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December 5, 2010 7:45 AM Subscribe
Do you calculate your waiter's tip based on the pre-tax or the with-tax total?
posted by just_ducky to food & drink (76 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Despite the gazillion tipping questions on MeFi, I remain confused!
My partner and I went out for dinner last night to celebrate our anniversary. I paid, but asked my partner what he thought we should tip. This is how I found out we calculate tips differently. I took the subtotal (pre-tax), which was $122 and change, and calculated a 20% tip on that (I tipped $25). But my partner contends that I should be using the with-tax total, which was $137, as my starting point for calculating a tip.
This notion confuses me; why would one calculate a tip based partly on tax? Tax has nothing to do with the food or service that has been provided. My partner feels that the food and service are reflected in the amount of tax on our bill, and therefore the with-tax total is the appropriate amount to base the tip off of.
Have I been inadvertently tipping less well than I thought I was all my life?? It doesn't amount to a huge difference, but I want to make sure that I'm actually tipping well when I intend to tip well (as I did last night).