i know that it's not required. is it expected? any restaurant workers out there who can answer this?
i know that a dollar or two is nice... but honestly, it shouldn't be a part of my expenditure. sometimes, i end up budgeting myself to make sure i have tip money when i get food. i really want to stop doing that, because i'm a poor college student. i'm a generous tipper... over 20 percent almost every time for dining in and at bars. but this tipping society is becoming a bit much.
and i guess it might be more expected the more expensive a restaurant is.. but even then.. i'm more inclined to tip at the lower end joints.. where i tend to find workers who could use the tip more.
is it bad form to go to a nice place.. get take out that's over ten bucks? over twenty? and not tip?
not to mention.. if you're served a glass of water while you wait.. that's almost certain to get at least a dollar tip.. regardless of place. but even if they served you water.. that doesn't warrant a tip, does it?