Tipping etiquette has been making headlines lately as more restaurant owners increase menu prices to cover full-time pay while ending the archaic practice of tipping members of the waitstaff.
The NBC News online State of Kindness poll conducted by SurveyMonkey found that 40 percent of participants tip 15%, even when service is subpar. Young people were even more likely to tip at least 15%.
Two in 10 participants age 18-24 say they will tip 20% or more for indifferent service and 62% of that age group were willing to tip at least 15%, the highest number among all age groups.
While 15% is the going rate for most tips, 35% of participants say they would tip 10% or less for indifferent service, while 8% say they aren’t giving that wait staff person a dime.
4% of participants say they would not only tip zero dollars, they would tell the manager if service was especially awful.