Getting the Tip Right

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My husband and I ate dinner at The Shack in East Sacramento the other night. While paying the bill, my husband noticed something interesting: Printed at the bottom of the credit card slip was a “tip guide.” It told us exactly how much to tip if we wanted to leave 15, 18 or 20 percent on our bill.

The Shack’s tip calculator is extremely precise. On our $35.62 bill, it calculated tips of $5.34 (15 percent), $6.41 (18 percent) and $7.12 (20 percent).

What a great idea. As a former waitress, I always tip at least 20 percent, which I find very easy to calculate. But I’ve been out to dinner with people who are not as facile with the math as I (especially after a couple of glasses of wine). I think a tip calculator could be very helpful.

What do you think? Do you like the idea of a tip calculator, or does it bug you?