Survey reveals states with best, worst tippers

Survey reveals states with best, worst tippers

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Discount company asked more than 2,300 Americans about their personal spending habits, which revealed the states with the most and least generous tippers.

New Yorkers are the most generous tippers, followed by diners from New Jersey, California, Nevada and Texas, according to the survey.

Some New Yorkers said they weren't surprised.

"No, because I've been in this business for about 45 years, and usually at all the levels of restaurants, diners and everywhere, they are very generous," said Spiro Argieros, manager of Applejack diner.

On the other hand, Arkansas diners were the stingiest, the survey found. Those from West Virginia, North Dakota, Georgia and Alabama also were lower end of the generosity scale.

"It seems like the culture just doesn't handle it where they feel they needed to tip as much," said Nashville, Tenn., resident Michael Cox. "I have a sister who's been in the restaurant business for a long time, and noticed that when she moved down there, it was definitely different."

More than half the survey's respondents said they would rather pay more on their overall bill than tip. About a quarter of the participants admitted their tip depends on their opinion of the service, and 67 percent said they always leave a tip while eating out or traveling.

About 63 percent of Americans admitted they feel pressured to leave a tip, even when they think the service was subpar, according to the survey.

"Tipping should be for excellent service, not mandatory and with the majority of consumers claiming that they would prefer a new way of paying for their eating out experiences. Perhaps it is time to have a frank discussion about America's tipping culture," Mark Pearson, chairman of, said in a news release.

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