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Sean said...

Moreover, the etiquette used to be to tip 15% on the subtotal minus wine. Currently, we're tipping 25% on the total post-tax. Talk about inflation!

January 25, 2007 12:46 PM  
cookiecrumb said...

We try to be generous tippers, in the 20% range... but it just kills me that we're going to be urged to tip higher. I know restaurant owners are smacked by health insurance and minimum wage and everything else... Still. What are we to do? We're already subsidizing the industry.

January 25, 2007 5:25 PM  

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