Ask the Readers: What is Your Tipping Policy?
Here's an interesting topic that seems to be making it's way through the personal finance blog world, Tipping! It appears that everyone has their own tipping rules for restaurant servers, delivery drivers, cabbies, fast food cashiers and the guy playing guitar on the corner of the street.
Here are my tipping policies and my rationale:
- Waiters/Waitresses work very hard for their money and basically make their living from tips. If the service is acceptable, the minimum that I give as a tip is 15% and I usually give more if the service is good. If you receive bad service, I usually give a tip in the 5-10% range.
- Most delivery places charge a flat fee for deliveries, so I usually give 10% on top of the delivery fee.
- As a lot of cabbies own their vehicles, it's like they're running their own business. Is it proper to tip the business owner? I do anyways, probably in the tune of 10%-15%.
Fast Food Cashiers
- Some people tip fast food cashiers but I don't. Why don't I? I've heard that various fast food restaurants employees cannot accept tips, and if one is given, the restaurant keeps it.
Guy playing guitar on the corner.
- If I actually stop and listen to the guy/gal, I may throw in a loonie or toonie.
Another is for valet parking. However, I'm too cheap to for valet parking where I always park my own car. What is the rule of thumb for tipping those guys?
Your turn! Tell me, what are your tipping rules and why?