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Tipping in America
The other night, bidding farewell to my guests following a meal, a heavy hand grabbed my shoulder from behind. It wasn’t an old friend who had spotted me from across the car park.
Don’t want to be reviled by every waiter in town? Heed our tips on tipping, U.S. style.
1. Am I legally required to tip anywhere in the U.S.? No. Service charge is always voluntary, even when it’s added to your bill. But if you deduct gratuity from the check, don’t expect it to go down well.