April 28, 2008 11:02 AM Subscribe
When two or more parties split the check at a restaurant, is there some kind of etiquette about matching the tips? (USA)
posted by HarryS to Work & Money (26 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
When splitting a bill at a restaurant, is there some kind of etiquette about matching tips?
(I'm from New York City area, by the way. I understand that customs differ from country to country.)
When splitting a check down the middle, some of my friends seem to think it’s important that we tip the same way. I have always found this puzzling. Sometimes they want to confer with me. These are typically people who are reasonably well off. It comes up infrequently, but I know a few people who are convinced that it is appropriate for the tips to match.
I’ve never wanted to get into a discussion about how much to tip. Typically I’m more generous, so if someone indicates that he wants to leave a $20 tip (for example), I’ll verbally agree and then leave $30 if that seems more appropriate to me. This strikes me as personal, I don’t see the need for us to tip the same way.
However, this came up again at dinner last night, and I’m just wondering how common it is, and what the mind set is behind the conviction that we should be on the same page about tipping when we split the bill. Any thoughts?