Like a jaded old Vietnam vet, I thought I’d seen it all.
If you’ve been around on the internet, you’ve seen some guy write a post about tipping. Then, like a god damn math formula, the comments unfold exactly like this:
- You should tip at LEAST 15%!
- Are you joking? I tip based on how good their service is.
- Have you ever been in food service? They need that money to survive!
- Don’t tell me what to do, socialist
- If you can’t afford it, maybe you shouldn’t eat out
I usually just sit back and cackle, because these commenters genuinely believe they’re coming up with creative arguments, but the entire conversation has already happened thousands of times before.
Recently, I learned some advice about tipping in restaurants that blew my mind.
The advice came from my guest, Steve Dublanica, a former waiter who’s been in the food service industry for 10+ years. You can ask random people what they think about tipping, but their arguments are usually limited since n=1.
There’s no better person to ask than someone who sees it over and over — in this case, the waiter who’s had thousands of conversations and tested dozens of variations to maximize their tips.
Before you watch the video, here are some questions to consider::
- How much do you usually tip?
- Do you tip better/worse based on service?
Prepare to be surprised by what he says. Watch the video on tipping.
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This was the first surprising, unexpected insight I’ve heard about tipping in years. New video from a waiter: http://t.co/IgV44cWLiZ
— Ramit Sethi (@ramit) February 4, 2015