Monday, April 26, 2010

Boats can tip. So can you.

Ever feel like the whole "tipping" thing has gotten a little out of control?   I know I have felt that some days.  It seems like no matter where you go: the coffee shop, the salon, the cafe.... there's always a tip jar.   Sometimes it's hard to know when tipping is a must, and when it's socially acceptable NOT to tip.   I just ordered a pizza and I was curious as to how much you should tip the delivery guy.  (Apparently the same as a restaurant... 10-20%.)   

Since I work in the restaurant industry (I'm a weekend my rant here), I make it my business to always tip, and to tip well!   (What goes around comes around!)  I mean really, if someone provides a service for you, will it really hurt you to throw a dollar or two their way?    Especially in a restaurant setting, where workers receive a very low hourly rate, they depend on your tips.    And yes, we've all had those nights when the service is horrible, when the server has about as much personality as a rock, when you can't get a re-fill......  but put yourself in their shoes... maybe they've worked a double?  Maybe they are really busy and overwhelmed?     I'm one who thinks there is no excuse for rudeness, but no matter how bad my service, I will never not leave a tip!!   Bad service gets at least 10-15% from me.    You never know what's going on in that persons life.  And if you've ever been in the service industry, you realize that even the best can have a bad night!    

Plus, ever seen the movie "Waiting?"   
Yup... never mess with the person who is handling your food!

So.... how much?????

Here is a great guide I found online!

Server:  15% of bill (excl. tax) for adequate service; 20% for very good service; no less than 10% for poor service

Bartender:  15% to 20% of the tab, with a minimum of 50 cents per soft drink, $1 per alcoholic drink

Coatroom:  $1 per coat

Parking valet or garage attendant:  $2 to bring your car to you

Washroom attendant:  50 cents to $1

Taxi Driver:  15%, an extra $1 to $2 for help with bags.  

Food delivery person:  10% of the bill, should tip 15%-20% for a difficult delivery.

Hairdresser:  15%-20%   

Manicurist:  15%

Spa Service:  15%-20% If service is provided by the owner, no tip is necessary. 

Staff at coffee/food retailers with tip jars:  No tip required.  It's optional.

And remember, if you don't like to tip, please.... stay home. 


  1. Great guide, I always never know what to leave the salon!

  2. Good tips, no pun intended ;) xx

  3. I love this! I always wonder what to give delivery guys and gals. I often overtip because I have worked in the restaurant industry as well and knwo what its like!

  4. Good tip sheet. I thought 20% was kind of the standard now, but always wondered what is protocol for hair stylists, etc, so thanks for putting this together!

    The washroom attendants kind of bug me since that is a service you really don't need. I can't bring myself to tip someone just for showing me which stall is open or handing me a paper towel! My opinion though....guess it providing someone a job!

  5. Starbucks doesn't have a tip line on their Credit Card receipts so, sadly, they almost never get a tip from me. I never carry cash anymore!

  6. I always wonder about the washroom attendant. Most of the time she is more in the way than helpful. But I suppose I could drop a fifty (cent) in there for squirting some soap on my hands and handing me a towel. Thanks for the 'tips'.

  7. I TOTALLY agree about the washroom attendant! Haha.. they are pretty annoying! But..... oh well, I guess I can throw them some change if I have it. I bet they hear all the good gossip!!!!! ; )

  8. After my years in restaurants and bars, I WAY overtip. It's ridiculous, but I seriously can't help myself!

  9. Hi Ashley! I agree completely. Service should be appreciated and compensated. And everyone has a bad night every now and then.

  10. I always try to tip as much as possible, but these days I don't carry cash so it's hard.
    Thanks for the guide.


  11. AWESOME tips tips!! See, the NY taxi tips always confuse me. I upped my gratuity to 2 bucks. Hey, as long as they don't kill me and get me from point A to point where ever I'm one happy camper.

  12. love this!
    and I understand what you mean. I'm not a waitress, but I do work in retail and it is hard work. Always on your feet, handling customers, taking orders, making sure they get what they want... only we don't have to do re-fills ;) so I always tip as well.
    thanks for posting the list on the tips! that was fantastic information.

  13. I still over-tip, as a former lady in waiting. ;) I think this guide is much needed. I hope you get BIG tippers the next time you work.

    Also, I always tell myself that even getting bad service is better than having to do the dishes, so I leave the decent tip in that situation as a way of saying "thanks for cleaning up!"

  14. Just found your blog and I absolutely love this post! You would not believe how many people dont think they should tip their hair dresser or manicurist. I use to be a receptionist at a salon and it's frustrating for the girls!

    You have a new follower!