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States with the most generous tippers despite inflation
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Americans are continuing to dole out big tips at restaurants even as the threat of high inflation hangs over the economy.
According to aggregated restaurant sales data from software provider Toast's second-quarter Restaurant Trends report, the average same-store tip amount is up nearly 10% compared with last year, despite increases in the price of goods and services.
In the second quarter, quick-service restaurants saw an average tip of 16.9% and full-service restaurants saw an average tip of 19.6%. In-person diners dished out an average tip of 19.7%, while those who got delivery or takeout tipped an average of 14.5%.
As of June 30, Toast had approximately 68,000 restaurant locations on its platform.
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The data reveals that Indiana was the most generous state for tipping during the second quarter with an average tip of 21%, followed by West Virginia (20.8%) and Ohio, Delaware and Kentucky (20.7% each).
Despite having one of the highest minimum cash wage laws for tipped employees in the nation, Californians were the least generous tippers, giving an average of 17.5%. Other states with the least generous tipping included Washington (18.3%), Florida and New York (18.5% each), and Hawaii, Texas and Nevada (18.8% each).