Personally, I hate tips and would much rather have them built into the price of an item or service, but I understand that this is not practical ["Should You Tip Less in a Recession?" usnews.com]. People should tip as they can afford, as each person is different and has different economic circumstances. Even without our current economic challenges, some people are better or worse off than others. Tipping should be left to the individual without peer pressure or condemnation by the recipient. I have always maintained a standard 20 percent rate and simply do not visit establishments where tipping is prevalent if I cannot participate for any reason.
Comment by Ray Fischer of NM
I think every person in America should work in a restaurant at some point in their lives. It's a humbling experience, and we would all be better diners as a result. Tip less in a crappy economy? Absolutely not! If you can't afford to eat out and tip, stay home.
Comment by Steve of CO
I go to my nearby Starbucks every morning. They know what I want, make it right, and are pleasant about it. So, I tip to thank them. Tipping seems to be a symbiotic relationship. You get what you pay for. And why not spread it around a little, regardless of the time of year? It's just a decent thing to do.
Comment by David Broadbent of MA
If we do not tip a decent amount, than why should we receive the same service? I personally feel that if people cannot afford to tip, then people should not utilize those types of services. Let's just say you were that Chinese delivery man. Would you provide fast service the next time those people ordered if you received a bad tip? Probably not. These types of services are provided as a convenience. If you want people to stay happy with those kinds of jobs, then make them happy! Tip the regular amount.
Comment by Arturo of FL