Recently I wrote an article that asked the question, “Does your hair stylist hate you?” a lot of hairdressers responded, often remarking how cheap clients can be these days. It made me think as I bought a $7 dollar coffee at Starbucks and looked at their tip cup; how did it happen that I should tip the dude that pours my coffee?
Some coffee shops have a system where you pay; you get a cup and fill your own coffee (which I love) but they still have the cojones to have a tip jar; should I tip them for handling my money? I don’t think so. Listen I don’t want to take anyone’s extra income, but it seems to me that everyone has their hand out these days; which in turn makes people angry that they have to give to everyone.
Tipping in my humble opinion should only be given to people who bust a sweat for your needs. I saw a tip jar at the hardware store last week and I had to laugh; this dude expects a tip for selling me a screwdriver? Shit, let me get a job in a hardware store.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t cough up some change to the person at Starbucks who gives you extra whip cream and it rocks your world. What I am saying is; why does everyone have their hands out these days? Especially the people who don’t do much for you or offer surly service? I’m sorry but you can’t compare the dude who pours your coffee to the girl who takes an hour to blow dry your frizzy hair.
Sadly I wouldn't be shocked to see a tip cup at my next doctor's appointment.
Tipping is supposed to be for people who physically serve you or shake their “business” in your face. If this epidemic of tip jars in every business continues the average American will be tipped out, and the person who worked their deodorant off for them will be the one who gets shafted.
Depending on what kind of service you get, usually 20% of the service is the rule. If you have some extra money around the holidays, charity begins at home, try giving a little extra to the people who work on you, or for you, because that drunk on the street doesn't need it, they probably have more money than you.