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Emily’s list: Credit card tipping and tip-jar etiquette

Emily Crone

The other day, some friends and I were debating whether you should tip at a casual sandwich shop. Many restaurants in Austin have old-fashioned tip jars, but since so many people use plastic, the credit card receipts also have a line for adding a tip. I think this makes it feel almost impolite not to tip. Then again, do I really want to give $2 to the guy who just made my easy sandwich without making eye contact or talking to me, and who is not paid based on tips?

I feel like a tip jar at quick food places makes tipping feel much more optional — like an extra if you think your few moments of service were super. Having it be on a line of credit card receipts makes me feel like if I don’t give a tip, I look mean or stingy. Or should I get over it and not feel bad about not tipping? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.

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