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On the street: How much do you normally tip at restaurants?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on May 18, 2016

Matt Bowen, between jobs, Lawrence

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“Around 15 to 20 percent. I used to be a waiter, so I like tipping well, because I liked being tipped well.”

Jennifer Schuyler, teacher, Lawrence

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“Twenty percent.”

Ashley Goodman, barista, Lawrence

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“Always 15 percent, but if the service is really good, 20 or 25 percent.”

Cody Campbell, clerk, Lawrence

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“I usually tip around $5 or so. I know servers are trying to make a living off tips… I think they deserve to have a good standard of living.”

Comments

Chris Warman

At the drive-thru window, nothing. At a nice restaurant, depending on the service, 15% to 20% . I enjoy a funny, chatty waiter

1 year, 6 months ago

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Pete Kennamore

20%. More if the service is extraordinary.

1 year, 6 months ago

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Clara Westphal

At least 20%. I think it is unforgivable for restaurant owners to not pay their staff a better wage making the servers have to depend on tips to survive.

1 year, 6 months ago

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Paul R Getto

15-20%. Sometimes up to 100% if I can afford it and if the waitress is a real hustler and looks like she needs the money.

1 year, 5 months ago

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Rick Masters

*"if the waitress is a real hustler and looks like she needs the money."*

God bless us, every one!

1 year, 5 months ago

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