I went out to lunch the other day with my long time buddy Andy, who I haven’t seen in years. He agreed to take me out for lunch and we went to a busy Sushi restaurant in the Bay Area. We had a nice talk before our waiter came out to take our orders for drinks. After we placed our order for drinks, Andy handed our waiter some money and explained that he liked to tip first.
I didn’t understand it at first because normally people tip after the service was rendered, but he explained that we would get better service because the waiter will want to live up to their tip. The service was just as I would expect it to be, so I haven’t changed my mind on tipping after the meal is over.
I have other friends that have a tip set in their head and they either add or subtract from that amount depending on how the service went. Tips can be confusing, I prefer to have the tip included in the price. What do you guys do?