We have always known that liberals love to give away other people’s money, but do not like charity with their own; those are just the stats!
But a new study shows that the selfishness applies to tipping at restaurants as well.
Republican males from the Northeast are among the best tippers, beating out southern Democrats, according to a new survey released this month.
Fox Business reports:
“Creditcards.com conducted the survey through Princeton Survey Research Associates International and found that Republican males — particularly in the Northeast — tipped a median of 20% when dining at a restaurant, whereas women and Democrats from the South were among the worst tippers, giving 16% and 15%, respectively.
“When it comes to generous tipping, Republicans definitely beat Democrats. Fifty-nine percent of Republicans say their typical restaurant tip exceeds 15%, while just 46% of Democrats say the same. Democrats are also more likely than their GOP counterparts to say that they never tip hotel housekeepers, hair stylists/barbers and coffee shop baristas,” Matt Schulz, senior industry analyst at Creditcards.com, tells FOX Business.
Schulz adds that tipping tendencies largely come down to income.
“There are other factors, but generally, the more money you have, the more likely you are to leave a little extra on the table at the end of the night,” he added.”
The survey also found that one in five sit-down restaurant goers occasionally don’t leave any gratuity at all and 31% of people never leave a tip for their hotel housekeeper or their barista (at around 30%).
And while men tend to be more generous as restaurant tippers than women, they are less likely to be as lavish as women when it comes to their hair stylists/barbers and housekeepers.
While the study was largely focused on tipping at restaurants, it also examined gratuity habits at other locations where many people consider tipping much more optional.
Just 27% of hotel customers say they always tip their housekeeper, for example. Nearly one-third never do. Baristas have it a little better, with 29% of customers saying they always chip in a little extra for the people at coffee shops. (30% never do.)
People are notably more generous with their barbers and hair stylists, with 67% saying they always tip and only 12% saying they never do.The more charitable attitude towards barbers and stylists makes sense, though. It’s always wise to be munificent to someone who has razor sharp scissors in the general area of your head and face.
There’s been a recent trend against tipping, with some restaurants factoring the service charge into the cost of their products. Famed restaurateur Danny Meyer nixed tipping at his restaurants entirely. The majority of restaurants, however, still have tipping policies.
Issues with tipping extend beyond the restaurant industry. The survey found that 31 percent of those surveyed never tip their housekeeper when staying at a hotel and 30 percent never tip their barista at a coffee shop. Hair stylists and barbers fared slightly better: Only 12 percent of those polled stiffed these workers. Women were more likely than men to tip in all three of these scenarios.
The bottom line? Tip your service workers.
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