Some people don’t believe in tipping. Others tip poorly.
Personally, I don’t understand why tipping or not is even questionable. If the service you received was acceptable, you should tip.
However, not everyone feels this way. So I am going to go over some basics of tipping based on the service you received.
Who Should You Tip?
Most sources will tell you to leave a tip for restaurant servers, delivery people, valets, massage therapists, hairstylists, manicurists, tattoo artists, cab drivers, hotel maids, movers, wedding priests, bar tenders, grocery store baggers, and tour guides. There are probably others that could be added to this list, but those professions listed above should hit a majority of the service industry’s personnel. It also gives you a good start to answering the question of who you should tip.
My rule of thumb is if you have had any service done, you should tip the people who served or helped you. For example, you don’t need to leave one for each person working at the restaurant you just ate at, only your own server.
When Should You Tip?
Tipping should be based on the quality of the service you were provided. Now that I’ve said that, I will add that you should proceed with caution when you are considering when and when not to tip.
For instance, if you go out to eat and the food was not satisfactory, ask to speak to the manager about it rather than shortchanging your waitress. This is especially true when she, or he, worked hard to keep you comfortable by pulling a shade or moving you to a different table, keeping your glass full, and fulfilling your other requests timely.
The wait staff should be tipped according to their services to you. If you received poorly cooked food, that is not the fault of the waitress or waiter. Instead, the blame belongs to the cook. So make sure you are putting the blame where it belongs if you are not satisfied with your service.
If you are truly unhappy with the service of your waiter, then you can tip less than what is standard. However, I believe you should still leave something unless the service is truly horrendous.
How Much Should You Tip?
When it comes down to how much you should tip for the service provided to you, a good rule used to be:
- 10% – if you weren’t totally happy with your service
- 15% – if your service was acceptable
- 20% – if your service was outstanding
This is how my parents always thought, but I think tipping these day is more important than ever. I try to tip 20% for standard service and more if the service is outstanding. Sometimes I’ve even been known to hang around after my parents have walked away from a table at a restaurant just so I can add to the money on the table.
Keep in mind if you are dining out with a large group, tips or gratuities might already be calculated into your total. In this case, check your ticket over carefully before adding a tip.
If your service was outstanding and you want to tip over and above the gratuity, then add a little extra. These people often put long hours in on their feet as they hustle around trying to fulfill your every request. Show them a little kindness and gratitude.
And remember, if you can’t afford to tip you can’t really afford to eat out. Tipping should be part of your budget for dining out.
What are the rules you follow for tipping?