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Remember when tipping restaurant employees — even for takeout! — at the beginning of the pandemic was seen as a moral obligation to support essential workers? That practice didn't last long, according to a new CreditCards.com survey on tipping habits.
Americans are less likely to always tip their server at a sit-down restaurant than they were pre-pandemic, despite many pledging to become better tippers to support service industry workers in 2020 and 2021. Only 73% of survey respondents said they "always tip" servers, down from 77% in a 2019 survey. Four percent of respondents said they never tip.