Hello everyone and I hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving! Today's recommendation focuses on one of my least favorite pastimes—tipping. My qualms with tipping do not stem from cheapness, but rather the decision process that goes along with tipping. Some people automatically tip 15% or 20% without question, where others base their tips on several factors (e.g. how long it took to be greeted, time passed before drinks were served, how many refills were provided, whether the server checked back after meal was served, and time passed before check was delivered and processed). I find myself in the latter's camp, and usually keep tabs on the server's performance throughout the meal.
Automatically tipping 20% regardless of service doesn't sit well in my book, because it can often reward subpar service. At the same time, I'd like to enjoy my meal without keeping a tally of a server's positives and shortcomings. What Should I Tip? looks to ease the process of tipping by asking you a single question—how was your server?
It's a question that can be answered without much thought, which makes the app work so well. So, at the end of my meal, I enter the bill total and select one of four answer options: amazing, great, okay and sucked. A tip amount will display at the bottom, which you can swipe left to get a total bill amount.
The most brilliant aspect of What Should I Tip? is the tipping philosophy setting. I may think that great service means a 20% tip, while you think it means 15%. That's why the app offers three tipping philosophies—generous, fair and stingy—that will determine your tip percentages. Best of all, the apps is free, which is a way better price than my previous tipping app recommendation.