Tipping Jars confuse me the most. Do I give all of my change? Plus bills? How about just the nickels and pennies that I don’t like? This is starting to sound like calculus and makes my head hurt. There’s no law on how much to tip. No cop is going to hunt you done because you tipped too little. But don’t you get that guilty feeling or you did something wrong when you really are trying to tip properly?
The Barista made my coffee just the way I like it, so do I tip 20%? This steak is cooked well-done but I asked for medium rare, so do I tip 10% or maybe nothing even though it’s the cooks fault?
How about my hairdresser or stylist? I’ve heard anywhere from 20% to nothing. The post man? He walked all the way here and hand delivered my goods. Ha! That ones a bit extreme. No one tips the mail man. But why do we tip at Star Bucks? The price is already outrageous and they get paid well with benefits.
I don’t know the right or wrong answers for tipping. And I don’t think there is a right or wrong percentage or number. I have a basic rule of thumb that I follow and I actually under most circumstances apply it across the board. Whether you’re the plumber, detailing my car, waiting on me at a restaurant, or cutting my hair.
15% – Starts Here
20% Good Service
10% Bare Minimum Service
0% Bad Service
I’ve never had to do 0% because I usually try to give them the benefit of the doubt or a way to make it up to me through out the course of the meal or service being performed. I would classify myself as a generous tipper since I’m usually giving 20%. But I don’t feel cheated, disrespected, or as if I missed out on something. If I leave happy then they did a good job. Can I ask for more?
I don’t tip Tipping Jars 90% of the time. I don’t see the point. You’re already paying the expected amount. Now if they go above and beyond for me then I tip. How do you know what’s above-and-beyond? I compare it to service I’ve received at other places. If you notice when you’ve received bad service then you’ll be able to point out extra good service.
What about tipping for services that aren’t paid for?
This one is tricky because you can’t calculate 20% when the bell boy helps you with your bags or when your hotel room is cleaned. Not room service (15% to 20% of the bill is already included).
House keeping it’s generally expected to tips $1 to $5 per cleaning occurrence/day. Depends on how messy your room is. I normally only ask for cleaning on the day I checkout so I leave one tip. But if you have a cleaner each day don’t leave it all at the end of your stay because it’s a different cleaner each day. I’ve never received help carrying my luggage so I can’t tell you how much to tip. But I’d probably do a couple bucks.
Maid or House Cleaner I think deserves a 20% tip for a above and beyond job. Did they get behind the furniture and between the corners? Or did they sweep everything under the carpet?
Valets you should also give a couple bucks or $5 depending on the level of establishment you just went to.
This list could go on much longer. But I think tipping etiquette doesn’t stray too much between all of us. Although the other day I did hear the radio host say that’s she’s never left a tip for her hotel stay and didn’t think she needed too. It did make me wonder if the service would really be that different. Is the pillow fluffed a few extra times if I leave $5? Probably not. I’ll still leave a tip though because I’m thankful.
I love reading stories of generous tippers and then seeing them on social media. I know there’s speculation that it’s all staged or fake. But I still love hearing about it. If you can afford to this all the more power to you.
Sometimes tipping etiquette is simply common decency and showing appreciation. You can’t put an exact dollar amount on that but you can leave a little something. What do you think?
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