Tipping etiquette and guidelines: explore the history of tipping, how much to tip, and how service people feel about it.
Restaurant customers are routinely confused about what size tip to leave. The long held belief of leaving 15 percent is gradually falling to the wayside, with most eateries now advising gratuities from 15-20%. This article will explore the history of tipping, how much to tip and how service people feel about tips.
Although the origins of tipping are somewhat vague, it is a popular held belief that tipping began during the Roman Empire. The word "Tip" is an acronym for "To Insure Promptitude." During the years of 1905 to 1919 a group of traveling salesmen led the Anti-tipping Society of America, an alliance of businessmen who managed to have tipping abolished in seven states. For other practioners of tipping it became en vogue to carry small change purses for the expressed use of service payments. These days most people struggle over what size tip to leave. Creative calculations are sometimes suggested such as, "Twice the tax rounded up." Some books stores also sell tip cards which already have 15 percent calculated. They are the size of a business card and fit in a travelers wallet for easy use. There are also books on dollar origami. These give the consumer a creative way to leave a tip, fashioned in the shape of a bird or frog. It gives your service person a smile along with their monetary gift.
According to a recent poll of service people, how you leave the tip seems to be just as important as the denomination of the tip. Most want to be remembered by a simple, "thank you" along with the tip. Following a recent trend most service people know that putting their name on the back of the check will insure them a higher tip. In such a case it is polite to thank them by name. Most importantly, the customer receives the real benefit of tipping. It is an opportunity for the customer to give a little extra to the service person for a job well done.