Earlier this week I got talking with a friend on the etiquette surrounding tipping, and the proper course when dealing with service industry in general. We mutually agreed that we both tip the servers at sit-down dinners and at hair salons after a haircut. This conversation made me think, and I realized other situations I tip – taxi cab drivers, massage therapist, bartenders, spa therapists and the delivery people as well.
That’s seven different situations and places that I leave a tip. And if I may be honest, I’m not too fond at the idea of tipping. Every one of the above seven service providers get paid at least the minimum wage, and others like my hairstylist, who also happens to be the owner of the salon, get paid much more than the minimum wage. Hey, maybe it’s just me or maybe I’m just cheap, but why should I pay extra for something that’s typically part of someone’s job?
Let’s take my hairstylist as an example one step further. For every hair appointment I’m the one who calls to book the appointment, someone who shows up on time and someone who happens to be a repeat customer for the last three years – on average I visit him every three to four weeks. My hairstylist does a great job and now it’s expected of me to leave a tip? This is their job. It shouldn’t be expected of me to leave a tip.
I’ve held jobs in customer service many times, and never once got tipped. I helped people find a clothing item, helped people on the phone get their student loan resolved, spent time stacking shelves, and suggested products to save clients money. I was known to have repeat customers and the majority knew me by name. Did anyone ever leave me a tip? Nope.
Is it because I don’t deliver food to people’s tables in a restaurant? I leave the good servers at tip every time I pay my bill, and I never got any tip for doing an equally good job at helping someone find a clothing item and ensuring that the same item is in its proper place for easy finding.
Anyways, rather than keep on rambling about the unfairness of tipping, here’s how much I tip at places that expect a tip:
Taxi Cab Driver – 10%
Hairstylist – 10%
Servers – 15%
Bartenders – $1 per drink
Massage Therapist – I don’t tip.
Spa Therapist – I don’t tip.
Delivery People – 10%
So, now you know where I tip, where I don’t tip and how much I tip for the different services.
Thank you, once again, for your support – and I hope you’re having a wonderful week.
Readers; What are your thoughts on tipping in general and how much do you tip?