Tipping: Barbershops and hotels
May 2, 2014 9:46 AM Subscribe
And other common mistakes people still make in 2014 when it comes to tipping?
Scenario #1: Barbershop. My first time there. Asked for a very common haircut. No other special requests or fuss. The barber did a good job and was friendly, but nothing amazing happened. The price on the wall for my type of hairstyle was $16. No hot towels, massages, etc. I gave a $4 tip.
Scenario #2: Hotel near the interstate. Discount national chain. Price on door was $99 and sign outside said either $43 or $45. I prepaid $33 through the internet. My wife and I made full use of the room (towels, bars of soap, a drink cup, etc.) but did not wreck the place. All trash was put in (or beside) the miniscule garbage cans. I left roughly $2.50 to $2.75 (two singles plus all the nickles, dimes, and pennies I had -- saved the quarters for toll roads).
My wife now tells me she disagrees with both of these tips. Normally I leave 18-20% at restaurants. So how far off was I? And, for people who work in service industry, what are the biggest mistakes still being made in 2014?
Note: I reviewed other questions going back to 2012.