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It is an argument that predates my marriage by a long shot: how much to tip? Up until tonight, I felt the established, unwritten rule that pervades American dining culture fails in that it is disproportionately dependant on the cost of the food compared to the quality of the service.
For simplicity sake, let’s take two restaurants that have equally good service. In fact, everything is the same except for the cost of the beverage: Restaurant A charges $1.00 per beverage & Restaurant B charges $2.00 per beverage. Based on the American tipping system, you would tip more in B, solely because they were willing to charge you more for the drink.
Let the thief steal no more. Instead teach him to work with his hands so that he can provide for those in need.
Tipping is an opportunity to bless others. I can use the money earned from my work to be generous to those who are serving me in their work. From this perspective, it’s not about 15% or how much the meal cost, but about how generous we can be with our resources even if that person hasn’t showed up on the roster of a charitable event.