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Grace based tipping?

This is an old post from my previous Xanga account (which at the time of this writing will be shutting down in a few weeks most likely.) It was brought to mind while listening to an episode of Freakonomics radio. (I am not endorsing Freakonomics, but the episode was interesting, and offers good tips for waitstaff who want better tips.)

Now, on to the retro post.


Tip jar

Dollarish featured a post about tipping. Tipping is something that always seems to get to me. So, I thought I would talk about it.

The post talked about reasons for leaving a poor tip: lousy service, expensive food, not having enough money, etc.

First, I’ll approach the second two, which are really the same issue. If you don’t have the money to pay for the food and for the service, then don’t eat out. If you feel the food is too expensive then eat somewhere that isn’t expensive. If you are shorting the waitress because you can’t afford the food, or because you decided the food is overpriced, then you’re making yourself look like a fool. It’s not her fault you can’t afford to, or are too cheap to eat there. Don’t punish them for your issues.

Now, in regards to the lousy service, I don’t tip based on service or at least not fully. God gives me grace not based on who I am or what I’ve done, but despite of both. I don’t deserve any of what He has done for me, and He has given to me generously. And I try to keep this in mind when tipping my waiter.I tip a waitress a minimum of $3, even if I only had a glass of tea and no food, it’s not her fault that I didn’t order a meal. I go with that minimum of $3, or if it is more expensive I tip a minimum of 20-25% of the total regardless of the service. If the waitress does a good job than I give more, but, never less.

Sadly, from my experience, most Christians tip very poorly, and tip based off of things either beyond the waiter’s control (You know Sunday lunch is incredibly busy in most places right?) or based on the waiter’s works. We are given grace despite of our works, we should treat the waitress with that same grace. If we choose to tip poorly it makes us look unloving and even cruel. We aren’t any better than the people who are waiting on us. “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

How do you tip? What do you think about tipping based off of grace? If you have been a waiter/waitress, what impression do you get of a person based on their tips?