Eating out is more expensive than ever. The cost of food is ever inflating, making a typical hamburger and fry meal no longer the “value” it claims to be.
According to the USDA, the cost of eating out in June of this year was 2.8% more than it was in 2017, which may not seem like much.
But take into consideration the inflation trend, add a few friends to your tab, and before you know it, the cost of dining out at a casual restaurant has increased substantially.
Oh, and that doesn’t include the tip, either. Some generations are better at calculating a tip than others. Millennials (those born between 1981 and 1996) are considered to be particularly poor tippers.
This is sad considering many millenials are servers and bartenders themselves, and they know what it’s like to depend on a night’s tips.
However, a new trend on social media may be changing the terrible tipping game. The #TipTheBillChallenge is popping up everywhere.
Social media users are snapping photos of their receipts and using the popular hashtag, challenging others to tip 100% of their bill next time they eat out.
To this date, Instagram boasts over 1,500 #TipTheBillChallenge photos. One customer even folded their generous tip into the shape of a heart.
Many are rising to the occasion, often tipping more than the challenge’s 100%. Today reported that the challenge started in March, but posts are picking up speed in recent weeks.
Today also shared the story of a waitress from Napavine, Washington who reportedly received a $3,000 tip when the bill was only $44.
It’s really amazing what can happen when people hop on the “pay it forward” train. Kindness is infectious and a little more goes a long way.
“I love this challenge!” one Instagram user wrote. “I used to be a server for a very long time and know how much tips help!!!”
While smaller tabs may be easier to meet, some restaurant patrons aren’t shying away from tipping their entire bill — well into the hundreds range.
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These amounts are something else, and the trend isn’t slowing down. I was a server back in the day and understand how disheartening it is when someone leaves little to no tip — which is why I am totally on board with the #TipTheBillChallenge.
We can’t change what servers get paid hourly, but we can make a difference with a bit of extra cash and a huge “thanks” to those who wait on us every day.
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