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A definitive guide to tipping at restaurants, because we know you have questions
Paying the check at the end of a meal can make you sweat when you’re trying to figure out what to tip. Do you move the decimal over? Add a zero to the first number on the check? Call your mom for help? While there are plenty of ways to decide how much to tip at restaurants, there are a few etiquette and cultural rules you’ll want to follow to make sure you’re tipping properly. Unfortunately, some customers choose to make their own rules.
A recent Twitter post from CNBC on this topic caused an uproar: it offered a “hack” diners could use to save money, but ultimately, the trick amounted to tipping your server less. As you can imagine, this didn’t go well on Twitter. With more than 5 million views and 7,000 comments, people obviously had thoughts on the matter.
Some on Twitter said there were better ways to save money that didn’t involve skimping on the tip: