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November 13, 2023

Strategies for navigating today's digital tipping culture

  • Tipping experts offer some guidelines to help make navigating these prompts less awkward.

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    The requests for tips for service are coming more frequently these days, as cashless payment methods with automated tipping options proliferate at checkout counters.

    The nearly universal experience of finding yourself face-to-face with a checkout counter screen asking you to select an amount to tip for service can prompt a cascade of awkward questions: How much should you tip on a $5 coffee if anything? How can you decide before the cup has even been poured? Is it rude to select “no tip,” then slink away with your drink?

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