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Tanking economy tips against servers’ tips

Post by News Tribune Staff on April 29, 2008 at 7:50 am | No Comments »
April 29, 2008 7:50 am

Amid a tottering economy, rising inflation, increasing unemployment and a housing market meltdown, waiters, beauticians and pet groomers report that customers are growing tightfisted.


On a typical Saturday night, Brian Best once earned as much as $200 in tips as a server at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Universal CityWalk. Since the fall, Best’s tip take has slid to about $120 on a weekend night.

“People just don’t have the money. They will go out to eat, but won’t tip as much,” Best said.

He now gets 10% to 15% of what his customers spend at the eatery, down from 15% to 20% before the economy’s nose dive.

“I am hanging out a lot less at clubs and bars. I don’t have the money,” Best said.

That tipping tale is from today’s Los Angeles Times.

It stokes a simmering question for diners:

Do you tip less when money’s tight?

It stokes a simmering question for servers:

How are your tips these days?

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