# Tipping! Is it a must?

1. Jul 25, 2014

### Medicol

If you go into a good restaurant or check in some luxurious 5 star hotel, do you have to tip the bellboys, any waiters or waitresses etc ?
What if you do and act like Mr.Bean or Ms.Swan ?

2. Jul 25, 2014

### Staff: Mentor

In the United States tipping is a must unless the person has done something really wrong, that's how they make their money. It doesn't matter if it's a nice place or a dive, you tip. In a hotel, at the end of your stay, you also leave a tip for the people that clean your room, or if you're smart you tip them some the first day. Because I traveled a lot for my job, I was actually given instructions on who to tip, when, and how much. I was surprised at how many people I was supposed to tip, I never would have guessed.

Oh dear, this says tip the room cleaner daily since the person can change.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/TRAVEL/06/24/hotel.housekeeping.tipping/

Last edited: Jul 25, 2014
3. Jul 25, 2014

### phinds

As Evo said, it is expected in the US and it is extremely disrespectful of service people who depend on tips for most of their wages if you do not tip. It is especially bad manners to not tip if the service is good.

4. Jul 25, 2014

### Vagrant

Could you share on who to tip, when and how much if you are staying at a rather nice hotel?
(Background: Grad student attending a conference, room is being paid for but I guess I need to factor tips into my expenses)

5. Jul 25, 2014

### leroyjenkens

I'm never sure who to tip. I've been to lots of restaurants, so I know to tip the servers. I'm going to get my first professional massage soon. Do I tip them? I have no idea. I pay a bunch of money for the massage itself... so why would I tip? And haircuts. Do I tip them? I've done my own haircuts ever since I was old enough to do it myself, so I don't know if I tip hair stylists. Never heard of tipping barbers, and that's what I went to as a kid, but I've never went to a stylist. I want to, but I don't know if I'm supposed to tip them. Seems like it might be awkward. "And here's some extra money..."
I guess it comes down to if the person providing the service makes less money because they're expected to get tips. And.... I would know this information how?

6. Jul 25, 2014

### Staff: Mentor

I read once that you tip the hair stylist if they are an employee, but not if they are the owner. Of course this was decades ago, but it makes sense, the employee only gets to keep part of what you pay, the owner keeps all, or the employee may rent space from the owner and keep the fee, but they still don't get to keep as much as the owner in the end. I will try to do some research tonight and try to find out what the current tip etiquette is.

7. Jul 25, 2014

### WannabeNewton

I always tip my barber. Unless you frequent the art of shaving, barbershop prices are low so giving another 5 bucks doesn't hurt. Plus you never know how much a few extra bucks means to someone. My dad always tipped barbers so I started doing it out of habit. My usual barber certainly doesn't mind.

And as evo mentioned when it comes to servers in the US tips are their source of income so you have to tip them. In my opinion if you can't afford to tip a server then you shouldn't be eating at a restaurant. It is messed up that the servers have to mainly live off of tips but the US isn't exactly known for it's fair treatment of these kinds of employees.

8. Jul 25, 2014

### jbunniii

I tip:

* waiters: 15% for good/normal service, 20% for exceptional service, 0-10% for substandard service, depending on how bad
* bartenders: a buck (if male) or two (if female) per drink
* woman who cuts my hair: $5 * cab driver: 10% or so * guy who carries my bags at a hotel if I'm too lazy:$5

9. Jul 25, 2014

### edward

We should tip just about everyone anymore. The person who will make the most money from your massage is the massage parlor, or spa owner, not the massage therapist.

If the actual service provider doesn't own the place, they usually depend on tips.

10. Jul 25, 2014

### ModusPwnd

Do you really think that is true? I don't. The owner makes more money overall, but not per massage.

I work as a pizza delivery driver. I make more off an order than anybody else in the organization, even if I get stiffed. The catch is that I also work with less orders than most anybody else does.

11. Jul 25, 2014

### ZombieFeynman

Why would you tip the bartender as a function of their gender?

12. Jul 25, 2014