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post #91 of 121
Is $4 on $19 fair for a barber?A little more than 20%...
post #92 of 121
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Originally Posted by dieselman89 View Post

Is $4 on $19 fair for a barber?A little more than 20%...

NO!
post #93 of 121
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Originally Posted by ter1413 View Post

NO!
How much would you leave on $19?
post #94 of 121
Restaurant: 20-25%
Bar: $1/drink paying by the drink. The greater of 20% or $1/drink when running a tab
Delivery: 2-3 bucks
Barber: 2 (it's the norm in black barbershops)
Hotel maid: 5-10/day
Cabbie: depends on how much I've been drinking
Parking valet: 2-3
Anything to-go: 0
post #95 of 121
Restaurant: Nope.
Bar: Nope
Delivery: The get a smile.
Barber: Nope
Hotel maid: Sometimes.
Cabbie: Sometimes.
Brothel: If the service was satisfactory, 20%.
post #96 of 121
restaraunt: 25%
bar: 25%
delivery: 25%
barber: 25%
maid: -
cabbie: -
brothel: -

ill go down to like 10% if the service/cut sucks ass
post #97 of 121

Anyone in Europe? Tips are not common in Spain and when I go out of the country I'm constantly at odds about whether I should tip or not. 

 

Tips are why americans are always so well taken care of when they travel. They give the biggest tips.

post #98 of 121

20% is my baseline, but it varies depending on my relationship with the place.

 

There's this bar I frequent - it has the best damn hamburgers I've ever had, and the upstairs is completely empty (as in, I've never seen a single person eating up there) yet they let me and my friends eat there without bitching about it.  I generally tip 50% - they are climbing two flights of stairs every single time they come to check on us or bring us drinks and NEVER complain, the staff knows me by name and my usual order, and I just love everything about the place.  Their prices are cheap to begin with so it doesn't kill me to make them smile by throwing in a few extra bucks.  They genuinely make my life better in that small way, so why not?

 

For fine dining, I use discretion.  One thing that I've started doing more often lately is talking to the service manager.  I took my family to a really upscale place last week when they were in town; I was a bit scared as my family are not adventurous eaters (my younger sisters essentially survived on burgers and pizza).  The service was amazingly patient and unpretentious, and probably spent fifteen minutes answering basic questions like, "What are ramps?" that my sisters asked.  I've been to a lot of places that get all uppity if you can't pronounce something or have questions about the menu, and I was afraid that would be the case.  But they were so great that they really improved my enjoyment of the evening.  I tipped 30% and afterwards told both the server and manager how thankful I was for the excellent service.  I figure everyone likes to be complimented in front of their boss, no?

 

Finally, there are different levels of "bad" service.  If the service is simply young and inexperienced (but trying hard), they shouldn't be punished as much as a truly rude, indifferent person should be.  If someone is genuinely rude to me, I have no problem tipping $1.  This has only happened a handful of times to me though.

 

Basically, I think tipping should simply be a matter of, "You take care of me, I take care of you."

post #99 of 121
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20% is my baseline, but it varies depending on my relationship with the place.

There's this bar I frequent - it has the best damn hamburgers I've ever had, and the upstairs is completely empty (as in, I've never seen a single person eating up there) yet they let me and my friends eat there without bitching about it.  I generally tip 50% - they are climbing two flights of stairs every single time they come to check on us or bring us drinks and NEVER complain, the staff knows me by name and my usual order, and I just love everything about the place.  Their prices are cheap to begin with so it doesn't kill me to make them smile by throwing in a few extra bucks.  They genuinely make my life better in that small way, so why not?

For fine dining, I use discretion.  One thing that I've started doing more often lately is talking to the service manager.  I took my family to a really upscale place last week when they were in town; I was a bit scared as my family are not adventurous eaters (my younger sisters essentially survived on burgers and pizza).  The service was amazingly patient and unpretentious, and probably spent fifteen minutes answering basic questions like, "What are ramps?" that my sisters asked.  I've been to a lot of places that get all uppity if you can't pronounce something or have questions about the menu, and I was afraid that would be the case.  But they were so great that they really improved my enjoyment of the evening.  I tipped 30% and afterwards told both the server and manager how thankful I was for the excellent service.  I figure everyone likes to be complimented in front of their boss, no?

Finally, there are different levels of "bad" service.  If the service is simply young and inexperienced (but trying hard), they shouldn't be punished as much as a truly rude, indifferent person should be.  If someone is genuinely rude to me, I have no problem tipping $1.  This has only happened a handful of times to me though.

Basically, I think tipping should simply be a matter of, "You take care of me, I take care of you."
Good post, how much do you tip your barber? And how much do you pay?
post #100 of 121
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Originally Posted by SergioFM View Post

Anyone in Europe? Tips are not common in Spain and when I go out of the country I'm constantly at odds about whether I should tip or not. 

Tips are why americans are always so well taken care of when they travel. They give the biggest tips.
We generally give 10% or something in Germany, UK, France, Spain, Italy... I've never experienced anyone to be uncomfortable with it; they're always happy.
post #101 of 121
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Originally Posted by dieselman89 View Post

Good post, how much do you tip your barber? And how much do you pay?

I pay $45 and tip $20.  She does a very good job, but more importantly she knows things that nobody besides my girlfriend does.  I've only been going to a decent place for about two years though; when I went to a standard "cost cutters" type place I paid $15-17 and tipped $5.

post #102 of 121
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Originally Posted by SergioFM View Post

Anyone in Europe? Tips are not common in Spain and when I go out of the country I'm constantly at odds about whether I should tip or not. 

Tips are why americans are always so well taken care of when they travel. They give the biggest tips.

It's probably why Americans seem to get charged so much for things, especially in Asia. The price Americans pay goods and services can often be double, much more sometimes. They think they're all rich and have money to burn. I mean paradoxical3 is giving nearly 50% tips to his barber "I pay $45 and tip $20.". When I go to the barber it only costs around $2 bucks, but then I don't have much hair.
Edited by MikeDT - 5/16/12 at 8:55pm
post #103 of 121
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It's probably why Americans seem to get charged so much for things, especially in Asia. The price Americans pay goods and services can often be double, much more sometimes. They think they're all rich and have money to burn. I mean paradoxical3 is giving nearly 50% tips to his barber "I pay $45 and tip $20.". When I go to the barber it only costs around $2 bucks, but then I don't have much hair.

 

Think of it this way - even with the tip, I pay less than the price of a single John Lobb/Edward Green/Santoni FAM/Carmina to get my hair taken care of for an entire year (get a haircut every 5-6 weeks).

 

It's great you pay your barber $2, but I dont live in China.  If this was a random barber, they would not be getting that kind of tip.  This is someone I've gone to for a couple years now, have a relationship with, trust, and as I mentioned above - who knows things that I probably shouldn't have told her about business, personal life, etc.  

 

I don't think paying the price of a decent pair of shoes for an entire year's hair care is so outrageous. 

 

Getting my hair done and eating out is where I'm generous on tips.

 

You know who I HATE tipping (and typically only do a dollar or two)?  Airport shuttle buses.  They don't do anything, yet expect a several dollar tip.  The worst is CVG - they actually have two people in the buses now; one to drive and one to literally take the luggage out of your hand (even if it's one small bag) and put it two steps away.  This man exists for the sole purpose of extorting tips from you.  The first time I saw two workers in a shuttle, I stiffed them both out of irritation (whether it was the right or wrong thing to do).

post #104 of 121
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Originally Posted by paradoxical3 View Post

It's great you pay your barber $2, but I dont live in China.  

LOL
post #105 of 121
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Originally Posted by paradoxical3 View Post

Think of it this way - even with the tip, I pay less than the price of a single John Lobb/Edward Green/Santoni FAM/Carmina to get my hair taken care of for an entire year (get a haircut every 5-6 weeks).

It's great you pay your barber $2, but I dont live in China.  If this was a random barber, they would not be getting that kind of tip.  This is someone I've gone to for a couple years now, have a relationship with, trust, and as I mentioned above - who knows things that I probably shouldn't have told her about business, personal life, etc.  

I don't think paying the price of a decent pair of shoes for an entire year's hair care is so outrageous. 

Getting my hair done and eating out is where I'm generous on tips.

You know who I HATE tipping (and typically only do a dollar or two)?  Airport shuttle buses.  They don't do anything, yet expect a several dollar tip.  The worst is CVG - they actually have two people in the buses now; one to drive and one to literally take the luggage out of your hand (even if it's one small bag) and put it two steps away.  This man exists for the sole purpose of extorting tips from you.  The first time I saw two workers in a shuttle, I stiffed them both out of irritation (whether it was the right or wrong thing to do).
$2 for a haircut. C'mon. This dude is comparing USA to a diff. economy. Jeez, anyways thanks for the reply
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