The Tipping Rules?
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Everyone has an opinion on what makes a good tip, but there’s no universal rule. Whether or not they’re leaving 20% on the table (or more or less), most people probably think they tip well, but the truth is tipping habits vary widely for all sorts of reasons. People who live in certain parts of the country, it seems, are more generous than others with tips.
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Those people generally live in the eastern half of the country, according to data from Lavu, an iPad point-of-sale system. Lavu reviewed 2015 tipping data from more than 1,000 restaurants that use its software to determine the states with the best and worst tippers. Of course, this is a limited sample — it only includes transactions made on Lavu, which is just one of many point-of-sale systems out there — but it’s an interesting look at how tipping habits vary geographically.
Even when confronted by the same payment system in similar businesses (bars, restaurants and coffee shops), people left very different tip amounts. There are still a lot of variables, like how the payment system is set up to prompt the customer to tip, the sort of service being provided and the tippers themselves. With all that in mind, here’s a list of states with some seemingly exceptional tippers. (You can find a list of the worst tippers on Credit.com.)
10. Missouri Average tip amount: 20.62%
9. VirginiaAverage tip amount: 20.83%
8. Kansas Average tip amount: 20.88%
7. Rhode Island Average tip amount: 20.91%
6. Mississippi Average tip amount: 20.97%
5. Louisiana Average tip amount: 20.98%
4. South Carolina Average tip amount: 21.1%
3. New Hampshire Average tip amount: 21.14%
2. Maryland Average tip amount: 21.96%
1. Oklahoma Average tip amount: 23.89%
Christine DiGangi is a reporter and editor for Credit.com, covering a variety of personal finance topics. Her writing has been featured on USA Today, MSN, Yahoo! Finance and The New York Times International Weekly, among other outlets. More by Christine DiGangi