Most of us have a good grasp on how much to tip in any given situation. But when it comes to rewarding good service in the digital age, figuring out the who, when and how much to tip can be confusing. One thing for sure, when it comes to tipping, cash is still king -- just ask your regular barber or trusted bartender. Aside from the regular 15-20 percent service tip added to your dinner check and those holiday situations when it seems everyone gets a tip, there are some modern day circumstances bound to stump even the savviest tippers. Remember, showing appreciation for excellent service is important, even when paying with apps and iPads.
That is the question. No, you don’t have to tip your Uber driver. But if you've ever been in that heart-pounding sweat-inducing situation of cutting it dangerously close to missing your flight only to be saved by a resourceful Uber driver with a way around traffic, then you know just rating your hero isn't going to cut it. You can always tip in cash or go back to the app at your convenience. As an important side note, the driver keeps 100% of your generosity when you tip using the app. However, it’s always important to rate your driver and report an issue when necessary.
Ordering food or coffee at the counter sans table service doesn’t require a tip either. You shouldn’t feel bullied or pressured by the limited tipping options that come up while checking out via an establishment's iPad. And you shouldn't feel crappy for selecting 'no tip.' The same principles apply as if you were paying in cash. If the staff is busting their ass to keep the line moving, look like starving students or happen to be dealing with the rude guy in front of you, it's cool to tip. In fact, it's good karma. According to the famed financial advisor, Suze Orman, “When you are grateful - when you can see what you have - you unlock blessings to flow in your life.” However, it’s not required.
Seamless, Postmates and GrubHub are fantastic at delivering your favorite chow right to your comfortable recliner. Yes, you’ll still have to put pants on to answer the door. But when it comes to tipping, the same rule applies as if you’re ordering directly from the restaurant. Sure, there is a delivery fee for using the app. And while that small fee is split between the service and the driver, it doesn't count towards tipping for excellent service. You can apply the 15-20 percent rule. Otherwise, use your discretion regarding larger more expensive catering orders when tipping 20 percent seems excessive. And whatever you do, don't go below two bucks. That's just plain cheap.
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