Bruce McAdams Live on MPR News Today

Posted on Thursday, September 12th, 2013

How do you calculate a tip?   Tune into Minnesota Public Radio News today as Bruce McAdams speaks on the subject.


Tipping is so deeply engrained in restaurant culture that it's considered a standard part of staff compensation — and yet there is no standard among the customers who decide how much to tip or why. A 2007 Gallup poll found that the most popular amounts for a tip are 15 percent and 20 percent, but that 15 percent of respondents leave less. And nearly half admit leaving no tip at all if the service was poor.

Defenders of tipping say it motivates waiters and waitresses to provide good service. Critics charge that tipping promotes discrimination because servers may spend less time and effort on people who, according to stereotype, tend to tip less.

A recent self-selected poll found strong sentiment in favour of abolishing restaurant tips in the United States. Where do you stand on tipping, and why?

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