, NPR's business and finance program, commissioned a survey of tipping habits across the country
The state-by-state results place Missouri more or less in the middle of the pack, with an average tip of 19.4% on a $20 dinner bill. Most states fell into the 18%-21% range, with New Hampshire the clear outlier at 24.6%.
Take this survey with a handful of salt, though. It appears the Missouri results were based on a scant four respondents. Indeed, several states have no data because not enough people replied to the survey.
What do you think, Gut Check readers? Does not-quite 20% seem about right to you? All things being equal -- that is, your restaurant experience is neither so wonderful nor so terrible to warrant a greatly increased or reduced tip -- what are you tipping these days?