To tip or not to tip? And if so, how much? Although doling out a bit extra in a restaurant is expected, what should you tip for other goods and services, such as a haircut or a taxi ride? Navigating the unwritten rules of tipping can often be uncomfortable, especially when the service is less than stellar. So what’s a consumer to do?
Let’s start with the basics: a meal in a restaurant. Your tip should range between 15 and 20 per cent of the bill, before taxes. If you’ve had exceptional service, consider leaving closer to 20 per cent to show your appreciation. However, if you’re eating take out, don’t feel like you have to leave anything extra.
What about less common services? Say you just got your hair did (and you’re lookin’ damn fine); experts recommend both men and women leave 15 per cent for their stylist. If you’ve just taken a taxi ride, your tip should also be in the 10 to 20 per cent range of your total fare. Away on vacation? Leave a daily tip for your housekeeper: $3 to $5 for a luxury hotel and $1 to $2 per day for mid-range accommodations, preferably in cash (and not spare change).
Although tips are given as token of appreciation for good service, it’s vital to indicate if you’ve been unhappy with your experience rather than merely not giving a tip at all. Talk to the manager of the establishment and voice your concerns, since the source of your problems might not actually lie with the individual who served you.