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Most of us are familiar with the concept of tipping for good service but few of us are aware of where the practice originated and how it has developed over time.

Did you know, for instance, that in the 18th century the phrase ‘tip me’ was commonly used in English to mean ‘give me’, or that Elvis Presley was said to be one of the most generous tippers ever, reputedly giving away about 200 cars to waiters, friends and complete strangers?

To learn a little more, the Who gets the tip team have developed a tipping timeline which shows the history and development of tipping, service charges, gratuities and cover charges – from the Romans, through the American Civil War and the swinging ‘60s right up to the present day.

Why not have a look and see how the way we leave tips today has been shaped by the past!


A big thank you to everyone who's asking 'Who gets the tip?'