Chow Bella

Is it Ever Okay Not to Tip?

As restaurant-going Americans, we've been conditioned to leave a tip of between 15 percent to 20 percent of the final bill when dining out.

But is there ever a time when we shouldn't leave anything at all?

According to the Consumerist, "there is almost no correlation between tips and good service, but surveys show that Americans relish the power to tip because we falsely believe it provides an incentive to provide good service."

Rudeness? Not receiving food? Inattentiveness? I asked Valley chefs and restaurateurs whether they thought it was ever acceptable not to leave a tip. Here's what they had to say. What do you think?

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Laura Hahnefeld
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