The younger generation drives the food industry, but don’t count on them to throw in a few extra dollars for their server. A recent survey finds that millennials are the worst tippers in the U.S.
As Creditcards.com reports, young adults, ages 18 to 37 are stingier across the board when it comes to tipping.
Starving Rooster Manager Eric Rose says millennials are used to a world of choices, and tip less if anything falls below a new higher standard.
He explains, “The expectation that people have for their dining experience is higher nowadays than it was 20 years ago, where you were eating at the diner.”
The Creditcards.com survey found that 10 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 37 often leave no tip for their server.
Millennials also leave a 15 percent tip on average, while older adults tend to be more generous.
Further, about 27 percent of the age group says they would choose to eliminate tipping, even if they would have to pay more for food.
So what’s a proper tip?
Mandan resident Shelly Preszler says, “Between 15 and 20 percent is usually what I leave.”
According to Mandan resident Karla Herda, “10 percent just isn’t enough anymore and 15 is probably
Bismarck resident Amber Wolf says, “I average about 15 percent.”
Age had little effect on tips with those I surveyed today. In fact one person in the millennial age group and an older adult told me they give five to ten dollars no matter the price of the bill.
Rose says 20 percent is a fair expectation for servers.
And the millennials in Bismarck say they would not eliminate tipping.
Wolf says, “If you’re doing a good job, you want to know so I think a tip is a good way to say that.”
Bismarck resident Lindsey Fitterer says, “Like I said, some of the servers live off those tips.”
Rose says in his experience, the tipping system balances out in the end.
He adds, “For all the stingy people out there, there are just as many not stingy people who are willing to fork it over for good service and good food, and that good experience they’re looking for.”
The Starving Rooster Manager also noted, food prices are higher now and in general, people are more likely to want to hold on to their hard-earned dollar these days.