Tips On Tipping Everyone From Your Pizza Guy To Your Sherpa

We all that know that tipping your waiter 15-20% is the standard (though some of you will surely disagree) or that you usually throw the pizza guy at least a couple bucks, especially if he braves flood waters to deliver your order. But what about your tattoo artist, or your salmon fishing guide or your sherpa?

The folks at have come up with a handy reference list of 63 different tips for tipping. Here are some highlights:

*Take-Out Food – 10% when you pay. Make sure you tip based on the entire check if you use restaurant coupons.

*Mom & Pop Coffee Shops – $1 if you’re just purchasing a drink. 10% if you’re running a tab or making a meal-sized purchase.

*Chain Coffee Shops — 25 cents tossed in the tip jar, if they were nice and you feel like it. More if they made you a complex drink and served it pleasantly. Nothing if you got your own cup and filled it while all they did was take your cash.

*Taxi – 10% to 15% is standard and 20% if the driver helps you with heavy bags.

*Stylist, Colorist or Barber — 15% to 20%

Pizza – $2 to $5 depending on the distance the delivery person had to drive. If you use pizza coupons, make sure you tip based on the total price of the check. Check first to make sure a small tip was not already included in the total price, but make sure this isn’t a “service fee” not shared with drivers.

*Furniture — $5 per large item delivered. You may want to tip more if the delivery requires a lot of set up.

*Hotel Housekeeping Staff – $1 to $5, depending on the hotel’s quality and extra services provided. Tip daily as staff varies and put the cash in a sealed enveloped indicating it’s for housekeeping.

* Blackjack Dealers — $5 chip per gambling session (higher at high limit tables). Also, you can set up a side bet for the dealer as a tip, usually at the minimum betting level.

*Salmon Fishing Guides — 15% is the average for independent fishing guides, but not less than 10%.

*Museum Guides — $1 per tour participant.

*Tattoo Artists – 10% to 20%, depending on the difficulty and amount of work performed.

*Movers – $10 to $20 per mover, depending on the amount of work necessary.

*Tow Truck Operators – $3 to $5 per car towed, even if it’s covered by AAA.

*Mail Carriers – Government employees are prohibited from receiving money as a gift or gratuity, but the Postal Service tends to turn a blind eye during the holidays. A $5 to $10 tip is sufficient, unless your mail is delivered by a different carrier each day. Even better, write a letter of appreciation to the carrier’s supervisor.

*Sherpas – Tip one Yak for making it up the mountain and an additional Yak every time the sherpa has to save you from falling off the mountain.

You can check out the entire list at


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  1. Darrone says:

    Why am I tipping on take out? I’ve been given no service, and i dont think pizza cooks earn a cut of tips.

    • nodaybuttoday says:

      agreed, that is the whole reason why I take out vs. getting delivery

    • sleze69 says:

      Starting the list out with something absurd like tipping for takeout nullifies the rest of the list.

    • missdona says:

      I agree. I’m not tipping at McDonalds when I’m taking out and I’m not tipping at a pizza place either.

    • hypochondriac says:

      Why would I tip for takeout? Also why tip for coffee, unless they bring it to your table

      • Fidget says:

        Well, if you’re getting a drink that takes half an hour to make, consider tipping. Also consider tipping the person behind you who just wanted a drip coffee, but your drink literally requires all three people at the middle of nowhere Starbucks to decipher and assemble…
        /”triple foam soy something jerk made them burn my simple coffee” rant

        • watch me boogie says:

          I always tip if it’s a barista drink, but if they just poured black coffee in a cup and handed it to me, I usually don’t tip. Sometimes I will, if it’s insanely busy or they look sort of harried yet manage to be friendly – more of a supportive gesture than some kind of “reward.”

      • watch me boogie says:

        It seems absurd to tip for take out… then again, when we do take-out (which is really rarely) it’s from the local pizza joint that basically does all take-out, not proper sit-down places.

        I never realized you were supposed to tip a tow truck driver. *feels really embarrassed*

    • rmorin says:

      I think this refers to resturants were there is no dedicated “take out” person. Most casual dining resturants (Chilis,Applebees, etc.) offer pick-up, but no dedicated person to take care of it. Thus they have a server take time away from their tables to organize and bag your order. The server may have to ladle sauces/dressings or prepare other small items to make your order ready for you to pick up. This I have no problem with tipping a couple dollars because they are readying my order and are doing services that would normally get a tip had I been a sit down patron. I agree tipping may not be neccessary at a pizza or chinese place where there is just a counter you walk up to, but at traditional “sit-down” resturants I think that it is fair to tip the server for readying the to-go order.

      • dolemite says:

        If I were going to tip someone for ladeling some sauces and putting my food into a bag, it would be about 2-3% max. The reason I tip a server is they usually commit 30-60 minutes of their life catering to my needs..not just because they brought me the ketchup.

        • rmorin says:

          What do servers do otherwise dolemite? In carryout, they organize your order, taking care of things that the cooks do not (sauces, salads, etc.) and bring it to you. What does a server do if you are in house that is so different? Get drinks? Check on you once or twice? Think about it, you are there for 30-60 minutes but they are only actively working with you for 5-10 minutes of your stay. Considering a take-out order probally takes around 5 minutes of the servers time, you can see why you should be tipping them. I don’t mean neccessarily tipping what you would if you were in house but they should be compensated for their service.

          • Darrone says:

            Take out takes 5 minutes of their time, but serving a table only takes 10? Insane. They simply BAG the order given, throw in napkins, sauces, maybe utensils. Thats the same service you get from a drive through. A casual dining server takes your order in at least 3 stages, refills drinks, brings condements, you know, SERVES the food, checks on the food, takes care of any issues, etc. The different levels of service are not comparable.

            • adamstew says:

              A drive-through worker makes minimum wage. Or more. Where I am, they usually pay dollar or two more than minimum. If the person is above-and-beyond then i’ll give them a dollar… this is RARE.

              A waiter/waitress doesn’t get paid that. They get paid a slave wage by the restaurant. I ALWAYS tip a buck or two if I do take-out from a place that is normally sit-down service.

              Sometimes, at the nicer place, there will be a tip jar. I’ll usually throw the spare change from the transaction in there. Especially if i’m a regular. It gets you noticed, remembered, and you do get better service on future visits because of it.

              • armchair lactivist says:

                I live in a state that requires servers be paid at least minimum wage, plus tips. I realize that being a server in a restaurant isn’t going to make anyone rich, but they do at least as well as someone working retail or fast food, and can easily make much more if they’re good at their job.

              • Darrone says:

                But, im not dealing with a waitress or waiter. I deal with a hostess, thats it. Maybe if you want to include cook. But i never deal with anyone who is working mostly on tips.

            • rmorin says:

              I can absolutely assure you that in any of the national casual chains (Chilis, Applebees) that the server does not spend more then 10 minutes aggregate on a normal table. Again, just because your visit is spread out over 60 minutes does not mean they are helping or even thinking about you during that time. They have 5-6 tables, so I can assure you, about 10 minutes is the totality of their effort on you, just spread out over a 60 minute time frame.

              • dggriffi says:

                That’s because the national chains have everyone work together and expedite, pre-buss, fill drinks, and check on the table. They probably also require tipping out. A server does a lot more than just hand me my food, which is exactly why they get tipped.

          • dolemite says:

            They take my order, bring me extra napkins, sauces, usually 2-3 refills, bring the food out to the table, make sure my food was cooked to my liking, and if it wasn’t they remedy the problem. Bring boxes at the end of the meal, suggest a desert, bring coffee, bring the bill. Basically they are beholden to me for 60 minutes.

            For takeout…they put the food in a box then bag. Done and done in 2-3 min.

          • Marshmelly says:

            so you tip at McDonalds too?

          • fairandbalanced says:

            A paycheck compensates them for their service.

      • frank64 says:

        Well I posted bellow on this topic, but to your point about them using regular service workers, that is more of an internal issue. They should pay these people more for their time when they are not earning tips. The overhead is not being used by the take out people.

      • Wombatish says:

        A lot of chains (I know Chilis does this, pretty sure Applebees does too) have a hostess scheduleded to handle car-side and to-go during the day, and the server or bartender only picks it up late at night or at other very odd hours.

        And if it’s a hostess working it, it’s their job + they’re getting paid full wages, not server wages.

        And even if it’s a server covering it all day, Chilis has to make up their wages if they fall below minimum wage even with tips.

        Personally, I don’t usually tip for carryout, unless someone was just particularly nice or helpful. Most carryout tips are pooled, as well, and I prefer to tip the outstanding person than give everyone else a bonus because one person can do their job right. A compliment to their manager works well too, sometimes.

        • rmorin says:

          YMMV as I know for a fact the Chilis near me does not have a dedicated person as I know people that work there.

      • gonzo5680 says:

        The takeout person at our restaurant makes 2.13 an hour just like the servers. It involves a lot of work that I think most people won’t appreciate until they themselves actually work in the service industry.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      I tip my local pizza place because it’s a locally owned place and I always get great service there. I always pick it up myself so I don’t tip for delivery, but I tip just because it’s nice to have a locally owned place amid all of the Domino’s, Pizza Huts, and Papa Johns and I’d like for them to stay in business and be profitable.

    • Ahardy55 says:

      Agreed. Tipping for take out is absurd. I don’t care how you serve other customers, you placing my food in a bag and then having nothing else to do with me doesn’t get you a tip.

      • JMILLER says:

        Ok, then how about you box it, bag it, and take care of it yourself. If you can’t afford to order carry out, stay home and cook

        • SteveZim1017 says:

          I have never worked at an establishment where the kitchen hands takeout food to a server to box up. the kitchen does it the same as putting it on a plate.

          if you are trying to convince people that they should tip because the server doesn’t place a scoop of mash potato in the palm of your hand and shoo you away, I think you will have to try harder.

        • dggriffi says:

          or we just find a new restaurant and you go jobless.

        • Datruth says:

          So I should be tipping my grocery store cashier, too with this logic? How absurd.

    • Doubts42 says:

      The good reason is that they took time away from their tipping tables to take your order, send your order, ring up your order and assemble and bag your order. You don’ tip as much but you still tip.

      The 2 bad reasons are that most establishments require the waitstaff to “tip out” a percentage of their sales. This goes to bus boys, bartenders, and hosts. if they ring up your $30.00 take out and you don’t tip it just cost them $1.50 to $5.00 to serve you. the 2nd bad reason is that you want to get the correct food, hot, and without any bodily fluids the next time you order takeout.

      • frank64 says:

        I don’t think they tip out for take out, it wouldn’t make sense. If they do, that is stupid, and not my issue.

        • lisalouise37 says:

          Yes they do have to tip out on the take out. I waited tables for 10 years (5 at a chain that wants you to take the food “To-Go” and set up a lot of advertising to tell you to do just that). That being said, you are right, not your issue that I have to pay 1.50 or so to the bartender or whatever. If I am good at my job the tables that are sitting will more than make up for your takeout order and tipping out should not matter.

          The restaurants who want you to have takeout (at least in the 3 chains and 2 family ones I have worked for over the years) will have a person who is paid at least minimum wage taking your order OR will have the bartender who is paid above server wage get it together on busy nights. On not so busy nights the server who answers the phone will get your order together.

          I get so sick and tired hearing servers complain about their tips. If you are doing your job you will get paid correctly (or it will all come out in the wash) and if you are not doing your job well – LEARN TO TYPE!

    • jefeloco says:

      After reading all of the broiling responses sparked by your diatribe, I agree. I know that someone still has to take my food from the cooks/reheaters to the foyer/counter but that is nowhere near the level of service when sitting at a table. Most of the joints I frequent have a dedicated take-out person who doubles as a host/ess when things get busy so they get paid more than the waitstaff anyways.

      In the rare occasions where I do get a server instead of a hostess, they should be getting hostess pay for the time they are helping me; I’m not sitting in so I’m not tipping.

      There are exceptions to every rule but not many to this one for me. Fyi, the main exception would be when the girlie at Olive Garden gives my wife two bags of breadsticks instead of one, my wife goes gaga for their bread.

    • Sammich says:

      Depends on the establishment. A lot of sit-down restaurants (that may have takeout counters) will run a tip pool where everyone involved gets a cut. For some places (especially the ones that only do takeout and delivery) the delivery guys get the tips from deliveries, but the cooks split the pick up tips.

      The person bringing your food isn’t the only one working to make sure you have a good experience, and isn’t the only one that deserves a tip (unless the service was the only good thing). Time and effort go into a lot more steps than just interacting with the customer.

      • Hoss says:

        I’m lost. It’s not an experience, it’s boxing food.

        • Sammich says:

          A “good experience” means having an overall satisfaction with your business transaction.

          At a restaurant that includes the enjoyment of the food. Food quality is that much more important for takeout/delivery places which don’t have the opportunity to impress with service and environment like a sit-down restaurant does.

          • pawnblue says:

            So how much do you tip at McDonald’s?

            I’m tipping because someone refills my drink and brings me my food. That’s a luxury, so I’m happy to pay. Take-out is essentially fast food. There isn’t any service there, so there’s no obligation to tip.

          • wildhalcyon says:

            In that case, when I get bad food at a dine-in restaurant, I’m going to tip based on my “overall experience” and not simply on the waiters service. Those waiters had better hope they work at a restaurant that serves tasty food.

            … seriously. That logic breaks down somewhere.

            • magus_melchior says:

              Wouldn’t that incentivize restaurant management to hire better cooks?

              Er, wait, management doing something other than slashing costs? Sorry, brain fart.

      • warik says:

        Yeah but those people make a normal wage there income isn’t tip dependent.

    • FoxCMK says:

      Seriously, 10% on take-out? I don’t think so.

    • mobomelter says:

      I work for Outback and I’ll tell you right now when you get Takeaway from an Outback the guy or girl bringing your food is getting paid EXACTLY the same amount as a server but they get less than half the tips of a server. It’s a shitty job and Outback should pay them better but they hope tips will make up for it.

    • Zowie says:

      Why? Because take-out is a pain in the ass. The containers, the packaging, putting the little dollops of delicious sauces into those confounding cups and lids. Don’t forget bagging it all so it won’t spill. When you work in food service its all about having a system to make food right and do it fast, and take-out messes with that system.

      Logically, you could parse out tipping standards for take-out joints from restaurants that serve sit-down diners and also, as a courtesy to customers, also provide take out food. The latter almost certainly deserve 10%. And you would agree if you ever worked in one.

  2. pop top says:

    Let me cover the bases real quick… If you’re a cheapskate, don’t use services where tipping is expected. If you get a regular wage (meaning one that is at or above your area’s minimum wage level), then you don’t need a tip jar, sorry.

    • Ziggie says:

      According to this list though, there are a whole bunch of services that supposedly require a tip. I don’t buy this. Who came up with these supposed social requirements?

      • pop top says:

        For me personally, if it’s out-of-the-ordinary, I would think about the quality and effort of the service provided. If I got a tattoo and it took X hours and was amazing, I would definitely tip because AFAIK, tattoos are commission-based work. If I go out and get sushi, and the chefs give me extras or rush my order and get it out quick, I’ll usually tip like $5-$10, depending on the size of the order.

    • frank64 says:

      I agree, it is just it seems tipping is becoming more expected at places that didn’t require it in the past. What happened is some people started tipping, and then it grew to an almost requirement. One indicator should if the employees are payed minimum wage or not. If it is a low skilled job, and they get minimum wage, then it is between them and the employer. Tipping is optional in these circumstances, but required for waiters, delivery drivers.

      On another note, I hate tipping bartenders- they expect a dollar a beer. Very light work, many get paid more than a college grad!

      • wrjohnston91283 says:

        They get paid more than a college grad, but they’re not going to be spending the rest of their lives doing that – on their feet all shift, could be loud music leading to hearing loss, late nights, no health care, no retirement. I don’t see many 50 year old bar tenders working in a college town. They’re making good money for the year or two they bar tend, and then they’re moving on to a more stable job.

    • rc251 says:

      In California, waiters make minimum wage as required by law ($8 an hour, higher in some cities). Does that mean I’m not supposed to tip them?

      • frank64 says:

        What do they say? I would say you should tip less. Otherwise I would eat out never- or somewhere else because you are double paying.

        On the other side, great gig being a waiter there. You are getting paid twice!

      • pop top says:

        It depends. If they just did the bare minimum, then of course I wouldn’t tip. If they made my experience enjoyable, I’d tip 10%. If they were amazing, busted their ass and got freebies thrown in, I’d easily tip 20% or more. I will admit that I’d love to be able to go out to eat and not have to tip on top of paying the price of the meal, but I do tip when I go out.

        • rc251 says:

          I was being slightly facetious, but I just don’t understand the argument that you have to tip waiters because they don’t make minimum wage. In many states, they actually do. And as far as I understand, in other states, the employer has to make up the difference if the employee doesn’t make minimum wage with tips included:

          “Employers must pay more than the hourly cash wage if the tipped employee earns less than the credit in tips per hour, as it is the employer’s responsibility to make sure that all tipped employees earn at least the minimum wage in cash wages and tips.”

          To me this sounds like waiters are ensured minimum wage no matter what.

          • pop top says:

            It’s a common practice in most restaurants to fire people that they have to regularly make up wages for, since they’re cutting into profits by not making enough minimum wage in tips. I have several friends that currently work or have worked as a server and I’ve seen their pay stubs and I know that they don’t make much, even with tips. So much is taken out of their paycheck it’s crazy, so I tip mostly because I know what my friends went/go through, but also because of the quality of service.

          • nucwin83 says:

            They are, but tips are calculated into their wages to bring them to minimum wage. That makes them reliant on tips. Where someone making minimum wage or higher would just be supplementing their income, waitstaff have to earn tips to make it to where others start.

            Personally I wish more places would just charge more for food and pay staff a proper wage. The local Greek restaurant here is like that. No tipping, they pay everyone a proper wage to begin with and they do a great job.

            • rc251 says:

              Should there be different standards then for states that require minimum wage for waitstaff, and states that allow below-minimum wage salaries? A blanket “15%-20%” rule on tipping for the entire country seems unfair for waitstaff in the latter category.

    • Shadowfax says:

      Flip side: If you’re an employee, don’t go around thinking everyone’s expected to tip you just because you have interactions with the public. I am not paying movers $20 extra per employee to break my furniture, and I’m not giving the tow truck driver 5 bucks to do his job.

    • A Non eMoose says:

      Of course the other places don’t “need” a tip jar. You think it’s there because it’s “needed”? Good god this is a huge peeve of mine. “Waaaah that one coffee place/take-out restaurant/whatever has a tip jar and it makes me mad! Waaaah!” No one is forcing you to put money in that jar. That jar is there purely for convenience; there are plenty of people who either don’t wanna carry their change and/or want to give the service money because they feel they received notable enough service to garner extra gratitude. Why do people ever feel this is a valid complaint to make? (cue ridiculous “once some counterjockey was kind of rude maybe and they sort of rolled their eyes when I only threw a few cents in the jar and therefore all jars make me mad hrmp” reply posts).

    • Conformist138 says:

      I never NEEDED a tip jar, but when I was able to pull in $10-$20/day in addition to my minimum wage, why wouldn’t I? I was popular enough at the little mall pretzel place that my tips always blew the other employees out of the water (we often worked alone, so everything in the jar at the end of my shift was mine to keep).

      I normally made ~$45 per shift after taxes, so that unclaimed (bad me) change in the jar was a big deal. Again, needed… probably not. But I was still too poor to be turning down free money.

  3. idx says:

    I don’t tip for pick up. I don’t understand why people do.

    • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

      We sometimes order sushi from a nice Japanese restaurant not far from our house. I call in the order, and I assume they write it down on the same pads that they would use tableside. Sometimes we have questions about menu items, and we get them answered. The staff member then puts in the order. So far, not much different than if we were there. My nigiri and roll are nicely arranged in the same box, as is my wife’s. All the items are prepared so they are ready to go around the same time, then gathered and packaged. Different, but not necessarily less effort than serving us. The only benefit to them that I can see is that they don’t have to bus the table or refill drinks.

      To me, that’s worth at least 10-15%.

      YMMV, of course, but that’s our most common non-fast-food takeout scenario.

      • BuyerOfGoods3 says:

        This is EXACTLY what a TIP is supposed to pay for. You’ve been fooled.
        “The only benefit to them that I can see is that they don’t have to bus the table or refill drinks.”

        • oblivious87 says:

          They are also not taking up a 2 top or a 4 top… I used to wait tables and the people who did carryouts didn’t bother me when they didn’t leave a tip. What bothered me was when someone would sit in my section for 2 hours and order $5 worth of food… $1 for 2 hours of babysitting or $0 for 5 minutes of being friendly… sure the hourly wage is still zero, but after they leave I can go deal with my tables again.

          Anyone who tells you that you should be tipping for carryout is just abusing the system and I’ve worked in both the Front and the Back of the house.

      • idx says:

        It could very well be different at the place you go to, but where I go the host(ess) takes care of the take out orders and the sushi chefs box everything up. The hostess then throws a handful of soy sauce and some chop sticks in a bag with the food and that’s the end of their job. Nothing that warrants a tip in my opinion.

      • ill informed says:

        really? it’s worth more money than they charge you for your order for them to complete a service that you are paying them to do? you’re a sucker.

    • Harmodios says:

      I agree

    • quijote says:

      Assuming part of the tip goes to the cooks, I tip when I ask for non-standard preparation–i.e., ‘add this, extra that.’

  4. turkishmonky says:

    you know, sometimes i just wish the US would transition to a no-tip-required economy… easier to keep track of.

    • MotorboatJones says:

      What is so complicated about it? Tip when apropos and don’t when not. Part of the reason establishments where the tips make up the majority of their workers’ earnings are able to stay in business is because they are not paying these servers a regular wage. I prefer it this way so the server knows if they treat me like crap, they will be suffering. If they go above and beyond, they will likewise be compensated. Assuming all parties knows the scoop, it assures a good two-way street.

  5. SkokieGuy says:

    No tip from me on take-out. Unless the food is cheaper (it never is) to reflect that I’m not requiring a table, waitress, a busboy, dishwasher, etc..

    Yes the packaging costs something, but more than offset by the other savings. And some places actually charge for to-go containers.

    Anyone own a dine-in place that also offers carry-out? Which is higher profit?

    • Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

      My bro owns a restaurant. Take out saves you a table thereby increasing the maximum number of customers you can serve at a time. You also do not have to bus the table which saves time when things are busy. Most importantly, local customers like to swing by and pick up orders and he is happy to accommodate.

  6. digital0verdose says:

    What about Sonic?

    • pb5000 says:

      I’ve wondered this as well.

    • Corinthos says:

      Sonic workers make pretty well in my area compared to other fast food. A friend of mine worked there before the options to swip your CC after you order. On a friday or saturday night she would make over $250 in tips alone.

    • visual77 says:

      I used to work there, and a little less than half of the patrons would tip 5-10%. The girls got significantly higher than the guys, though.

      It was infrequent enough that I never felt screwed when I didn’t get a tip.

    • KCDebi says:

      The guideline I use is to tip a dollar if they bring it out to the car or $2 if the weather is bad when they bring it. Nothing if I use the drive-thru.

    • mindshadow says:

      One time a Sonic worker actually asked me for a tip. I was like “Um.. no.” I hate to be rude and I tip well when it’s deserved but bringing me food does not deserve a tip. I understand the mentality of tipping but do not understand when it became a bonus for just doing your job.

    • Doubts42 says:

      i don’t think Sonic wants you to tip their drivers. when you pay with plastic you can’t add a tip.

    • Burzmali says:

      Only if they’re on skates.

    • DarkPsion says:

      The last time I was at my Sonic, I noticed a sign just inside the door that reminded the employees that not reporting their tips to management was against the law.

    • shadowboxer524 says:

      My policy with tipping at Sonic had always been not to. But one time, a girl ended up having to come to my car 3 times. I gave her a dollar for the trouble. But when I did, she didn’t even acknowledge it, she just walked away. Since then, my original policy has been reinstated.

    • coren says:

      He’s a hedgehog, what would he want with a tip?

    • cupcake_ninja says:

      The only time I tipped at Sonic was last winter when their parking lot was essentially a 10ft wide river that had iced river for over 2 weeks and management did absolutely nothing about it. Yup, the employees that had to cross that got a tip from me and a damn good one too.

  7. DariusC says:

    Take out food is 10% So wait a sec… how is this different than fast food? I never tip fast food and I don’t think its good to tip take out either. They make above minimum wage (I hope so!).

  8. georgi55 says:

    *Furniture — $5 per large item delivered. Not if they damage it, and then try to hide it. Had it happen recently, they knew they damaged a sectional, hid broken piece, I tipped them and discovered the damage afterwards. It would have been obvious if they didn’t try to hide it, but they did it pretty well so you can only see if you uncouple the sectional and try to move it. Bunch of jerks.

    • georgi55 says:

      BTW Home Depot’s appliance delivery was awesome. The guy fixed leaking water supply line with extra cap he had in truck for free. Tipped him $20. Could have fixed it myself but it was nice gesture.

  9. dolemite says:

    10% for takeout? Umm, what am I tipping on? I REALLY need an explanation for that. I just spent $2 of my own gas and walked a few hundred feet to and from my car, while spending 15-20 minutes of my life to pick up the food. Just for them to make it? I’d think that is built into the price of the food. Sorry, no way in hell will I tip for something where I pick it up myself.

    And tow truck operators? My wife got charged $125 to tow her car 200 FEET the last time it snowed. He literally towed it from the end of an exit into a parking lot, and we had to come back and dig it out a few days later. You want me to tip him more?

  10. tbax929 says:

    I’m so glad I’m black and therefore don’t have to tip, since I’m not expected to do so anyway.

    I’m kidding. Actually, I think I’m doing pretty well, since these guidelines are what I standardly tip. The only time I don’t tip is when I’m at a place that doesn’t require a signature for a small credit card purchase. Since I almost never have cash, I’m unable to tip at those places. Some would suggest just carrying around a few bucks, but I can’t ever seem to hold on to my cash.

  11. Dallas_shopper says:

    I only tip waiters/waitresses, bartenders, hairdressers, and pizza/takeout DELIVERY people. Nobody else gets a tip from me. I don’t take taxis and don’t travel so I’m not sure if I’d tip taxi drivers and bellhops or not.

    • Ziggie says:

      But how much do you tip hair stylists? I had always heard it was 10-15% … but these days all the websites are saying 15-20%, which seems excessive to me.

      • Dallas_shopper says:

        It is excessive. I used to tip a stylist 10%, then 15%; now they all expect 20% and it’s not a good idea to piss off some entitled millennial or sassy gay guy (it’s always one or the other) who is going to get near my head with sharp objects. Basically it’s extortion.

        • pop top says:

          You should go to a salon/barber school. Most of them can’t accept tips and still do a really good job.

          • qwickone says:

            I go to the Paul Mitchell school and I usually tip $5 on $17. I tip that high because it’s at least a $30 haircut to me and I would leave $5 for that.

          • Dallas_shopper says:

            Those places around here are packed due to the shitty economy. Good suggestion though. I may try getting in one of those again; tip or not, I keep ending up with shitty haircuts.

      • Marshmelly says:

        I usually do 20%. I think it may depend on the type of salon you go to. I believe its 18-20% for a fairly high-end salon and 10-15% for chop shops. At least that’s what I’ve read.

      • hammond egger says:

        My barber charges $8, I give him a ten spot, he acts like he’s getting me change, I tell him to keep it. Been that way for about ten years now. I got 99 problems but my barber ain’t one.

    • Blackadar says:

      I’m pretty much in the same boat, though I do tip cabbies. I can carry my own luggage, so I don’t tip bellhops. I’ll also tip whitewater/fishing guides (who are worth their weight in gold) and movers. As for the rest…

      Carry out? No way. Putting your stuff in a bag to take home – whether it be at a restaurant or Walmart – is a cost of doing business. Your problem, not mine.

      Coffee Shops? Again, no. Plus it makes no sense to tip better at a “Mom and Pop” versus a chain. That’s just someone’s bias coming out all over the place.

      Furniture? I already pay for delivery. I’m not paying twice.

      Hotel Staff? I’ve never seen the point of this. They can pay their workers better and incorporate it in the room rate so I can get reimbursed by my clients when I bill them expenses.

      Blackjack dealers? Only if I win big.

      Mail carriers? Uh, no.

      Tattoo artists? Won’t be caught dead in one of those shops.

      Museum guides? Aren’t they paid by the museum?

      Tow Truck Operators? See furniture.

    • jefeloco says:

      I’m in the same boat as you. I saw the 1-2 buck tip for someone filling up my gas tank, that only happens for me in Oregon and it is because I am not legally allowed to pump my own there, like hell they’re getting a tip.

      I did tip one attendant one time for putting up with me filling my own tank after I saw him spewing gas all over a nice paint job. At that point he was not coming near my car, legally required or not.

      • dggriffi says:

        why the hell cant you pump your own gas?

        • smo0 says:

          Oh god, I know… I drove to Portland with my friend, and we stopped to get gas.. and this guy approached my card demanding my credit card so he could swipe and pump my gas… scared the shit out of me… I yelled at him, got in my car, and drove to another gas station.
          I saw a guy sitting by the pumps, so I rolled down my window and asked him what this “can’t pump your own gas” thing was about… and he politely, and in detail, explained to me the laws – and I explained what happened at the previous gas station, he agreed that was the wrong way to approach someone and that he usually never asks for the credit card until he’s handed it by the customer to swipe.
          I tipped that guy….

      • Powerlurker says:

        Having grown up in New Jersey (the other state where you aren’t legally allowed to pump your own gas), I have never tipped a station attendant and don’t know anyone who has.

    • fairandbalanced says:

      I never heard of tipping a taxi driver.

      • Peacock (Now In Extra Crispy) says:

        Not from NYC or have ever been there, hmm? Try not tipping a hack in NY and watch what happens. Or rather, listen to it. Ain’t pretty.

        • Dallas_shopper says:

          I never tipped cabbies in London, they didn’t seem to expect it. And on the rare occasions that I take a taxi, the driver never gets out of the car because I never have luggage for him to haul out of the trunk. So, no tip. Sorry.

          • Capta76 says:

            I had a wonderful taxi driver in London, good conversation and a lot of great recommendations, as I’m used to tipping people, I gave him a few pounds extra and he was flabbergasted. “Wha..? That’s too much!” I told him it was a tip and thanked him for the ride.
            That actually made my day.

            But take-out? Not a chance.

            • Noonan says:

              In Europe and Japan (those are the only 2 I know for sure) a tip isn’t expected. Sometimes it’s even considered insulting to give someone a tip because it’s like giving them pity money.

      • CarWontGo says:

        @FairandBalanced: I’ve never heard of *not* tipping a cab driver. In fact, when I pay by credit card, I tip even higher, because the cab company takes a fairly high cut of credit card tips if the driver wants to get the tip right away (i.e., doesn’t want to wait a few days for the credit card cash to come in). When I travel from home to the airport, I always use the same cab company, and being a good tipper helps ensure that my 5 am ride is always on time and the service is excellent.

      • JMILLER says:

        Remember that when you are waiting in the rain for a cab. Or you have luggage they put in the trunk for you, or that they got you to your destination.
        Tipping taxi drivers is good form. When I call for a cab I always seem to get the nicest car, and friendliest driver. Maybe it is because I tip well, and they know I am not the obnoxious out of towner or drunk.

    • DigitalShawn says:

      Taxi drivers who drive someone else car is making 1/2 the fare. If they own the car, they keep 80%.

      I’d still tip them tho, anytime someone has control whether I live or die gets a tip.

  12. dpeters11 says:

    Agree with the comments. If I order a pizza and pick it up, I don’t tip. I don’t tip at Wendy’s. I never have even considered it.

    • dolemite says:

      It’s kind of like when I go to the ice cream shop and they make me a milkshake, and it’s $5. Then they have a little jar on the counter for tips. Umm…I just paid you $5 for a small milkshake. Your job is to make milkshakes. Did you do something special for mine? I suggest if you want to make more money than the $8-$9 an hour you make now…for making milkshakes, that you go to your boss and ask for more money.

      Same goes for people that make coffees. Even if it’s some kind of special frappe double grand slam or whatever…that’s your job. I’m sure the coffee that took you 5 minutes to make will be balanced out by someone just asking for a small black coffee with cream in it that takes 30 seconds. What else are you doing with your time, that I should feel obliged to tip you for providing me with the product I just ordered? Am I keeping you from mopping the floors or something?

    • AllanG54 says:

      I agree. My son worked at McDonalds for 5 years when he was a teen and never got tipped. Also, the Chinese takeout place where I get food has a tip jar too. I guess it’s for the cooks but I’ve never tipped a chef/cook in any restaurant I’ve ever been in.

  13. nodaybuttoday says:

    I don’t play card games at casinos so maybe someone can explain for me… why would you tip the blackjack dealer?

    • MDSasquatch says:

      Sometimes the dealer will help you understand what you are doing and it is also considered a form of luck; good or bad is in the eye of the beholder

    • Cameraman says:

      Gamblers are superstitious and consider it bad luck not to tip anyone.

    • j_rose says:

      I tipped the dealer because it was my first time and they gave me a lot of really helpful advice. After I doubled my money and walked away, I was glad I’d tipped her. She deserved it. She didn’t have to explain strategy to me.

    • Gandalf the Grey says:

      I haven’t played too much blackjack, but the dealer can definitely make a difference in the over all experience, winning or losing. The dealer also helps make sure your dink gets filled by the waitresses, and they are the ones that influence the people that give out comp items. Also, I’ve seen many players with different ‘quirks’, and if the dealer is accommodating, they deserve a tip.

      Personally, I tipped when I got a blackjack. I would tip half my original bet (since you get 2.5 times the money back, and I was only playing a $5 table)

    • longdvsn says:

      For blackjack…well, if they provide good advice or otherwise make the game more enjoyable (ex: calling over a server to take a drink order when mine is low), I’ll tip.

      Poker dealers…definitely deserve a tip whenever you win a big pot. They help resolve disputes between players and will often rule in favor of the guy that tips over the player that doesn’t (unless he’s obviously in the right).

      • fairandbalanced says:

        Blackjack has rules. There is no argument. It is either you won or you lost.
        Any dealer fudging the rules to pick a winner when it comes to players that do not understand them needs to be fired.

        • JMILLER says:

          There are certain strategies to the game. Many dealers will say that the “book” says you should do something ie split, double down, hit, stand, etc. You can do what you want, but advice is always good. People who are experienced gamblers tip their dealers. $5 is too little in my opinion. I generally will tip on any black jack that I get, any double down or split hand I win. I will ask the dealer if they prefer to have it played, or take it straight.
          I’d also let you know if you frequent any of the major casinos, the comps are better for those that tip. The pit boss has the ability to make certain decisions that a non-tipper will NEVER see.

    • xxmichaelxx says:

      I live in Vegas; my gf is an occasional blackjack dealer.

      You tip for a) advice; b) ambience. If your dealer is one of those shmucks who just stands there silently and deals the cards, don’t tip. But a real dealer should be super friendly and part of the experience. They will also help you win if they don’t think you’re a douche — good advice is a service above and beyond, not expected by the casino. So don’t be a douche.

      • frank64 says:

        You see that is great that they are friendly and everything, but that shouldn’t cost extra. That should be part of the job. We have lowered the standards of how we expect to be treated to such a level that friendliness costs extra!

      • RandomHookup says:

        Not to be a smart alec, but how do they help you win?

      • dggriffi says:

        My experience with BJ dealers is that when im winning, they change dealers to one that actually gives shitty advice.

  14. nucwin83 says:

    Yeah, I’m kinda flexible on that whole list except for Take Out. Who exactly am I supposed to tip? The person that took my order? Consider if I instead got it delivered. Now I’m tipping the driver. But what about the order taker?

    I’m sorry, but if I’m driving there and picking it up, there’s absolutely no reason for a tip. Let’s not turn every possible profession into a tipping job.

  15. chaesar says:

    blackjack dealer? why would you tip the guy who’s trying to take your money?

    • liamarbetman says:

      They’re not trying to take your money. They have to play like machines. There’s no way they can influence the cards. However, nice dealers can from time to time remind you what the proper strategy is. Also, it’s really only expected to tip if you win, obvi.

      • chaesar says:

        no sh*t, well you learn something everyday

      • frank64 says:

        I know you lose most of the time, the house takes 97% of all money(or something like that) and the one time you get the 3% a few people have their hand out. You get the gov with taxes, you get the dealers and I guess the waitresses that brought your drinks want more too. Known of them are there for the 97% time you lost giving you any of their money.

        • Chmeeee says:

          If the average house take was 97%, nobody would ever gamble. The house edge on Blackjack for a player playing appropriate basic strategy is about 0.3% (varies depending on the rule structure). i.e. you should win about 49.8% of the time.

    • milad32 says:

      The dealer actually wants you to win. You winning money = you more likely to tip = dealer makes more money. I’ve actually had a dealer in Vegas tell me this.

  16. Hobz says:

    Really? We have turned into such a tip hungry society that nobody does a good job for the sake of pride anymore. What about all us regular working stiffs that work for our measly pay check day in day out?

    The only tip I get is how to tip everybody else…

    • Dallas_shopper says:

      Exactly;I don’t get a tip for taking on the work of 2.5 people because my company refuses to fill the open slot on our team, and I sure as shit don’t get a tip from my users for bending over backwards to make sure that they always have access to their data no matter what. I don’t even get a fucking thank you. But I do get a fat paycheck every other week. Service rendered = service paid for with paycheck. What do I need a tip for?

      Though a thank you would be nice.

      • dolemite says:

        I was just saying the other day…we were on a conference call with a client and we did something small like catch a mistake on their end, and fixed it. They said something like “thank you for fixing that, and you guys are doing an awesome job over there!” I said to the job manager afterwards: “You know, as far as I know, in 7 years of working here, that is the first ‘thank you’ and compliment I’ve ever heard.” It was almost like a slap in the face it was so startling to hear.

        Now, if you make a mistake…you will hear about that for the next 2 years.

        • Dallas_shopper says:

          You both are so right about that; being thanked is almost a once in a lifetime event in I.T. But i you mess up you hear about it FOR-EV-AH.

          I really hate I.T., but I’m 35 and have spent my entire career in this field so far. I don’t see how I could get out of it without going to school full-time for several years. Not an attractive option.

          Oh well. Retirement is only 30+ years away. If I get to retire. If I live that long. I know, I know…at least I have a job. But it’s a shitty one, and always will be.

      • 4thMeal says:

        I couldn’t agree more. IT people get crapped on like no others.

        Sure, we probably get paid more than most people who receive tips, but we also don’t get paid overtime and I don’t know about other companies, but at least half of our staff work 60+ hour weeks constantly.

        What I’m saying is, all jobs suck, they just suck differently.

      • smo0 says:

        We get some email thanks and kudos at our job… that’s always nice… but 90% of the time… it’s “do this….. alrighty bye.”

    • DariusC says:

      Just because you are unhappy with your job does not mean I should be unhappy with mine. It’s not that we white collar folk don’t earn our money, it’s just that you hard workers don’t get paid enough.

      • hammond egger says:

        I like that you mentioned white collar workers and hard workers as unrelated. I’ve done both and you couldn’t be more correct.

    • JMILLER says:

      So what is it, do you work for pride or the paycheck? Tell you what, if you lie and say pride, give the paycheck back every week since its all about “pride”. You can like or dislike your job, and you can take pride in your work, but those that work in an office who perform better get RAISES or promotions. That is not available in many situations. The american public has voted with their dollars many times about this. Restaurants that do not have tipping and charge higher prices have failed over and over again.

  17. MuffinSangria says:

    Take-out food – nothing, I even worked the take-out counter of a couple restaurants, never expected a tip.

    Coffee shops – don’t drink coffee, but don’t see a reason to tip

    Blackjack dealers – granted I gamble once a decade and did tip, but never understood this. Is the guy going to give me a better hand? Hell no. What kind of service is he providing for the tip?

    Tow truck operators – never heard of this in my life.

    • JiminyChristmas says:

      I tip at coffee shops where I’m a regular. Depending on who is working in the morning sometimes they start fixing my drink when they see my car pull up and it’s ready the second I walk in the door. It’s definitely worth tipping for.

    • SEIowaRes says:

      Take out. Well, I guess if you take out from the place you go there regularly. Has nobody seen Waiting or Still Waiting that has read this? They can do the same nasty things to take out as they do to what they serve you. You treat them like garbage, expect something extra in your styrofoam containers. Hopefully it won’t give you something you remember for days or weeks to come.

      Blackjack dealers, tipping is a BIG plus for you if you do it right! They can’t necessarily be too overt about it because the pit bosses will jump them if they get caught, but they will give you big tips if they know you will return it by tipping when winning. I had a blackjack dealer that started giving me eye signals when she knew I should hit on the cards. If she stared straight at me without glancing at my cards, I was to stay. If she looked down at my cards once she asked me if I wanted to stay or hit she was clearly telling me “Hit those cards DUMMY!” She’d even repeat it if I needed to hit multiple times. I gave her a tip for every time I won and I cleaned up a good $500 after my tip that night. She did too, I probably gave her $60-75 or more in tips that night. I would have never won 1/4 that if it wasn’t for her eyes.

  18. absherlock says:

    Also don’t tip on take out.

    And why the difference in tipping between Mom & Pop coffeeshops and chains (assuming they do the same work for you)? Should I tip the driver from the local pizza shop more than the guy from Papa Johns?

    • Marshmelly says:

      I think its more emotional associations with that type of stuff than what is necessarily “right”. Most people would probably tip a local business that they want to support as opposed to a large chain corporation.

  19. Hoss says:

    The one for hotels should say “around $5 or more per night, depending on what you can afford”. What does the style of hotel have to do with anything?? It’s like saying we should tip the barkeep more at the Ritz than the corner pub. Same service, same tip

    • Doubts42 says:

      No it is percentages. A bottle of beer at the pub costs $30, and at the Ritz it costs $8.00.

      • Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

        Wow! That must be some pub you go to that charges $30 for a beer. And the Ritz only charges $8? Is that the Ritz in Newark NJ? Or did we just get our numbers mixed up? (Btw–$8 for a bottle of beer at any pub sounds pricey IMHO.)

        • Capta76 says:

          maybe it’s a really big bottle at the pub (magnum) and a 22oz glass at the Ritz..

          otherwise, you are spending a lot more money on your beer than I am on mine… and I’m a beer snob.

  20. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    Well now I feel kind of bad because I didn’t tip my furniture delivery people. They were really nice, but it didn’t occur to me to tip them. Then again, I think I should get a pass because it was the first time I had actually purchased furniture that I didn’t move myself.

    • Dallas_shopper says:

      Don’t feel guilty. I never tip furniture or appliance delivery people. I would have tipped my movers if they hadn’t fucked up the walls of the place I was renting, dropped boxes down the stairs, let my cat out, and given me attitude. At least the one who could speak English was giving me attitude.

      They actually had the nerve to hold their hands out at me when they’d finished, expecting a tip. They’re lucky I didn’t drop trow and take a dump in their outstretched hands.

    • Etoiles says:

      I’ve only tipped furniture delivery people when I feel that I’ve made them go above and beyond. Like when I lived in a 4th floor walk-up with shitty, narrow stairs and a crappy parking lot that they had to park far away in.

    • UltimateOutsider says:

      Yeah really, we have furniture and appliances delivered at least once a year and it never even occurred to me to tip. I’ve always considered myself a good tipper otherwise.

    • dulcinea47 says:

      Forget it… I’ve only had furniture delivered a couple of times, and the only time it occurred to me to tip was when there were a few inches of snow on the ground. They actually took their shoes off instead of tramping snow in my apartment! That got a tip.

  21. frank64 says:

    Seems you can’t do anything without someone wanting a tip. I disagree with those that post here saying you shouldn’t tip waiters and delivery drivers, but you have to draw a line. Furniture delivery people should get paid a fair wage from the store. If it becomes normal to tip them it is just relieving the store of paying their help properly.

    Same for take out food. I am paying the same prices for food at Chili’s as if I ate there, plus I am not using the added overhead and dishes that come with restaurants. They should pay the workers getting my food a few dollars more an hour. This labor is part of the cost of my $3 worth of ingredients that they charge $12 for. All the added tipping is really relieving the employer of the costs that should be his, and it is between the worker and him.

    Do you think a restaurant that had a “no tipping for take out” policy would increase business more than the added costs? They pay the take out people a few bucks more an hour.

  22. pengajim says:

    If I’m making the effort to pick some food up, and no person is going to wait on me, no tip is needed.

  23. KCDebi says:

    And please – tip on the full value of the service if you’re receiving a discount – not just a percentage of the total you paid.

    • dolemite says:

      See, this is confusing. Let’s say you are doing 2 for 20 at Applebees. You walk in and say “Give me the 2 for 20 deal, burger for me, pasta for her.”


      “Also, bring me a menu so I can calculate the actual value of my meal.”

      • Etoiles says:

        That’s different. The situation is more like:

        I have a Groupon I got for $10 that gives me $30 off a meal. So I go into a restaurant and buy a $50 meal, then give them the certificate and get $30 off. I then pay the tab of $20. In that instance, I should tip the waiter on $50, not on $30.

        • SteveZim1017 says:

          why tip based on percentages anyway? why am I giving the waiter that brought my steak on monday more then the waiter that brought my chicken wrap on wednesday?

    • robke says:

      Exactly! I had a roommate with me when we went to IHOP for National Pancake Day (where you get a free short stack) and he refused to tip based on the normal cost of the meal. I ended up having to tip his portion as well, only to not hear the end of it on the ride home :(

  24. FredKlein says:

    Why am I tipping at all?

    1) It’s not my fault that the waiter/delivery person/whatever gets a sucky wage. They should be happy to have a job at all in this economy. 9I know that just tripped your troll meters, but I’m serious.) Of course, I also think that everyone should get at least minimum wage. No more $2/hr plus tips.

    2) The person is the employee of the company. They were hired by the company, and should get paid by the company. Not me. Now, if this results in slightly higher prices (or maybe the company could take less profit? Nah.) then so be it. At least, when I see the price, I’ll know that’s the price I pay, and not have to add extra for a tip. (I also think taxes should be included in the price displayed, as well.)

    3) Social obligation? Don’t make me laugh. We have a social obligation to obey the laws of our society, but the courts are proof that doesn’t happen.

    4) Cheapskates shouldn’t use services where tipping is expected? Oh, please. I pay the company to get a product and/or service. The company pays its employees to provide that product and/or service. And that’s the way it should be. Or should I tip the cashier at the grocery store, or the stock boy, or the butcher in the back? Maybe the guy rounding up carts in the parking lot?

    Another point- tips are just a way for the business to cheat the customers and the employees. The company pays shit wages, meaning their payroll is low, meaning they can take a bigger profit at the expense of the employees they aren’t paying fairly. OR they can lower prices, meaning more customers, meaning the employees have to work _harder_. On the other hand, the customer is expected to pay not just the business, but directly pay (‘tip’) the employees as well. having to pay while having no say in the hiring/training/discipline of the employee. Sounds kinda like taxation without representation, huh?

    And that’s not even touching on the fact that the ‘expected’ amount to tip has been creeping up and up the the few years. A few decades ago it was 10%, then 15%, now people advocate 20%. Oh, and now ‘baristas’ and sub shop employees have tip jars out too? We need to go back to the way everyone else in the world does it- customer pays business, business pays employees.

    • milkcake says:

      I like what you said. I don’t want to pay tips. Just increase the price of products.

    • pop top says:

      “4) Cheapskates shouldn’t use services where tipping is expected?”

      That’s right, they shouldn’t. Sorry you want to be a jerk and rage against the tipping machine by taking it out on the people it hurts the most.

      • drizzt380 says:

        Well, I’m not sure ‘should’ and ‘shouldn’t’ need to be stated so factually like that. Its more an ethical/morality question. Do your morals require you to tip? Some say yes, some say no, for various reasons.

        What do you accomplish by tipping? You provide a person with a higher wage for good service. How could tipping hurt society? It could be argued that the previous practice of tipping for good service has slowly evolved into tipping being an expected action. How does that hurt society? It allows employers to pay their employees a lower wage making an apparent (but not actual) cut in costs to the customer and usually a definite cut in costs to the employer. If everyone actually tips then there should be no problem. However, by forcing employees to rely on tips the fate of their wages rests in the hands of people who are not truly required to pay them. Has this led to the slow rise in the expected tip amount? Those who do tip must make up for those who don’t tip while the employer reaps the benefits.

        How does NOT tipping hurt society? It currently forces either employers or other tippers to make up the wage that an employee needs to survive. How could NOT tipping possibly help society? If everyone ceased tipping, employers would need to pay the full living wage. This would need to be passed on to a rise in costs. However, cost to the customer would hopefully remain the same since no tip is required(and possibly drop for those who were making up for others non tipping). The new price of items would reflect the true cost allowing customers to make informed decisions about the best value for their dollar.

        Of course, both sides(especially the stopping of expected tips side) require a certain amount of postulating about what would actually occur. However, I believe someone could argue for either side. Tippers arguing that non-tippers are not realistic, and non-tippers arguing that tippers are feeding a vicious cycle.

      • FredKlein says:

        Sorry you want to be a jerk and rage against the tipping machine by taking it out on the people it hurts the most.

        Did you even read what I wrote? It is the custom of tipping that hurts everyone involved (except the company). It hurts customers, because they are expected to pay more than the listed price for things, and it hurts the employees because they get paid shit wages (the only reason some people get below min wage is because of tipping!) and end up being at the mercy of the customers for a large part of their salaries.

        What needs to happen is the abolishment of tipping. Get rid of it completely and pay the previously tipped employees a fair wage. That’s the only way to help the people ‘it hurts most’.

    • alana0j says:

      People like you are the reason I keep a running list of addresses that stiff me. I’m a delivery driver for a pizza chain and it absolutely infuriates me to deliver food, especially when it’s a good distance away, and walk away empty handed. I make $6/hr, minimum wage in my state is $7.50. We get paid $1 for each delivery we take, but when I’m driving 10-15 miles away it’s not worth it if you don’t tip. If you’re too lazy to get off your ass and either cook or pick up your food, don’t be cheap. Yes, I chose this job but the only reason was it was the first thing to come along when my temp job was about to end. I’m a single mother and my 2 year old isn’t going to magically not need food or clothing and such just because mommy’s not making enough at work because some fuckers don’t believe in tipping anybody.

      • AI says:

        Perhaps you should get an education and better job rather than blaming you wage problems on the customer. The customer doesn’t employ you, your boss does, please call him a fucker next time.

        • Marshmelly says:

          Yes, but can anything be done the system? Its the way it is, so might as well be nice (I know its hard) and give a small tip. Why make a delivery person suffer for their company/boss’s mistake? And since when is it assumed that pizza delivery people don’t have an education? Maybe they are earning some money to pay for college.

          Everyone is so selfish these days. Its two freaking bucks. Get over it and be a good person.

          • AI says:

            I do give tips. But I think the system is bullshit and that nobody should feel entitled to them. Especially so entitled that they rant at the customer and call them ‘fuckers’. Tips are a North American thing. The rest of the world finds this argument hilarious.

            • MoreFunThanToast says:


              Delivery people should not suffer for their boss/company’s mistake, but why should we suffer as consumers and pay for other peoples mistake? I would honestly rather have tip/tax included in the price so it’s easier for everyone.

      • Lucky225 says:


        • Voxxen says:

          Yes because getting another job is so easy for people without an expensive education or a rich work history that started when mommy and daddy let you work at one of their stores, and its doubly easy for those with dependents! People are just so lazy!

          The elitism in these threads is astounding.

          • fairandbalanced says:

            It is much, much easier to get a job when you don’t have a college degree, but the pay is less.
            Also, very few rich/well off people own businesses so their kids work at mcdonalds like everyone else does during highschool.

            You just suck at life and want to blame your parents for it.

            • Voxxen says:

              So its easier to get a job when you don’t have a degree, huh? Interesting, that little tidbit. See, because I kinda thought the idea behind getting a degree was to open up more opportunities for yourself. I guess I was wrong and people go to college in order to active Hardcore mode for their life because regular life isn’t challenging enough. I assume you lose all of your equipment when you die?

              A degree gives you the option of trying for better jobs, it certainly does not prevent you from getting a bad one unless you really think you’re too important now to do something to menial.

              Logic fail, try again.

              Aside from that, I know plenty of well-off folks that have their kids work at their hotels/dunkin donuts/clothing stores/etc. I know exactly zero well-off folks that have kids who work anywhere else, because they don’t have to. Maybe my experience is just a massive exception to the unintuitive rule, but then again maybe everyone I know has had the same experience and you’re full of shit.

              Also, i’m doing fine thanks for asking. Paying for school and all of my bills entirely on my own, never once getting help from anybody or taking out loans, have plenty of extra cash for hobbies and tipping poor slobs like me trying to survive in the plutocratic society we live in.

              • tehbob says:

                Not really a logic fail. A lot of college grads are having trouble finding jobs because people dont want to hire overqualified people. There are plenty of people with a degree who are working the same type of job you are, because same as you, they cant get a better one.

                The reason why some grads are having trouble is because companies dont want to hire people that are going to quit as soon as the economy gets better or they find that job paying 100k a year. They dont want to hire and train folks that have no expectation of staying at that job.

                Now you are right people get degrees so that they can get higher better paying jobs. But for some folks they end up waiting tables because they dont have the experiance or its an economic downturn so companies dont want to hire big salary folks.

              • fairandbalanced says:

                Logic fail??? WTF.

                If you have a college degree you apply for jobs that require degrees which are much harder to get and have more competition. You will not be applying at walmart or mcdonalds.
                If you take a non-college degree job then you just wasted $20,000 to $200,000 (depends on if you went in state/out of state/private/public).
                Someone with a college degree will only consider a non-college degree job when they are on the verge of bankruptcy or have a degree in something like history or english.

          • tehbob says:

            Now im not saying that everyone can or will qualify to join. However there are altenatives. See below. Heck if your plan is to find a way to pay for college do a 4 or 6 and have the DoD pay for your degree.

            There are always options for most (not all) people. The problem is that most (not all) people dont want to do the extra work.


      • Lucky225 says:

        Further, this is a hard lesson to learn. The choices you make in life have consequences. Having a child before a career leads to Pizza Delivery. Working Pizza Delivery pays what it pays. Is it not enough that when you go on welfare we pay for YOUR child? How’s that for a tip.

        • Riroon13 says:

          Dear Troll–

          1/ So you would rather a single mom stay on welfare than find a job, pay taxes and social security???

          2/ Speaking of jobs, what is your advise for people like me, who did pizza delivery to work his way through college? Are you suggesting that I should not have tried to work my way through because I should not have expected tips (which for me was book money, NOT beer money.)

          Please tell us more about how we should live our lives.

          Oh to be as independently wealthy and Solomonly wise as thou.

          • fairandbalanced says:

            Next time use a condom when you know you can’t support a child.
            The problem with our country and even the world is people who cant afford just 1 child have too many of them. It is child abuse to go through with a pregnancy when you know you have no money to support the child. Abortions are cheaper so get one or at least give the kid up for adoption.

            • Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

              I see a disemvowelling coming… I’ll check back in a few minutes.

              • fairandbalanced says:

                A disemvowelling makes no sense for my statement. I was telling the truth.
                It is a complete joke that people have kids when they KNOW they can’t support themselve let alone another person.

                It is messed up when people whine about being a single parent and not having enough money.
                In very few cases someone could have some kind of very bad luck and all their dreams were shattered, but in most cases it seems like people don’t know how to use a condom, how to get an abortion, or how to give up for adoption.

                I will not tip just because someone had a premediated plan for child abuse because they can’t take care of the kid they should not be having.

                • smo0 says:

                  At a time I considered having kids or even talked with my friends about… “when do you think you’d want kids…”

                  All of my immediate friends had the same answer… when I was financially stable and could afford to have children…..(single or married.. btw) ….

                  … we’re all 29 and 30 now… none of us have kids… none of us are financially stable… it’s not a difficult choice… so on that fact, I agree… people shouldn’t have children until they get to that point in their lives… you’re hurting yourself, your children, and possibly the “system…” down the line.

                • Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

                  I never said I don’t agree with your statement. I just know how some people around here go stir crazy over a statement such as yours. The unfortunate truth is many soon-to-be single mothers either don’t have the courage to tell the boy shagging her to wrap the dongle, or go to the pharmacist for a morning-after pill, seek an abortion, or put the kid up for adoption. They feel trapped in the situation they’re in, and will blame society for their misfortunes. Isn’t that how it is in America? Or am I just an ignorant Canuck

      • FredKlein says:

        People like you are the reason I keep a running list of addresses that stiff me.

        To do what with, exactly? Mess with their food (which is legally assault)?

        it absolutely infuriates me to…walk away empty handed.
        I make $6/hr,

        These contradict each other- you DON’T “walk away empty handed”- you get paid by the company you work for. True, you get a shitty wage. but that’s what you agreed to. If it were up to me, you’d get at least minimum wage.

        If you’re too lazy to get off your ass and either cook or pick up your food, don’t be cheap.

        Ah, yes, now the insults start. “If you don’t gimme money, you’re cheap and lazy and mean and….” Whatever. You work for the pizza place, the pizza place is responsible for paying you. You do not work for me, I am not responsible for paying you. Now, if I asked you to stop by the grocery store on the way to my house and bring a 6-pack of soda, then of course I would be responsible for not just reimbursing the cost of the soda, but paying you for your time and trouble as well. But for just doing your job? No.

        • SonarTech52 says:

          I have also been a delivery driver, and I would Remember who did not tip well.

          I would not do anything to the food, but if I got multiple orders at once and one of them is a non tipper, guess whos going to ge their order last?

          • FredKlein says:

            Big deal. Out of every bunch of orders, one must be last, even if they all tip $100. I have a microwave to re-heat the food. And if I find the delay too bothersome, I stop ordering from your company. Meaning you have less work to do. (perhaps a lot less if that company folds).

            • SonarTech52 says:

              The food was always still warm, and generally most people did tip..It was a chinese food place, in a small town(the only chinese place that delivered), so we always had business.

              And if the non tippers stopped ordering, cool for me.. I was just the delivery driver :)

            • Voxxen says:

              I think its funny how people with no retail experience think the average slave cares a wit about the company’s profit margin. They get paid either way (though obviously not enough) and there is nothing an individual employee can do to put a company under. Profit margins are so ridiculously high at the average fast-food chain (I know for a fact that Subway makes 60-75% profit on every sandwich, yay cheapest ingredients possible!) that losing one or a dozen customers doesn’t mean anything to anyone there. You, individual customer, are worthless and no one cares if you come back.The only thing a worker can do to screw the company is make some sort of public scandal or serious violation occur.

        • JMILLER says:

          Not mess with your food, but how about you get it when I feel like getting it to you. If it takes 2 hours, so be it, Take it up with the restaurant. You aren’t my problem. You don;t pay my salary. I owe you NOTHING in the way of service. If it gets there cold, that is because you are too cheap to want it hot. You say you are willing to pay more for people to be paid more, but you prove you are not since you do not pay what it would require for them to make more money. You can rationalize anyway you want, but you are a cheap asshole and you should stay home and cook your own fucking food loser.

          • FredKlein says:

            how about you get it when I feel like getting it to you. If it takes 2 hours, so be it, Take it up with the restaurant.

            And if I had a problem, I would. And you might wellget reprimanded by your manager. Perhaps fired.

            You aren’t my problem. You don;t pay my salary. I owe you NOTHING in the way of service.

            You owe me the service that I paid your company for, and that they pay you to give to me.

      • fairandbalanced says:

        Your problem is tipping is not listed as a requirement for purchase or delivery.
        99% of establishments have no sign or * stating tipping required.
        There is a delivery charge that is viewed as payment to the driver (people do not know that money is split 50-50 with the company).

        You have no right to get pissed that someone did not tip you when there is no legal or purchasing requirement to do so. Tipping is not taught in school and it is not a law.
        You are an ass if you think you deserve a tip because your boss pays you terribly and trys to pass the buck to the customer.

      • Griking says:

        I think that there’s a difference between tipping in a restaurant when I go out to eat and tipping a delivery person. If I order a pizza and eat in it the restaurant it costs the same price as it would if I ordered it for delivery. I understand that there’s a premium for my being a lazy ass and not picking it up myself and therefore I tip deliver people. On the other hand I think that it’s asinine that I’m expected to tip a waitress 15% for carrying my pizza from the counter to my table and filling up a few soda glasses. Let me know when it’s done and I’ll walk to the counter and get it myself and save the $5

      • dggriffi says:

        If its not worth your trouble to DRIVE then maybe you shoudl consider taking money to do a different type of work. I already get pinged an extra charge for delivery. Your not getting squate unless you do something special like juggle poodles or give me a blowjob.

    • JiminyChristmas says:

      Every hourly employee, tipped or not, gets at least the federal minimum wage: $7.25/hr – one way or another. Most states have some form of what is known as a tip credit. In those cases the employee gets a cash wage of at least $2.13/hr. The first $5.12/hr they earn in tips each hour is then ‘credited’ to the minimum wage. If the tipped employee is tipped more than $5.12/hr any amount above that belong to them (with exceptions for valid tip pooling arrangements). If the employee is tipped less than $5.12/hr, the employer has to pay the difference so that the tipped employee is paid at least $7.25/hr for every hour worked.

      So, if a concern is that your server is paid at least minimum wage worry no more. You can leave zero tip and they will still get minimum wage. That said, if you do that I would think twice about returning to any restaurant where someone might recognize your face.

    • alana0j says:

      Ok first let me apologize for my choice in wording, I’ve had a very frustrating week. But I do have a few responses for everyone.


      Ok, another job isn’t available here. I get paid $1 per delivery and nothing for mileage.

      “Further, this is a hard lesson to learn. The choices you make in life have consequences. Having a child before a career leads to Pizza Delivery. Working Pizza Delivery pays what it pays. Is it not enough that when you go on welfare we pay for YOUR child? How’s that for a tip. “

      Ok because you know me. I’m not on welfare, I work my ass off to make sure my daughter has what she needs.

      “To do what with, exactly? Mess with their food (which is legally assault)?”

      HELL NO. That is absolutely disgusting and I honestly would never even think of it. But if I notice a pretty far out address that has repeatedly not tipped, even as friendly as I am and even when I get their food to them in 30 minutes,sometimes less, maybe I’m not going to go out of my way to get the food there super fast.

      On a happier note, I didn’t get stiffed at all today and walked away with a decent amount of money. Now I need to try and sleep as I have to be up early.

    • watch me boogie says:

      I’m going to ignore all the sniping and trolling for a sec and ask you a straightforward question – what are you doing to change the system? Are you talking to your representatives and senators, writing letters, actively working for change? Why not?

  25. liamarbetman says:

    I don’t understand the Pizza option. First it says $2 to $5 based on distance. Then it reminds you to factor in the full price? Makes no sense.

  26. Etoiles says:

    The only time I’ve ever tipped for take-out was when I was picking up a really large, complicated order for 10 people and I received assistance sorting it all out and getting it to the car. Otherwise, nope.

    I also only tip at a coffee shop if I’m being a pain in the ass. Ordinary latte? Nah, that’s their job. Four different drinks for four finicky co-workers? I’ll leave a tip for that.

    • whgt says:

      Reminds of when I used to ask “Hey does anyone want anything while I go to ______” and several people speak up, all have complicated orders, and none have cash. I always hated placing 4 different orders with a different card for each!

      Notice this was all past tense. No more of that sh!t.

  27. smo0 says:

    Museum Guides — $1 per tour participant.


    Tow Truck Operators – $3 to $5 per car towed, even if it’s covered by AAA.

    Sorry, but hell no.

    Sherpas – Tip one Yak for making it up the mountain and an additional Yak every time the sherpa has to save you from falling off the mountain.

    And LOL to the LOLth degree.

    • BrianneG says:

      I agree. I’ve never tipped a museum guide and since most of them are volunteers, I bet most wouldn’t even take the money. And I have never, ever contemplated tipping a tow truck driver. They make a decent wage. Even if they figured out how to fix my car without needing a tow, it just would never occur to me.

      • cromartie says:

        No, actually most tow truck drivers don’t make a decent wage. They make basically minimum plus a percentage commission on the tow in question, which is a very low number if you’re an AAA member, because AAA strong arms the mom and pop tow truck company into a rate per tow well below the cash charge.

        If the weather is fine, and it takes 30 seconds to charge a dead battery, that’s one thing, but if you’re being hauled out of a ditch during the storm of the century, be a little considerate and tip the guy.

        • smo0 says:

          I’ve utilized the services of a tow truck driver twice… both times for a “dead” battery on the same car.. which ended up being bad startercoils….

          the other 49028429052 times I’ve seen a tow truck driver… was when they were hauling cars off… I find it hard to believe that the “occasional” AAA call $$ makes a difference when they are raking in the bucks towing cars….

          Somehow, I deem tipping them like tipping any bill collectors who call my house…

      • JMILLER says:

        Having had my car plowed under by a over zealous plow driver two winters ago, I can tell you tipping the tow truck driver was a great idea. AAA paid the tow, but as soon as he arrived I gave him an extra 20, and my car was out warmed and cleaned of snow.

    • humphrmi says:

      “Museum Guides — $1 per tour participant.”

      A bad museum guide shows you the museum articles, says “here they are”, gives you a few minutes to look in awe, and then moves you along.

      A good museum guide explains a little more about the article in question: why is the article important? What impact did it have when it was first released? What was interesting about it, how did it change the way painting / sculpture was done? Basically, a good museum guide gives you a small humanities lesson.

      For those interested in such things, $1 per person is a bargain.

      • George4478 says:

        My family took a multilingual cave tour in Switzerland on a rainy day. It was in German and English and we were the only non-German speakers. The tour went like this:

        Tour guide, standing in front of a cave formation: German-german-german-german-german-german-german *laughter from the tour* german-german-german-german *more laughter* german-german.

        Tour guide, turning to us: “A stalactite”.

        And off we’d go to the next formation.

        No tip was given, but we still laugh about that tour 5 years later.

      • Griking says:

        I’m sorry but I don’t reward people for doing their jobs.

        • JMILLER says:

          So you never accept a raise? You do realize that is giving somebody something for DOING THEIR JOB. You also can never get a bonus, because why should you, you just did your JOB. You better never take a personal day, a sick day, or any other time off with pay, because getting paid for that IS NOT DOING YOUR JOB.

        • humphrmi says:

          Most museum guides are volunteers.

      • fairandbalanced says:

        Should you tip people just because they do their jobs?
        I used to work at Disney World. People who work at attractions explain all kinds of things to guests and keep them entertained and they don’t get tips or expect them for doing their jobs.

  28. SPOON - now with Forkin attitude says:

    the only problem is for sherpas, when you get poor service, you can’t easily tip part of a yak.

  29. Voxxen says:

    I always tip 1-4 singles (if I have them from getting tips myself, I don’t carry cash otherwise) whenever I eat out, anywhere at all, as long as they accept them. I also try to make my orders as quick and painless as possible. Anyone with a soul or that has experienced the special layer of hell known as food service does the same.

    The way consumerist posters seem to almost unanimously revile tipping of any sort for any service is indicative of some serious elitist myopia running rampant amongst us. Just because someone makes more than minimum by some piddling amount doesn’t mean they don’t deserve more than that. For every lazy, pissy little college brat working at McDonalds there is an unlucky, savagely overworked and underpaid, industrious individual that does all of the brat’s work for them because they have bills to pay and no one to give them a hand up.

    • Senator says:

      That industrious worker usually doesn’t stay at McDonalds for very long. They move on to bigger and better things.

      • Voxxen says:

        Not everyone is so lucky. Getting a better job takes either college education or knowing someone on the inside. Usually both.

        And how about people who pay for their own education and work full time through 4 years of school because they have no one to help them, including the government due to archaic dependency rules?

        • qwickone says:

          That’s me! Well, mostly. I got by working 20 hrs/wk in college because I took out student loans. Only $5K a year, so not that bad. I was lucky enough to to go UVA before the cost started skyrocketing (05 grad). My brother graduated this year and it cost him double what it cost me.

    • dolemite says:

      Yeah, they deserve more than that, but it isn’t my job to make sure they make more than that. If a guy flipping burgers wants to make more than $8 an hour, he has several options:

      #1. Ask his boss for a raise. Boss might agree, and raise burger prices.
      #2. Find a job that pays more than $8 an hour.

      It’s not for me to go around spreading the wealth to the less fortunates just because they make less than I do. The federal and state governments do a fine job of doing that.

      And before you state I haven’t worked any bad jobs: 1. Stock boy/janitor at Roses. 2. Burger flipper at Hardees. 3. “Chef” at a truckstop diner. I’m well aware these jobs suck. However, that is the incentive to go out and work hard and get yourself a better job.

      The problem is, Americans think they are all entitled to things without working for them. Why am I tipping someone just to make me a product? It’s like some kind of plague. Someone decided to stick a jar on the counter at a coffee shop years ago and now everyone thinks they are entitled to extra money for doing their jobs.

    • eccsame says:

      How do you know you’re tipping the “industrious individual” and not the “pissy brat”?

      • Voxxen says:

        It takes practice, but I’ve got guidelines for anyone who is actually interested:

        1) Are they happy and cheerful without a drop of sweat or a hair astray? Not the hard worker.
        2) Are they run down and tired looking? Possibly a stoner, yes, but 1000% more likely to be the hard worker.
        3) Alone in the store? Probably the hard worker. They don’t put the lazy ones in the store alone. That is a recipe for failed inspections in the Am.
        4) Moving fast, not talking much, possibly being curt? Hard worker for sure. Idle chat is a luxury, and the stress of being overworked can make anyone a little short.

        In the end, though, its hard to make sure your tip goes to the right person in any situation but there are ways to make it more likely.

        • Marshmelly says:

          So you’re paying more to the disheveled rude person instead of the friendly, polite person? If someone doesn’t go out of their way to be friendly to customers, why do they deserve a tip from them? And I’m not even anti-tip or anything, but that reasoning makes no sense to me.

          • Voxxen says:

            It makes sense when you think about it for a millisecond.

            Happy/friendly? Tip if you go for that sort of thing, but don’t assume they’re a hard worker. They’re probably not. The heavier tips should go to people who are obviously completely beat. Sure, they’re not as pretty a sight, but THEY are the ones who deserve your gratuity, not Barbie over there who just stands at the register winking suggestively at you. She’s too young for you and is just being flirty so you’ll give her money.

            Being superficial leads to a lot of incorrect decisions :)

          • wrjohnston91283 says:

            There’s a difference between being polite, but efficiently getting the transaction done, and spending 5 minutes talking about what happened last night on TV while a line forms out the door.

            “Good morning, what can I get for you today?” “Your total is $5” “Here’s your change, thanks for coming in today”


            “Oh hi Melissa, yeah I saw Idol last night. I know, I can’t believe he got voted off either. You going to Joe’s this weekend? I heard Mike’s going to be there. If I can get someone else to cover for me I’ll go to.”

    • frank64 says:

      I think if they are worth more than the employer should pay them more. They shouldn’t expect a tip, but I understand nicer people than me may want to, and that is fine. It is just that it shouldn’t be expected (except for the wait staff and delivery). The real issue for us is the expectation.

      • Voxxen says:

        Agreed, being expected to tip every time is BS. I do it when I can and put in a little effort to make sure i’ve got some singles hanging around if possible.

        That said, your point about employers paying workers more is pretty funny. Food service workers are one of the most heavily exploited groups in this country. When I worked fastfood, I got paid less per hour than the profit margin on two average orders, and produced roughly 20 units per hour while doing dishes, cleaning, additional prep, freezer pulls, paperwork, phones, etc. Making food was only 10% of the workload, though most people assume there is nothing to these jobs BUT making food, so workers always seem lazy to the ignorant.

        I asked for a raise once after being called in to do a 13hr double for the Nth time and the owner laughed and walked away.

  30. zomgorly says:

    Ummm why would I tip a Tow Truck Operators, even if they were doing something helpful like tow my car that broke down but I would say most of the time they are towing illegally and I am not tipping them after that

  31. trey says:

    if you are waiting on me i will tip, if i am waiting on you, i will not tip. it is as simple as that.

  32. eccsame says:

    This list is crap. I see no reason why I should tip $1 in the morning when I buy a cup of coffee. If it’s such a strenuous challenge to flip a lever and pour a cup of coffee, then let me come behind the counter and I’ll do it for you. But a 35% tip is absurd.

    • Hoss says:

      Yup, even if the server was talented enough to draw mickey mouse with the creamer, I’d simply thank him/her for the java

  33. nodaybuttoday says:

    I worked at a boston market for several years and I don’t think I was tipped more than a handful of times, mostly when I had to work on Thanksgiving. I would have been much happier if instead of tipping, people were just respectful and cleaned up after themselves.

    • Voxxen says:

      Agreed. Fast food customers are some of the nastiest, rudest, filthiest people in the world. Can’t tell you how many times I had to clean blood off the seat/floor/garbage in the womens’ bathroom… I KNOW I didn’t get paid or equipped properly to do that.

  34. ziptron says:

    Most other countries don’t have the tip-lust that seems to have developed here, for some reason. As services and goods get more expensive and as my paycheck gets smaller, I see less reason to pay extra to people for just doing their jobs. And I didn’t see much reason for it in the first place.

  35. Senator says:

    This is why I will never enter the service industry. The wages blow so bad they expect a tip. The probs not with the employee, it’s managments fault for paying so little.

    • frank64 says:

      Yes, and what happens then is those who tip enable this.

      • Voxxen says:

        In reality, no one is really enabling this behavior. Its just pure, base, primal greed. Greed rewards itself handsomely, especially in our culture where having a conscience is negatively reinforced at every turn and the only way to get what you deserve is to take it from other people.

        Sounds almost like natural selection, buts its clearly not. When the physically unfit and mentally challenged proliferate and rule the world because more evolved human beings are busy trying to do whats best for the greater good, survival of the fittest is dead.

        • FredKlein says:

          In reality, no one is really enabling this behavior. Its just pure, base, primal greed.

          But there are limits to greed. For instance, there is a law that states there is a minimum that you must pay your employees…

          except tipped employees. Them, you can pay less. So, the greedy companies pay them less. So, now the employees, instead of seeing tips as a little extra income, are relying on the tips. So they whine and complain (and call low- or non- tippers names , just look in this thread), that they deserve more tips. What’s the next step? Companies lobbying for the already-below-minimum wages to be made even lower.

          it’s a viscous circle.

  36. ScottyB says:

    I tip bartenders $1 and waiters ~15 – 20%. I don’t get haircuts, and I don’t have food delivered. No one else gets a tip. Coffee shop workers will never get a tip from me, even if it becomes standard. Never!

    • dolemite says:

      I love the “Never!” at the end. I imagine Jerry Seinfeld saying that and raising his finger to the sky. “Never!” I concur.

  37. Dapper Dan says:

    There’s a local place here that has 2 tip lines when you pay with a credit card. The first one just says ‘Tip’ and the 2nd line says ‘Addtional Tip’. I always give an extra $1.00 in that 2nd line, because it’s creative and always makes me smile.

    • Hoss says:

      If the 2nd line is for the sommelier, I like it. Drawing a separate tip for the sommelier is often confusing

      • frank64 says:

        Shouldn’t the sommelier get tipped out of the wait staff tip. You are paying $50 for a $15 bottle of wine already, then you add 20% to the waiter, then you pay the sommelier? Wine is expensive!

        • Hoss says:

          If you didn’t indicate a separate amount the sommolier would get a pro-rata portion of the total tip. But many people tip either a flat $10 or $20 to the sommolier (sometimes handed to them, which I think is low-class), or indicate about 10% of the wine cost separately on the bill as a tip. A way to avoid the confusion is to indicate an amount to the server (or servers) of about 20% of food (if deserved), then another amount for the steward of 10% of the wine cost. If for example, you’ve already given $20 to the steward, there’s no reason for the server to give him/her more.

          Tipping 20% on both food and pricey wine is too generous, in my opinion

  38. Kishi says:

    What? A whole yak every time they save me? Come on, that’s just excessive. I think a yak every two or three times is more than enough.

    • RandomHookup says:

      The yak is due when they save you the first time. If you only tip a partial yak, there won’t be a second time.

  39. dulcinea47 says:

    Yeah, I’m not tipping on anything where they don’t do something specifically for me. Maybe I would tip on takeout if I special ordered something… but I’m not tipping for someone to hand me food or coffee over a counter.

  40. samonela says:

    Usually when someone is doing something for me (schlepping my food and drinks to and fro, cutting my ugly hair because I can’t do it myself, etc.) I think that is deserving of gratuity unless they did a piss poor job at it at which point they get NOTHING from me. They get paid by their employer regardless, so me not tipping when “expected” is my way of showing my displeasure with the service rendered.

    However, I agree with the posters that have mentioned the places that have set up tip jars when it is completely inappropriate.

    PERFECT EXAMPLE: Those serve yourself Frozen Yogurt places. I come in, choose my own sized cup, serve myself, put the toppings myself, get my own spoon, and place it onto the scale. The clerk rings it up based on weight, takes the cash and gives me change. Really? Do you REALLY think you deserve a tip for what you just did? You know, there are automated machines that take money and give change too right? And I’m willing to bet that those machines don’t steal product and give discounts to their friends…you did your job that you are lucky to have in the first place. No tip for you!

    • Voxxen says:

      I completely agree with everything you said. If someone does a really bad job of providing a service or doesn’t really provide a service at all, screw ’em.

  41. BuyerOfGoods3 says:

    I saw WAY too many occupations on there that you should NOT be tipping. They are NOT required to report Tips as part of Income – therefore, it is NOT part of their income, and the company should be paying a proper wage.

    Hint: if you found them on Craigslist – they’re probably not paying a decent wage to the workers and probably not even insured or registered as a Real Business. Scan the paid Job Postings and you’ll see a side of Companies that makes you sick.

  42. frank64 says:

    Another thing is tipping keep me from buying things many times. You of course should take the total cost of something into account when deciding whether to do it.

    A message at $60 might be OK, but knowing they want a $10-$15 tip makes it not OK. A beer for $6 is kind of high, but paying the bartender a tip to make it $7? Tipping seems to inflate a persons wages, so it might be better if more owners decided to pay some people more and keep the total bill down for the customer. If a massage therapist stated a no tip policy, I would be more inclined to go, and they may be happy for the $30 to $40(guessing) they get to keep.

  43. Spiro_Agnew says:

    I am glad that we have a “tipping economy”. It leads to much better service. After visiting and living in places that have a “non-tipping economy” and experiencing the crappy level of service from service personnel that couldn’t care less about your consumer experience, I would never want to have that catch on here.

  44. Miss Dev (The Beer Sherpa) says:

    Now, TROUT guides, those guys command 30-40% MINIMUM.

  45. Mr.Grieves says:

    Yea nah, I’m not tipping taxi drivers. Taxi prices are outrageous in my city so I don’t think so, I’m not rich. But sherpas, sure, I’d tip those guys.

  46. jake.valentine says:

    Today it seems as though everybody has their hand out expecting money for little or no service in return. I tip well for good service at sit down restaurants, but at the same time if you give terrible service you will get a terrible tip. Tipping for take out? Perhaps at a typical sit down restaurant I’ll tip 10%, but pizza or other fast food? Ummm, no. The ever increasing expectation of a tip for essentially just doing your job is further evidence of the entitlement mentality that is taking grip in our country.

    • Voxxen says:

      I see the entitlement much more on the consumer end of the deal. A little slow? GIMME FREE STUFF! A little rude? YOUR JOB AND FREE STUFF! Out of stock? LOTS OF FREE STUFF!

      Makes me sick.

  47. Lollerface says:

    I tipped my movers alot more than $20 each. I think I may have given them $60 each (two guys). Some may say that’s excessive, but they’re doing some back-breaking work that I was very happy I wasn’t doing. We hired them just to move the heavy stuff including a very cumbersome treadmill.

  48. Tracer Bullet says:

    i always tip 50-100% to service industry folks. I guess that makes me an asshole

    • frank64 says:

      I don’t think any post here said that. I don’t know it makes you, I guess it depends on why. It could make you nice, or it could make you full of yourself!

  49. Watcher95 says:

    Takeout? I think not..

    Stopped reading pretty much there.

  50. BuyerOfGoods3 says:

    Regarding the Tattoo tips….I think he got his tip when he got to Fondle my breast for two hours in Inking it.


  51. frank1569 says:

    Excellent list!

    And don’t forget, if you’re rich, double all of the above tipping guidelines. At least.

    You know, to stimulate the economy, you cheap bastards…

  52. Sparkstalker says:

    The only takeout I tip for is the Chinese and Japanese place around the corner from my house. Seeing as we’re regulars dining in, and the waitresses/Hostesses are cute, I don’t mind….

  53. CaptCynic says:

    Well, I may be inviting people to attack me with this comment, but I think tipping should never be expected. I’m not saying I don’t tip, because I do. I’m saying that tipping should be an activity to recognize superior service, not an additional fee on standard service. Restaurants should be required to pay a flat wage and not expect patrons to tack on a fee of 15-20% (When & why did it increase from the 10% it was when I was younger?).

    Paying waitstaff should be included in the cost of the food. If someone is exceptionally nice or goes out of their way, hand them a couple of bucks, but the very idea of required tipping is offensive.

    Now… back to reality… I recognize this will never happen. So I tip decently for decent service and really well for superior service. Occasionally, very poor service results in a low tip (probably not more than 1 out of 20 times I go out) or none at all(I’ve only done this 4 or 5 times in my life).

    • Voxxen says:

      I agree, I wish tipping weren’t necessary but workers in low-end jobs are exploited so heavily that it really behooves we in luckier situations to try to help them out.

    • wrjohnston91283 says:

      My complaint with tipping is when people get upset at people who don’t tip because they got bad service, claiming that by not tipping they’re hurting the busboys, chefs and dishwasher, not just the waiter, or that it’s not the waiter’s fault. I go to a restaurant to get a meal prepared and served to me, and I want to pay one price (in an ideal world that price would be printed in the menu). I don’t want to have to worry that everyone is being compensated for their time, thats the restaurant’s responsibility. The markup on restaurant food is incredible – for what I can make at home for $4 I’m paying $15.99 for at a restaurant. If it takes 45 minutes to arrive cold, I’m sure not paying an extra 20% for it.

  54. youbastid says:

    This is why I want to move to Japan. Tipping is considered offensive for ANY service! So much easier.

  55. tofupuppy says:

    Taxis and food delivery get a couple bucks.

    Waitstaff get 20% unless they’ve done me wrong.

    But the pot delivery guy gets $10 every time. That’s someone you want on your good side.

  56. yellowromancandles says:

    Oh goodness this is so embarrassing… All this time, I was unaware that tipping sherpas was common practice! No wonder last time he let me take a good several tumbles down the hill before jumping into my rescue, with that taunting look in his eye…

  57. paul says:

    I tip them the same way I used to give gifts to my mom when I was a kid:

    “This coupon redeemable for one free compliment!”
    “This coupon redeemable for one free hug!”


  58. trixare4kids says:

    I don’t mind tipping and I am reasonable about it when I agree with it. I automatically include the tip in my head as the price of whatever service I am receiving. I don’t see it as “extra.” I wish more restaurants would include the price of the gratuity in the cost of the food and that’s what you pay. Period. It works in other countries.

    Who I do NOT tip:
    Pouring me a cup of coffee at Starbucks – No.
    Towing my car – WTF? No.
    Making me an ice cream cone? No.
    Museum guide. No. They are usually volunteers and/or docents and do not expect to get paid or tipped.
    Grocery Baggers – Never heard of this. Would you tip the cashier? No. So why baggers?
    Garbage collector – Those guys are union and have a good salary and benefits.
    Mail Carrier or any other Civil Servant? No. They too are paid a living wage and have good retirement and benefits.

    Who I DO tip:

    20%-25% – Waiter/Waitress
    10% – Take out from Restaurant
    $5-$10 – Each person for furniture delivery; more if they set something up for me or take away the wrapping.
    15%-20% – Hair Dresser
    15%-20% For pizza or food delivery. My formula is ($total bill – $any delivery fee) = $amount I use to calculate tip. Also, FYI the delivery fee does not usually go to the driver. I know a lot of people assume that, so you should ask.
    $2-$5 per day for hotel cleaning person.

  59. evnmorlo says:

    I’m pretty sure Sherpas prefer cash. Try a yak and they will probably butcher you for feed.

  60. DarkPsion says:

    How come Hardware store employees don’t get tips?

    We are advising you on jobs that if you hired a professional, would cost you $50+ per hour.

    I found more money sweeping the floor than I ever got in tips, of course that $100 kind of skews the average.

  61. Geekybiker says:

    Every time one of these lists comes out its always from an over-tipper.

  62. Abradax says:

    Tip on take out? Not on your life.
    I don’t tip the guy at Taco bell, I’m not tipping the guys at Bob Evans because they threw some wildfire in a box instead of a plate.

    I’m surprised on the pizza drivers they don’t mention weather. If it is raining, I toss a couple extra bucks. If it is snow/icy out, I have been known to tip 100% depending on how bad the weather is.

  63. mbd says:

    You guys must of fallen on your head. Waiters in a sit down restaurant and pizza delivery people are the ONLY ones I tip, and the pizza guy only if they are fast and the pizza is hot.

  64. vitajex says:

    This brings up a good question:

    If you go to one of those naked sushi places, how much should you tip the “platter”?

  65. dougp26364 says:

    I tip waitstaff only because their employers aren’t required to pay them minimum wage and most are dependant upon tips for income. Everyone else accpets what that employer is offering them and I don’t tip. As it is now, everyone has their hand (or jar) out expecting a tip. It’s to a point where the expectation of a tip extends to every aspect of business and it’s a trend that really needs to stop.

    • rc251 says:

      That’s not true for Alaska, California, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, where waitstaff do make minimum wage as required by law.

      Should they be tipped at the same rate as states without minimum wage requirements for waitstaff?

      • frank64 says:

        I wish someone from one of those states would post what the rule of thumb is. There should be a difference.

    • watch me boogie says:

      I was a salon assistant and we got paid well below minimum wage because we were (allegedly) tipped. Except most people don’t think to tip the shampoo person so we just got really crappily paid. The salon is ridiculously successful and never lacks for assistants, of course.

  66. Sardis says:

    Most of these I will not tip for. I feel like what they are doing is part of their job.


  67. dwtomek says:

    What if your tattoo artist owns his studio? I would think it a little absurd if he were to charge less than he felt he needed/deserved and subsequently expect a tip. I will have to ask mine his thoughts next time I go in.

  68. El_Fez says:

    Wait – you tip when you get take out? Not delivery where someone brings it to you, not dining out where you sit there and someone serves you – but where you drive to the restaurant pick up the food yourself and go home to eat? Where the extent of their interaction with you is operating the till?

    Fuck that. If I’m doing all the work, I’m not tipping.

  69. El_Fez says:

    Wait – you tip when you get take out? Not delivery where someone brings it to you, not dining out where you sit there and someone serves you – but where you drive to the restaurant pick up the food yourself and go home to eat? Where the extent of their interaction with you is operating the till?

    Fuck that. If I’m doing all the work, I’m not tipping.

  70. superberg says:

    Some of these make sense. Some of these blow my mind. Museum guides? Movers? Tow truck operators?

    One of these is usually a volunteer, and the other two are incredibly expensive services. I’m not made of money. Maybe we just need a list of people we’re not supposed to tip?

  71. jimstoic says:

    The pizza recommendation says “$2 to $5 depending on the distance the delivery person had to drive,” but then says to figure the tip based on the amount of the bill before applying coupons. Confusing.

    • watch me boogie says:

      I’d go with “whichever is higher.”

      Experience has shown that if you tip delivery drivers very well, they will take care of you. Consider it an investment in fresh, hot food and possibly some free stuff.

  72. Buckus says:

    Eight Percent – Which is fair…

  73. Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

    As a garbageman we often got tips like a a 1/5th of a 6-pack for xmas. I didn’t drink but was careful not to dent their cans after that. As a pizza delivery guy for Dominoes, never got a tip unless it was a few cents change (We had to say we didn’t carry cash and they’d grudgingly let me keep the 17¢).

    Take-Out Food – nope
    Mom & Pop Coffee Shops – pennies
    Chain Coffee Shops – pennies
    Taxi – usually ~$10 (not that often)
    Stylist Colorist Barber – a buck or two but now I shave my head at home
    Pizza – %15
    Funiture delivery – huh?
    Hotel Housekeeping Staff – I don’t even know how to do this. If I leave money out & it comes up missing I’ll be pissed.
    Blackjack Dealers – don’t play but I’d tip
    Salmon Fishing Guides – huh?
    Museum Guides – not on your life
    Tattoo Artists – I’d tip them if they tattooed my drunken friend but I have no tats
    Movers – Always moved myself (so many moving companies are criminal orgs)
    Tow Truck Operators – more criminals who have always tried to rip me off.
    Mail Carriers – Some of our mailmen screw everything up, always not getting our mail but getting a lot of other people’s mail. My assumption is my neighbors don’t bring it to us. One mailman found every excuse not to deliver “loose dog”, “cars parked near boxes”, “too much rain”, “angry peasants” These guys make a killing; if I tipped them it’d be with 1¢ stamps.
    Sherpas – Sure, every time I climb Everest.
    ferryman – DO NOT TIP UNTIL you get to the other side!

  74. runswithscissors says:

    *Take-Out Food — Hells no.

    *Mom & Pop Coffee Shops — I might if I went to one, but I don’t.

    *Chain Coffee Shops — there is no tip jar at the chain I go to.

    *Taxi – 10-15% — Yeah. Same for airport “limo” drivers.

    *Stylist, Colorist or Barber — 15% to 20% — Yeah.

    Pizza – $2 to $5 — Yeah.

    *Furniture — No, not unless they go above and beyond somehow.

    *Hotel Housekeeping Staff – In a nice hotel, sure. In the types of places I usually end up at? No.

    * Blackjack Dealers — Never been. Good to know in case.

    *Salmon Fishing Guides — Never been. Good to know in case.

    *Museum Guides — AHAHAHAAHAHA NO. First, I’d never use one. Second, why should they make MORE if they handle MORE people? That’s less attention/service for me.

    *Tattoo Artists — Never been. Good to know in case.

    *Movers – $10 to $20 per mover — Yeah, tipped the 3 guys who did my last move $20 each.

    *Tow Truck Operators — Only used one once (to take dead car from my house to mechanics) and didn’t. Oops?

    *Mail Carriers — Something at Christmas maybe?


    Is it just me or is who we have to tip getting ridiculous? Also, my brother-in-law waiter told me recently “we’re trying to push the normal tipping amount up to 20%”… gotta admit that pissed me off to hear.

  75. fairandbalanced says:

    This is a bunch of BS.
    The only tips that are expected are 15% to servers and even that has no legal requirement and most restaraunts do not require tipping unless you have 6 or more.
    Nothing else is considered a tipped position.

  76. Eels says:

    Waitresses/delivery people aside, are any of these other people relying on tips? How did these certain professions evolve into being deserving of tips?

    I feel like tipping is now something that we are expected to do if we want to get good service in the future, not something that we do to thank people for their good service.

  77. ben_marko says:

    I think the folks at CouponSherpa are smokin’ crack. Why on earth would I tip for take out?!?!?!?

  78. crashfrog says:

    Why am I supposed to tip the taxi driver, exactly? What is “service above and beyond” when it’s just a matter of taking me somewhere?

    • caradrake says:

      Adhering to all traffic laws – no running red lights, no tailgating people – nothing that makes me think I’m on a roller coaster rather than in a car.

      Sadly, that is “above and beyond” service for a taxi.

      • BurtReynolds says:

        Running red lights and ignoring traffic laws to get me somewhere faster might actually earn a tip from me. I look for “above and beyond”. Simply driving me somewhere earns them their fare. Saving me time earns a tip.

  79. Sarcastico says:

    Never a shortage of people telling you what to do with your money or what you are because you don’t do it their way. Here’s to Maxwell House in my house and DiGiorno instead of delivery. I’m not against tipping but tipping should be a reward for outstanding service and not just doing your job.

  80. myCatCracksMeUp says:

    I only tip the hair stylist 10% and I think that’s plenty. If I pay $50 for a haircut that takes 15 minutes max, a $5 tip is plenty. That’s $20 an hour just in tip money. And they get paid a salary.

  81. Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

    Wow. So many reasons to not tip, it just boggles the mind. Does the server at a takeout counter deserve a tip for handing me a cup of coffee, which I then have to bring to the cream and sugar counter afterward? Two words: F**k no! Do pizza delivery guys/gals deserve a tip? Yes–and it gets bigger if it gets here faster. Does your barber/hairstylist deserve a tip? If (s)he does a great job, definitely–always go to the same barber–charges $15, give him $5 as a tip. Don’t take taxis too often, but will always tip at least 15%, more if he turns off the meter when we get stuck in traffic. Can’t comment on the other scenarios listed, as I’ve yet to step foot in a casino, a tattoo parlour, or on the base camp of Mt. (pick your mountain). Nor had it ever occurred to me to tip a furniture delivery guy — after all, isn’t that what he’s paid to do? Notwithstanding the other scenarios I do tip aren’t in the same situations, but you’ve been conditioned to tip those guys, not the guy that delivered your mattress and took away the old one. Would the world be a better place if all employees in the service industry (food or otherwise) were paid a fair wage that would make them not rely on tips? Yes. Alas, it doesn’t work that way on this continent.

  82. tacitus59 says:

    Some of these tips are from the weird world of New York City tipping traditions and are certainly not part of the norm where I grew up. Tipping the Mail Carrier … really? Tipping Carryout Food … Huh? And that Sherpa thing? I have nothing against tipping your Sherpa (if I was willing to squander big-bucks trying to kill myself); but is that for real.

  83. Wysguy says:

    20% tip (about 10 for carryout) is my starting point, and I’m easy to go by. Keep my drink filled and it goes up. I try to be as generous as practical, because most waiters/waitresses rely on tips for income (in most chains, the host(ess) gets a cut as do bussers and bartenders
    At least, I hope at the local mom & pop pizza shop, they remember me and I get a little better service.

  84. hammond egger says:

    On our last trip to NYC, I drove around the block our Times Square hotel was on four times during rush hour because there were no spots in front of the hotel to unload luggage. The fifth time around, the door guy signaled me to stop and roll down my window. He asked if I was staying there and when I said I was he shooed a couple of cabs away and directed me in. You better believe I gave him a tip, mainly because he was perceptive enough to notice the idiot in the rental that decided to drive into midtown on a Friday afternoon and kept circling the block.

  85. lvlass says:

    take out – I only tip if a server had to run around and gather special items for me (condiments, extra bread, etc.) and if they are pleasant.

  86. Griking says:

    I wasn’t aware that all of these professions were paid less than minimum wage with the understanding that I (the customers) would make up for their cheap ass bosses.

    If I tip my mail man does that mean that I have to tip the Fedex and UPS delivery guys? What about my local garbage man, won’t he get jealous if he sees that my mail main gets a tip? How about plumbers? Why do movers make the cut but plumbers don’t? And why stop there, what about doctors and nurses? Isn’t the medical field a service based industry as well? Ooh, do computer repair men make the cut? Should I expect a tip every time I set up a wireless network?

    I’m telling you, companies are getting smarter and smarter. They realize that they don’t have to pay their employees any more because they know that their customer’s will do it for them out of some ridiculous guilt that we’re supposed to feel if we don’t.

  87. alana0j says:

    Ok first let me apologize for my choice in wording, I’ve had a very frustrating week. But I do have a few responses for everyone.


    Ok, another job isn’t available here. I get paid $1 per delivery and nothing for mileage.

    “Further, this is a hard lesson to learn. The choices you make in life have consequences. Having a child before a career leads to Pizza Delivery. Working Pizza Delivery pays what it pays. Is it not enough that when you go on welfare we pay for YOUR child? How’s that for a tip. “

    Ok because you know me. I’m not on welfare, I work my ass off to make sure my daughter has what she needs.

    “To do what with, exactly? Mess with their food (which is legally assault)?”

    HELL NO. That is absolutely disgusting and I honestly would never even think of it. But if I notice a pretty far out address that has repeatedly not tipped, even as friendly as I am and even when I get their food to them in 30 minutes,sometimes less, maybe I’m not going to go out of my way to get the food there super fast.

    On a happier note, I didn’t get stiffed at all today and walked away with a decent amount of money. Now I need to try and sleep as I have to be up early.

    • watch me boogie says:

      Most places don’t charge a delivery fee anymore. Most drivers now have to pay for their own gas, or else get a tiny stipend that doesn’t cover it. Times, they change.

  88. Crazytree says:


    I actually wanted to know how much to tip a Sherpa.

  89. Voxxen says:

    I wonder how many people here would flip their opinion if performance bonuses were properly considered a sort of tip. My guess is most. Interesting, that.

  90. BytheSea says:

    How about the airport shuttle guy? And if he helps you with your bags vs if he doesn’t?

    BTW, I’ve never tipped a museum tour guide, as having worked in several museums, I’ve never heard of anyone tipping them. i’m not even sure if they’re allowed to take tips.

  91. BurtReynolds says:

    Tipping for takeout is like paying extra to print your own Ticketmaster tickets.

    I tip for people like wait staff and delivery drivers where it is known that they rely on tips as part of their wage. My tip depends on the level of service I recieve.

    I don’t tip people who make a “normal” wage, for simply doing their job. That includes the furniture delivery guy, tow truck driver, mover, Dunkin Donuts cashier, mailman, or housekeeper.

    Now, if I ask for special consideration from these folks, and they comply, I have no problem giving them a little extra. My UPS guy always puts my packages in plastic when there is a chance of rain, and he hides them behind a bush. I might leave him something come Christmas. He doesn’t need to do that. If I buy furniture and the delivery guy is willing to help me move another piece while he is there, then he gets a tip. Again, he doesn’t have to do that.

  92. legolex says:

    I don’t tip at coffee shops or when I pick up food. I feel it’s unnecessary, the person who made the food / rang up the food doesn’t depend on tips like drivers or the wait staff. Same with coffee shops.

    I do have to say that I get offended if I go into a chain restaurant (with no wait staff like Moe’s Southwest Grille – it’s set up like a cafeteria line) and they have a tip jar at the register. If someone should go above and beyond their job I will tip, but for your regular duties – nope.

  93. aleck says:

    When tipping is “expected”, I am curious to know who sets these expectations and what they are based on? My understanding with restaurant tipping is that it is for the wait staff. Now 10% is expected for carry out. I understand that chefs, host, cashier, etc work hard to get me a take out order, but that’s what I pay the base price for. What if food turns out to be bad, cold, etc? Can I get my 10% back?

  94. webweazel says:

    I don’t think hardly anybody will read this far, but I have a question:
    How much are we supposed to tip at a buffet-style restaurant?
    We do 15% at most regular restaurants, and usually 10% at buffets. We figure, the waiters usually work more tables because their job is much easier, just picking up dirty plates & refilling drinks.
    Yes no?

    • dggriffi says:

      i usually do a dollar a person at buffets for the drinks handling. If they don’t bring me anything or serve me in any way, they do not get tipped.

  95. watch me boogie says:

    Anyone else find it really creepy how so many people use tipping as a power trip? Fascinating, but creepy.

    I’d say “abolish the tip economy!” but then, what else would these people do to get their power trip on? Er…

  96. edosan says:

    Oh, look. Another one of these insane “how to tip if you live in New York” articles. As usual, if you don’t live in the Big Apple where they seem to have people with their hand out for a tip every thirty feet, feel free to ignore most of this article.

  97. suburbancowboy says:

    What is proper etiquette when the person you are supposed to tip is also the owner/operator?
    I’m paying the guy a bill, and he is getting all of my money. Am I supposed to tip him on top of that? I know the answer it yes, but it just seems odd.

    • watch me boogie says:

      The general rule is that the owner of an establishment does not get a tip. I have heard of people doing it, but it should not be expected.

  98. dggriffi says:

    Here’s my list:
    Take-Out Food – No. I did all the work.

    *Mom & Pop Coffee Shops – No. unless you come to my table and take the order.

    *Chain Coffee Shops — No.

    *Taxi – No. 10% if the driver helps you with heavy bags.

    *Stylist, Colorist or Barber — 15% if they do a great job

    Pizza – No. This is tip creep.

    *Furniture — uh….No, that’s why they charge a fee.

    *Hotel Housekeeping Staff – pfffff. you must be kidding.

    * Blackjack Dealers — Only if im winning. Its their job to throw you off. screw them

    *Salmon Fishing Guides — WTF is this? why do you need a guide?

    *Museum Guides — I tipped the museum when i came in.

    *Tattoo Artists – depends on how much i liked the work.

    *Movers – 10% if they don’t drag their damn feet the whole time.

    *Tow Truck Operators – No. More tip creep.

    *Mail Carriers – No way.

    *Sherpas – 1 chicken.

  99. Jimmy37 says:

    Tipping for takeout, tow truck operators??? This list is pure, arbitrary BS.

  100. TommyFeds says:

    I have always tipped tow truck drivers. Especially since I have AAA with 100 mile allowed per tow. I have taken full advantage of that 100 miles as I work 56 miles from my home. Getting towed 56 miles to my mechanic in rush hour traffic is worth $20 to me even though I have already payed my $80 or so for my annual AAA dues.

  101. jeffile says:

    I usually tip 15% – 20% at restaurants but that is not a given. If the service is slow, sloppy, waiter indifferent, etc then I’m not afraid to leave less. Once I left a 2 cent tip. However, after I left the restaurant I did feel some regret as I realized I probably over tipped. And no, I’m not a scrooge. Once, after realizing I had inadvertantly failed to leave a tip, I returned to the restaurant three days later, apologized to the waitress and gave her a larger than normal tip.

  102. guymandude says:

    Really… WTF wrote this article? And where do you live? Fantasy land? No one tips me for doing my job and I’m unclear why most of the aforementioned duties should require a tip. If you’re unhappy with your station in life.. change it.

  103. Powerlurker says:

    One they didn’t mention and might apply to some people is if you’re paying for some sort of all-day private guide (like an all-day private ski lesson), you should pay for their lunch on top of the tip.

  104. rubicthecube says:

    When did tipping become a requirement? Don’t get me wrong, I tip. In cash. But only when it’s deserved. Here’s a tip on tipping: the more the person made an effort to provide over-the-top service, the higher the tip. I’ve tipped anywhere from 0% (i was the only person in the restaurant and I could not get any service at all.), to 25% (i had no Idea what to order, the server asked me a few questions, and had the chef cook something not on the menu especially for me. drinks were refilled without me noticing).

  105. peebozi says:

    i agree with all but the blackjack and the sherpas…don’t tip a sherpa until you make it down the mountain and don’t tip the BJ dealer until you’re ready to leave…and ahead.

  106. Urinal Gum says:

    Most importantly, how to tip websites:

  107. Noonan says:

    Seems like some people don’t understand that it’s legal for companies to pay certain professions less than the state’s minimum wage because tips are considered part of the wage. Did some of you not make that connection when people mention the state’s minimum wage then say that what they get paid is less?

    • tacitus59 says:

      Certainly, but clearly this list is not based on the minimum wage earning.

      eg “*Mail Carriers”

  108. photoartist says:

    My haircuts cost $15 and I always tip $5. It’s a chain place but the woman does a great job. The same haircut would cost twice as much or more at some other places so for $20 I feel I get a great deal.

  109. JadePharaoh says:

    I’d like to know just who got together and determined these tipping rules; who gets tipped and how much? I’ve always known you tip your waiter/tress, and for pizza, etc. delivery. I didn’t know until I began reading some of these Consumerist articles that I’m expected to tip the barber. I just had a couch delivered a few months ago; sounds like I was supposed to tip them too. I guess if I’m expected to tip for pizza delivery, I should be tipping for any kind of delivery. And tipping for takeout just sounds absurd, considering I’m the one who spent time and gas driving to the place (usually I get carryout to AVOID paying a delivery fee and tip).

    I wish the government would just do away with the separate minimum wage standard for workers that recieve tips. Then we could just tip based on whether we feel we recieved exceptional service or not and not based on arbitrary standards and expectations.

  110. ginnel says:

    A $1 tip at a mom & pop coffee shop for a cup of coffee? How much is coffee where you live? What is it they do for you that justifies that? And sorry, I don’t tip on takeout food. This is getting ridiculous.

  111. jecowa says:

    How much do i tip the newspaper delivery person?

  112. GrammatonCleric says:

    I work at a trucking company that also does some moving… Not as a mover but I handle payroll and DoT and etc… The average wage is anywhere from $8-10 an hour…. These guys aren’t very well off but they can definitely survive with out a $10-20 tip, especially considering how easy it is to do their job. Our OTR(over-the-road) drivers work WAY harder, obviously with no tip. Lucky them you net about $4000-5000 a week as a truck driver.

  113. says:

    At our restaurant, the take out person is basically your server. We put in the order, the cook throws out the food, we QC it, package it, get drinks and handle payment. Do that for a togo order for 20 people and see if you don’t deserve a tip.

  114. wicked.nightingale says:

    Hmm… why am I tipping my tattoo artist, just because he’s my artist? He owns his chair at the shop (if he doesn’t own the shop as most do), he sets his own prices, and gives you your quote… Tipping, unless something miraculous happens, seems a little excess… And I have lots of ink, and I’ve never heard of this before…. (I actually can’t remember if I tipped or not…)

  115. Jabberkaty says:

    Does one tip for getting clothes altered?

  116. grucifer says:

    I worked as a mover in college, $10-20 is about right except on jobs where we’re working 12 hours. $50 would be appreciated then.

    Also, for the love of God please clean your shit before movers come in you dirt bags.

  117. TheMonkeyKing says:

    Same for Europe?

  118. theduck says:

    How did we become a society where everyone thinks they should get extra money from me for doing their job? There are those occupations where tips have to be given, because the people who work these jobs are under-compensated because they are expected to get tips (and I’d rather see them paid properly and eliminate tips totally, even though prices would go up), but in most cases, when you take a job you agree to do that job for a certain pay. To all the people in Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, corner delis, etc. – you’re not providing anything more than you were hired to do, so sorry, but I’m ignoring the crudely lettered cup asking for tips. And yes, the same goes for take out.