have i been an unwitting dick for years?
July 2, 2012 8:36 PM Subscribe
I'm in the US. A few years ago, I was horrified to learn that almost everybody who stays in a hotel leaves a tip for the housekeeping staff on the pillow before they leave the hotel. I had no idea. Apologies if this has been covered on the green before, but my searches haven't produced anything yet. What are all of the service oriented positions that I am expected to tip? Are there others I might be missing?
posted by pazazygeek to society & culture (72 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
My general rule of thumb is that if the person is performing a service for me that I could perform myself, particularly if it is extra personal, I should tip them - I feel comfortable I can handle expected rates, but I just want to be sure I'm not leaving anybody out.
I know that another good rule is "when in doubt, tip" -- but sometimes, you can inadvertently offend someone! I also think that there could be a case where it might be expected and I'm not even realizing it -- or maybe I'm just paranoid after the hotel housekeeping debacle.
Off of the top of my head, I can think of:
Hairstylists (and at some salons, their assistants)
Massage Therapists (say, at a spa)
Cab Drivers/Hired Drivers
Food Delivery folks
Folks who gather takeout
Housekeepers at a hotel
Bellhops at a hotel
Skycaps (do they even have those anymore?)
Things I am fuzzy on:
Full service gas station attendants?
Massage therapists outside of a spa?
Tow truck drivers?
I am ready to be horrified that there are people I should be tipping that I never do. Please set me straight.