Tipping in the United States remains a hot topic of debate in 2024. There’s no one-size-fits-all rule, and almost everyone has something to say about it. According to a Bankrate survey, a whopping 66 percent of adults dislike the practice of tipping. Some argue that businesses should pay their employees better (41 percent), while others find those pre-entered tip screens on payment devices annoying (32 percent). Some believe tipping has gone too far (30 percent), and then some are perplexed about when and how much to tip (15 percent).
Despite these complaints, tipping continues to be a common practice, particularly in sit-down restaurants, where 44 percent of patrons tip at least 20 percent. However, regarding services like haircuts, food delivery, and taxi rides, everyone seems to have their approach to tipping in 2024.
Bankrate’s survey also reveals some intriguing insights. It shows that while waitstaff still receives tips, the percentage of people who always tip has steadily decreased. In 2023, 65 percent of U.S. adults always tipped at sit-down restaurants, down from 73 percent in 2022 and 75 percent in 2021. Home repair workers receive tips even less frequently, with only 10 percent of adults always tipping, a decrease from 12 percent in 2022.
Tipping behaviors also vary by demographics. Women are more likely to tip than men, with 60 percent always tipping their hair stylist compared to 46 percent of men. Tipping also increases with age, with baby boomers being the most frequent tippers. Conversely, Gen Zers and men tip the least among different demographic groups.
Interestingly, 41 percent of all U.S. adults believe that businesses should pay their employees better rather than relying on customer tips, highlighting the ongoing debate about the responsibility of businesses in this matter…………[read more]
How do changing tipping trends affect the economy, businesses, and service workers’ income, and what can be done to balance customer expectations and fair compensation for service professionals?
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