Why You Should Tip Waiters In Cash

My recent story on tipping and traveling generated a lot of comments and feedback.

Here's one aspect I have heard about that's news to me.

When you charge a meal on a credit card, if you want the servers to be assured of their fair share, you should leave the tip in cash, more than one server has told me. (Thanks, sharp-eyed readers for telling me I messed up this sentence earlier.)

Here's why, summed up by Steve Dublanica, a former Manhattan waiter and author of the waiterrant.net blog and Keep the Change: A Clueless Tipper's Quest to Become the Guru of the Gratuity:

1) "Server can take that money home at night. When tips are distributed by check (often later) it's never, ever accurate. Not malicious intent usually, just lazy bookkeeping. But sometimes its greedy evil." (Some eateries do give servers their credit card tips when they leave, but then again, some servers say those totals don't seem right.)