4/11/2012 11:47:00 AM

Take the Tipping Quiz: What Kind of Tipper Are You?

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Informal survey time! We all know by now that people have different "ordering types," but do people's tipping habits follow any kind of pattern as well? In honor of tax day and all things money-related, we've devised this nifty tipping quiz, which seeks to answer the question: what kind of tipper are you? Respond to the six questions below and then let us know what you'd do in each scenario in the comments. Stay tuned for a follow-up post with the full results!

13 comments :

  1. I think you should include one more question! Let's say the service is pretty terrible - then what? What's the minimum for tipping these days? I find that if I get horrible service I'll still tip 15% (they do get low wages, after all), but will follow up with a complaint to management.

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  2. How about when the service was terrible and the food was awful? I still tip at least something, but won't ever come back.

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  3. Odd that the majority of the responses chose the first answer, which was already picked -- Doesn't anyone think for themselves any more?

    For #4 (red wine spill), you should have a choice to ask management to cover the dry cleaning and replace the garment if dry cleaning doesn't work. Taking "a bunch of things" off the bill doesn't address that you may be out $20 to $200 for the damages.

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  4. i hate this format of leaving the web page to see the results.

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    1. Totally! That is so 1998. This should have also had a result at the end.

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  5. I don't care how low a server's wages are (minimum wage?), if they chose this job they need to perform. Bad service gets 10% or less. Average service gats 15%. Good service gets 20% or more. Depending on the value of the meal, I'll tip 30-50% for breakfast meals just to round up the bill. Good servers should be rewarded. Bad servers should be starved out.

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  6. I think minimum 20% but if you wish to tip more that optional, but less then you are just being cheap.

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  7. 20% ????? Are you crazy? This is what you tip in a fine dining establishment with linen napkins etc. Where you are catered to by a team for several hours. They do the dishes. 20% is crazy and makes you look foolish.

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    1. 20% in a fine dining restaurant can easily be $50-60. Prices are higher in finer restaurants and so the pay goes up too. I'd look foolish to get mediocre service and tip more than that.

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  8. #7 shows ABCD, but doesn't say which one you are.

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  9. I start my meal assuming that I'll pay 20%. Where it goes from there is completely up to the server. If I have to go to a register to complete my transaction then 15% is the new norm. I'll leave anything from 10-40%. I was a server and know what good service looks like and I'm happy to pay for it but equally happy to penalize for poor service.

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  10. ... is it a common American practice to pay 20% normally? In Canada the norm is 15. Personally, I adjust from there. If the service is really bad (I'm not talking about only slow service), the tip won't be much though.

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