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How much do you tip?

I'm always curious about how much to tip under various situations.

Poll #1143398 Customary tipping

How much do you tip for a US$14 car wash? We're talking they run it through their automated process and two guys with towels dry it off completely, clean the windows inside and out and it's rather spotless.

Mean: 2.10 Median: 2 Std. Dev 1.00
1
8(25.8%)
2
17(54.8%)
3
2(6.5%)
4
3(9.7%)
5
1(3.2%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
0(0.0%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
0(0.0%)

How much do you tip for a US$12 haircut? Nothing fancy. I have short hair with no styling.

Mean: 3.05 Median: 3 Std. Dev 1.71
1
1(2.7%)
2
16(43.2%)
3
13(35.1%)
4
2(5.4%)
5
3(8.1%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
1(2.7%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
1(2.7%)

How much do you tip a taxi for a US$30 fare? I never know what to tip a taxi driver. I just picked $30 out of the blue since I know that's the fare between my home and the airport.

Mean: 4.47 Median: 5 Std. Dev 1.50
1
0(0.0%)
2
4(11.1%)
3
6(16.7%)
4
3(8.3%)
5
19(52.8%)
6
3(8.3%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
0(0.0%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
1(2.8%)


I welcome any additional, comments or conditions on how you tip.

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geometrician
Feb. 24th, 2008 04:58 am (UTC)
I'm an obnoxiously generous tipper. The food delivery person gets five bucks regardless of the bill. My hair guy is a good FWB, and often cuts for free, so I tip him at least 5 bucks; ten if it was free. Restaurants are 20% and I round up, unless they did as little as possible. Hotel housekeepers get $10/day.
snowboardjoe
Feb. 24th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
I did not include food service as I already have a standard for that. I tip 20% minimum for good service, 25% if it was really good. If you pissed me off, you may get 10%.

I never thought to tip housekeepers in hotels. Then, again, I usually keep my room very neat. I still need to revisit that.
paterson_si
Feb. 24th, 2008 10:06 am (UTC)
i'll skip $ and decide how much I'd tip in €...
snowboardjoe
Feb. 24th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
Damn you! You're screwing up my analysis! :p
paterson_si
Feb. 24th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
oh, just the cockblocker I am :)
djmadadam
Feb. 26th, 2008 06:29 am (UTC)
That's hot.
paterson_si
Feb. 26th, 2008 07:06 am (UTC)
red sizzling, yes :)
bear_left
Feb. 24th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
Was just catching up on my Utne Readers at the gym, & came across this - it seemed relevant (and yet not ;P): http://www.utne.com/2007-09-01/Politics/The-Two-Dollar-Dance.aspx

In restaurants, I aim for about 20%, unless it's bad service; 18-20% on food delivery as well. Car washes... less so, since so much is automated (note to self: car really needs to be washed). These days, a friend is cutting my hair, but in Athens, it was $12, & I usually tipped $3, sometimes $2 (it was usually $3 if I could pay by debit card, & $2 if I had cash, since I live on the debit card & don't usually have much cash on me).

I'm worse with hotel housekeepers (again, not running around with lots of cash), and geometrician's post reminds me that it's worth practicing greater generosity there too - they may have the toughest jobs of any of the service workers we're discussing.
snowboardjoe
Feb. 24th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
I never thought about tipping hotel housekeepers (unless the room was a complete mess). So, thanks to geometrician for pointing that out.

After reading the article you cited, I will never look at a $2 bill the same way again.
bear_left
Feb. 24th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
I did an interview in Toronto back in '99 with a guy who mentioned how Canada's introduction of the two-dollar coin meant that $5 became the minimum trip at strip joints, because no guy (or gal, I'm sure) wanted to have "loonies" or "twoonies" in their jockstrap (or equivalent).
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snowboardjoe
Feb. 24th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
This car wash place (Ritz in Durham) does a really good job. It's not just a drive-through which is really useless in getting a car clean. The automated portion is touchless, so that's good too.

Also, remember, we can't wash our cars here due to the drought--forbidden. Only the car washes that recycle their water can operate right now. The car had not been washed in probably 6 months, so it needed it really bad especially after the long trip and back to West Virginia in the rain and snow.

I just get paranoid when tipping when I don't know what to tip, so the poll here and the comments help. Thanks!
sibertater
Feb. 24th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
I've never been to the car wash like that. I do the inside myself. I have WAY too many electronics floating around in my car at one time.

I was a server, so you have to be really bad for me not to tip you. I will usually tip you and then complain about whatever it was that most people would not tip you for...to the manager. Sometimes they don't care, either.

I usually get the el-cheapo haircut with no product and not styling but the last time I spent $50 on my hair and then left a $10 tip, which I thought was okay but I have no real way of knowing. My hair is prettier, now.
snowboardjoe
Feb. 24th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
First, as I replied to kevinsent's comments, we are not allowed to wash our cars here in Durham (and most of NC) due to the drought. I think the fine is like $250. The only to wash your car is take it to car washes that are certified to recycle their water. This car wash place is nice because you can just drop it off, they vacuum it, wash the areas the touchless system can't get, then dry it off completely with towels by hand. This is their basic service and it works out pretty well. Also, my car has not had a bath in like 6 months and it was caked in dirt and grime.

As for food service, 20% minimum for good service. 25% for excellent service and 10% if you pissed me off.

Yes, yes, you do have pretty hair now. :) You do have to pamper yourself a little bit every now and then.
sibertater
Feb. 24th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
Holy shit. All the car washes here have monthly unlimited plans. I usually go at least once a month. I'll go today but I'll hand rinse it off. That's crazy about the fine. That would probably make me want to live somewhere else.
snowboardjoe
Feb. 24th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
When you go to stage IV (out of 5) water restrictions, it's pretty serious. In my 20 years of living here, we've never had a drought this bad. For awhile we were down to less than 90 days of water, but conversation, tapping into some other sources and some rainfall have improved that to 180 now. This is definitely not the norm. It was October when they stopped home car washing--first time.
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djmadadam
Feb. 26th, 2008 06:33 am (UTC)
If you were schizophrenic about tipping, the money you'd be leaving on the restaurant table would be provided to you by the federal government because you have special powers that allow you to see into the minds of everyone else, but then again the money is bugged with microphones and cameras that trace back to your thoughts so you'd better not leave it on the table or else the waitress will know your every move. Leave $0.
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