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Tipping the right way

There is though no hard and fast rule for tipping, some general norms could help you give a feel-good experience. Find out the tipping etiquette at different places for what is appropriate in certain situations. At a restaurant: Could be offered up 15 to 20 per cent of your total bill. Keep in mind that the amount you tip reflects the total price before any coupons, gift certificates, etc. Just because you get a discount, does not mean that your server did not serve up the full order. If you are part of a party of more than eight people, your offer could be closer to the 20 per cent marker, if not more, depending on the needs of the guests in your party. If, for example, one of your guests insists on getting the salad dressing on the side, extra bread, more water and no avocado, then you definitely want to compensate the server who extended service to include these extras. At a club or bar: Tip the bartender between 10 to 15 per cent depending on the complication of your drink order. If you just order a beer in a bottle, there’s not too much effort involved in providing the service, but if you order a mixed drink that takes time and includes a lot of ingredients, then offer up a more sizable tip.

Transportation: If you take a cab, depending upon the treatment that you get, you can just leave the change and it is not mandatory that it should be a big sum. If the drivers are particularly rude or unhelpful, even asking for an odd change hardly matters. But if they are attentive to your travel needs and help you in any way beyond the norm, remember and thank them with a certain gratuity. If you use valet service at a hotel, restaurant or shopping area, offer the driver 10 per cent for the service, but never give change.

At a Hotel: It is standard to leave the maid a few bucks for tidying your room. If you have additional needs such as more towels, soap, an extra toothbrush, etc, thank the maid with additional amount. When checking in and out of a hotel, remember the bellhop with a gratuity. Overall, think before you tip. You don’t want to regret the decision to be stingy at a

later date.