Millennials Failed To Learn Tipping Etiquette

Millennials seem to be the generation that all who came before tend to hate. They give off the vibes of being privileged without having had to put in their dues. That is bad enough. But a new study demonstrates that they don’t know how to tip the people who did not grow up with their privilege, either.

When dining out, millennials, defined broadly in this case as those aged 18-37, leave a 15 percent tip on average, according to a new survey of 1,000 Americans by That’s less than the median of 18 percent the survey finds others of different generations give….

Even worse, about 1 in 10 younger adults say they usually leave no tip whatsoever. “It’s one thing to be stingy but another to leave nothing at all,” senior analyst Matt Schulz tells CNBC Make It. “The system is built around those tips, and if you don’t tip that waiter, you’re potentially taking food off their table.”

And that is something that the parents of millennials plain and simply failed to teach their offspring if the progeny never had to work these sorts of jobs. No one wants to overpay, but wait staffs at restaurants, and valets and those who detail cars at the car wash (and a lot more jobs that are done on the workers’ feet without much in the way of appreciation from patrons and customers) do not make a lot from the establishment itself. They depend on tips to actually be able to afford to do those jobs.

Somewhere the millennials did not get that piece of information. Even if the service is poor, lack of a tip demonstrates a lack of respect for the wait staff. It may not be their fault.

As it happens, the Greatest Generation – men and women who worked menial jobs far more often than white collar – are the best tippers. In all previous generations, tipping at twenty percent happens more often than any amount. It really is not that hard. And rounding up will make the bill even.

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