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Americans fight back against ‘tip creep’ – ‘It’s time to take a stance,’ expert says

When was the last time you made a transaction and weren’t prompted to leave a tip?

Not only are demands for tips on products and services that have been purchased becoming more frequent, but the customary tip has also been growing for decades.

In the 1950s, 10% of the tab was often left as a gratuity. That proportion increased to 15% during the 1970s and 1980s.

People often leave 15% to 25% as tips in 2023. According to a poll conducted in May 2022, consumers typically said that they left tips of more than 21%.

“What we’re currently observing around the country is something called ‘tipflation,’ According to etiquette expert Thomas Farley, popularly known as “Mister Manners,” “we’re being presented with a tablet that asks us how much we’d like to tip at every opportunity.”

The epidemic of the coronavirus increased tipping’s upward pressure. Consumers began tipping service sector workers during the height of those times for things they had never done before.

According to Square, the proportion of remote transactions with tipping options in the food and beverage industry in February 2020, right before the epidemic started, was 43.4%. That proportion was at 74.5% in February 2023.

Why not ask customers to tip when they arrive to pick up their order if they are prepared to offer the individual delivering their meal to their home a 30% gratuity for service? Restaurants began doing that more frequently, and the trend hasn’t diminished.

Newer, hipper technology like kiosks and iPads with three sizable tipping suggestions that appear on the screen in front of you are another reason why consumers are tipping more. Owners of businesses often choose such alternatives, and if they so want, they may also turn off the function.

According to, 22% of respondents stated they feel pushed to tip more than they typically would when given a choice of several suggested tip amounts.

They feel pressured to tip within that range because they can see from those alternatives what the normative range is. Thus, Mike Lynn, a professor of consumer behavior and marketing at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, observed, “The more you ask, the more you receive.

Square, Toast, and Clover are the three well-known firms sporting the fashionable and modern appearance. The businesses were established roughly ten years ago to aid in the faster, simpler, and smarter operation of enterprises.

In certain situations, they don’t demand long-term contracts, charge lower costs to make it easier to take many credit cards and provide a variety of other helpful capabilities, such as inventory and personnel management.

Senior research analyst at Baird Dave Koning remarked, “They got credit card processing into the hands of individuals and very small merchants.” Square performed a fantastic job. It has been a fantastic growth story. Today, that makes up half of the business, he continued.

But where is the tipping point if consumers are leaving larger tips?

“I have to think that tips will increase from where they are now. However, I also believe that there must be a logical ceiling someplace. Simply put, I have no idea where it is, Lynn replied.


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