As ChangeTip Encourages Small Tips, US Service Industries Apply Growing Pressure for Fat Ones

The New York Times reports that suggested tipping rates for service workers in the US is reaching as high as 75% for a cup of coffee. Mobile apps and touch-screen POS software programs are changing the US tipping culture, as ChangeTip changes tipping in the cryptocurrency world.

As microtipping becomes ubiquitous across the internet, the service industry is implementing software that automatically suggests tip amounts to customers, providing a growing pressure to tip servers at higher rates.

The standard tipping rate for a sit-down restaurant in the US has long been 15–20%. The server would bring the bill at the end of the meal and leave while the customer did the math—either in their head, or these days, they may use a tipping app on their phone to calculate a tip—and manually add it to the total bill amount.

If paying with a credit card, a customer would write the tip amount he or she wanted to give the server on a separate tip line found on the printed receipt and manually add it to the food total. The server would come back a few minutes later to take the bill along with the card. If paying in cash, the customer would discreetly leave the tip on the table for the server to pick up after the customer had left the restaurant.


As those of us in the cryptocurrency space well know, “times are changing.” But sometimes things don’t necessarily change for the better. The Times reports:

“Leaving 15 percent for full service ... and less for quick transactions, is considered chintzy by some people. ‘We recommend 20 percent absolutely,’ said Peter Post, managing director of the Emily Post Institute, which offers guidelines in etiquette.”

There’s nothing wrong with large tips, of course, or cultural changes. People should be allowed to tip as much as they want and earn as much as they want, or as much as they can. It’s the increasing pressure to tip at growing levels that many customers don’t like. The Times says:

“[Bold are] the proliferating tablet-based point-of-sale systems that force the issue by presenting consumers with a slate of generous gratuity options before the transact