POLL: Which Services Do You Tip For?

As many Consumerist readers have pointed out over the years, you’re generally under no obligation to leave a tip for someone who provides you a service. That being said, most of us still do — and for a seemingly increasing number of services. That’s why we want to know about those situations in which you almost always leave a little extra.

So, assuming competent service, for which of the following 9 things do you think tipping is part of the standard operating procedure. You can select as many from the list as you’d like (and tell me in the comments about the items that didn’t make the list).


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  1. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    I do, however, tip for back scratchers at sporting events.

  2. nick_r says:

    Cue the angry “Nobody tips me to do MY job!” commenters in 3… 2…. 1….

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      Or the “Yeah, I give em a tip: Don’t play with matches”.

      • YouDidWhatNow? says:

        You want a tip? Don’t cook bacon naked.

        • Short_Circuit_City says:

          Nobody–and I mean nobody–has felt real pain until they’ve done that.

        • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

          Does a apron count?

          • jefeloco says:

            That depends, is the apron mesh, lace or otherwise thin and gauzy? If yes, aprons count as being nekkid; if no, you’re overdressed for a bacon party.

            • Shadowfax says:

              Considering his avatar picture, I really hadn’t wanted the image of him cooking bacon wearing only a thin gauzy apron. . .Thanks a lot.

            • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

              Don’t you mean sausage-fest?

        • CTrees says:

          Actually I really wish someone had given me that tip. It was a lot of years back, and extreme level bachelor cooking, but I learned the hard way that one AT MINIMUM wants an apron while cooking bacon. It’s valuable advice!

    • digisplicer says:

      “Nobody pays me in gum… :(“

    • Kishi says:

      No one tips me for posting angry comments!

    • JF says:

      Yeah, darn it… the hubby and kids really should tip me for doing the laundry and making dinner……..

    • friendlynerd says:

      Tech support would be so badass if people tipped me.

      • hoi-polloi says:

        Our tech guy is overworked, so I generally buy him a tea or a cookie if he sorts something out for me.

        • NewsMuncher says:

          cookies…
          is that why so many tech support personnel have gone over to the Dark Side?

  3. PanCake BuTT says:

    I tip to the cutest girl behind the counter !

  4. DarthCoven says:

    No “None of the Above” for the resident cheapskates?

    • Chris Morran says:

      I had thought about that, honestly. But I couldn’t make it so that some wiseacre couldn’t select “none of the above” and then also pick all of the above anyway. I figured those who don’t tip for anything at any time will probably let us all know in the comments.

      • JulesNoctambule says:

        They usually do. I’m always amazed by people who confuse a lack of basic social niceties with Stickin’ It to The Man.

    • diasdiem says:

      If you don’t tip anyone, ever, then you are a worthless human being and your opinion doesn’t matter anyway.

    • I'll Buy That For A Dollar says:

      I don’t tip because society says I have to. I will tip if they put in the extra effort. Tipping automatically is for the birds.

      • Julia789 says:

        Hope you never order from the same waiter or waitress twice. They might spit in your food.

        • oloranya says:

          Any server who would do that doesn’t deserve a tip.

        • I'll Buy That For A Dollar says:

          Why would I go back if I didn’t tip them in the first place? Usually if the service is crap – attitude from wait staff/management, food is horrible, food arrived late and generally all around unhygienic dining area/wait staff, they get zip. I start off every meal from around 15% tip and for every infraction I start deducting till I feel the amount is justified. I give an establishment one chance to impress me and if they put in the effort they will be tipped. I’ve been a waiter for over 10 years and know first hand that what keeps customers coming back is presentation along with good food. As a patron now, I will not tolerate shitty service and I’ve sworn off a couple of places near me and never been back. Again, tipping automatically is for the birds.

          • Clyde Barrow says:

            Agree. I come from a long line of family members who have been waiters and I know fully well the hard work that it takes but I also know the other side of it. Getting a tip is not a entitlement, but it is earned.

          • Ebriosa says:

            Agreed. I do the same thing as well as add on percentage points for awesomeness, especially being good on a shitty shift. When the resturant is packed and you’re the only waiter on staff, but you still manage to make it over or make eye contact to see if we need anything, you get mucho tips. Also if the food is cheap, you get a minimum 20%, because that’s not fair.

          • Julia789 says:

            Didn’t say it was right for them to do that, I’d just be worried about it if I didn’t leave a tip and went back. I do adjust the *amount* of the tip downward dramatically if the service is lousy. But I never leave zero, and wouldn’t unless they’ve done something horrible.

            Actually no – once I did leave nothing, as the waitress was too busy text messaging someone in a corner during our entire meal to ever come back once and see if we needed anything. I never went to that place again.

            Problem I run into often, is a restaurant with great food, but lousy service. Really bugs me. I want to go back with the hopes of getting a better server. When I get a great server, I always ask to be seated in their section.

            We had a waiter recently that was fantastic. Drinks refilled the second they were empty, and I noticed him scanning our table frequently and discreetly from a distance to see if we were low on anything. Empty plates were whisked away in seconds. He was great, and very friendly without being intrusive. Not only did we tip very well, we told the manager what great service we’d received from him.

        • Alvis says:

          Serving food like you’re running a protection racket is just embarassing for society. I really hope this doesn’t happen. Who are these waiters who do this, middle-school dropouts?

        • nbs2 says:

          “If I don’t get a tip, not only will I not make a maximum effort, but I will make a proactively negative effort. And violate local laws to do so.”

          I don’t get it.

      • vrefron says:

        Thanks, Steve Buscemi.

  5. Commenter24 says:

    “Why tip someone for a job I’m capable of doing myself? I can deliver food. I can drive a taxi. I can, and do, cut my own hair. I did, however, tip my urologist, because… I am unable to pulverize my own kidney stones.”

    • savashley says:

      +1

      you stole my comment!

    • Donathius says:

      No idea what that’s from…however no one who has ever taken a taxi through New York during rush hour would say they can drive a taxi.

      Dude got me from JFK to Times Square in 40 minutes at 5:00 p.m. I thought I was going to die a couple times, but he was freaking amazing! Driver got a nice tip from us.

    • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

      Love it. I had an excellent urological surgeon, and I would have tipped him except he already left me broke. :(

    • XTC46 says:

      +1 for Dwight Schrute

    • ajlei says:

      This was the first thing I thought of when I saw this poll.

      +1

  6. awer25 says:

    None. Now please stop publishing stories on how to tip.

  7. Coe-Stanza says:

    I’m surprised lots of votes for haircuts. Maybe because I’m a guy… and bald. Do women tip there? Because those hairdos are muy expensive.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      I go to a $7 cut place, and usually give my favorite lady, Nancy, a $3 tip to make it an even $10. She even trims my eyebrows!

      • Coles_Law says:

        Same here, although I specifically have them avoid messing with my unibrow.

        • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

          She trims them to a even length. I have a few of those weird 3/4″+ eyebrow hairs.

          • Julia789 says:

            All guys get those eyebrow hairs as they get older. I took my “boys” (husband and son) to the barber a couple weeks ago, and the guy says to my husband “Time to trim the eyebrows.” Husband says “What are you talking about? I’ve never trimmed my eyebrows.” Barber says “It happens to everyone as they get older. Welcome to the club. Now close your eyes and hold still.”

            Everyone gets hairier as they age (everywhere except their head.) Even women. Hell I never had a mustache until I hit 30. Now I’m on an offensive with bleaches and wax, and I’m considering laser hair removal. I thought that was bad, then my sister said “Just wait until you hit 40 and you get a beard!” Can’t wait. Every year, I get closer and closer to looking like a Wookie. Oh the places hair shows up… and the things I have to painful endure to rid myself of it.

            • JennQPublic says:

              Laser hair removal is not permanent, which makes it fairly pointless. Visit your friendly neighborhood electrologist if you want permanent hair removal. :-)

              (My sister’s an electrologist, and decided to become one after wasting hundreds of dollars on laser hair removal that didn’t work, even though her coloring and hair type are ideal for it. Now she permanently removes her own hair at home!)

        • jeffbone says:

          I tip them extra for that, to help compensate for the extra wear my unibrow causes to their clippers.

    • drizzt380 says:

      I tip for haircuts because I can’t cut my own hair. Also, a bad haircut is very noticeable.

    • NatalieErin says:

      As far as I’m aware, it’s standard (in the US, at least) to tip for a haircut regardless of your gender. It might be different at places where the stylists/barbers are employees, rather than renting the chairs.

      • zandar says:

        yup, it’s been standard practice in my life from childhood. Meaning I learned the practice from my parents.

        I find a good tip makes for more attention to detail. And more pleasantries exchanged..

    • diasdiem says:

      Anyone can cut hair. Doing it well, however… I think not having to wear a hat or shave my head is worth an extra buck or two.

    • c_c says:

      I tip for haircuts…. the place I go is $14 for a men’s cut, so I’ll usually give $3. Worth it IMO, especially since in addition to the cut they do a shampoo/condition.

    • JulesNoctambule says:

      The gal who does my hair is the only person (myself included) who can make the annoying flippy thing my hair does go away. I definitely think that’s worth extra!

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        I always tip when I find a good hair stylist (I’ve had several) because it’s really hard to find someone who strikes a balance between doing what you want and making good suggestions when what you want sucks and you don’t know it. I had one horrible stylist ignore everything I said and I ended up hating my hairstyle. When you have enough of those kinds of stylists, you’re thankful for the good ones!

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      I tip because I endured three years of bad haircuts to find the person that can do what i wanted my hair to do. She schedules me at the drop of a hat, and I give her good tips to make sure she likes me.

    • Con Seanne-BZZZZZZZZZZZZ says:

      I always tip the barber. It’s $12 for the cut, so I toss in $3 and make it an even $15.

    • Pinkbox says:

      I always tip at least 20% for haircuts, even when the cuts are expensive. It usually makes the stylist appreciative, so they bend over backwards to do a good job on repeat visits. Worth it to me!

      • subtlefrog says:

        And to avoid the chick-mullet. This is something I wish to avoid at all costs. I tip.

        Actually, I tip because I adore my stylist, and she does a great job, better than anyone I’ve ever been to. She spends hours on my hair, goes above and beyond (and usually spends a fair amount of time giving me a scalp massage). I trust her with my hair – she’s got a lot more talent with ideas for what she should do than I do – and I’ve never come away unhappy.

  8. MamaBug says:

    I know, hot button here @ Consumerist, but really. You KNOW that the employers aren’t paying minimum in hopes that tips make it up, and they do have to pay if they don’t make minimum, but why get your face recognized at a restaurant as a non-tipper? We had a consistent stiffer at a casual dining restaurant I worked in, and since you can refuse service to anyone as long as it isn’t discriminatory under a protected status, everyone did. The servers knew they would lose money if they served that person/family. So no one served him, and he left. So now this person will chose someone else to go and stiff. However, the manager thought it rude to tell the person “no one will serve you because you don’t tip”, so he will continue to do this practice….
    I’m not sure how this is constructive, but i needed to rant, so
    /rant

    • Commenter24 says:

      Perhaps it would be best if your employer chose to pay you a decent wage as opposed to expecting customers to make up the difference.

      • JulesNoctambule says:

        Aww. You’re too precious!

      • MamaBug says:

        1. Not a current employer
        2. Um, I think I covered that. The whole, you know that they make below minimum, and that they will make up the difference, but way to look like a douche and guarantee shitty service if you don’t tip and come back to the same dining place.

        • abberz3589 says:

          They don’t make up the difference. I was a waitress/hostess for two years, and never did I get boosted up to minimum if my tips were bad. Also, your tips are taken out of your paycheck anyway. I got a paycheck for four cents once, and I had worked three shifts with something around 30 bucks for all of them combined, which is like 2 dollars or something an hour. It was not cool.

          • Charles256 says:

            It’s done at the end of the year I do believe. So on average if you made minimum wage they’re in the clear. They expect waiters to be able to budget, unfair I know.

            • Jevia says:

              Yeah, they probably make it up at the end of the year, but make you think you’re getting a Christmas bonus or something.

          • r01984 says:

            Your employer was breaking the law.

      • thisistobehelpful says:

        “Perhaps it would be best if you had a magic wand to make things completely out of your control bend to your will.”

  9. wonderkitty now has two dogs says:

    I love tipping posts on Consumerists! It’s so entertaining to read how real assholes justify not tipping the delivery guy.

    • Fantoche_de_Chaussette says:

      This tipping thing is a rather ugly and very American cultural idiosyncracy.

      Most other countries we’d like to compare ourselves to actually pay their service employees a living wage, with none of this “please sir, can you spare any change” nonsense.

      • wonderkitty now has two dogs says:

        Living in Germany, it’s hard to get the tipping out of my system. I keep thinking I’m doing something wrong.
        Yes, very American. Unfortunately, it isn’t going anywhere. It’s the American Way!

        worked for a business that paid tipping wage, but didn’t really get a lot of tips
        never doing it again

        • Dutchess says:

          I went to a Touristy restaurantin Germany once, because well, I wanted to drink at the Brau Hause in Munich, and the waiter tried to tell me that the “Gratuity is not included” in those exact words….DESPITE a line on the receipt that said “Service Fee” or something to that effect.
          Knowing tipping is not prevelant he got what he deserved especially since he went out of the way and basically told me I needed to tip him.

          Bad move on his part.

      • Geekybiker says:

        As much as I hate the concept of tipping, I’ve also experienced the level of service in those other countries without tips.

        • AnthonyC says:

          Yes, it’s amazing what happens when you pay a decent wage and treat service employees like professionals isn’t it? They take much more pride in their work.

          Or is this not what you meant?

    • Vivienne says:

      Strange… I was thinking it was funny to see how real assholes justify paying non-living wages…

    • Griking says:

      Personally I’d never take a job that was based on me kissing ass for tips in order to make minimum wage. Christ, they pay minimum wage at McDonalds.

  10. jehurey says:

    I have a question for those that have Sonic Drive-In restaurants in their area, or ANY drive-in restaurants for that matter: do you tip them for delivering the food you ordered?

    Out of the several people I’ve asked, I’ve seen them split 50/50 on this. I park and order at their menu board, and they have card swipe machines built-in, so I pay for my meal right there. And then they walk out and give me the bag(s) with food and drink.

    Is that any different than a McDonalds employee giving you food from across the counter?

    • DarthCoven says:

      It is absolutely different. It’s just like a waiter in a restaurant bringing the food to you. The server at Sonic is coming out into the parking lot to bring you your food. The server at McDonalds is standing there at the counter, and you go to them.

      • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

        Yeah, but a waiter comes to take your order, deliver your drinks, refill you, deliver your appetizer, take your plates, deliver your entree, check on you, pick up your plates, and deliver you dessert. A lot more than skating out to your car.

        • drizzt380 says:

          Lets see what a carhop does out of that. They take your order over the intercom(maybe not the exact one, but its likely a carhop took the order) which is supposed to be picked up within five seconds I think, they deliver your drink, they deliver your appetizer, theres a little thing under the sign to put your trash so they take your “plates” if you leave anything there, they deliver your entree, they deliver your dessert, and one of the review things when the secret shopper comes is that they are supposed to do a check to see if you need anything else. So they don’t refill you. But thats because refills aren’t free. If you pay for a refill, I bet they would refill you.

          And some of them wear skates.

          • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

            Sonic has meals with “courses”?

            • drizzt380 says:

              Did I say that. They bring you those things. You just get them all at once. Then again, you could order an appetizer, pay, then order an entree, pay, then order a dessert. Just because theres no set order that they bring those three things doesn’t mean that they cease to be what they are. If you order mozarella sticks, a hamburger, and an ice cream I see that as an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert. And very fatty.

              Not that I’m arguing against you tipping. I wish we could stop expected tipping and lose the tipped employee wage. And I think giving bad service to a bad tipper is a bastard thing to do. When I’m paid to do a job I do it to the best of my ability. I was just pointing out that from a certain point of view(young Luke), the carhops do in fact do most of those things you mentioned.

              • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

                Well, the waiter/waitress does multiple trips. I don’t tip the person who brings me to the table, and that’s only one trip.

                • LandruBek says:

                  Ha ha, the maitre d’ brings you to the table where you get your appetizers, and to the table where you get your entree, and to the table where you get your dessert . . . .

          • r01984 says:

            I guess you never been to sonic before.
            After you order they deliver all of your food and drinks at the same time.

        • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

          So … maybe a smaller tip would be the way to go — they do more than the staff at McD’s, but less than a Waiter.

      • jehurey says:

        A waiter takes your order, and visits you several times during the course of the meal.

        For example, at a restaurant, when a second person (that’s not your waiter) comes out with a large tray to deliver your food; do you tip him?

        Or the guy that goes around refilling water? Or the host/hostess?

        • ForestGrump says:

          At some restaurants , the waiter gives x% of the bill to the runner/bussers. So yes, the 2nd guy who brought your food is tipped.

      • asherchang2 says:

        So I guess I have to tip at Corner Bakery, Noodles and Co, and Dairy Queen, since they give me a number and someone brings it to the table where I sit?

        • backinpgh says:

          At Noodles they have the servers specifically say “And we do not accept tips” whenever you order. For some reason this made me want to tip them more…

    • drizzt380 says:

      The Sonic I worked at, the owner made use of the lower tipped employee wage. I think they really made about $4.25 an hour before tips or something. So I tip there because I know they are being paid a wage that expects tips.

      And it is a little different than a mcdonalds employee bringing you your food at the counter. They have to walk to you, you don’t have to walk to them. Not much of a difference, but its there.

      • jehurey says:

        After reading this, i’m going to make an effort to tip consistently at Sonic.

        I didn’t know that. And I think its BS that they don’t get paid the same as any other fast-food employee,but in fact get paid less.

        • dunaja says:

          Not true. They get paid just as much or more before tips. I know several Sonic employees.

      • Alvis says:

        But there IS no counter at Sonic.

        • r01984 says:

          There is a counter at every sonic I have been to.

          • Alvis says:

            Both I’ve been to had nowhere to speak to a human face-to-face. I had to place my order through a speakerbox, then sit at a bench and wait for my food to be brought out.

    • htowninsomniac says:

      I don’t tip if food is just handed over the counter or brought once. Waiting involves coming back.

      To answer your question directly: No, I wouldn’t tip at Sonic if someone brought my food to the car.

      • diasdiem says:

        I don’t tip at a restaurant if I’m just picking up a to go order. Dining in or delivery is a different thing entirely though, I always tip.

    • Commenter24 says:

      I absolutely refuse to tip at Sonic. As far as I’m concerned, they are no different than the person working the drive-thru at McDonald’s or Arby’s, they just have to go a little further to hand me the food. They do nothing that deserves a tip.

    • jehurey says:

      It looks like the general consensus seems to be about 50/50 here, as well.

      If Sonic pays these people with tips in mind, then they are doing a huge disservice to their own workers by not doing ENOUGH to imply that they are getting special service when you visit a Sonic.

      People are inside their cars, they will usually have a “Drive Thru” mentality when it comes to service.

    • Corinthos says:

      Tipping at sonic is stupid. An ex girlfriend of mine used to work there and come home with 200 extra on friday nights. I bet that it got cut down a lot when they installed those credit machines on the signs though.

    • whogots is "not computer knowledgeable" says:

      I never tip at Sonic because anyone who takes 45 minutes to retrieve two cherry limeades or a mini banana split clearly doesn’t want to be tipped. If Sonic ever put me in a position where I had to ask myself whether to tip, my survivors would have to tip someone to clean up the spot where my brain exploded.

  11. catsinmo says:

    Is it me or is this survey and/or results set up poorly? The percentage is a meaningless number. It doesn’t show that X% of the time that of people tip for each category. For example, right now, it shows 17% for Dinner at a restaurant. I am sure that more than 17% of the people that responded tip at a restaurant. The number of votes is a bit helpful. Am I wrong?

    • Corncob says:

      No, you’re right. i was wondering the same thing

    • claytons says:

      Yeah, it’s a bit bad. Not entirely useless, but almost.

    • Henry Brzrki says:

      Yes, the results are set up poorly. The poll isn’t using total number of voters as the denominator. Instead it uses total number of checked boxes. So, for example, if all voters checked all boxes, meaning a 100% tipping rate for each item, the results would report 11% for each item (1/9=11%–there are 9 checkboxes). So it’s hard to tell. But I’m going to guess around 90% of Consumerist readers tip for dinner at a restaurant, so you can extrapolate from there. That would mean perhaps 30% tip for hotel housekeeping, for example.

    • veritybrown says:

      I was noticing that I didn’t check a number of the boxes because I never use those services, not because I’m a bad tipper (I’m actually a very good one). But the poll has no way of accounting for that possibility. Poorly designed!

  12. Macgyver says:

    I always women masseuses a tip, at the end of the massage.

  13. jrp001 says:

    what about car wash? what is the proper amount to tip for a hand wash and what is the proper amount for a auto wash with drying/detailing?

    • kabamm says:

      I base the tip on the price of the service:

      $16.00 service: wash/dry, tip: $5
      $35.00 service: wash/handwax, tip: $10

    • AnonymousCoward says:

      At at regular car wash, I tip a buck or two for a regular wash. $5 or $10 for a wax or detail, depending on what’s being done, and how good it looks when they’re done.

      Now that I have a guy that comes to my house to do the cars, I only tip if I think he’s undercharging me. He owns his own business, and it’s his job to charge enough. The first time he came, though, he told me it would be $55, then he spent 9 hours (really!) vacuuming dog hair. I paid what I thought the job was worth, which was quite a bit more. Now that he knows how long it’s going to take to get great dane hair off the inside of the roof, he charges appropriately, and I just pay what he charges.

  14. Fuzz says:

    The poll results would make a lot more sense if each item was evaluated individually. It doesn’t make much sense to say that 16% of the total votes are for tipping at a restaurant. It should be more like 90%

  15. dryfire says:

    I normally don’t tip hotel housekeeping unless I make a slight mess or have an excessive amount of garbage.

    When I have access to a concierge lounge of some sort (usually at Marriott’s) I tip the attendant if they are helpful.

    • Orv says:

      I usually tip housekeeping $1/day. In the grand scheme of things it’s not that much money compared to what the room is costing me, and those people do a really demanding job for very little money.

      If I manage to make a big mess I leave a more generous tip.

      • jefeloco says:

        I only tip housekeeping if I accidentally leave a “firewood” style pile of oozing corpses in the middle of the room.

    • veritybrown says:

      My best friend worked as a hotel housekeeper for a while. Completely thankless job, heavy time pressures, poorly paid, and people who stay in hotels make far worse messes than they think they do (maybe they’re used to someone else picking up after them?). Her advice, if you want to be nice to the housekeeping staff:

      - put your trash in the trash can
      - strip your own beds (it really does save them a remarkable amount of time)
      - even a dollar or two left as a tip helps a LOT, because the rate-per-room they get works out to such a low number.

      • captadam says:

        And leave your towels on a big pile in the middle of the floor. … Some people think it’s polite to hang everything back up before you leave. It’s not.

  16. AnonymousCoward says:

    Only 17% of people on consumerist tip at restaurants? Did people not understand that you can vote for more than one thing here, or do consumerist readers only eat at MacDonalds?

    • RogerX says:

      It’s a broken poll. The numbers all add up to 100%. That’s not 17% of all the surveys taken, it’s 17% of the total boxes checked in all surveys.

      In other words, the site that provides polls can’t properly provide polls.

    • c_c says:

      The percentage’s aren’t being computed correctly… they’re taking the number of votes for an item divided by the total number of votes for all items. The should divide it by the number of people voting…

  17. denros says:

    No tips for the IT help desk? :(

    Guess someone’s got to start the trend…

    • AnonymousCoward says:

      At one place I worked, we could give “on the spot” awards to anyone we wanted. They got a $5 Starbucks card or an amazon gift certificate or something like that. I gave them out to the IT folk like candy anytime I had any contact with them. You never know when you’re going to need them to solve your problem NOW!

    • Short_Circuit_City says:

      I will gladly fork over an entire pay check if I ever meet a help desk employee who doesn’t act like my request is forcing them to crawl through a mine field that’s also littered with broken glass and dirty needles.

      • wrjohnston91283 says:

        Took me two months to get Adobe 9 Pro installed on my laptop – just got it this afternoon.

        • jjmcubed says:

          Please tell me they don’t allow you to install on your own.

          • MongoAngryMongoSmash says:

            I don’t work in IT, per se, and I have admin rigths to my work issued laptop. Out IT was outsourced and you have to call a different state to start the arduous process for a help ticket that gets issued to a guy you could walk over to in the time it takes to drill down through the prompts on the phone.

            That being said, I am, for all intents and purposes, our on site IT help for our users who don’t like calling the helpdesk and the helpdesk should thank me for doing the menial stuff.

            Although, there are a few people I rotated their desktop just for fun and walked away.

      • Gruppa says:

        You would be surprised at what we find under your desks and cashwraps.

      • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

        I would give it back to you if you manage to come up with an issue that doesn’t come across as Chinese water torture administered by Rain Man.

        • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

          Seriously, though, I do love my users and they love me back. There are just a few I’d like to send off on the spaceship to nowhere.

      • ChemicalFyre says:

        Then your IT Department sucks. I work in IT myself, and for every moment a user isn’t working, we aren’t making money.

        Its also true: You’d be surprised at what we find under your desks or under your keyboard. Filthy people.

        True Story: Girl here was just let go for male porn on her computer.

      • denros says:

        Is your company hiring?

        in all seriousness, like someone else mentioned, if the people I work with aren’t working, the company’s not making money. Often times people tend to micro-manage IT departments, which causes what you describe more often than not. Which is a shame, because we are quite capable on our own.

    • MurderGirl says:

      “I got three breath mints and one death threat scrawled on a napkin. I hope I don’t forget which breath mint came from the napkin guy.”

  18. Commissioner says:

    Let me preface this by saying i checked pretty much all the boxes and tip on par or better than most people I know.

    I just wish i could avoid using services that require tip. It would be nice to be able to get a good dinner and not require a waiter/waitress thats going to add $20 to the meal because of tip. I only tip valet if it’s an option or I knew that was the case before I arrived at the destination.

    I’ve always felt like people who work for tips always made a killing compared to an hourly/salary job, so it agitates me that I look like a cheapskate if I don’t pay 20%.

    • c_c says:

      You realize the base cost of the food would be more if there were no tips, because the required increase in the waitstaff’s salary would be worked into the overall cost…

      • wrjohnston91283 says:

        That’s part of why the restaurants want to keep it the way it is. You come in, see the prices, and base your decision on that. Then the bill comes and with tax and tip that $15 entree is now $19.

      • Commissioner says:

        Sure, but why do I have to tip more for the same service because the food costs more? On that same point I typically feel like I’m not treated as well at nicer restaurants because I’m relatively young (25) and probably don’t look like I’m going to tip excessively.

      • Rectilinear Propagation says:

        Yes, and people who don’t like tipping would be fine with that.

        People don’t resent the cost of food. People resent being guilted into giving someone money. If there wasn’t pressure from society making people feel obligated to tip then tipping wouldn’t be an issue.

        • god_forbids says:

          This! I so agree with this post!

          Seriously, folks, tipping is neither a reward for good service or an incentive to provide it. It is a guilt trip device designed to allow powerful businesses to take advantage of their employees and customers by paying substandard wages. Charge service fees and get it over with, I will never ever bitch about the high cost of food as much as I bitch about tips.

          • 1kamaz says:

            The legal minimum wage for food servers in NY is 4 something dollars. Yes, about twice less than the normal minimum wage, and many restaurants pay their servers the bare minimum required by law. They believe this meager wage is justified since they also receive tips.

  19. esomedina says:

    People don’t tip the beer vendor or hot dog vendor at games? I either let them keep the coin change or slide them a dollar.

    • Short_Circuit_City says:

      If you’re hauling multiple cases of ice cold jesus nectar to the upper echelons of a stadium, I tip the shit out of you because I want you to visit frequently throughout the night. If you’re shuffling around with that baton of lighter-than-air cotton candy in buckets that are whacking people all willy nilly…I will order more beer.

      • Orv says:

        I guess if it’s a vendor who’s actually walking around, that’s different. I never see those guys so I end up walking to the concession stand, and I don’t see any point in tipping there.

      • tr41nwr3ck says:

        Horatio, did that guy fall from the upper echelons of the stadium, or from…outer space?

    • Orv says:

      I tip at bars, but at games I figured they’re getting enough of my money. Paying $12 for a pint really saps my desire to tip.

    • leftturnonred says:

      The dudes carrying food/drinks around the stadium get tips, but the dudes at the actual registers don’t (from me at least). Am I supposed to be tipping the guys behind the counter with actual registers too?

      • claytons says:

        So you tip based on labor involved? Seems like a slippery slope. Should we be tipping the garbage pickup folks? What about the Stockers at our local stores? Etc.

    • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

      Personally, I found that one difficult to answer. Do I tip the beer vendor who walks up and down the aisles, so I don’t have to get my happy self out of my seat? Yeah, I do. Do I tip when I go up to the concourse and get myself a hotdog? No, I don’t. Maybe that makes me a bad person, but I don’t generally tip people who are providing the equivalent of service that I get at a fast-food location.

    • Tom Foolery says:

      I know that around here, some sports venues have volunteers working in concessions, to raise money for charities…the charity gets a percentage of the revenue. Would that fact change your inclination to tip the vendors?

  20. ivantaylor1964 says:

    Im not sure if anyone knows this but the avg wage for a waitress is about $2.50 some restraunt you bid for your job and dont get pay.. Because the fed govt considers tips as a part of the pay. the restaunt/club dont make up for the min wage if they dont make the tips.. I tip all servers

  21. pax says:

    I always tip housekeeping at a B&B my husband and I hit up a couple of times a year. They give lots of little extras in their rooms and the rooms are full of lovely antiques (as well as pristinely clean and tidy). And since we plan to be repeat customers, we want them to look forward to our arrival.

    • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

      Indeed. I travel a lot on business and I am required to tip when tipping is warranted, and even sometimes when it isn’t (for example, the waiter in Germany). I err on the generous side because I am aware it is an image thing for the company.

      I didn’t tip the room cleaner at the last hotel I stayed at because he not only left the room half undone each day, but made himself at home in the drawer in which I had folded my nightgowns and underwear. Tip? That bastard’s lucky he didn’t get sued. No, scratch that, he’s lucky I didn’t walk in while he was playing with my unmentionables, or after I got done with him, he would have sung in a voice higher than mine.

      • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

        The point of all that, other than a satisfying rant, was that just not leaving him a tip (rather than not leaving him a tip PLUS raising hell with the management) would have got lost in the background noise of all of the other non-tippers.

  22. corkdork says:

    I’m probably slightly anomalous, as my local sporting events have concessions run by community groups (high school bands, cheerleading squads, etc), and tip money goes to a worthy cause — not sure how much of my $5-for-a-glass-of-mediocre-beer goes towards them, but whatever, a buck won’t kill me. Now, if I’m at an event where the concessions are run by the venue… not so much.

  23. Orv says:

    Last time I went to a hair stylist, they apparently didn’t think the tip I gave them was big enough, because they rang up a bigger one when they took my credit card.

    I don’t use valet parking, but I imagine if you don’t tip they just help themselves to whatever you left in the car.

  24. mbd says:

    The fact that someone decides to take a low paying job in the hopes of receiving tips does not make me feel obligated to tip them.

    I tip at restaurants when both the service and the food is good. Otherwise, no tip. I don’t care if the waiter/waitress does not control the quality of the food. Only a stupid person would stay and a waiter/waitress job where the food is bad.

    I tip pizza delivery if it arrives within 30 minutes and the order is correct, providing there is no delivery charge. I will never understand why anyone would work delivering pizza for a shop that can not make 30 minutes, or expect a tip when the customer has already been charged for delivery. I don’t care if the delivery charge is not shared with the driver, only a stupid person would expect a tip in that situation.

    • c_c says:

      Mr. Pink, is that you?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5ODhIFawfs

      But seriously, if you haven’t noticed it’s kind-of a tough job market out there. Not everyone can chose to not work at a restaurant that doesn’t live up to your high standards, or at a >30min pizza place. And like or not, their livelihood depends on tips. So, pay up.

      • evnmorlo says:

        If it’s a tough job market, all the more reason not to tip. Service workers should be grateful just to have a job, and should cherish every paying customer

  25. saifrc says:

    This poll is broken. If you assumed that everyone tipped for dining, then you could compare the number of votes received by each other category to the number of votes in the dining category. However, this is probably not true — there are probably people who don’t tip for dining who do tip for other categories, and there are probably people who wouldn’t have checked any boxes at all.

    Until the survey is fixed, and a substantial number of people enter their results, this poll is basically meaningless except for the most obvious intuition.

  26. The Wise Squirrel says:

    I tip for all of the above in the poll, except for “Food/Beer at a sporting event”, and “Coffee shop/Deli”.

    I believe in tipping, as its expected for many of these situations. That said, I just can’t tip at a sporting event after geting ripped off for mediocre concessions. Additionally, the coffee shop or carry-out type place having a tipping jar is a recent trend, but one that I see as unneccessary. We all have our limits!

  27. Ladybird says:

    I’ve been known to slip the waitress at my favorite out of town casino $20 at the beginning of the night. The drinks are free, but by tipping well I never have to worry about a watered down drink, wondering were the hell my waitress is, etc. It also nets me coupon for a free buffet from time to time, so it’s worth it.

    • corkdork says:

      This. When I gamble, the first tip is really big. I never have to wait for a drink, and it doesn’t stay empty long. Even when playing nickel slots!

  28. george69 says:

    Here is a tip,

    don’t eat yellow snow

    I tip a buck or two sometimes when I eat out. Also for a hair cut. Thats it.

  29. Wburg says:

    Does that mean only 17% of people tip at a restaurant?

  30. claytons says:

    Don’t tip for coffee unless I order an espresso drink and the task requires actual skill. Even then i don’t tip much. I know this is a contentious one, but I just don’t see why brewing coffee and filling a cup merrits a tip.

    • kutsuwamushi says:

      I agree, and I had a barista-ing job where tips were what made it possible for me to make ends meet. No one that I worked with was resentful of customers who bought brewed coffee and didn’t tip, either.

      I thought it was nice when customers tipped me for brewed coffee, but I did often wonder why, unless I had done something like discuss the coffee with them or remember how they liked it. With espresso drinks, the skill and care of the barista makes a big difference (at least in shops where it hasn’t been automated all to hell), but not so much with brewed coffee.

      (Of course, some people just don’t like change in their pocket, and if they wanted to give it to me, that… was more than fine.)

  31. GirlCat says:

    If I’m standing on line and ordering at a counter, sorry, no tip. But I do tip bartenders, so I’m a big fat hypocrite.

    • shadoo says:

      I agree, I mean why should I tip the lady that got my bagel out of the case anything? Why is there even a tip line? I hate writing a zero in there.

  32. yagisencho says:

    My family had food to eat during the ’81 recession thanks to tips my mom earned while waitressing. So yeah, I tip.

  33. kutsuwamushi says:

    Not a well-designed poll. Apart from the weird way it shows results, there’s no “I don’t know” option.

    I never go to sporting events, so I don’t know if I would tip. I haven’t bothered to find out what’s considered customary. Likewise, living in a driveable area with a car, I don’t take taxis. If I leave it unchecked, it makes it seem like I support not tipping, but really, I just don’t have an opinion.

  34. osiris73 says:

    You need to specify if the food delivery already has a delivery fee. You also need to change your poll to a yes, no or N/A box. I mean, I don’t go to sporting events, so I didn’t check the box. However, if I did, I would likely tip. But it’s not applicable to me. Where I live, we don’t have taxis. But if we did, I’d tip.

    I also tell the person taking the bags to my room at resorts.

  35. AnthonyC says:

    I will say that this poll reminded me I forgot to tip the housekeeping at the hotel I stayed in tuesday night. :-(

  36. balthisar says:

    I picked all of them except:

    Food/Beer at a sporting event. I never, ever buy from the ambulant vendors. All they have is crappy Budweiser in a plastic cup. You have to get up to find the Labatt. As long as I’m up, I get my food from a stand, too. So, same as fast food.

    Coffee shop/Deli: c’mon, this is fast food. If there’s insignificant change, I may pour it into the tip jar, but then I don’t really consider that a “tip” — it’s just insignificant change.

    And a qualifier: I said I tip the valet parker, but only where the valet service is “free.” Paid valets don’t usually get a tip, but there are exceptions.

    Another qualifier: If tip the chambermaids if I’m going to be there more than a night or two. If it’s a tourist town, then maybe I’ll tip even if it’s only for having stayed a single night.

  37. SphinxRB says:

    I’ve worked at lumber yards, loading much lumber, bags of concrete, sweating your ass off, for many years, and only got tipped a couple times. Someone walks over to yor table with drinks, food, and the bill, and we tip them. People in lumber yards don’t make minimum wage, but it’s not like were rolling in money either. IT’s backbreaking work, and people don’t even think about tipping.

  38. darksly says:

    I Tip everyone but the hotel house keepers… and it is usually because I don’t have my room serviced while I stay… I pretty much tip everywhere else… kinda like Rodney Dangerfield in Caddy Shack.

  39. shadydentist says:

    Not tipping for food delivery puts you at the bottom of their priority list.

  40. GuidedByLemons says:

    Voted yes for everything except stadium vendors and hotel housekeeping.

    I only tip a buck or less at coffee shops and delis (and other over-the-counter eateries), and only if I like the place and plan to come back regularly. Yes, it’s basically a bribe ;)

  41. JusticeGustine says:

    As a son of a waitress and one who spent early working years in minimum wage service jobs, I tip anyone that will accept them.

    Once watched 8 people in line to get taxis in Vegas during CES, not one person tipped the door man that was hailing cabs. I did and was treated like a VIP when he happened to be at the door.

  42. El_Fez says:

    Food Delivery with the addendum that if there’s a delivery charge, then they get no tip.

    • parmonie says:

      I would check out http://www.tipthepizzaguy.com . I looked online once to see if I should tip even if there is a delivery charge and I got to this site. It’s interesting and quite informative, actually. I usually just tip $2 since whatever I buy usually isn’t much. If I were to order a ton of pizzas, for example, I’d tip more. You get the picture.

  43. muscles says:

    I don’t understand why people don’t think it’s important to tip hotel maids.

    If someone cleans my toilet and changes my sheets, having no idea what might have gone on in them the night prior, I’m going to give them some money.

    • Rectilinear Propagation says:

      It’s weird trying to tip someone you never see.

      I remember when I was young my family was at a restaurant and we saw someone try to take a tip left for a waitress on a table. My dad stopped them and let the waitress know. After that we never just left money on the table. Tips go directly into the hand of the person I want to have it.

  44. kooly says:

    Missing from the list: Tow Truck Driver; Kid at the Garden Store who loads the mulch in my car; Skycap

  45. Jabberkaty says:

    I don’t take taxis (rural), use valet parking (cheap), or go to sporting events. The only thing I don’t really tip for is my coffee or a deli sandwich (depending very much on the deli in question. Sometimes you have to tip because it’s so awesome you don’t want it to ever go away).

  46. Rachacha says:

    For those people that tip housekeeping staff at a hotel, are you staying at Motel 6, a moderate hotel (Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn), High End (Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton) or Resorts (Waldorf Astoria, Ritz Carlton).

    • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

      Moderate business class. It depends where I am and what’s available. Hampton In and Suites in Louisiana, the kooky Elegante with the Ten Commandments monument next to the door in Odessa, Holiday Inn in Fort Smith, Hilton at Heathrow, the attractive little cheap beachfront place with atmosphere in Ventura, the historic B&B in Aberdeen, the Marriott next to the airport in Hannover, the Kempinsky Mall of the Emirates (scary expensive) in Dubai… but it’s hard to find a not-fancy business hotel in Dubai.

      • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

        And adding to that the fact that I live in Houston, everyone can now play “what industry does speedwell work in,” heh.

        • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

          Gah… You’re really getting me thinking here. I’ve narrowed it down to “A big corporate company that does (blank)”

          How sad is that? lol. I guess the trouble is that since I live in Houston too I know how diverse our corporate-ness is so it’s hard to nail down.

          • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

            Oil tools manufacturing, which makes me real popular these days in chat rooms… LOL

  47. Quake 'n' Shake says:

    You forgot “Strippers” on the list.

  48. Rachacha says:

    For those people that tip housekeeping staff at a hotel, are you staying at Motel 6, a moderate hotel (Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn), High End (Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton) or Resorts (Waldorf Astoria, Ritz Carlton).

    • Rachacha says:

      Sorry for the double post – The site crashed and I didn’t think it went through.

    • CrisA says:

      I tip housekeeping no matter where I’m staying, especially if I stay more than one night. Generally the first day I’m there I leave a note asking for extra towels and a $5. If I’m staying for a week, I also tip halfway through the week and and at the end of the week. I’ll tip more at a really high class resort, but I tip at all of them.

  49. sugarplum says:

    I don’t do a ton of sports/events things, but I’ve not seen a tip cup that I remember. I probably wouldn’t, as I usually just get a Coke.

    I tip the rest…I always figure Valet will give you crappy spot or not be so careful if you don’t tip. (Nice reasoning, I know). I find the haircut/hair-do tipping odd as it’s usually so expensive to begin with but I guess it’s expected and if you go back to the same person, well, you have to. I’d rather that type of fee be built in!

  50. vitajex says:

    I’m an free-lance journalist who relies on information given to me by other people.

    Should I tip my tipsters?

    • Sparkstalker says:

      Just as long as you don’t work for Gizmodo….that might get your house raided by police…

  51. AlexTNOA says:

    I tip for all of those.

  52. HogwartsProfessor says:

    I tip unless the service is abominable. Then I don’t leave anything, complain to management and never return.

    I always tip good to the people who cut my hair. They do a good job even though it is a walk-in clip joint.

  53. JollyJumjuck says:

    My $0.02:

    If the person is making less than minimum wage (e.g. a server at a restaurant), and the service is good, they deserve a tip.
    Otherwise, no. And I’ve shared this before. As a teenager I used to work at a full serve gas bar, making minimum wage. We would fill up cars with gas, rain or shine (no canopies at full serve gas bars, so we would get drenched), check people’s fluid levels, top up oil, etc. No matter how good the service was, we would only get a tip around Christmastime, and only from a few people (if you got $5 during an 8-hour shift, you were lucky).
    Yes, people can pump their own gas. They can also pour their own drinks if the bar would allow them, park their own car, clean up their hotel room, and get their own food from the restaurant kitchen. Oh ya, and often pick up their own food. But they don’t, and some people tip those folk.
    Except for the gas bar attendant, who has to smell gas fumes, work in the pouring rain, and so forth. It’s very telling that gas bar attendants weren’t on the list, yet other professions who make *more* money doing *less* work are listed.
    If I go to a full serve gas bar, I always make sure to tip. The attendants are usually surprised. If you can tip the guy who delivers your pizza, cuts your hair, and parks your car, then you’re a fucking hypocrite if you can’t bring yourself to tip the gas bar attendant, especially when he’s filled your car, checked your oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and topped up your car.

    • Rectilinear Propagation says:

      It’s very telling that gas bar attendants weren’t on the list

      Most places don’t have them. I think they left it off because it wouldn’t even apply to most people.

  54. H3ion says:

    Hotel room cleaning staff – $2 per person per night
    Sit down Restaurant – 20% with the same percentage to the wine steward if there is one and we order wine.
    Parking garage where the attendant gets my car – $1
    Haircut – The cost is $17 and I always give him $23. The cost used to be $18 with a $5 tip and when he reduced the price, I left the total the same.
    Drinks at a bar – 20%

    The bigger question is hotel concierge services. How much do you tip if they get you theater tickets or ball game tickets? What if they just recommend a restaurant or give you directions?

    Tipping is a lousy practice but it’s ingrained and I don’t think it’s going away anytime soon.

  55. COBBCITY says:

    Never understood tipping hotel housekeeping. I don’t stay in cheap hotels and the $$$ I paid per night includes a spotless room that is cleaned and returned to that condition during my stay. Pay the damn housekeeper good money!

  56. COBBCITY says:

    Never understood tipping hotel housekeeping. I don’t stay in cheap hotels and the $$$ I paid per night includes a spotless room that is cleaned and returned to that condition during my stay. Pay the damn housekeeper good money!

  57. Communist Pope says:

    Wow, less than 20% tip at restaurants? What? I hope most of them are either living in countries where restaurant tips aren’t expected or only eat at buffet-style restaurants…

    • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

      Fight tip creep. I remember when 12 percent was considered baseline, then it was 15 percent, then 20 percent started being suggested, now here you are, acting like 20 percent is not only reasonable but a minimum entitlement. Entitlement, indeed.

  58. Stannous Flouride says:

    I work at a hardware store and regularly, with no expectation of remuneration, I help people fix their bikes, carry paint out to their car (there’s no parking in the neighborhood to speak of), etc. All of which I consider just ‘doing my job.’
    I am still surprised when someone tips me. I _do_ refuse it twice but then accept it and promise to waste it on beer.

  59. what says:

    Don’t forget to tip your tattoo artist! :)

  60. enomosiki says:

    Everything on the list EXCEPT for the valet parking bullshit, mainly because I NEVER get my car valet parked.

    Stories of people having their stuff stolen by valets, having been ticketed for parking violation due to the valet’s fault but never realizing it until it’s too late because the valet ripped up the ticket and pretend that nothing had happened, valets taking cars for joyrides and such mean that I am willing to walk a few blocks rather than to hand over my keys to a complete stranger.

  61. DrLumen says:

    If you are going to tip for food/beer at a sporting event, you may as well tip the counter people at the movie theater. Not to sound cheap but if I’m am expected to pay $10 for a beer or $8.50 for some popcorn then there is no way I’m going to tip too. That just seems like grinding salt in an open wound.

  62. bairdwallace says:

    wait, do only 17.5% of voters think it’s normal to tip for dinner at a restaurant? I mean, I don’t tip at fast food joints, but that’s not what I assumed “Dinner at a restaurant” meant. And 12.8% for taxis? Am I reading this wrong?

  63. Altimerist says:

    Ill tip at a restaurant, Ill tip at a bar, Ill tip the delivery guy. Ive never been on a taxy, so I dont know about that. And housekeeping? Not sure about that.

    One thing I do not tip is coffee bars, juice bars, etc.

    I mean seriously, I just paid 5 bucks for a stupid Starbucks/Jamba Juice/Cold Stone/whatever, and you want me to tip you for a minute worth of work? What the hell do you tip? 10 cents??

  64. peecubed says:

    I was really surprised not to see movers in the poll or in the comments (that I read). Maybe its just because I live in SF, where often times they’re lugging your shit up 4 flights of stairs while getting paid the same as if they carried it in the front door of a house. I tip those guys well, but mostly because I’ve been on the other side of the coin.
    Otherwise, I despise tipping, but recognize where it is due. I still don’t like the idea that it is mandatory. I really wish places with expected tips would just pay the employees minimum wages and treat tips as a nice gesture, not as an obligation to the customer.
    And to all those people that say you must tip at a restaurant, screw that! We live in a capitalist society; if you feel you’re underpaid for your job, go out and get a better one! And if you can’t, there’s a reason for it. Also, I’ve never understood the whole wait staff/server spitting in your food thing – why take it out on the customer. Your boss is the one screwing you.

  65. josephPblow says:

    There is clearly either something majorly wrong with this poll, or readers of consumerist are cold, cold bastards. I cannot believe under any circumstances that 82% of you do not actually tip at a restaurant. Or 83% won’t tip a pizza delivery guy. Come, is this a mass joke?

    • Coelacanth says:

      Yes, seriously. If over 80% of Consumerist readers don’t tip when they eat out at a restaurant, it almost makes me reconsider why I consider taking people’s opinions here seriously.

      Granted, I know there are people who don’t tip, and it’s within their rights not to, in my opinion… but I’ve always assumed they were in the extreme minority.

  66. Extractor says:

    Must be nice to work for tips rather than working to avoid malpractce lawsuits. Ill tip for table service but not those damn Dunkin Donut tip cups. Have any of these fast food companies realized yet just how many of us avoid them because of the damn cup? Only ones I tip like that is in the summer when the high school kids are working at Dairy Queen. I just hope only the kids get to keep the tips and not some franchise owner using some BS excuse. BTW in an earlier posting, I have been asking servers how their tips are managed, either they get it or they have to split it. As was stated in that posting, surprisingly the staff does not mind being asked.

  67. alstein says:

    You should mention that you can vote for more then one.

    • Rectilinear Propagation says:

      Hasn’t it said “check all that apply” since it’s been up?

      Poll results are busted though so the percentages are way off.

  68. s2 says:

    A lot of food service/bar folks are taught TIPS stands for To Insure Prompt Service. I always felt this was pure crap. If i’m a customer/guest in your establishment i expect prompt service or i’ll walk and take my dollars elsewhere. Your goal should be prompt service. A tip is a bonus, not a suppliment to your minimum wage. A server who is just doing their job isn’t earning a “bonus” at least not from me. Now everyone has different expectations of that service. I usually plan on giving 20% at the start of the meal and it ticks up/down depending until the total arrives. I’m not going to ding a server for slow service in a very busy place. I’m going to reward them for prompt service in the same busy place. My drink glass is empty in a slow time? Not going to be good for you. Oh and places that just lump on 18% for big tables or just because? Thats all you person is getting regardless.

    • Altimerist says:

      Theres always the story of someone who has a friend who goes to restaurants, lays down $20 in ones bucks on the counter, and tells the server, “Here is your tip, for every screw up tonight, I’m going to deduct a little from your tip.”

      I wonder if anyone really does that?

  69. GreyGlove says:

    I once took a long cab ride and as we approached the destination point I looked at the meter and saw that the ride was much more then I expected or had on me (cab did not take cards) so I told the driver to let me out about two miles before the destination so I would have money to tip him. He turned and said “You tip?” with a huge grin. I nodded and he turned off the meter, took me directly to my destination and told me my fare was less than half what the meter had read before he turned it off. I paid him what he asked plus a healthy tip, which was still less than what the meter had read. He handed me a card and I used that same cabbie again and again and always got great service.

  70. Wei says:

    Is it wrong that I generally don’t tip at buffets because busing plates doesn’t seem like tipable activity? Does anyone know if those people get server pay or real salary?

    • GreyGlove says:

      Busboys get minimum wage and rarely, if ever, get raises since it’s a high turn-over position. Having been a busboy as a kid I know how hard they work and when I see a busboy busting his a55 to turn tables, especially while I’m waiting for a table, I always tip him on the sly.

  71. Cyniconvention says:

    I lost my phone at a hotel a few days back. When I return to the area in another few days, If no one has stolen it and given it to their child, I’ll tip then.

    Of course, the thing is shut off, so…

  72. slappysquirrel says:

    If less that 18 percent of people here tip after dinner in a restaurant, that could explain why everyone here is always complaining about bad customer service.

  73. nbs2 says:

    Is there anything wrong with simply having a general rule of thumb of tipping on “above perfunctory” service?

    Once I got tipped (and commended) by a customer when I worked at Home Depot after going to bat for them against management and ensuring they got what they wanted and b) got what they paid for and paid for what they got. At the same time, when was at a restaurant-not-to-be-named-for-I-am-shamed-to-have-worked-there, I worked tables to fill some short staffing. I provided solid, but not exceptional, service. No tip. Looking back, it wasn’t merited.

  74. Working for the man, he pays well. says:

    I think the poll is messed up… It is counting every selection as an individual voter… I doubt that only 17% tip for dinner at a restaurant.

  75. verbraucher says:

    Here in massachusetts food server make $2.63 an hour so unless service is exceptionally horrible a tip is rather obligatory

  76. Thoreau says:

    When I was younger, I didn’t tip hotel housekeeping. Now that I have 4 kids they deserve the tip for dealing with the way kids turn the room upsidedown.

  77. sonohuey says:

    The only places that I despise leaving a tip is Dunkin Donuts. Pouring me coffee while making over minimum wage (meaning not a tip based job) in my book does not constitute a tip.

    There is one Dunkin Donuts that I have absolutely no problem leaving my spare change at – Exit 71 off of I84 in Connecticut – the Ruby Road exit with the truck stop.

    In lieu of tipping, they now have a collection bins where the money is donated to charities for kids. I was very happy to see one of the Dunkin Donuts follow the lead of McDonalds.

  78. adamczar says:

    When I was younger I worked at a few grocery stores stocking shelves, etc., and would sometimes get called to help someone out to their car. Occasionally I got a few dollars which I always appreciated but never expected.

    If you ask for help with your groceries and loading them into your car, would you tip?

  79. Griking says:

    So Devil’s Advocate here;

    Since most of the people here seems to feel that tipping is expected, would you tip the Comcast repair man if he arrived on time and resolved your problem?

  80. xnihilx says:

    You need to put a n/a option on these for those of us who don’t use those services. Otherwise, your results are useless. It’s going to look like we don’t tip for say ‘food at a sporting event’ when we don’t go to sporting events.

  81. grumblingmumbles says:

    Im surprised there was no option for “Advice on Consumer Affairs (hint hint)”

  82. MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

    Unless four-fifth of participants really do NOT usually tip for dinner in a restaurant, it looks like this poll was structured incorrectly. The numbers should not add up to 100%. As I’m writing this, it says 7,833 people voted for customarily tipping for dinner, I’m assuming fewer than 10,000 people actually voted, but there are 44,543 total votes, which would seem to be across all categories. To put it another way, I checked 7 of the 9 boxes, which should have counted as one vote but probably counted as 7. I hope you can redo this to give an idea of how many respondents actually chose a particular answer, which would be far more interesting and useful.

    Oh, and I’d include “Picking up a take-out order” on there.

  83. DennyCrane says:

    Anytime someone handles a bag of mine, I always tip. The bellman at a hotel, someone who gets my hotel bags out of hotel storage, anyone who handles my golf bag as well. This would include extra for a taxi driver that handles my suitcases for me.

  84. cybrczch says:

    Haircut
    Pizza delivery
    Restaurant
    Bar
    Local cafe I have lunch in every other week
    That’s about all that applies to me. No hotels, sporting events, taxis or valet parking.

  85. SinA says:

    Everyone gets two bucks. Everyone. Two bucks.

  86. ames says:

    the little “help pay for your blah blah’s college fund!” jars and ones like in your picture? NEVER. You see those mostly at places like Dunkin Donuts, where they are not making below minimum wage. It drives me nuts.

    I’ve started tipping less and less as I”ve gotten older. When I was in my twenties, I tipped all over the place.

  87. bill368 says:

    Never for take out food, why should I.

  88. thistowniswrong says:

    I’ve heard that people don’t tip their piercers/tattoo artists? I find this insane, is it just me? I used to be an ear piercer at Claire’s, where we couldn’t take tips, but if I go for a body piercing or if I ever get a tattoo, YES they get tipped. What’s the word there?

  89. goldilockz says:

    I tip if I feel the individual doing the serving is professional and polite. Why not?

    I’ve never tipped housekeeping though… I had no idea! Do you just leave the tip in the room??

  90. mllejanvier says:

    You do realize that if tipping was replaced by employers paying livable wages the prices for nearly every good/service would skyrocket?

  91. carlogesualdo says:

    I tip servers in restaurants because they get less than minimum wage and are expected to make up the difference in tips. Otherwise…no.

  92. RubberKeyhole says:

    what about dog groomers? is this the same kind of thing as haircuts? I usually take my dog to PetSmart because they’re quick and it looks decent, but it’s $40 (she’s a schnauzer with a complex groom)…I always hesitate to tip after that!!

  93. kpxfiles says:

    I work as a Barista and don’t expect people to tip, but if they do I’m grateful. I think of a tip as a thank you gift. A customer brought my manager a bottle of wine because he found her camera and kept it save. It was a really nice gesture. Personally, I tip whenever I feel like the person really deserved a tip. I don’t believe in the BS that people live off tips. Employers take advantage of this and it’s not fair. Employers need to pay their employee’s well whether they are receiving a tip or not. I was a server and didn’t like being paid minimum wage, so I quit.

  94. eggman131 says:

    My LORD are you people cheap!!

  95. parmonie says:

    I always tip 20%, at the least, when at a restaurant. At a bar, $1 per drink, if I feel it’s deserved and that’s what a bartender friend told me. I tip a little extra when I’m at a Mom-and-Pop place because even though it might be more expensive, they’re local and not some crappy Starbucks or Subway. I usually just leave my coin change for Subway. Their quality has gone WAY down hill. The one in the gas station I work at has literally just omitted the cheese from the Italian Herbs and Cheese bread. It’s just Italian with some herbs on it. It sucks. Plus, they’re getting paid hourly and they don’t rely on tips for actual pay.