tippingI am cheap, but not tacky – which is why I hate the whole concept of tipping.  It is no longer a nice gesture to reward the extra effort.

If tipping is an expected expense it should just be added into the cost of each item. I have never left a bad tip at a restaurant in my life, because having worked as a server I know how bad that job can suck.

I also know they end up putting money in from their own pockets to tip out support staff.  So then why do they leave it as an option?

Another frustrating thing is nail and hair services.  I paid the price of the service, so why am I giving you extra money for doing your job?

When I cop pulls you over, you don’t hand them a $5 bill and say, you were so polite! I walked into a hair appointment and asked for my usual highlight and cut.  When I walked out with a $300 hairstyle over my usual $100 (when I asked for nothing unusual) I didn’t understand why I am expected to tip.

Another little known fact is that the owner of a business is not expected to be tipped.  The hairstylist makes more than I do in an hour, and I have to leave them extra money on top of it. It seems crazy to me.

When is it expected to tip, and when is it rude not to?  I don’t want to be cheap and leave nothing for the pure reason of saving money.  I honestly want to know, why is it expected?


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  1. I tip based on service level – to hell with social conventions. I tipped my massage therapist a whack recently because his wife held and soothed my crying baby so that I could get my massage done. Now THAT was worth every penny!

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