What do you all think about the practice of tipping? When I was younger, it used to be 10% for waiters and a few dollars for the kid for helping you carry stuff to your car and that’s about it.
Now, every time you turn around, someone feels that they are supposed to be tipped.
Sorry, but I really don’t get it. Why do you tip your taxi driver when you already pay the fare? When you are already paying for a service (haircuts, massages, lawn service, taxi…) why is it common for people to expect more?
For instance, bartenders expect $1 per drink. Seriously, why? They hand you a beer and open it. I can understand for mixing a stout drink, but they won’t approach you if you don’t have tits anyways.
What about when you go out? Why does the doorman feel he is entitled to tips? What about the guy who stands in the restroom?
One thing that really irks me is when the tip is added to the bill. It is usually 18-20% and then there is a line for tip after that. Most of the time the waiter will get a better tip by splitting the bill and not adding the tip in.
It is my understanding that this is not common practice in other countries besides the US. What do you all in other countries think about this practice?
It is the Holiday Season and there are all kinds of recommendations about how to tip people you normally wouldn’t. Who does this?
Why are certain people entitled to tips and others aren’t? Why do you tip your taxi driver and not the bus driver? Many, many people work harder than people in the service industry and don’t get anything except what their employer pays them. Is this a practice to make it where the owner doesn’t have to shell out as much for employees and pass the expense on to the customer?