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Dear Dave,
My husband and I get into arguments all the time over tipping the servers when we go to restaurants. He feels that everyone is morally obligated to tip because servers make below minimum wage. In fact, it got so bad the last time I had to bring our priest into the discussion. What do you think?
Diane in Pittsburgh, PA
Dear Diane,
You really brought a priest into the discussion to help settle it? Wow, at least I’m in good company.
You are not morally obligated to tip a server in a restaurant. The server has a choice to work there or somewhere else. If that waiter or waitress makes your experience pleasant and goes the extra mile to take care of you, then sure they deserve a great tip. Servers work hard and they deserve acknowledgment for a job well-done. But if everyone made a habit of tipping all the time or for BAD service, then no one would ever get good service again! Tradition has it that TIPS stands for “To Insure Proper Service.” All of that said, the rule I use on tipping is, “when in doubt, tip well.”
– Dave

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