A relative of mine worked for a summer as a waitress at a swank resort. She was surprised who the best tippers were:
Motorcycle gang members. I am not making this up.
The worst tippers were well-dressed, well-groomed businessmen. I assumed this came from an overgrown sense of entitlement, or maybe plain stinginess, but perhaps there is an alternate explanation: They can’t correctly compute a tip.
The report also found poor math skills among adults:
- 78% of adults could not explain how to compute the interest paid on a loan.
- 71% couldn’t calculate miles per gallon on a trip.
- 58% were unable to calculate a 10% tip for a lunch bill.
But I would have been surprised at the suggestion that our economic leaders are among those who can’t do basic math … a year ago. Now I’m not so sure.
I never had any faith in the average voter.