Etiquette Tuesday: 20%

[ 1 ] August 2, 2011 |


Ever been out with someone who is simply a bad tipper? Now I have discussed the other side of tipping, it is a kind gesture on the part of the customer to show appreciation for the good (*key word: good) service.  On the flip side, if the server does their part, then it behooves the customer to do their part.  This week’s Etiquette Tip is for the guest who just does seem to get it:  tip properly!

There’s nothing worse than going to a restaurant that you frequent with a friend who’s new to the establishment and they leave a $2 tip on a $50 bill (*ok, this is a bit of an exaggeration…). I know there are tightwads out there with accounting degrees in ‘never-pay-full-price’, but listen up: In today’s world, leaving a tip below 15% for good service is basically an insult.  I recently went out with a guest who clearly tipped well below this 15% and mind you, this person had the server running ridiculous circles around the restaurant.  Now I know the server is there to help you but when you engage in conversation outside of inquiries on the menu items, this should be included in their tip.

Tipping starts at the very least 15%, then up to 18% for above average service and 20% for excellent service.  Honestly, I tip 20% every time unless the service is absolutely horrible, which has happened more times than I would have liked.  Tipping properly can help make your next visit even better than the first, who doesn’t forget the face of a good 20%+ tip on a $100 bill??…

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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  1. Archele says:


    I HATE eating out with people who don’t know how to tip!

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