The art of (not) tipping
February 1, 2014 12:02 PM Subscribe
At a restaurant, if I'm not tipping on my card (either because I've left cash or because someone else is leaving the tip), is it better to make a note of this or just leave the tip line blank?
posted by harperpitt to Society & Culture (24 answers total)
A friend and I have a long-standing debate on tipping etiquette when not adding tip to a credit card charge. What do you think?
My view: It's nice to write "cash" or "other check" in the tip line so your server doesn't think you're a jerk/non-tipper. It's hard to remember everyone you serve, and an empty tip line might be needlessly distressing when it's time to count things up at the end of the night.
Her view: Servers look at their receipts immediately. They don't need a note in the tip line because they'll remember at the end of the night who stiffed them and who didn't. In fact, writing "cash" is actually a disservice to waiters, because then they're required to report those tips as part of their paychecks.