Re: Tipping: 18% on pre-tax, or final bill amount (including taxes)?
posted at 8/1/2010 12:15 PM EDT
It seems though that in NYC, since its so populated by tourists who have no idea of customs, most of the waitstaff of various places automatically add the tip of 18% onto any bill.
Then when the bill comes, they usually say something like, "to save you calculating the tip I have included it in the bill".
Now, if you have never experienced this its probably because you do not have a foreign accent, as I do, but it has happened to me several times.
Initially I was shocked as it felt like I was being robbed, removing the option of something that should be by personal choice. It was therefore not based on any quality of service and was an "enforced tip".
However, after careful thinking I do see that they must get stiffed a lot by people who just do not understand the rules.
Maybe it should be automatic after all? Much better than having people calculate anything.
In Arizona I experienced the middle-ground, where on the bottom of some receipts it had a statement that says:
If you wish to tip 18% please add $X.XX
If you wish to tip 20% please add $X.XX
If you wish to tip 25% please add $X.XX
This way you have to calculate nothing, but you still get the option of choice.
I must admit I liked this (not being mathematically-minded).