Keep the Change: A Clueless Tipper's Quest to Become the Guru of the Gratuity
  • Keep the Change: A Clueless Tipper's Quest to Become the Guru of the Gratuity
  • Keep the Change: A Clueless Tipper's Quest to Become the Guru of the Gratuity

Keep the Change: A Clueless Tipper's Quest to Become the Guru of the Gratuity

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by Steve Dublanica
     
 

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Tipping is huge in America. Almost everyone leaves at least one tip every day, more than five million American workers depend on them, and we spend $66 billion in tips each year. Omnipresent yet poorly understood, tipping has worked its way into almost every nook and cranny of daily life. In Keep the Change, bestselling author Steve Dublanica dives into this

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Tipping is huge in America. Almost everyone leaves at least one tip every day, more than five million American workers depend on them, and we spend $66 billion in tips each year. Omnipresent yet poorly understood, tipping has worked its way into almost every nook and cranny of daily life. In Keep the Change, bestselling author Steve Dublanica dives into this unexplored world, traveling the country to meet strippers and shoeshine men, bartenders and bellhops, in a hilarious and eye-opening effort to answer those perennial questions: Should we tip? and How much?

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In America, tipping is (usually) avoidable, but not thinking about voluntary gratuities is completely impossible. Every day, we are confronted with awkward decisions about who to tip, how much to pay for different services, and even how to share our loot. There is no doubt that we succumb: Each year, we Americans spend $66 billion on tips, but as Waiter Rant author and blog keeper Steve Dublanica knows from hard experience, tipping behavior ranges widely from patron to patron and from profession to profession. To test the waters, or more specifically the outstretched palms, Dublanica traveled the continent, inquiring about handout habits everywhere he went. The venues fit almost every description; from working class bars and family restaurants to barbershops, beauty salons, public bathrooms and strip clubs. A fascinating book about a much-discussed topic that touches us all.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061787287
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/02/2010
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

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What People are saying about this

Anthony Bourdain
The other shoe finally drops. The front-of-the-house version of Kitchen Confidential; a painfully funny, excruciatingly true-life account of the waiter’s life. As useful as it is entertaining. You will never look at your waiter the same way againand will never tip less than 20%.
A.J. Jacobs
“I’m not sure what the proper etiquette is for tipping authors, but we should all give a nice bonus to Steve Dublanica for writing such a funny and surprising book on this oft-overlooked part of everyday life.”
John DeLucie
I really enjoyed WAITER RANT. The book is engaging and funny, a story told from my polar opposite perspective. I will now do my best to act better as a Chef — and I dare say, I’ll never be rude to a waiter again, as long as I live.
Matt Lauer
“Anyone that has ever eaten in a restaurant is going to want to grab [this book].”

Meet the Author

The Waiter waited his first table at age thirty-one. In 2004 the author started his wildly popular blog, WaiterRant.net, winning the 2006 "Best Writing in a Weblog" Bloggie Award. He is interviewed regularly by major media as the voice for many of the two million waiters in the United States. The Waiter lives in the New York metropolitan area.

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Keep the Change 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book after reading his first, waiter rant... the downside is however, that he mentions his first book a little too much, it almost came off as being too commercial.... it made me feel like even he agrees that his first book was better, he couldnt stop talking about it. Very insightful and relatable, however it lacked the 'heartfelt ranting' seen in his first novel.... a bit disappointing, get it keeping in mind that they are two separate books, dont expect the same thing twice...
MichaeltheNookGuy More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book as it gives an inside look at tipping. From waiters and baristas to dry cleaners and valet parking, the author examines social protocal for tipping situations. Highly entertaining and humorous though I still enjoyed WAITER RANT (his first book) a little more. -Michael
wmugirl99 More than 1 year ago
Well-researched, clearly written, and an intriguing read. A go-to manual for the vagaries of tipping, written in Dublanica's signature breezy style peppered with wry humor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
What an insightful book! From the author of Waiter Rant, which I will soon pick up - he dives into the details of tipping for every profession. A topic that affects every person in the USA - how much should I tip? I thought going into reading this book that I knew a lot about who to tip and how much to tip - in some cases this book proved me right and in other cases I was so wrong. I loved how he designed the hotel chapter, to go through how each job should be tipped by means of the order that you meet them when you check into a hotel - doorman to maid and beyond. There were some jobs that I couldn't believe were tipped at all and then learning about those who rely 90% on tips, unbelievable. So I will be keeping this book on hand for future reference and to loan out to others. A recommendation for male and female of all ages. Even an interesting read to give to a recent college grad who is entering the world of paying all bills on their own, even ones that include tips.
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KimDB More than 1 year ago
I read this book after I discovered Steve Dublanica in "Waiter Rant". This book was almost as much fun and educational. I already knew a lot about tipping from jobs I have held in the past, but it did cast new light onto several jobs I have not. I do not know what type of book the author will come up with next, but I am a loyal follower.
robino More than 1 year ago
this is a good read for general information about tipping but it gets a bit off track at times.
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campaignvet More than 1 year ago
For anyone who consistently tips (this probably means you)"Keep the Change" is a must read. It is poignantly and at other times uproariously insightful in providing a behind the scene look not only of the history and culture of tipping but of the people and their professions. Once you read this book you cannot help but to better understand and appreciate the art of tipping. I became a big fan of Dublanica after reading his first book "Waiter Rant" that chronicled his life as a New York City waiter. Dublanica makes you understand that waiters, are more than just robotic individuals who fetch meals for their customers: you actually get a intimate look at the demands, rewards and sacrifices of this profession through some hillarious, maddening and very personal stories. It his experience as a past waiter in understanding the value of a tip that makes him connect well with others in various service industries, and we the readers are the benefactors of these stories from the card dealers in Vegas to the bartenders in L.A. to the doormen in New York and the parking attendant in Florida. Their are also first-hand tipping stories about chambermaids, bathroom attendants, furniture movers, strippers, limo and taxi drivers and a shoeshine man to name just a few. You learn some fascinating stuff. You learn that many in these services must live or die on their tips. That many of these vendors don't even make mimimun wage. And in some cases have to give back a portion of their tips. You learn how service providers work their profession to extract the best tips they can make. You understand from these providers what "little extras" their customers get for a good tip and what they get if there demanding and tip lousy. You also find out who gets bad ratings for tipping (Lexus drivers at car washes) and Canadians in general. And you will be stun to find out what sport superstars are at the bottom of the tipping scale in Vegas. Service providers tipping others services proviers are considered the best category of tippers. You will also learn about the inner working of their professions and you will come away with less misconceptions and more admiration for these workers. You will find that the shoeshine man is doing exactly what he wants and takes as much pride in his job as a Supreme Court justice. And of course you will become a better tipper by reading this book. For example, I didn't realize that you shouldn't leave your accumulated tip the last day of your stay at a hotel. I always thought that the tip would be split among the chambermaids who clean the room during my stay: that is not the case. Chances are the person who cleans the room last will get the whole tip. Therefore, you're better tipping on a daily basis. That's just one example among others I learned. Finally, this book is much more than just about tipping. It is a rare look at a group of service workers who we literally knew little about till now, and many took for granted. Dublanica is becoming the Studs Terkel of the 21st Century when it comes to writing about worker's. If you enjoyed Terkel's "Working", you will love "Keep the Change". That's my tip to you!
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There's a lap dance right in the sample, seriously? I hope it falls off, you skank! This is so gross...