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how much to tip..here are some answers..

Posted by on Jul. 6, 2011 at 1:04 PM
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How much to tip

If you ask 10 people how much to tip in a given situation, you'll get several answers and a slew of hot-headed opinions about the "right" thing to do.

To help start your next debate, here's a quick guide to customary gratuities for various services. The guide is provided by the Emily Post Institute. Those with passionate views about how much to tip the pizza-delivery guy, please see the information in the footnote provided by two other sources.

(For a look at the real reasons we tip and whether tipping has anything to do with the quality of service we receive, click here.)

RESTAURANTS/BARS
Waiter/waitress: 15% of bill (excl. tax) for adequate service; 20% for very good service; no less than 10% for poor service
Headwaiter/captain: often gets a cut of table server's tip; so tip your server extra to reward captain, or tip captain separately
Sommelier, or wine steward: 15% of cost of the bottle
Bartender: 15% to 20% of the tab, with a minimum of 50 cents per soft drink, $1 per alcoholic drink
Coatroom attendant: $1 per coat
Parking valet or garage attendant: $2 to bring your car to you
Washroom attendant: 50 cents to $1
DAILY LIFE
Taxi driver: Varies depending on locality. Assume 15% will be enough; an extra $1 to $2 for help with bags.
Food delivery person:* 10% of the bill (excl. tax), at least $1 for bills up to $10. Should tip 15%-20% for a difficult delivery.
Grocery loader: Check with store policy if tips are accepted. If so, $1 for bringing bags to car; $1.50 to $3 if you have more than 3 bags.
Barber: 15% to 20%, minimum $1, for a haircut. For other services (shampoo, shave or manicure) tip $1 to $2 to service provider.
Hairdresser: 15% to 20%. (It is now acceptable to tip owner, unless he or she says otherwise.)
Shampoo person: $2
Manicurist: 15%
Spa service (e.g., massage): 15% to 20%. If service is provided by owner, no tip.
Staff at coffee/food retailers with tip jars: No tip required. It's completely optional.
Handyman: No tip
Gas attendant: No tip
* Mike Lynn, associate professor of consumer behavior at the Cornell Hotel School suggests tipping pizza delivery folk a minimum of $2 per pizza. His reasoning: Food delivery can be dangerous if delivering to crime-ridden neighborhoods or driving in bad weather, etc. The Web site www.tipthepizzaguy.com suggests the following: 15% for normal service, with a $2 minimum; 20% for excellent service; 10% or less for poor service; at least 10% for orders of $50 or more. Don't assume a delivery charge, if there is one, goes to the pizza deliverer. Ask the person who takes your order.
TRAVEL
Skycap at airport: $1 per bag if you check-in curbside; $2 per bag if skycap takes bags to check-in counter.
Hotel doorman: $1 per bag for help with luggage; $1 per person for hailing a cab
Hotel bellhop: $1 per bag for bringing luggage to your room (but a $2 minimum if you have just one bag)
Hotel housekeeper: $2 to $5* per night
Hotel concierge: $5 for getting you tickets or reservations ($10-plus if they're hard to get). No tip required when you ask for directions.
Cruise: Varies. Ask cruise line about customary gratuities.

http://money.cnn.com/pf/features/lists/tipping/

by on Jul. 6, 2011 at 1:04 PM
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Liansmommie
by on Jul. 6, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Interesting, thanks!

LindaClement
by on Jul. 6, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Fascinating.

It's interesting how it's different around the world. In Australia and New Zealand, servers are paid much higher wages --and prices reflect it-- and tipping is not customary.

lovinangels
by on Jul. 6, 2011 at 3:28 PM

*sighs*

That fifteen percent marker is going to cost your server big time money, because the industry expects an 18-20% standard now. Four or five "average" tips in a night, and the server is going to have his or her section cut down in half the next day and possibly lose their job, all because of articles like this one still float around now and again. 

What helps: if you feel that fifteen percent is a good tip, and your server did a fine job and you aren't trying to penalize them, take a moment to mention to the manager on the way out that you enjoyed the service. This will offset what the industry considers a poor tip.  Now that computers can track things like tip percentage, servers are judged based on theirs.

lenoxclan
by on Jul. 6, 2011 at 5:27 PM

interesting...

Kaelansmom
by on Jul. 6, 2011 at 5:38 PM


Quoting lovinangels:

*sighs*

That fifteen percent marker is going to cost your server big time money, because the industry expects an 18-20% standard now. Four or five "average" tips in a night, and the server is going to have his or her section cut down in half the next day and possibly lose their job, all because of articles like this one still float around now and again. 

What helps: if you feel that fifteen percent is a good tip, and your server did a fine job and you aren't trying to penalize them, take a moment to mention to the manager on the way out that you enjoyed the service. This will offset what the industry considers a poor tip.  Now that computers can track things like tip percentage, servers are judged based on theirs.

This

Peanutx3
by on Jul. 6, 2011 at 5:40 PM


Quoting Kaelansmom:


Quoting lovinangels:

*sighs*

That fifteen percent marker is going to cost your server big time money, because the industry expects an 18-20% standard now. Four or five "average" tips in a night, and the server is going to have his or her section cut down in half the next day and possibly lose their job, all because of articles like this one still float around now and again. 

What helps: if you feel that fifteen percent is a good tip, and your server did a fine job and you aren't trying to penalize them, take a moment to mention to the manager on the way out that you enjoyed the service. This will offset what the industry considers a poor tip.  Now that computers can track things like tip percentage, servers are judged based on theirs.

This

Yep


Peanutx3
by on Jul. 6, 2011 at 5:41 PM

We tip based on the service we recieve.  If we are treated good we leave a good tip, we are treated crappy we leave a bad tip.  If we are treated exceptional we leave an exceptional tip.

CoolMommyofboys
by on Jul. 6, 2011 at 5:49 PM


Quoting Peanutx3:

We tip based on the service we recieve.  If we are treated good we leave a good tip, we are treated crappy we leave a bad tip.  If we are treated exceptional we leave an exceptional tip.


this is how we are

CoolMommyofboys
by on Jul. 6, 2011 at 5:50 PM


Quoting lovinangels:

*sighs*

That fifteen percent marker is going to cost your server big time money, because the industry expects an 18-20% standard now. Four or five "average" tips in a night, and the server is going to have his or her section cut down in half the next day and possibly lose their job, all because of articles like this one still float around now and again. 

What helps: if you feel that fifteen percent is a good tip, and your server did a fine job and you aren't trying to penalize them, take a moment to mention to the manager on the way out that you enjoyed the service. This will offset what the industry considers a poor tip.  Now that computers can track things like tip percentage, servers are judged based on theirs.

 

hhhmm, I did not know this...thanks for sharing

TruthSeeker.
by on Jul. 6, 2011 at 6:56 PM

 I disagree with no less than 10% for poor service. If I get poor service, depending how poor, you aren't getting a tip.

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