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In Dispute:

$11.25

The Argument:

Briana

Once, while my husband and I were eating out, we had horrible service and got into an argument over whether to leave a tip. The bill came to $75. Ordinarily, we would have left $11.25. My husband pulled the "Good Christian" card on me and said our waiter probably needed the money more than we did. I said tips pay for service -- if a waiter doesn’t perform his job well, he shouldn’t get paid well. AM I RIGHT?

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Briana

The Argument:

My husband and I rarely disagree about money. I manage the daily stuff, anything over $300 we discuss and agree on together, and we have compromised goals about investing, spending, saving and big purchases.

This tip, however, was a rare example of something we did not see eye-to-eye on.

In my point of view, tips are earned (and I’ve worked as a waitress myself). When you go to a restaurant, you pay for the food. Tips are additional, and they pay for service. We had eaten at this particular restaurant before, and the food was unchanged. But in the past, we’d had much better service.

My husband says tips are payment for service, regardless of whether you like the service. He thinks a tip reflects more on the person being served than the person doing service.