I Owned a Restaurant — and I Know How Much You Tip

Do men tip better than women? The truth is more complicated

Author with her partner, in front of their Seattle restaurant

I used to own a restaurant, and one night I got a call from one of my regular customers. It was 9:50 p.m.

“I know you’re about to close,” he said, “but I just landed at the airport, and I am craving one of your calzones. I could be there in an hour.”