I NEVER TIP! EVER!!
I am against the idea of tipping, but I do so anyway...
I Reluctantly Tip Around the 10% Mark
I Tip Around the 15% Mark
I Tip Around the 20% Mark
I Tip Around the 25% Mark
I Tip Over 25%
Some Places I Tip...Others I Refuse
I Tip When I Remember To
What's Tipping Again
Others Seem To Be So Much Better At It Than Me!!!
I consider tipping in restaurants mandatory but can never remember how much is standard here - I think it's 15%. That said, it just adds on to the cost of eating out, which I find to be really expensive in comparison to cooking at home, especially since I like to have a drink as well. For me it's a cost I prefer to avoid, so I don't eat out much.
There are so many people you have to tip: the pizza delivery man, the cab driver, the hotel maid, the hairdresser. I can't say these people don't deserve tips, but I don't always want to pay them - for that reason, I've refused hotel cleaning service service.
I do have a bit of an issue tipping a hairdresser who is already more money than me (which is the case with my hairdresser). I find it really confrontational when the debit machine asks me whether to tip and to avoid that, have paid in cash.
Like I said before, the monetary value of tips weren't important to me because they ended up being barely 1% of my paycheck. Personally, I appreciated the gesture more than anything, so that's why I usually drop a few cents in the jar (unless the service was really horrible).
Oh, one case in point. I frequent a local pub and one of the bartenders (a young smart ass) would not quit calling me "Mrs. SO" (even though my guy and are not married). I asked him, politely, to please stop referring to me in that manner and he refused. So, I let him know I wouldn't be tipping him much or at all if he continued. He continued until he realized how much I was tipping all the other bartenders. Now he is very nice to me and I tip him well.