Harry de Quetteville on tipping in restaurants and ruined £80 children’s shoes

Knowing how much to tip your waiter is a difficult task at the best of times – but what if you found out high-end restaurants were pocketing the cash meant for their hard working staff? Would it stop you from tipping entirely?

Telegraph columnist Harry de Quetteville knows better than most how hard waiters work for that extra money following a six-month stint serving in one of London’s top restaurants, and he brings that experience to the table in dissecting our listener’s problem.

The fourth episode of the Moral Money podcast features a listener who feels guilty that they never leave a tip when eating out and another who wants advice on whether they can ask the parents of a child who splattered paint on the fancy trainers of their own offspring to pay. 

What would you do in either situation? Let us know by emailing moralmoney@telegraph.co.uk or by leaving us a voicemail at 07867 162 170.

The Moral Money podcast is based on our popular column of the same name and you can read the original articles here. Earlier episodes of the podcast, which is hosted by Lauren Davidson and Sam Meadows, have featured Bryony Gordon and Tim Stanley as guest ethicists.