Denver tippers are the most generous in the country, survey says

Categories: Cafe Society

Courtesy of Quartz and data from Square
If you're a waiter working in Denver, you're doing better than servers in the rest of the country: According to new stats, this city's diners tip an average of 16.8 percent, the highest percentage for any city in the country. And if you're a Denver diner, give yourself a pat on the back.

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Based on an analysis done by Square, Denver ranks at the top for average tip percentage, easily beating the national average of 16.1 percent.

While Square notes that the data only considers credit-card tips, not cash, the numbers might not be 100 percent accurate -- but 16.8 percent is still not bad for a table's worth of work.

While Denver was the top tipping city, Colorado was not the top state. In fact, it didnt' even crack the top 10. Colorado placed twelfth, with 60.8 percent of customers tipping, and an average statewide tip of 16.5 percent. The top state for tipping was Alaska. Delaware placed last, with only 37.9 percent of customers leaving an average 14 percent tip.

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WillieStortz topcommenter

I think most gullible in the country would be a more apt term. 

Anyone that tips over 10% is a fool. 

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

If Businesses would pay ALL their employees a MINIMUM WAGE, tips would be unnecessary, as they are across Europe.


So wait, even in the 'best' states, almost four out of 10 people don't tip AT ALL?  Seriously?  I've never worked in the service industry, even anecdotally is that about right? If so, that's pathetic.


@spmarx If the data is coming from Square, it kind of makes sense.  A large number of the places that use the Square software (the thing that lets you use an iPad to swipe credit cards) are counter services places.  If I'm just getting a coffee or picking up a pizza to go, I might leave a buck or two, but I know most people don't. 

Of course if I'm at a restaurant with table service, I always leave at least 20%, but most of those places don't use Square.  I think they'd get more accurate numbers if Visa or another major credit card company released the data.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ScubaSteve ... there is an entire city in China ...

Only American Capitalist Corporations have managed to brainwash the idiot public -- and bribe the venal Politicians -- that paying a sub-minimum slave wage is acceptable and that the sheeple patrons should be required or expected to personally make up the difference from their own pockets.

ScubaSteve topcommenter

@TheJeff @spmarx 

Tipping isn't necessary if the employee is making more than server's wages.  As a matter of fact, it should be outlawed.

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