So who tips better in Rockford? Men or Women? Republicans or Democrats? Credit Card users or people who pay cash? Rich people or poorer people? People with children or those without? The statistics are out.

A few years ago I wrote a piece on why you should never leave a tip on a credit card and was amazed at how many people who work as servers in the restaurant industry at some Rockford area restaurants, who told me that by doing so, you get shafted, or in some cases, the restaurant owner fails to give you the full amount the customer leaves on the tip.

Well, I may have to rethink that, as a new survey out shows that customers who use credit cards will tip more than those who pay cash. Why? It's just easier to round up.

A few fast tipping facts. Who is a bigger tipper?:

1. Men or Women? MEN. Men will leave a 20% tip at a restaurant, while women will leave a 16% tip.

2. Republican or Democrat? REPUBLICANS. 59 percent of Republicans give an average restaurant tip that exceeds 15 percent of the bill while only 46 percent of Democrats do.

3. Rich or poor people? POOR PEOPLE: At least when it comes to coffee shops. reports that

The affluent are actually less likely to leave a tip than those with lower annual salaries. Fifty-five percent of those with an annual salary of $30,000 to $49,900 say they tip their baristas all or most of the time, compared to 49 percent of those with a salary between $50,000 and $74,900 and just 41 percent of those who make more than $75,000 a year.

4. People with or without children:  People WITHOUT Children: Coffee shop customers who don’t have children are significantly more likely to tip the barista.

5. Older or Younger People: Younger People, at least when it comes to tipping the person who cuts their hair.

So what did we learn?  If you are a older woman who is a Democrat with children and makes less $49,000 a year, you are cheap, according to

As far as geography goes, residents of Rockford and the Midwest are not as good tippers at people who live in the northeast when it comes to restaurants, hotels and hair stylists. But eh good news is the Midwest residents are the best in the nation when it comes to coffee shop baristas.

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