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Q: How do I handle a dinner companion who isn't tipping enough?

In a friendly, matter-of-fact way, tell your friend, 'I'll sleep better tonight if we leave 15 percent.'"
—Anita L. Allen, Burger King worker in the seventies and current professor of law and philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

The pronoun we becomes very handy here, as in, 'Oh, I don't think we're leaving enough for a tip.' If your dining partner has a soul, she'll ante up. If she doesn't, do you really want to share ginger crème brûlée with her ever again?"
—Faith Salie. She was never a waitress, "but I know they go through hell."

Say, "Our server did a great job tonight. I want to add a little bit more money. Being a former waitress [at Perkins], I'm tip-sensitive."
—Michele Warholic Wetherald

My dad was one of the worst tippers in the universe, and I came to realize that many older individuals lived in an era when money was in short supply and tipping was for the privileged. On several occasions, I've just placed additional money on the table on my way out.
—Pastor Rudy Rasmus, leader of St. John's Church in Houston. He was never a waiter, but "I serve 7,000 meals a month to the homeless



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