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  1. 15-20% at restaurants (dine in) is the only universally accepted norm in tipping.

    Make no mistake – some tip for food delivery is expected. The question is how much. The answer is there is a lot of variation because there is no universally accepted norm. There are many guidelines online, like the one from CNBC, and those guidelines should be considered maximums, not the normal practice. If you tip $4, drivers will be content. If you tip $2-3, drivers will not be discontent. That’s fine by me. Anyone who calls me cheap will be called a sucker by me for spending more money than necessary.

  2. @Jason
    I don’t know if you were trolling or not, but there’s nothing universal in 15-20% tipping in restaurants. Maybe a minimum of 10% if everything in your experience was OK.

  3. @JamesP

    If Jason is a troll, he’s a bad one — I agree with him.

    To your tipping amounts: Oof. it’s been a long time since I’ve seen anybody suggest that a 10% tip in a full service restaurant is appropriate for “ok” service.

    Don’t get me wrong, I hate the proliferation of tipping, and I will generally avoid services (e.g., gig economy) where tipping is the primary means of compensating employees. Tipping is a despicable practice and I hate it. My only choices are to not tip when it’s culturally optional (counter service restaurants) or avoid an establishment altogether.

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