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When did tipping inflate?

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When did tipping inflate?

Striver | May 31, 2006 02:06 PM

When I was growing up, a standard "good tip" at a white table cloth restaurant was 15%. Now, and I'm as dutiful as most other posters here seem to be, it's risen to 20%.

Does anyone know when, where, and why this happened? Is 15% no longer considered acceptable? Am I simply living in inflated NYC, where 20% is now apparently the norm, while the rest of the country continues to tip 15%?

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