Friday, May 12, 2006

More Gratuitous Tips On Gratuities

Author: Nick
Category: Money
Topics: ,

a slightly better tip

Here’s an excellent follow-up question to the tip-giving discussion from last night courtesy of kassy over at Sparing Change:

Does a pizza delivery man get a 15% tip as well? We ran into this last night when we weren’t sure how much to tip. It’s not like they are coming back to make sure everything was all right or refilling your drinks; however, they are driving to my house.

I’ve seen equal numbers of people insist that either 10% or 15% (minimum $2) is the correct amount to tip a pizza delivery person. While performance-based tipping can be difficult for someone you only see for about 30 seconds, you can take into consideration the unseen work of the delivery person when computing your tip. If you’re only five minutes from the pizzeria and you live in a safe neighborhood, don’t feel bad giving 10%. On the other hand, if your delivery person had to dodge bullets and pay off hoodlums to deliver your pizza, you may wish to reward his courage with a 15% tip. Remember, pizza delivery is considered a hazardous job by U.S. government standards.

Here are a few other tip amounts gathered from various books and online references.

  • Coat checker: $1/coat (when picking up)
  • Hair stylist: 20%
  • Taxi driver: 15-20%
  • Airport skycap: $2/bag
  • Shoe shiner: $1-2
  • Parking attendant: $2-3 (when car is returned)
  • Masseuse: 10-15%
  • Car wash: $2-3

An exhaustive list of tipping guidelines can be found at

One other “tip” for you: if you see a tip jar sitting on a counter next to a cash register, you should generally never put anything in it. Cashiers are paid a wage for their services, so tipping them is neither required nor encouraged. It may sound mean, but it’s the way gratuities should work.

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