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total is a round number 7 35.00%
tip is a round number 11 55.00%
neither 2 10.00%
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Old 08-10-06, 12:01 PM   #1
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How to round off tips

With so much discussion about tips, I thought a poll was in order. This is mostly geared toward people paying in US dollars, but whatever...

How do you tip? Do you tip so that the total is a round amount? Do you tip so that the amount of tip is a round amount? Or do you tip with no regard for whether either the tip amount or the total amount is a round amount?

By default, I tip so that the total amount is a nice round amount because that's the amount I would tip if I were paying cash. (That I usually use a credit card shouldn't affect anything as far as I'm concerned.) And so that's what I voted. However, certain favored wait staff at a place I frequent get tipped round amounts (both when I pay cash and when I pay by credit card). And there was a time early in college when to help me keep track of my bank account balance, I would tip in such a fashion so that if I was using my debit card, the tip would make my bank account balance be a nice round number of dollars. (Yes, way too many brain cells were being devoted to something that doesn't matter!)
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Old 08-10-06, 12:04 PM   #2
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I typically figure approx 20% and round slightly to get a generally round-ish number.
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Old 08-10-06, 12:23 PM   #3
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I tend to tip a round figure because I know when I had to carry change home from tips at the end of the day it would jsut sit there. I figured round amounts are better, and less of a hassle to deal with for the server. So I'll round up to the nearest dollar I feel is appropriate for the service provided.
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I generally tip 20% plus whatever is required to make the total an even dollar amount. This is because I almost always pay via debit card, and it makes balancing the checkbook easier.
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Like I said in the other thread, I usually pay by card and leave a cash tip. I calculate a 15% tip by taking 10% the bill total, and adding another 50%, generally rounding up to the next dollar. If there is tax on the bill, I do not include the tax in the total I calculate the tip on.
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I look at the total, then move the decimal one place to the left in my head. If the service was exceptionally bad, I leave it there, but usually double the amount, which makes %20. If the service was excellent, I go a little more. For example: $24.95->$2.50->$5.00. I usually also tip baristas at places like Starbucks where tips are generally not a part of the contract a buck, as that is fairly grueling, constant work dealing with idiots like me for hours on end, hell, even the guys at Subway get tips sometimes.
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Oh, you mean tips as in money. Um, I usually double the sales tax (7 - 8% or so around here) then round up to the nearest buck, and add at least few bucks depending on service. I don't care if the total amount works out to a weird number, I always leave whole number tips (i.e. no cents.)

I had a friend once who always figured it out so the total bill, including tip, was a whole number. That just weirded me out for some reason. I mean, I'm OCD as the next guy, but doing all that math would make my head hurt. I guess I'm a lazy OCD type - I'll do something like line up all the shoes on my doormat every time I walk by, but something like figuring out tips involving cents is just too much work.
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I always pay with cash, so I round to the smallest bill in my wallet, unless I need change, then I'll round to the nearest dollar + the coins.
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I look at the total, then move the decimal one place to the left in my head. If the service was exceptionally bad, I leave it there, but usually double the amount, which makes %20. If the service was excellent, I go a little more.
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Biggest lesson I've learned about tipping is not to tip on the tax.
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Round the total up so its easier to balance my checkbook
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In most cases, I tip in whole dollars only. The exception is when I just tell the person to "keep the change". I think tipping with change is just bad manners.
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I generally tip 20% plus whatever is required to make the total an even dollar amount. This is because I almost always pay via debit card, and it makes balancing the checkbook easier.
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I tip about 10% (15% for great service) and round up to the nearest dollar.

I'm not cheap. I am Canadian and grew up in a more modest tipping environment.

It still blows my mind that people will tip 20% down here.
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Depends on the service.

If the service is not that great I give excatly 15%

If the service is reasonable I usally tip a round dollar amount.

Best service gets a approx 18% round dollar amount and I add the change as well.
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