Tipping can vary wildly from guest to guest – and not always because of the quality of the table service.
In the United States, customers are expected to add an extra 10% to 20% to their tab at the end of a meal – but increasingly restaurants are forgoing these tips.
Leaving a gratuity is de rigueur when dining out because pay for restaurant servers is so low.
While the US federal minimum wage is US$7.25 (RM23.60) an hour, wait staff can legally be paid as little as US$2.13 (RM7) in some places. In New York, one of the most expensive US cities, salaries for waiters start at US$5 (RM16.30) per hour.
For wait staff, tips help bolster pay in line with other restaurant workers who don’t receive gratuities.