This week’s Color of Money Question: What miserly acts or characteristics irk you the most? Send your responses to email@example.com. Be sure to include your full name, city and state and put “The Proper Way to Pinch Pennies” in the subject line.
The Tipping Point
One Texas family learned that not tipping a food server in some cases is not an option.
Jasmine Marks and her family were blocked from leaving a restaurant after they refused to pay a 17 percent tip that was automatically tacked onto their check because they had a large party. Restaurants often apply an automatic gratuity for large dining parties.
The Markses told Jennifer Bauer of NBC affiliate KPRC in Houston that they didn’t want to leave such a generous tip because they had suffered from poor service. They said that their drinks were never refilled and that they didn’t receive their entire food order.
“If you’re not satisfied with the service, you shouldn’t have to pay gratuity,” Jasmine Marks said.
In the end, the group paid the tip, especially after the cops were called.
Here’s another question for you: Even if the restaurant has a policy for an automatic gratuity for large parties, should diners be forced to tip if they receive poor service? Send your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your full name, city and state and put “The Tipping Point” in the subject line.
“They’re Back” Responses
For last week’s Color of Money question, I asked: “What do you think of the trend of young adults returning home to live with or live off their parents?”
The Washington Post’s Michael A. Fletcher reported on the growing number of children returning home because they can’t afford to live on their own. A Pew survey found that 29 percent of parents with adult children report having a child who has moved back in over the past few years.
Here’s what some of you had to say:
“Unless they are about to be homeless or in harm’s way, I think it only encourages or enables them to expect that someone will always be there to catch them when they fall,” wrote Liz Detrich of Pacifica, Calif. “My mom was a nurse and single mom who expected me from an early age to learn how to take care of myself. As a result, I think my mom did me a favor. She was warm, kind and nurturing yet expected me to rise to expectations and become a productive adult and contribute to society.”
Aldene Fredenburg of West Swanzey, N.H., wrote: “I wonder how much parents have been preparing their kids for moving out in the first 21 years of their lives. You can’t fail to teach your kids life skills, including how to manage money, for the first two decades of their lives and then expect them to know how to do it.”
Shira Newman of Atlanta doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with adult children moving back home after college.
“It would be wonderful if everyone could move out, and some do, but realistically, most can’t, even before the recession,” Newman wrote. “My sisters and I all moved back home after graduation. There was just no way we were able to afford - even with a job - an apartment in New York City. We could hardly afford to live at home, pay for the train and subway to Manhattan, and also clothe ourselves and feed ourselves on the salaries we were making. It just wasn’t going to be possible. I don’t know of people who could. We all saved money, and moved out as soon as we could.”
Tia Lewis contributed to this report.
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