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Tips on Tipping

On social media recently I saw a post from a very upset waitress bashing a customer for not leaving a tip on a $187.00 bill. Her opening line was if you can’t afford to tip, don’t go out to eat. She went on to say that she depends on tips to help feed her family and pay her bills. I wondered what went wrong. Was the service terrible, the food, the wait time?? I was raised to believe there is more than one side to a story, and “Two wrongs don’t make a right”.


Have you ever wondered who, when, and how much you should tip? I have. I don’t want to short-change a person who has provided excellent service. What about a bad experience?   Leave a tip or leave a big dud? Here are a few guidelines to help make your gratuity giving guilt free.


In most restaurant servers are considered tipped employees and the minimum wage for them is less than $3.00 per hour. Servers and their employers are counting on the public to generously tip to make up for their very low wages.


Server/wait staff: The rule of thumb is 15-20% of the bill. For great service more is always appreciated.


Bad service: It is almost NEVER okay to withhold a tip, if your experience is terrible, speak with management to voice your concerns instead, if you don’t tell them, they can’t make the corrections with the staff. Also, most servers have to share tips with other employees that had nothing to do with your bad experience. If you feel strongly, 10% will send the message. The old “leave two pennies” for poor service is very outdated.


Tip for take-out? Most people tip a dollar or two, but it’s not necessary. If you called in a large order, it’s a good idea.

Food delivery drivers: $3.00 to $5.00 or 20%, more if the weather is bad.


Barista: There’s no obligation to add money to the coin jar, although it might be worth it if you receive super service or you’re a regular customer.


Hair / nail /barber: 15-25% is reasonable. If the owner of the salon provides the service, tip as normal. If your stylist has an assistant who helped take care of you, leave a couple of dollars for them if tips from the stylist aren’t shared. When in doubt ask.


Taxi drivers: 15-20%

Skycaps/ bellhops: $1.00 -$2.00 per bag, a few extra dollars if they help you to your room.

Valet parking: $3.00-$5.00 for car retrieval

Housekeeping: $2 to $5 per night, with money left each day (housekeeping staff may change daily). Leave more if the room looks as if a tornado went through it.

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.


Before tipping, check that a service charge hasn’t already been added. This is customary practice on parties of 8 or more.


Tip discreetly and respectfully. If you are using a discount coupon use the full amount before the coupon to calculate the tip.


That’s our tip for the day.

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…Treat Others As You Would Have Them Treat You … Matthew 7:12