What is a Tip or Gratuity
A tip is a small amount of money given to someone in the service industry such as a waiter, bartender, or taxi driver. Tipping is an essential part of the American culture and customary practice in most countries around the world. To tip after receiving service shows appreciation and respect for service providers. Tipping also helps to raise the income of many who work in service industries where they earn less than minimum wage.
It's not always easy to know how much to tip, but if you're unsure you should always err on the side of generosity. A good rule of thumb is to round up the bill amount by 10 percent. It's also important to remember that tipping is not just something done at restaurants or hotels, but also at hair salons, bars, taxi cabs, and more.
Tipping is an important part of our social life. It's typically a way to show appreciation for exceptional service. Unfortunately, not all waiters are well trained in the art of customer service. For these reasons, you should always have a set amount for tipping that you're comfortable with. You can use the calculator on this page to calculate what percentage you should tip based on the total bill, but it's best to make sure your number is something you won't regret later.