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My Turn: What kind of tipper are you?

What kind of a tipper are you?

It's certainly a topic that gets people talking, especially with the increased "tip-shaming" that's taking place.  I'm talking about the tendency of some waiters, waitresses or delivery drivers to post the receipt of bad tippers on the web and share them through social media.  This came to mind last week because of a story we had about a $10 tip on a nearly $1,500 pizza bill.

So here is my take on that trend.  First of all, whether you like it or not, there's an unwritten social contract we've had for years.  People in the service industry often work for substandard wages and need those tips to make ends meet.  This isn't an extra….it's expected.  So if you don't like it, don't eat out, order food or do anything else that requires someone to serve you.

However, I don't think calling out bad tippers publicly is going to correct this situation.  It's only going to create animosity and make matters worse. I think the "two wrongs don't make a right" saying applies here.

So here's my tip…try to rise above the bad tipper. 

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

Emailed comments from viewers:

While I agree there is an unwritten rule regarding tipping policies let us keep in mind that tipping IS an option, not a requirement. I personally tip according to service and not the food  as the wait persons have little control over the food preparation. However, a simple solution for the people who choose not to tip or who tip poorly and don't want their receipts published... Pay in cash!


Shame on you. Why shouldn't bad tippers be exposed. Anyone who behaves badly needs to be corrected. I always tip 20% or more if exceptional service and I am on a fixed income. I have 2 daughters who were formerly servers.

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