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RSVP: Etiquette Through the Ages; A Quiz Deck
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According to general standards of etiquette in the twenty-first century, how much should one tip in each of these common scenarios (in the United States)? (a) When staying at a hotel, (b) After dining at a restaurant, and (c) At the end of a cab ride.
Answer At a hotel, if a bellhop assists a guest with bags, he should receive at least $1 per bag. When a hotel concierge provides special assistance, such as making a restaurant reservation, it is customary to tip $5–10. Housekeeping staff should receive a gratuity of $2–5 per night (for each person staying in the room). It is best to leave a small tip in the room each day to ensure that the staff working that day is compensated. Tips should vary based on the hotel; in more refined establishments, increase tip amounts. Tipping 15 to 20 percent of the pre-tax bill is recommended when dining at a restaurant. (Check to see if a gratuity has already been added, especially if you are dining with a large group!) Taxi drivers are also tipped 15 to 20 percent, with a $1 minimum. Riders who know that a driver purposely took a longer route to increase the fare should feel free to square up by offering a smaller tip—or no tip at all.