Yesterday I wrote an article about how to determine how much you should tip . In the comments, one of the readers, Katie, mentioned that tips are getting worse due to the rising costs of gas and other expenses. As the economy continues to slow and prices continue to rise, people need to find a way to cut back expenses. Since tips are something you generally have control over, you can easily cut down on your expenses by reducing your tip. But that has a direct affect on the livelihood of the person providing a service to you.
My question is this: Is it ethical to reduce the amount you leave just to save a few bucks? Or should we leave the same amount, or even more?
I am of the opinion that if you can afford to leave a little extra, you should. What do you think?
Reader Poll: Should the Current Economy Affect How Much You Tip?
- No. Tip the same as always. (71%, 162 Votes)
- Yes. People should tip more. (12%, 27 Votes)
- Yes. Great excuse to save a few bucks. (11%, 26 Votes)
- Tips? I don’t leave no stinkin’ tips! (6%, 13 Votes)
Total Voters: 228 (poll has ended – thanks for participating!)