Are You Ready to Take the ‘Tip the Bill Challenge’?

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According to an article at TripAdvisor, the average tip at a restaurant in the U.S. is still somewhere between 15% and 20% inclusive. We tend to follow the advice of the late, great New York restaurant critic Seymour Britchky, who advised tipping the standard unless the service was exceptional, in which case you go up a few percentage points, or the service is inferior, in which case you do the opposite. Britchky also advised tipping on the pre-tax total, which should go without saying.

But now a new trend is afoot where patrons are tipping 100% of the amount on the check, then documenting it on social media. The last part of that — posting a photo of the executed check on social media — strikes me as a little gauche. It’s almost as though the tipper is boasting about his largess or daring others to do the same.

Needless to say, the practice has led to the creation of a Twitter hashtag, , along with and endless stream of comments, mostly from waiters. Some examples:

Needless to say, some people are having fun with the initiative:

So how about you? Are you ready to tip the entire amount on the check?