A cheat sheet on tipping dos and don'ts
Tipping the wait staff
A restaurant gratuity depends on how well you are served, including whether your order is correct, Hoffman said. Don't base your tip on the food's taste; servers have no control over it.
- Restaurant wait staff: 13 percent to 20 percent of the bill.
- Takeout: Nothing is necessary. But if you receive some service, like a waiter packaging your food, then tip $1 to $2 or up to 10 percent. For sushi, tip 10 percent for its preparation, Hoffman said.
- Fast-food counter tip jars: Nothing required; your decision.