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The Essential Tipping Guide for Everyday Life

April 19, 2016  |     |   0 Comment

Tip JarTipping is a very old practice, but it remains a source of confusion and debate for many.  While it is customary for us to tip the waitstaff when dining at a restaurant, do you know what to do if there is a “tipping jar” at a coffee shop or have multiple people serving you at a Spa?

Tipping is important because it acts as an additional source of income for people working in a service industry.  As soon as a “tip” becomes expected (not optional), then it becomes part of a person’s wage or salary and thus negates the intention of a tip.

Giving a tip is our way of saying “thank you” for doing a great job and demonstrating our gratitude to those who have served us.  Think of the Road Side Assistance person who came to your rescue when your car broke down, or the pizza delivery person who braved the Winter elements to bring you dinner, or the Bellhop who delivered your luggage to your room.

There are many service providers that we encounter in everyday life.  When you find yourself engaging face-to-face with one of the following service providers, express your gratitude with grace by following these “tips”:

1. Wait Service:15-20% of the pre-tax bill for sit down service; 10% pre-tax for buffet service.

2. Take Out Service:  No obligation for a regular order; 10% for a large or complicated order.

3. Home Delivery: 10-15% of the bill; pizza delivery $2-5.

4. Bartender:  $1-2 per drink.

5. Tipping Jars: No obligation but nice to tip your barista with your extra change up to $2.

6. Restroom Attendant: $0.50-3 depending on level of service.

7. Valet: $2-5 when your car is returned to you.

8. Skycap or Bellhop: $2 first bag, $1 each additional bag.

9. Doorman: $1-4 for carrying luggage; $1-2 for hailing a cab.

10. Housekeeping Service: at a Hotel, $2-5 per day; if you hire a housekeeper, tipping is not customary except during the holidays and it is recommended you pay a sum equal to one regular home cleaning.

11. Concierge: No obligation for answering questions; $5-10 for tickets or restaurant reservations.

12. Taxi Driver: 15-20% of the fair; additional amount if helping with your bags at $1 per bag.

13. Hair Salon: 15-20% to be shared amongst those who served you.

14. Manicurist or Pedicurist: 15-20%.

15. Facial, Waxing, Massage: 15-20%

16. Dog Groomer: 15-20%

17. Road Side Assistance: $10-20

18. Movers:  $20 for a local move; up to $50 for a long distance move.

Erin Crotty, Founder & Director, BloomStra Consulting

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