Confused about tipping?

on Aug 15, 2007 @ 10:23 am

So this issue has come up yet again. I am unsure of how this works, especially here in North America, where the tip is different for every establishment you go to!

When tipping at a restaurant, you tip before tax... right?

So lets say the bill comes to $30 (before tax), and +15% of bill $34.50 (for tip). Do you add $4.50 to the overall total of $34.20 (with tax)? Or do you just pay $34.50 overall, for the total bill?


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Ali de Bold
Add the taxes on Aug 15, 2007 @ 10:50 am

I always add the taxes to figure out what to tip unless I have really fabulous service in which case, I'll give extra. If you add 15% on top of the total bill AFTER tax, then you are tipping on the tax, which doesn't make sense.

So in your case, I would add a tip of $4.50 to the total bill.

I know, this whole tipping issue is really confusing. We've had some forum discussions about it but I think people are still confused in general.

SoooOooo... on Aug 16, 2007 @ 10:33 am

So after tax the bill comes to $34.20.

How much would you pay in total (adding the tip in)?

Ali de Bold
total on Aug 16, 2007 @ 10:48 am

$34.20 + $4.50 (tip) = $38.70

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