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(Quartz)   Could you find out from the waitress which U.S. state tips the most? Hold on, Alaska   (qz.com) divider line 31
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2014-03-28 09:00:32 AM  
That's socialism for you. When people at the bottom of the food chain get slightly more than they need to survive they give it away to those less fortunate. Alaska's annual socialist payout to every citizen trickles down nicely.
 
2014-03-28 10:02:09 AM  
I found peeps in AK to be nicer than most, kinda like Canadians.
 
2014-03-28 10:16:40 AM  
That's tips through Square.  I guess people tip hookers.
 
2014-03-28 10:56:06 AM  

milowitz: I found peeps in AK to be nicer than most, kinda like Canadians.


Canadian people do rule, they are nice, generous and love to party.  (Based on the sample I have met)
 
2014-03-28 11:24:56 AM  
They stopped one step early, from a mathematical standpoint.  They need to multiply the two columns, along with the average meal price, to get the total amount a waiter/ress and expect to receive from a single bill.
 
2014-03-28 11:35:44 AM  

tricycleracer


That's tips through Square. I guess people tip hookers.


Good point, I have used Square as a payment method once for a cab in Austin TX where as I am from MN. Where does that fall on the list?
 
2014-03-28 11:53:47 AM  
Anecdotal insight - When I delivered pizza in college I found that more rural and poorer folks tended to tip much better. Pull up to McMansion "here's a dollar, enjoy" pull up to a literal shack "here's 3 bucks".
 
2014-03-28 11:57:04 AM  

nocturnal001: Anecdotal insight - When I delivered pizza in college I found that more rural and poorer folks tended to tip much better. Pull up to McMansion "here's a dollar, enjoy" pull up to a literal shack "here's 3 bucks".


It is almost as if poor people know how much it sucks to be poor.
 
2014-03-28 12:05:01 PM  

Thank You Black Jesus!: nocturnal001: Anecdotal insight - When I delivered pizza in college I found that more rural and poorer folks tended to tip much better. Pull up to McMansion "here's a dollar, enjoy" pull up to a literal shack "here's 3 bucks".

It is almost as if poor people know how much it sucks to be poor.



I assumed that was part of it. I'm also suspect that many people who are trying to appear wealthy are terribly overextended and live in constant money stress.

When I receive good service I still tip well. An extra buck or two is nothing to me at this point in my life but that makes a big difference to somebody living on tips. (that extra buck or two on many transactions)
 
2014-03-28 12:26:53 PM  

sandi_fish: Canadian people do rule, they are nice, generous and love to party.  (Based on the sample I have met)


But in a restaurant when you get a table of canadians you know you're getting the run around all night and no tip.
 
2014-03-28 12:50:14 PM  
My friends and family generally tip %20 here in California.  However, when i was on a buss tour of Eastern Canada we had a Canadian girl in Ottowa paying particular attention to my friend and I as we were eating in small restaurant.  Asking how we liked CAN, where we were going and such.  When she saw us leaving a tip she tried to talk us out of it, saying it "isn't neccessary", "we don't do that here",  et al.  She was adamant and even looked a bit agravated that we left the money anyway.  Don't know what her deal was, but I'm thinking maybe she worked there and was there on her day off - pissed that she wasn't getting the tip.  Who knows.

/Montreal women = eye candy
 
2014-03-28 01:19:11 PM  
This shouldn't surprise us.  Alaska has way too many dudes.  If you're a waitress, you should make bank there.

At the State level in 2000, those who were female were more numerous than those who were male in all but seven States: Alaska led the States with the highest male-female ratio (107.0), followed by Nevada (103.9), Colorado (101.4), Wyoming (101.2), Hawaii (101.0), Idaho (101.0), and Utah (100.4). All of these States were in the West. In contrast, the lowest male-female ratios were recorded in Rhode Island (92.5), Massachusetts (93.0), and the District of Columbia (89.0).
 
2014-03-28 01:43:48 PM  
Wait so you are telling me that on average less than 60% of people tip?!  Holy shiat.
 
2014-03-28 01:45:23 PM  
The waitress??????
tvmedia.ign.com
 
2014-03-28 01:54:11 PM  

nocturnal001: Anecdotal insight - When I delivered pizza in college I found that more rural and poorer folks tended to tip much better. Pull up to McMansion "here's a dollar, enjoy" pull up to a literal shack "here's 3 bucks".


I was going to buy my dream house but I just had to give those extra two dollars to the pizza delivery kid and now I'm stuck in this hovel.
 
2014-03-28 02:27:34 PM  

Super Chronic: nocturnal001: Anecdotal insight - When I delivered pizza in college I found that more rural and poorer folks tended to tip much better. Pull up to McMansion "here's a dollar, enjoy" pull up to a literal shack "here's 3 bucks".

I was going to buy my dream house but I just had to give those extra two dollars to the pizza delivery kid and now I'm stuck in this hovel.


If it makes you feel better I spent that two bucks on beer.

/probably
 
2014-03-28 02:44:33 PM  

tricycleracer: I guess people tip hookers.


Not me. I give 'em the shaft.
 
2014-03-28 03:15:43 PM  
I found peeps in AK to be nicer than most, kinda like Canadians.

That's because Alaska is Canada's Canada. But it's in the US, which is Canada's Mexico.


THEN WHO WAS PHONE?!?!?
 
2014-03-28 03:33:18 PM  
I over-tip, because I like being greeted with a smile on my *next* visit.

/Alaskan
 
2014-03-28 03:41:48 PM  
I only tip at sit-down restaurants where I don't carry my own food, with very few exceptions. My rule is I find 20% and round down to the nearest dollar. Further down for bad service. I round up for unbelievably exceptional service or good bar service on busy nights. It seems fair.

I find tip jars offensive.

/MD represent.
 
2014-03-28 04:22:41 PM  
Nobody? Nobody here is going to play with "Biggest Ti(t)(p)s" and "Smallest Ti(t)(p)s". Came here for the play on words, huge tracts of land, something about how tiny Delaware is, anything. Leaving VERY disappointed in my fellow farkers.
 
2014-03-28 07:10:56 PM  
Another problem with their data:  quite often when I pay by credit card I still tip in cash.
 
2014-03-28 08:44:46 PM  
Yeah no, this only shows in which states customers are more likely to leave automatically reported tips.
 
2014-03-28 08:56:58 PM  
More importantly, whoever color coded that map needs to go back to contrast 101...

//hint: if you have to visually flip back and forth to compare the colors because they're so close, you've failed at color coding...
 
2014-03-28 10:38:16 PM  

TNel: Wait so you are telling me that on average less than 60% of people tip?!  Holy shiat.


Using Square data. That's the little card reader that attaches to an iPhone. A lot of these "restaurants" are probably food trucks or delivery guys. Food trucks I can forgive 'em, that's basically fast food. Delivery guys should get tipped, but usually a bit lower as a percentage than a sit-down.
 
2014-03-28 11:38:08 PM  
Most of my dining is with a meetup group that turns out enough people we have to cap the Tuesday night to 30 people. For most venues that's a stress test, 30 covers with a lot of picky eaters.

I appreciate how difficult waiting must be, so if I'm impressed in the "you did this better than I could hope to" fashion I tip better.
 
2014-03-29 12:09:09 AM  
A lot of the people in food service in Alaska are college age WOMEN that take summer jobs to help pay for school when they return after the tourist season. That may play a factor.

Also people seemed friendly as you had enough space to get away from each other long enough to crave seeing people again.

If you get a chance check out the Bear Tooth TheatrePub.

photos.imageevent.com

It's a theater like we had in every town but they ripped out some of the seats and put in tables and booths. It has a restaurant that you can order food. They bring it down to you when it's ready.

It also has a brewery and pub attached.

http://beartooththeatre.net/
 
2014-03-29 03:22:52 AM  

nocturnal001: Thank You Black Jesus!: nocturnal001: Anecdotal insight - When I delivered pizza in college I found that more rural and poorer folks tended to tip much better. Pull up to McMansion "here's a dollar, enjoy" pull up to a literal shack "here's 3 bucks".

It is almost as if poor people know how much it sucks to be poor.


I assumed that was part of it. I'm also suspect that many people who are trying to appear wealthy are terribly overextended and live in constant money stress.

When I receive good service I still tip well. An extra buck or two is nothing to me at this point in my life but that makes a big difference to somebody living on tips. (that extra buck or two on many transactions)


Don't forget salience making us remember those odd events. According to a tipping study on npr the difference between the salary of the tipper and the perceived earnings of the server were positively correlated.

I waited tables for a decade and wouldn't pretend to claim that my brain accurately guaged wealth of all my patrons or calculated average tips.

I also had many regulars who dressed like shiat but earned six figures. If my salary tripled you'd still catch me in a six year old shirt and cargo pants at a casual restaurant.
 
2014-03-29 03:26:27 AM  

MugzyBrown: sandi_fish: Canadian people do rule, they are nice, generous and love to party.  (Based on the sample I have met)

But in a restaurant when you get a table of canadians you know you're getting the run around all night and no tip.


You do.

Then you feel racist for thinking it and give them even better service just to be absolutely sure their shiatty tips aren't your fault.

Then finally you sigh and remind yourself how shiatty living in pontiac must be, and thank jebus you have what you have.

Well, YOU wouldn't because your philosophy is one of a greedy randroid, but the rest of us do. :)
 
2014-03-29 04:30:17 AM  

thurstonxhowell: TNel: Wait so you are telling me that on average less than 60% of people tip?!  Holy shiat.

Using Square data. That's the little card reader that attaches to an iPhone. A lot of these "restaurants" are probably food trucks or delivery guys. Food trucks I can forgive 'em, that's basically fast food. Delivery guys should get tipped, but usually a bit lower as a percentage than a sit-down.


I live in Delaware, I have only seen a single place use square, a seasonal ice cream place at the Beaches.  This data is worthless without it being collected at more establishments, using the complete data on all means of tipping.
 
2014-03-29 08:43:26 AM  
Mr. Pink must be from Delaware....
 
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