Tip, Tip, Tip
February 21, 2011
Do you ever wonder if you are over-tipping or under-tipping, or be tipping at all? You are not alone. Lots of people are unsure how much to tip the bell hop or the tour guide. They usually end up tipping way too much or not enough.
Organize Anything has put together a handy chart of industry standards of tipping. Weve also come up with a few ideas and suggestions on how to gracefully handle leaving a tip.
1) Great service deserves recognition. If you are a patron of a location and appreciate the consistently great service you get, feel free to tip higher than industry standards. Hair stylists, mechanics and your favourite waiter are all people who may expect a inflated tip because you see them on a regular basis and have developed a relationship with them.
2) Being a great tipper doesnt excuse being a bad customer. People who work in the service industry remember bad customers more than good customers. Just because you leave a hefty tip doesnt excuse being rude, or a difficult patron. The staff will remember youre poor behavior and you may receive less than stellar service the next time you visit.
3) Think about the big picture when tipping. Its not your servers fault if your food is overcooked and its not your cab drivers fault if theres bad traffic. However if your server delivers cold food and is reluctant to take it back, then that should factor into how much of a tip you leave.
4) Not leaving a tip leaves a statement. Many people in the service industry make minimum wage because the companies that hire them expect them to earn the accepted minimum in tips. Not leaving a tip because you dont feel like it can ruin a servers shift. It will also get you branded as a bad customer by the staff. This doesnt mean you should reward bad service though! If you receive truly horrible service mention it to the manager and leave a below minimum standard tip.
5) Heres a handy chart for some common services and the industry standard for tipping:
Mechanic $10-$20 for jobs up to $500, $50 for jobs over $500
Handyman $20-$30 each
Mover $20-$50 for large, difficult moves. $10-$20 for small moves
Taxi Driver 15-20% of fare
Take Out Delivery $1-2 or $5 for larger orders
Waiter/Waitress 15 20% of bill
Bartenders $1 for beer or wine, $2 for mixed drinks
Hair Stylists 15-20% of bill
Massage Therapist 10 20% of a one hour massage
Personal Trainer $50
Priest (for Marriage) $75-100
Wedding DJ $25-100
When in doubt about how much to leave, it is standard in North America to leave between 15 and 20 per cent. We hope that these guidelines will help you next time you need to leave a tip.
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©2011 Colette Robicheau
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