What Percentage Do I Tip a Waitress?


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Tipping a waitress 15 percent is low, tipping 20 percent is good and tipping anything more is designated for exceptional service. In the United States, it is not mandatory to tip a waitress, server or bartender. Although it is not mandatory, service industry professionals generally make less than the minimum wage and rely on tips to make ends meet.

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Many people feel they do not have to tip at all if they are not content with the level of service they receive in a restaurant. This practice is considered uncouth, and if a customer truly has a problem with the level of service, they should take it up with the management instead of taking it out on the waiter or waitress.

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