WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

Delaware at the bottom of another ranking of the states!

Yes, once again, the First State has come out last in a national ranking of the states.

No, no, it's not health-related this time.

No, Delawareans come out at the bottom, as the most miserable tippers at restaurants.

From Quartz----


(My thanks to Priscilla Rakestraw for forwarding this to me!)

Posted at 6:55am on March 31, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mon, Mar 31, 2014 11:41am
Just spoke with an expert in the restaurant business and was told this flat out is not true. Philadelphia has the highest tipping percentage in the country and Delaware benefits from its proximity.

Furthermore rural districts and rural states are notorious for tipping in the single digits, compared to the almost 20% garnered around Philadelphia.

Methodology: This survey was conducted using credit card tips, and perhaps through the very super high savviness of how Credit Cards work due to our state's high proportion of bank employees, it fails to account for all those tips left in cash...

Secondly, most credit cards are used by business to track their employee's expenses. They mandate only 15% tips. A person is simply not allowed to tip more on a company credit card, regardless of the exceptional service.

The true average of Delaware is around 20%.

Mon, Mar 31, 2014 11:51am
More about the originator of the data. It is no wonder their data is skewed when it comes to Delaware...


However, I was thoroughly pleased that one of its original investors was none other than MC Hammer....

"Can't touch this....." Do. do. do. do. .... do. do. ... do, do... "Can't touch this."

Mon, Mar 31, 2014 11:55pm
Having worked in the pizza delivery industry for years, I can testify that tipping generally has to do with what neighborhood they're from. I would guess the slobs who don't tip drivers probably also do the same to waitresses.

There may be something to the Delaware thing though. I did do a little better in the Chester hood than the Wilmington hood.

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