160. Leaving a Tip
Sharon and Ken just finished a wonderful meal
a fancy restaurant. The service and food were
-star quality. Ken asked for the check. "How much
the tip?" Sharon asked. Since she and Ken
just friends, she didn't want him to pay
the whole meal, but since Ken did invite
, she assumed he was paying. Sharon thought that
to put in the tip was a nice
. The tip was not going to be cheap.
meal, complete with a bottle of wine, must
been at least $200. $30 would be 15
of a $200 bill, and $40 would be
percent of a $200 check. Since the service
good, Sharon had no problem giving a 20
Ken told Sharon that there was no
to leave a tip. Sharon was shocked. Maybe
didn't think the food was good or maybe
wasn't happy with the service. This surprised Sharon
Ken seemed to enjoy the entire experience and
't complain. "Was something wrong?" Sharon asked Ken. "No,"
answered. He explained that he felt tipping was
an American way of showing off extra wealth. "
think it's vulgar and disrespectful," he continued.
that Ken wasn't born in the United States
wondered if that had something to do with
Ken felt. "Well, in the United States, tipping
kind of expected. Servers generally aren't paid that
and rely on tips to feed their families.
exception of course is if the service was
bad, but I had a lovely time. Didn't
?" Sharon asked. "Service was great," Ken agreed, "but
don't they just pay the servers better so
don't have to pay more?" Sharon agreed with
, but she still left a 20 percent tip.