Are you being served? How to navigate the tricky topic of leaving a tip

Leaving a tip

August 1. It’s probably not noted in your diary but the date, which marks the end of credit card signatures and the beginning of the PIN-only era, is a red-letter day for the hospitality industry. Widespread fears it will undermine Australia’s already patchy tipping culture have led some restaurateurs and waiters to consider it the industry’s answer to Y2K. But like the much-feared millennium bug, will it turn out to be a fizzer, or a devastating problem?

It sounds innocuous enough. The eternal end-of-meal question, “What should we leave?”

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