Tipping has creeped in everywhere, from airport self-checkout kiosks to guiding fees. And we’re being asked to dole out more than ever before. Has America reached the tipping point? Getty Images San Francisco Chronicle /Hearst Newspapers
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Tipping has gotten so out of control. I feel like post COVID, I’m expected to tip 30 percent, an amount I find ridiculous and frustrating. This happens most frequently at cafés and restaurants, but it also comes up with outdoor guides. What’s going on? Please don’t tell me this is the new norm. —Tipped Off
It gives me pleasure to reward an exceptional ski guide or attentive bartender with a generous tip. But when tipping is no longer my choice, I start to feel indignant.
These days, restaurants are including service fees with the bill, outdoor outfitters are automatically adding built-in tips, and at checkout kiosks, payment screens suggest we tip 25, or even 30, percent. I recently heard about someone being asked for a tip after helping a customer who was checking in at the airport. This profusion of requests for […]