Millennials Are Really Terrible At Tipping, Survey Says

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Don’t expect to get a generous tip from a Millennial — they are the stingiest tippers in America, according to a new survey of 1,000 adults from

1 in 3 Millennials leaves less than 15% tip

This may be bad manners to you, but for waiters and servers, it’s a paycheck. Restaurant staffers often rely on tips for income in America. In return for your restaurant experience, the standard tip should be around 15-20% for a sit-down meal, according to etiquette experts. But many Millennials ages 18 to 37 are not paying that. The survey found that almost two-thirds of Millennials typically tip below the standard 20% suggestion for restaurants tips. One in three left below a 15% tip.

In fact, many are skimping on the tip entirely. Ten percent of Millennials admitted that they routinely left no tip. In general, fewer Americans are going out to eat and drink. More than half of all Americans prefer staying in to socialize.

Whatever your reason, if you are going out to eat a meal, err on the side of generosity with your tip.

“It may just be etiquette to you,” Matt Schulz, senior industry analyst at said. “But it’s food on somebody else’s table.”

This article originally appeared on Ladders written by Monica Torres.