Tipping: Breast size does matter

March 31, 2011

Americans leave behind an estimated $40 billion in tips every year, but promptness by the server may not be the only criteria determining the size of the gratuity. [Smart Money]

The popular notion has long been that diners tip based on the quality of service offered. However, field studies in actual restaurants, such as those conducted by Michael Lynn of Cornell, find that better service is only partially correlated with bigger tips. A step up on a 1-to-5 rating scale of customer satisfaction translates into just a small increase (say, from 15 to 16 or 17 percent of the check).

So, if not service, then what determines a tip? How about breast size?

A 2009 study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior found that larger self-reported breast size among waitresses correlated with bigger tips. Similarly, a 2010 study in the International Journal of Hospitality Management found that waitresses’ use of makeup significantly increased their tips.

Female servers can also increase their tips by drawing a smiley face on the back of customers’ checks (male servers, it turns out, can’t achieve the same with this tactic).

Research also indicates that complimenting a diner’s choice of dishes can boost tips (compliments also go a long way in boosting tips at hair salons, too). Also effective: a touch on the customer’s arm, stooping down to table level, a flower in the hair, introducing oneself by name and giving diners extra candy at the end of a meal. One study found that tips increased by roughly 20 percent when a server gave diners two pieces of chocolate along with the check.

 


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10 Comments

  1. San Simeon Frank says:

    So it is true Boobs like Boobs.

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  2. mrsbcs says:

    I do believe all of these are true, but do want to point out one little fact.

    Most people who travel to the central coast barely know how to tip 10% anymore, so the 15-17%? Geez… I think most of us would be grateful.

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  3. SloNative46 says:

    Breast size? Makeup? Flower in the hair? Seems there’s a distinct female bias in play here.

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  4. Paladin says:

    I guess Hooters didn’t read this in depth study! Truly enlightening to say the least.

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  5. danika says:

    I cannot recall EVER tipping a server based on breast size…

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    • Cindy says:

      LOL, me neither.

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    • unlisted says:

      I don’t think I’d give a waiter a bigger tip if he had big breasts and wore makeup or a flower in his hair.

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  6. Vagabond says:

    Waiters need to bring back the codpiece so they can compete

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  7. kellygirl says:

    it is sad, but true. People who are better looking or better ___________ succeed at just about everything. The more attractive you are, the further you get. I also admit that I flirt with waitresses and several flirt back. It’s all innocent enough, but they usually get a better tip..

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  8. easymoney says:

    Excuse me, but this is a no brainer…

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