Our group (Ben, Julian, Oliver and Heather) investigated the food carts on SW 5th and Stark, and oh. man. The 5th/Stark carts did NOT disappoint!
We focused on the tipping culture of food carts:
How much do people tip?
What types of people tip?
Does age effect tipping? Gender?
What types of tips do people leave (i.e. spare change or some actual bills)?
Who got the most tips? The least?
After some tasty reconnaissance, we were on stake out: Watching people buy food and leave (or not leave) tips for their tasty meals. We were all pretty shocked with our findings; peoples tipping habits at food carts seem to be totally different than restaurant tipping. Spare change was not the number one tip left, and a lot of people didn’t leave tips at all. Even more surprising was the number of people that left actual paper money. Not surprising was the fact that the more awesome the cart-workers, the higher the tip totals seemed to be. Less awesome? Less cash at the end of the night.
For the visual representation of our findings, we really wanted to make the data as accessible as it was beautiful so we put our collective noses to the grindstone for one last work session and created a piece we think is worth a bit of change in the tip jar!