Tipping has been a hot issue since I wrote about how I refuse to tip Uber drivers.
A typical night of cocktails usually results in a $100 bill. What is the proper tip for that bill? 20%? 15? 0%? I went with 20% because of the tequila. On my 5 AM flight the next day, I was wondering if that was a good decision (the tequila, not the tip).
En route to my destination, I stopped at the airport lounge. Usually, I have more than one drink and have never left a tip. First, I never carry cash so the drunk impulse to leave gratuity does not overtake my sensibilities. Second, the point of the lounge is to bypass the exorbitant airport prices. Finally, my lounge access is due to my credit card’s annual fee which is at least $450 depending on the card.
I don’t feel bad for not tipping, and most of the time the bartenders do not care. The only time I had an issue was in the Delta Sky Club Atlanta in the international terminal. There, the bartender, tired of my orders, said, “What, no tip?”
Who’s with me?