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Poll: Vancouverites weigh in on how much to tip at a restaurant

15%? 20%? 17.590222%?
How much is the right amount to tip at a sit down restaurant these days?

In North America, and a few other countries, tipping is a regular part of the cost of dining out.

When sitting down at a restaurant, Canadians are usually expected to tip, but what that amount is can be an awkward moment, taking into account the quality of the service, experience, and any other situation the tipper is in.

An exact, regular percentage is not set, and with debit and credit card machines sometimes set to offer a minimum tip of 18 per cent, followed by 20 per cent and 25 per cent, with an option for a custom amount, choosing how much to tip is often a spur of the moment decision.

Vancouver Is Awesome polled 793 readers and asked the question: How much do you tip at a sit-down restaurant?

It seems the most popular option is the least exact. It depends on the quality of service, according to almost a third of Vancouverites. However, close behind is always 15 per cent, with well over a quarter of participants choosing it. In third place are the big tippers, offering up at least 20 per cent when they sit down as a tip. Almost a fifth of those who responded said that's the right amount.

The poll ran from 8/14/2022 to 8/21/2022. Of the 793 votes, we can determine that 442 are from within the community. The full results are as follows:

Less than 15% 9.73 % local, 9.08 % total    
Always 15% 28.28 % local, 27.11 % total    
Always 18% 9.50 % local, 9.96 % total    
At least 20% 18.78 % local, 19.55 % total    
Depends on the quality of service 31.22 % local, 31.65 % total    
I don't dine in sit-down restaurants 2.49 % local, 2.65 % total    
  Local   Total

Results are based on an online study of adult Vancouver Is Awesome readers that are located in Vancouver. The margin of error - which measures sample variability - is +/- 3.48%, 19 times out of 20.

Vancouver Is Awesome uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent robots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.