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How to Tip

Learn the basic rules of tipping from manners expert Faye de Muyshondt in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Faye de Muyshondt with Social Skills here to talk with you about tipping basics. Tipping is what you do for the service that you receive in a restaurant, for example. What you're gonna wanna do, as a rule of thumb, for excellent service you're gonna wanna offer approximately 18-20 percent. For all group service, you're gonna wanna offer 15 percent. For very poor service, you might wanna offer a lower percentage. For example, ten percent.

The tipping is based on the service you get, once again. It has nothing to do with the food. It has to do with whether or not your food came out in a timely fashion. It has to do with whether or not your server was attentive to your needs. If you're not great with math, what you can do is easily take the tax on your restaurant bill and double the tax. It's an easy way to leave a tip if you're not great at doing math. So often, we go into big shops and all different types of stores these days where there's a basket that says "tips please."

Now, how do you know whether or not you should leave a tip? Again, keep in mind that tipping is for an excellent job done, in terms of service. A tip jar or a tip basket does not require your standard 15-20 percent tip. A better rule of thumb for a tip jar, for example, is leaving the change that
you have left over from a tab. For example, if your tab is $3.60, you might wanna leave the 40 cents change. If you felt like it was a job well done, you might wanna leave a dollar in the basket. A tip is not required in a setting like that. That's just a little bit more information on tipping basics.

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