Some restaurants and service providers still prefer cash, but for encouraging generosity, credit cards and electronic payments are king.
â€œThe onset of iPad P.O.S. systems is completely changing the way consumers tip,â€ said Justin Guinn, a retail market research associate at Software Advice, who recently completed a study on the effect of such systems on tipping practices for clients in the restaurant industry. â€œJust this morning, I gave a 40 percent tip on my $2.50 coffee because the cafeâ€™s P.O.S. system has a â€˜smart tippingâ€™ feature.â€
Such a feature, he explained, automatically adjusts preset tipping options on orders less than $10 to $1, $2 or $3. But for orders greater than $10, it changes them to 15, 20 or 25 percent.