Are You Tipping Less?

Let's face it. Thanks to sky-high gas prices and costly groceries, everyone's a little more strapped for cash. The other weekend, my boyfriend and I were buying groceries for a barbeque and on our way out, he dropped a dollar in to the tip bin for the guy that bags his groceries. Shocked, I asked him how often he does that, and he said, whenever he has it on him. It occurred to me that since I almost always debit my purchases, I never have change-though I can't say I'd be more inclined to drop in the tip jar if I did. (Note: I realize this may make me a bad person.) Well, it seems I'm not the only one. Workers whose livelihoods are heavily financed by tippers are starting to see a downturn in generosity. And the Delaware Senate has even gone as far as to increase the minimum wage for service-industry workers.

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In an ailing economy, we are all looking for ways to cut back but, is it fair to tip less when the level of service is arguably the same?

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