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30 Percent Tips Could Soon Be the Norm
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Sure, living in New York means paying $5 for a beer is the norm (or even $8), but that's the cost of not having to drive everywhere, right?
Well, apparently the standard 20 percent tip that everyone living in New York has learned to give is slowly rising, up to 25 or even 30 percent (you know, along with rent). The New York Post reports that a professor from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration found that more people are tipping more than 20 percent. And it's not even in New York City.
Of 9,000 credit card receipts from a Poughkeepsie, N.Y., restaurant, 37 percent tipped more than 20 percent. The New York Post reports that nowadays, "suggested" gratuities can go up to 25 or 30 percent.
Plus, Steve Dublanica, author of Keep the Change: A Clueless Tipper’s Quest to Become the Guru of the Gratuity, tells the Post that some waiters are expecting 25 percent now. "In Manhattan, when I talk to waiters they tell me, ‘No, we want 25 percent now.’ I don’t know how often they’re getting it, but within the past couple years, I’ve heard that mumbled," he said. Now who's going to break the news to the tourists?
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