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Should the tip on a restaurant bill be considered 15-20% of the amount
before tax? Or after the tax has been included?
Good news for your wallet, bad news for your server: tips are
generally calculated on the pre-tax subtotal. Still, it’s not
easy being a waitperson, so if they’ve done a good job, and
you can afford the extra dollar or more, it’s always nice to
be as generous as you can with your tip. Good service should be
I received an invitation to a
house warming party. With it was a registry to Macy's and Linen and
Things. I was very offended. I would have sent the cards out with the
message "No gift necessary". Then out of the kindness of your
heart, you would bring a gift.
Are my assumptions wrong? I already notified the person to say I
would not be attending.
Sad as it may be, the housewarming registry isn’t all that
uncommon these days, or from what I hear anyway. While I would
never in a million years register for a housewarming myself –
I view housewarmings merely as an excuse show off one’s
fabulous new digs, not as a means to accumulate household goods
– the fact of the matter is that some people are of the
opinion that housewarmings do, traditionally, involve
presents of some sort. Thus, the reasoning goes, registering actually helps the guests, by
making it easier for them to choose gifts that they know the new
homeowner will actually use.
once enough people start doing
the housewarming registry thing, the rules of etiquette have a
tendency to evolve, and what was once considered inappropriate
just becomes the norm. (After all, I’d venture to guess that
even the tradition of the marriage registry is a fairly recent
phenomenon in history.)
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