Best and Worst Tippers In America

14 May

Hey, sorry for not posting anything recently. I started a few, but I keep getting distracted and then lose interest in finishing them once I get back. Anyhow, here’s something I saw that’s quick and very revealing:

“A recent survey of North American service workers rated the best tippers in this order: (1) Other restaurant workers (2) Regular customers, especially cigarette smokers (3) Young male “wannabes” (4) Small business owners (5) Tavern owners (6) Hairdressers (7) Liquor salesmen (8) Taxi drivers (9) Salesmen (10) Musicians.

The same survey identified these categories as the worst tippers: (1) Senior citizens (2) People between twenty-one and twenty-four years old (3) Tourists (4) Teachers (5) Women (6) Lawyers (7) Doctors (8) Computer nerds (9) Bankers (10) Pipe smokers.

Waiters, waitresses, and bartenders identify good tippers from best to worst by what they drink in the following order: (1) Vodka (2) Rum (3) Beer (4) Tequila (5) Bourbon (6) Scotch (7) Wine (8) Gin (9) Whiskey (10) Non-alcoholic and creamy or fancy drinks with umbrellas, or frozen, layered, or flaming drinks.”

Source: Now you know big book of answers, by Doug Lennox

Even without naming races (which, if you’ve ever worked as a waiter, you know is what everybody talks about first when it comes to comparing tippers), the list is very revealing. You can write books about the psychology behind this. I don’t have the patience to go into why a tipping study is so revealing, so if you don’t get it, just trust me, ok?

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2 Responses to “Best and Worst Tippers In America”

  1. sybaritica May 17, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    Interesting post… needs to be a post-grad thesis 🙂

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