Tipping Points

What does one tip in this city for the following:
Massage?
Facial?
Apartment manager?
Apartment handyman employed by apartment manager?
Haircut/style/general hairdo-ing?
Each city has their percentage, what’s San Francisco’s?

3 Comments so far

  1. cd (unregistered) on August 30th, 2004 @ 5:32 am

    I don’t know percentages, but I the way I was taught, the question of whether to tip depends on who’s providing your services (though the vast majority of the world seems to feel it deserves a tip these days).
    For instance, if your stylist owns the salon, a tip isn’t technically appropriate. The shampoo girl could get a tip, however.
    Same would go for other beauty/personal services.
    I’ve never faced the question of tipping an apartment handyman – though I suppose I’ve heard of doormen, etc, in cities like New York getting holiday gratuity checks. My landlord does any handiwork around my place – I wouldn’t tip him, he gets my rent check directly.
    I also don’t get places that have a “suggested 18% gratuity” line on menus (generally, not just for parites of 8 or more – which I can understand better). Tips are supposed to reward above average service/supplement meager waitstaff income. You’ll usually get more if you don’t overreach/suggest too low.
    Sorry that doesn’t really address your question.
    (btw: does anyone besides me note a gender bias in tipping? i feel like a complete tightass compared to some of my male friends – are they just showing off on dates, or are men nicer when it comes to filling in the tip line?)


  2. fsharp4565 (unregistered) on August 30th, 2004 @ 7:18 am

    To Insure Prompt Service
    I’ve never heard of specific cities having suggested tipping percentages. My rule of thumb has always been if the service you received deserves a TIP and the level of said service. My question is, when did it become acceptable for every “counter” business to put out a TIP cup. Why all of a sudden does my barrista think they should get a tip? Or for that matter the person who takes my money and hands my coffee to me. Handing a coffee across a counter does not deserve a tip (unless there’s juggling involved).


  3. (unregistered) on September 6th, 2004 @ 5:41 am

    Tipping an apartment manager? Har har har har har har har har har har har har har har har har har har har har har har har har har har har har har har har har har



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