Monday, April 9, 2012

Monday Manners: Rule #97: Split Tips Fairly

If you and a friend, or several friends are out for a meal and decide to split the check evenly, the tip should also be split and represent 15% - 20% of the bill.

Here are a few reminders:

1. If a friend asks what amount you are going to tip, it is completely acceptable share that information. However, it is not appropriate to tell your friend that you'll be leaving $6 and then change your tip to $7, no matter how competitive you are.

2. If you were dissatisfied with the service, and want to leave less than 15%, you need to ask for a separate bill, and not tip on a split check. Otherwise it is not fair to your friend who did not have issues with the service, and shouldn't have to tip more to make up for your grievance.

3. When the check will be split between friends, you are entitled to leave more than 15% - 20% without having to announce your generosity.

4. Tips and tabs should always be divided up fairly when the items ordered are dramatically different in price. It is the responsibility of the person who ordered the more more expensive food or wine item to take the initiative on this. For example, if you ordered a steak and two glasses of wine, and your friend had a cup of soup and a salad, the check should not be split in half. And if it is, you must make sure your friend does not share the cost of your meal or the tip.

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