Daily Archives: August 7, 2012

What you need to know about tipping

Has travel tipping gotten out of hand?

Consultant Keith Anderson of Atlanta thinks so. “I’m 51 years old and I grew up when it was pretty black and white who you tipped. It’s grayed tremendously in the last decade or so.”

Nowadays, it seems everyone has his or her hand or tip jar out, travelers say, and tipping guidelines can be 50 shades — or more — of gray.

A July USA TODAY online travel survey drew 4,700 respondents, with 79% saying “too many people expect something extra.” Seventeen percent said “hard-working people deserve tips,” while 4% said they never or rarely tip.

“The rage you encounter over tipping is incredible,” says Steve Dublanica, a former waiter and author of Keep the Change: A Clueless Tipper’s Quest to Become the Guru of the Gratuity. What to give whom causes confusion, guilt and anger that is heightened by what he calls “tip creep” — the expanding number of workers seeking extra bucks for their services. He even saw a tip jar at a newsstand in a Pennsylvania mall.

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San Francisco’s top cheap eats

Last year when GQ Magazine said that San Francisco was experiencing the US’s most exciting food movement, it just solidified what most people already knew: San Francisco is a food lover’s paradise. In a city that some claim has more restaurants per capita than any other major city in the US, it’s no surprise that cuisine options are nearly as varied as they are abundant.

But let’s face it, most people can’t afford to eat at the likes of Gary Danko or Boulevard very often (if ever!), especially budget travelers. Luckily The City has some incredible cheap eats. From classic greasy spoon diners to Burmese food to burritos, the following are San Francisco staples that have been keeping its broke residents and visitors well-fed for years.