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tipping on a fixed price fare

Currently in LA. Negotiated with a driver the hotel recommended to drive us around this morning for a couple of hours for 250 dollars. Do we tip on top of that? If so, 20 percent or less? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jul 14, 2014 - 10 answers

Tipping full price during happy hour?

Am I supposed to tip on the full, normal cost of meals and drinks during happy hour? [more inside]
posted by girlmightlive on Jun 13, 2014 - 28 answers

How much to tip delivery of lumber

I bought $500 of lumber from the local hardware store/lumber yard. They will delivery it tomorrow. Assuming there are two guys and it takes them 5-10 minutes to unload it, how much should I tip each of them, if anything?
posted by coffee and minarets on Jun 9, 2014 - 23 answers

Why don't fast food places lobby for an increase in tipped minimum wage?

It seems like fast food places are at a huge disadvantage compared to tipping restaurants since they have to pay their staff so much more (around $5 per hour). [more inside]
posted by stray thoughts on May 27, 2014 - 9 answers

Tipping: Barbershops and hotels

And other common mistakes people still make in 2014 when it comes to tipping? [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake on May 2, 2014 - 28 answers

Tipping etiquette

Am I supposed to tip the housekeeper every time? [more inside]
posted by mamaquita on Apr 25, 2014 - 30 answers

Is there *really* no tipping with Uber?

I just signed up for Uber and I want to do right by the driver. A service charge is included, and the web site says "no need to tip." Is tipping really not expected? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Mar 4, 2014 - 22 answers

Should I continue to date an egregiously bad tipper?

On our third date, a seemingly great guy didn't tip at all on the bill at a fancy-ish restaurant, despite the fact that we received special treatment from my friend who works there (who was not our server). Question part 1: is this a deal breaker? Question part 2: should I contact my friend to apologize on the guy's behalf? [more inside]
posted by tomorrow on Feb 7, 2014 - 165 answers

The art of (not) tipping

At a restaurant, if I'm not tipping on my card (either because I've left cash or because someone else is leaving the tip), is it better to make a note of this or just leave the tip line blank? [more inside]
posted by harperpitt on Feb 1, 2014 - 24 answers

Do I tip my personal shopper?

Do I tip my personal shopper? I suspect the answer is yes. If so, how much? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown on Dec 26, 2013 - 12 answers

Should I tip when I get food at a food truck?

I live in the U.S. What's the etiquette in that situation? I'm not trying to avoid paying a tip. I just don't know if it is usual or expected. Should a tip be paid as a matter of course or be reserved for special situations? All of the food trucks seem to have tip jars and many (though not all) have a way to add a tip when you pay with a credit card. [more inside]
posted by Area Man on Aug 16, 2013 - 36 answers

Do I tip the waitstaff at a fundraising dinner?

I'm going to a tasting dinner tonight for local food charity; tickets for it are purchased ahead of time. I've been to one before, and it was great, but just realized I didn't tip the staff at the last one. The last time, it was on a farm in a tent, but this one is in a restaurant. I'm thinking that tonight it will be the regular restaurant staff, not a catering staff, waiting on tables. Does it matter? Should you tip no matter who is waiting? If you do tip, is it based on the ticket price?
posted by katinka-katinka on Jun 7, 2013 - 9 answers

Tipping Housekeeping, London Version

I'm in London, staying in a nice little self-catering flat. Do I tip the guy who's been doing the cleaning? [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat on May 9, 2013 - 10 answers

Is tipping at hotels sex-biased?

I've never worked in any hospitality industry, so I'm just wondering as a casual consumer/observer. How come people are supposed to tip their valets and bellhops at hotels, and they are always only men while there's no rule that you tip the housekeeping, and they are always female? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi on May 8, 2013 - 34 answers

Tipping a Super?

do I need to tip my super after every repair? Or just at the end of the year? [more inside]
posted by cm1088 on Apr 23, 2013 - 6 answers

Two professionals working together; who do I tip?

Getting a photo shoot that is a package deal; photographer has let me know that I should be ready to pay her and the makeup/hairstylist separately. Do I tip the stylist? [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Feb 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Do you tip your dog walker?

I just hired a dog walker this week... and it just occurred to me today: am I supposed to be tipping? And if so, how? The weekly bill is $60; am I supposed to leave a couple of bucks a day, or could I leave $10 or $12 at the end of the week or something? Or is it more of a holiday bonus thing (in which case I feel kind of bad, because the holidays are a year away). Some days, the owner of the business will walk my dog. Is it like a salon where you're not supposed to tip the owner, just employees? Or am I totally over thinking this, and is dog walking not a tipping sort of service?
posted by Kriesa on Jan 16, 2013 - 13 answers

NYC bars/restaurants that don't pay their workers via tips?

Are there any restaurants or bars in NYC that pay their workers with proper, decent wages, rather than with tips? [more inside]
posted by suedehead on Jan 6, 2013 - 27 answers

Super, you're super. Please take my money

My Super is wonderful. I want to give her cash for (what I consider) to be going out of her way but she actively refuses it. Suggestions, especially as we're in the midst of holidays of various flavors. [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari on Dec 19, 2012 - 12 answers

How much to tip building staff during the holidays?

How much to tip building staff? [more inside]
posted by cm1088 on Dec 18, 2012 - 13 answers

Is it rude to tell a hotel porter I can carry my own luggage?

Do I have to let a hotel porter carry my luggage? I'm staying at a semi-fancy hotel tonight (purchased cheaply via Priceline), and I can easily carry my own tiny suitcase. I'm on a budget. Is it rude for me to say I can get my own bag? Will the porter (bellman? I don't even know the right terms here) come up with me anyway? How much am I expected to tip? Thanks!
posted by three_red_balloons on Nov 30, 2012 - 19 answers

Do monthly parkers tip valets?

Do you tip a valet when you have a monthly parking space? In Chicago, if that matters. [more inside]
posted by slmorri on Nov 19, 2012 - 5 answers

Can making a tiered tipping system ever be ethical?

Is it ethical for employers and managers to tier the tips of servers and bar staff as a means of creating an "incentive" programme? [more inside]
posted by _superconductor on Nov 9, 2012 - 19 answers

To tip or not to tip

Do we tip our caterer and her staff? If yes, how much? [more inside]
posted by sadtomato on Oct 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Can I get a tip on tipping?

We frequent a wine bar that features a self-service Enomatic machine. You load up a debit card and then serve yourself. My wife usually drinks wine and I normally order beers. A $50 bill may represent $40 charged up on the card, with only 2 beers actually brought out to me by a waiter. I've been tipping based on the value of what we actually consumed, so I'm doing the math on what my wife drank, even though it is all prepaid and self-serve. If I tip the full bill, the waiter that helps us the next time, when we may not need to add to the wine card, gets screwed. Waiters of Mefi, am I doing it right?
posted by COD on Sep 26, 2012 - 21 answers

How to tip gracefully when there's no money exchange?

What is the least awkward way of tipping someone when you're not actually paying for anything? [more inside]
posted by schmoo on Jul 26, 2012 - 17 answers

Tipping Minefield.

I am employing a maid service. The company will charge me $120 for the cleaning service every two weeks. Am I expected to tip the maids who come - and how much? [more inside]
posted by yogalemon on Jul 24, 2012 - 28 answers

have i been an unwitting dick for years?

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? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek on Jul 2, 2012 - 72 answers

Laser Hair Removal Tipping Etiquette

I recently purchased a living social coupon for 3 sessions of laser hair removal but am unsure of tipping etiquette for the procedure? Is it customary to tip for laser hair removal – and if so, how much? [more inside]
posted by en el aire on Jun 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me not embarrass myself at my first time going on a date at a fine dining establishment

Help me not embarrass myself at my first time going on a date at a fine dining establishment [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on May 31, 2012 - 108 answers

Tipping and Take-Out

Should I tip when I get take-out (and if so, how much)? How does the process work at the restaurant? [more inside]
posted by J. Wilson on Mar 25, 2012 - 30 answers

What should I tip on a large food delivery order?

How much are you supposed to tip on giant food delivery order? [more inside]
posted by macrowave on Mar 24, 2012 - 18 answers

Rewarding your dog...trainer

Should we tip our dog-training instructor? How do we do it non-awkwardly? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Feb 28, 2012 - 6 answers

This could be so win-win if you only knew!

tl;dr: I’m an easy restaurant patron who tips well. How can I benefit from that fact at the beginning of my meal? [more inside]
posted by ericc on Feb 24, 2012 - 37 answers

I'm broke and need to tip building staff! Any ideas?

I have very little money to give to the staff of my condo building. What should I give them this Christmas? Caveats below. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 - 13 answers

Money for the gun show

How much do you tip a personal trainer you see once a week. [more inside]
posted by Unred on Dec 17, 2011 - 8 answers

How much should we tip a driver in Mexico?

How much to tip a driver in Mexico? Two of us are getting a transfer from the Cancun airport to a resort about an hour away. The fare, round trip, for both of us, is $140 ($70 each way). How much should I tip, for each segment (airport to resort and resort to airport)? [more inside]
posted by jayder on Dec 13, 2011 - 5 answers

Inn at Little Washington pro tips

Looking for tipping protocol and other pro tips from people who have been to the Inn at Little Washington. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2011 - 10 answers

How much to tip for men's haircut?

How much should I tip a hairdresser for a men's haircut in the US? $5? $10? 10%? 25%? How much money signals that you are thrilled with the cut, rather than just okay with it? Thoughts from people who have worked in barber shops and salons would be most appreciated.
posted by mortaddams on Sep 12, 2011 - 29 answers

Do we tip the babysitter?

Do we tip the babysitter? [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork on Jul 23, 2011 - 30 answers

Mexico city Monday

A quick question regarding tipping in Mexico City. [more inside]
posted by repoman on Jul 18, 2011 - 3 answers

Is this massage legit?

What kind of living does my Chinese Masseuse make? [more inside]
posted by tacit_urn on Jun 12, 2011 - 4 answers

Questions about Cuban Cash

Tips on tipping in Cuba, please! [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on May 3, 2011 - 10 answers

Getting everyone to tip the cleaners late for Christmas?

Yesterday at work our cleaners (a married couple) mentioned to me that they were the only cleaners on our site who hadn't received a tip for Christmas. I was really taken by surprise as I'd never even thought of tipping work cleaners but felt really guilty because if this was the done thing then they didn't deserve to be left out. I checked with someone else and found it was true, they were indeed the only ones not to receive a tip from the people they cleaned for (i.e. the office workers). [more inside]
posted by hazyjane on Jan 8, 2011 - 34 answers

Giving a holiday tip to a substitute?

Snowflake holiday-tipping question: I just found out that our regular mailman has been out sick. Do I tip two people? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist on Dec 21, 2010 - 3 answers

Tell me I'm not cheap!

Do you calculate your waiter's tip based on the pre-tax or the with-tax total? [more inside]
posted by just_ducky on Dec 5, 2010 - 76 answers

Unsolicited Advice

A friend of mine kind of acts like an ass when eating out. Should I say something? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 7, 2010 - 38 answers

Tipping the Driver, the Baker, the Cake Decorator?

Should I tip the person who baked, decorated, and is going to deliver the birthday cake I ordered for my boyfriend? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Sep 2, 2010 - 31 answers

Should I be tipping Dr. Sofa?

Should I be tipping Dr. Sofa? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Aug 15, 2010 - 6 answers

Tip Reporting

You Are Not My Accountant/Lawyer/Whatever. But, do you have any answers or could you point me in the right direction of a resource that could answer the following question regarding tipped service staff in the state of Florida? [more inside]
posted by sarelicar on Aug 5, 2010 - 1 answer

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