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View Poll Results: What do you generally Tip?
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10% 1 1.45%
15% 13 18.84%
20% 40 57.97%
30+% 2 2.90%
depends on the service 13 18.84%
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#1 of 21 Old 01-27-2010, 09:07 PM - Thread Starter
 
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THe facial thread had me thinking....What does everyone feel is an appropriate base tip for services rendered (Hair Salon, Food Services, Spa)
Generally we do 10-15% If amazing service was given then we will up it....if the service was horrible then they would be lucky to get anything. Just curious.

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In North America, we generally tip 15%, perhaps 20% if it was amazing.

In some countries, where the minimum wage is relatively high and tipping isn't standard, we tend to just round up to even out the cash, or don't tip at all. E.g. if the cabfare is $18, we'll hand over a $20 and tell the cabbie to keep it. We've had discussions with locals who beg us not to tip - they don't want the practice to become standard, and they explain that it isn't necessary anyway, because their service workers receive a living wage.
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20% base is the norm for me/the folks I know (I'm in SoCal.) Double the sales tax plus a little more=20%. Most tippable workers don't see enough of the $ imo. I remember what it's like trying to make ends meet on little dough-those windfalls of cash make a difference.

Yesterday I had a reflexology session at one of those quickie chair massage type places-it was $25 for an hour, and the person worked very hard and certainly deserved more than $5. I tipped $15 in that circumstance-it was worth it.
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I voted "15%"- but "it depends" also applies. I don't tip 15% no matter what- if the service is lousy or exceptional the tip will reflect my opinion. My DP is a tattoo artist and a better tipper than I am- likely because he's on the receiving end frequently!

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20% min. and up to 30% for fabulous service and/or wild children.

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I voted 15%, but really it's 15 to 20 as a standard for me. It depends a bit on how things round up and whether the service was just okay or good. Bad gets less or none and excellent gets more (especially if the excellent made my meal with my child more pleasant--so waiters who bring raisins for my kid to snack on or whatever).

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I tip 15% standard, and 20% if service was very, very good.
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20% min. and up to 30% for fabulous service and/or wild children.
Yep, this. But I will leave VERY little for crummy service (not slow or cold food which isn't the waiter/waitress' fault - but a rude or completely neglectful wait person isn't getting a decent tip from me).

20% at my hair dresser's, more than 20% for small things like eyebrow wax alone as it seems too low on a small bill.
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20% is my base tip. I frequently go up, but have only tipped less twice in the last 10 years or so.
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usually 20% + but I will leave a low tip for bad service.
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I usually do 15% for spa services......but now I wonder if i'm cheap. Hope I make up for it by many repeat visits.
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I start at 20% for most services and it goes up or down from there.

I voted "other" because I don't tip as much on food take-out/delivery. My hairdresser gets slightly more than 20% just to make it an even amount.
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[QUOTE=Kirsten;14993228]Yep, this. But I will leave VERY little for crummy service (not slow or cold food which isn't the waiter/waitress' fault - but a rude or completely neglectful wait person isn't getting a decent tip from me).

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Sometimes slow food is the server's fault. Twice we've had waiters who completely failed to put our orders in. Both times we had to leave without eating because we were there with DS when he was just too little for us to keep waiting. One place the manager followed us and got our address and sent us a nice gift card though.

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Usually around 20% . . . as a baseline. Our DCs have food allergies, so by the time we do decide to eat somewhere, at least one person on staff has gone through the time and effort of explaining and disclosing their ingredients and process.

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20% unless the service is bad.

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I voted 20% since that's my norm, but it does depend on the service.

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We tip at least 20% and often tip more. If we have a very small bill we will sometimes tip up to 50% since it can be the same amount of work for the server, regardless of the cost of the food served.
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We tip at least 20% and often tip more. If we have a very small bill we will sometimes tip up to 50% since it can be the same amount of work for the server, regardless of the cost of the food served.

We tip a little more than 20% since we take 20% of the total bill including tax. I'll tip extra in situations but have never lowered a tip for bad service.

Yesterday I had groomers at my house and did not tip them - I probably should have. I usually would tip a groomer but they told me the cost was $65/hour and charged me $130 even though they were only here 1.5 hours so I treated the extra $30 as a tip.
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20% is the base for me (boston area)

If the service is "bad" and it was the employees own fault (ie rude, etc) I don't tip but I always ask to speak to the manager when I leave to explain why I didn't leave one. I figure if they don't know they can't fix it and if they do and don't care then I know never to go back.

If it was not the employees fault then I still leave a tip. What I mean is if the food I got was cold or inedible that is not the servers fault but the kitchens. If he/she did their job well, was gracious and polite I am not going to screw them. If I ask to be a redhead and hate the results thats not their fault, YKWIM?

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I tip based on service, but unless it was truely horrendous service, the bare minimum is 15%.

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I voted depends on the service. Generally though, 20-30% on whatever it is!

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