In today's world, it can feel like everything and everyone is gunning for your hard-earned cash (thanks a lot, inflation). Grabbing a snack at the gas station? Expect to tip the employee just for spinning the iPad around. Ordering a coffee to go? Yup, you'll be greeted with the dreaded 15% or 20% tip option on the screen — and the money probably isn't even going to the barista that actually made your drink.
When it comes to tipping, some nuance is required. Many service workers — including hairdressers, drivers, and servers — rely on tips as a significant part of their income. That said, it's not always necessary to tip for everything — especially if no tangible service was provided.
With tipping customs varying greatly around the globe (you generally don't tip servers in Europe, for example), it can take some finesse to figure out just how much you should be tipping in the U.S. We've got you covered with all the details.