David Mitroff’s favorite restaurants in New York and San Francisco now quietly add an 18 percent tip to his final bill — before he even has a chance to consider a gratuity. Automatic tips have also appeared on his hotel bills and when he checks his luggage with the airport skycap. It’s almost as if everyone assumes he wants to tack a few extra dollars onto the final tab, even when he doesn’t. “Why you’ll leave a tip — whether you want to or not”
It’s time to disrupt the tipping economy. The travel industry is a great place to start. “Why travelers are confused about tipping — and what to do about it”
Should you tip your flight attendant? For such a commonly asked question, the answer is anything but simple. “Should you tip your flight attendant?”
Here we go again.
Here come the crowds, the long lines, the triple-digit heat — and here come the attitudes. “Which travelers are the most entitled?”
Well, that didn’t take long.
My latest exposé on the tipping epidemic — and specifically, the questionable act of soliciting even more money from someone who just paid the sticker price — drew a heaping spoonful of ire from readers, many of whom work in the service industry. “Angry waiters to consumer advocate: “You should be ashamed of yourself!””