Kindness is Leaving a Generous Tip

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This post is part of #Write31Days where bloggers write every day in October on one topic. I am writing about Acts of Kindness, random and otherwise. It will be interesting to note how I am different and/or how my community is different.


How often do you eat out? Information from 2017 says Americans eat 18.2 meals outside the home each month. I eat out 5.1 times a month (on average). I don’t indulge as much as I’d like because of food issues and cost. Most of the that time I eat out with a large group of people. It is interesting to note the tipping habits of folks.

How much do you tip? I usually tip 20% because I REALLY appreciate the work provided by our server, dishwasher, busser, etc. I really appreciate not having to menu plan, shop, put the groceries away, cook, and then clean up. And I just like eating out. A friend recently said that her love language is eating out. Me, too. So I tip accordingly.

Both of my children have challenged me in my tipping. They remind me how little servers and other restaurant staff make. And in the long run, will I miss that extra couple of dollars? No, probably not.

I have done this act of kindness several times in the last year. I tip 50% of my bill. I should say I am not frequenting high scale restaurants. So my average tip (at the high-end) is $10. I do save up money for this act of kindness. I always feel a secret pleasure that I was able to do that. Before I go out, i decide if this is the day I’ll tip extra. I do so regardless of the service. Once my daughter asked me about that.

“Every one can have a bad day,” I replied.. “I want to bless that person. Maybe the extra tip will be seen for the kindness it is and change that person’s attitude. Maybe it will just let that person know they were seen.”

Leaving a generous tip is an act of kindness.

Your Turn . . . I am not telling you this to toot my own horn. I am telling you so that you can think and see if you’d like to do this, too. . . .  What kind of a tipper are you?  . . .  Do you think I am crazy or wasteful for tipping extra?

You can practice being kind by leaving me a comment. 

Want to know what other acts of Kindness are on the list? Go to my Landing Page . . Scattering Kindness: A 31 Day Adventure of Intentional & Random Acts of Service.  

Please leave me an idea or two that I can add to my acts of kindness list. The idea can be intentional or random.

Go here for yesterday’s post: Kindness is Neighboring Well

Previous #Write31Days Topics

Thanks go to Elizabeth Symington for making my #Write31Days button and basic graphic for the kindness quotes. Elizabeth is writing a 31 days series on Summer of Service in Yosemite.

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  • 1. Karen Sebastian-Wirth  |  . at .

    My son and daughter both worked at Starbucks for a while and they both challenged my tips as well. Great post and great thoughts about the extension of kindness to those who serve us. Keep up the good work. Halfway there!!!!


    • 2. susan2009  |  . at .

      Isn’t it awesome that our kiddos can challenge us to become better people. The teaching/learning is definitely two-sided now.


  • I love this! I used to work in the restaurant business and often times people don’t take into account that the tip isn’t just for the waitress! Many times they are encouraged (or made) to split that with the whole crew… from cooks/chefs to busser and dishwashers, etc. We have always had a value of tipping generously because it is often a thankless, hard job and especially if the service is great –we tip AND make sure to let the manager know about it!

    Years ago we started a tradition… on Christmas Eve we go out after a candlelight service and we order coffee and dessert or an appetizer… we save up money for weeks or longer and the plan is always to pray to be sitting in the ‘right’ section to bless the waiter/waitress that God wants us to bless. We have been able to give several hundred dollars each time and it blows the server away! How fun? I mean – who wants to work on Christmas Eve? The stories we have heard each year are amazing! We even got our church to start doing this on Christmas morning with a different group of diners! Such a fun way to be generous and kind!


    • 4. susan2009  |  . at .

      Karrilee – I never thought to tell the manager about great service. I am putting that on my mental to-do list.
      I absolutely love your Christmas EVE tradition. I am going to do that this year. THANKS so much for the idea and your kindness.


  • 5. Gattina  |  . at .

    I think I do the same eating out about 4 or 5 times per months. Tips are included in the bill, so you don’t have to tip, but of course if you want you still can. Mostly nobody gives a tip, it’s just not the use.


    • 6. susan2009  |  . at .

      Gattina – I wish tips were included in our bill in America. That way, the waitstaff would get a livable wage.


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