Saturday, December 28, 2013

"Keep The Change" Tipping Guide

The author behind Waiter Rant --- Steve Dublanica --- followed up his successful first book with a book about tipping, Keep The Change:  A Clueless Tipper's Quest to Become the Guru of the Gratuity, and although the book is an entertaining and informative treatise on tipping, I thought it would have benefited from a matrix presenting who should be tipped and how much.  Aside from Dublanica including two appendices listing (a) who gets tipped and what during the holidays and (b) who gets tipped at a wedding, he didn't collate and list all the tipped professions in a single place for easy reference.  Since I also have, on more than one occasion, suffered from tip anxiety, I decided to create a matrix listing all the tipped professions Dublanica discusses and the expected tip amount.  Where appropriate, I also included any relevant comments (mostly his, but occasionally mine).   

It should be emphasized that the expected tips are amounts that those in the industry regard as appropriate (and expected).  Clearly there is a difference between what is expected and what is received.   The amounts below reflect what is expected. 

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