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The Death of Auto Grat; How the IRS is Turning Servers Into Slaves

Stefanie Williams | Posted 06.20.2014 | New York
Stefanie Williams

Autograt exists to ensure servers get paid for the work they do because some people just suck and you can't always expect people to do the right thing. It's that simple. And the IRS is stripping us of that guarantee.

The Gratuity Gulf

Greig Lamont | Posted 03.05.2014 | Taste
Greig Lamont

The average restaurant-goer in the U.S. tips twice as much as their UK-foodie counterpart. So, why are Brits half as grateful (or demanding) as Americans when it comes to service?

The Tipping Point

Roz Warren | Posted 10.05.2013 | Fifty
Roz Warren

I like to tip. I'm not rich. I work in a public library. I drive a 10-year-old car. I'm frugal by nature. But giving somebody a generous tip always makesme feel like a million bucks.

You Might Not Be Tipping Enough

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 09.25.2012 | Money

Forget 15 percent. Or even 20 percent. The new normal in restaurant tipping is to give a full 25 to 30 percent of the tab, the New York Post reports. ...

How Much Should You Tip?

The Huffington Post | Simone Kitchens | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style

Tipping should be one of those no-brainer things. Tack on somewhere between 15 to 20 percent, and (generally) everyone's happy. But in the beauty worl...

Day Spa Etiquette

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 09.07.2012 | Style
Lisa Mirza Grotts

For many, the spa experience can be a stressful one, but it shouldn't be. It's not the dentist's office! Each day spa is unique, but they all have one thing in common: They're there to give you peace and serenity. Remember the 3Rs: Rest, Relax, Rejuvenate

Houston Family Gets Locked Inside Restaurant For Leaving Bad Tip

Posted 05.04.2012 | Black Voices

Houston resident Jasmine Marks learned a valuable tip on restaurant gratuity while eating out with her family last week. According to NCB affiliat...

Customer Leaves Two Cent Tip Along With "My 2 Cents" Note

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 05.01.2012 | Money

There are all kinds of ways to convey to a server at a restaurant that you're displeased with the service: there's giving less than a 10 percent tip, ...

Hair Salon Etiquette 101

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 06.03.2012 | Style
Lisa Mirza Grotts

How much should I tip the shampoo person? Is it okay to eat while having my hair done? Good questions! If you ever feel unsure about salon etiquette, simply ask!

When Tipping Costs More Than It Should...

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 03.07.2012 | Money

You might have experienced confusion about how much to tip a porter or bartender, especially while traveling. Tipping policies vary according to place...

Dave Jamieson

Bill Would Outlaw Tip-Skimming By Hotels, Restaurants

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.28.2012 | Business

A bill introduced in Rhode Island's legislature this week would prevent restaurants and hotels in the state from pocketing portions of the "service fe...

Catherine New

White Glove Indicator: Doorman Bonuses Mirror Brightening Economy

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 12.23.2011 | Business

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- If holiday tipping is one indicator of where the economy is headed, then the doormen of Greenwich Village have good news: Tips are u...

Tips For Tipping Etiquette [GRAPHIC]

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.15.2011 | Business

The etiquette of tipping has always been tricky, and in this economy, people may be more sensitive to it than ever. Depending on the personal servi...

Concierge Etiquette: Quick Tips For Getting Better Service

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 09.10.2011 | Style
Lisa Mirza Grotts

One of the advantages of a good hotel is the assistance of a terrific concierge. Whether you need hard-to-get theatre tickets or dinner reservations, this member of the hotel staff can be invaluable.

Food Tipping: Gratuity Guide From The Sommelier To The Sushi Bar

Posted 05.25.2011 | Food

Ever wondered what the pizza guy should be tipped? Or the host at a restaurant? After we put out our global tipping guide, we realized just how polari...

Restaurant Tipping Around The World: 25 Countries' Gratuity Protocol

The Huffington Post | Joe Daly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food

Daniel Maurer at Grub Street recently covered the findings of a new French study that found that people dining to songs with "pro-social" lyrics are 1...

Wine Basics: Drinking, Serving, and Tasting Wines

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Lisa Mirza Grotts

A general understanding of the art of drinking, serving, and tasting will add greatly to your enjoyment of this alcoholic beverage. Like most things, the more you learn about wine, the more fascinating the subject becomes.

Business Entertaining Over a Meal: Etiquette for Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, and Dinner

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lisa Mirza Grotts

As a host, it's your duty to handle the smallest of details, from the reservation to the menu to the tip. Whichever meal you choose, each presents an occasion to entertain for business outside the office.