Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Ashley Brooke Designs: The Finer Points of Tipping

To piggyback off of yesterday's helpful hints regarding invitation mailing, I thought we could cover some of the finer points of tipping.  Most of us are familiar with the customary 15-20% tip for a server at a restaurant but there are countless other experiences where how much and what to tip can come up.

Here are a few general guidelines:
-If you are in doubt about tipping, don't be afraid to ask.  If you are getting a sofa delivered, call the store and ask if tipping is customary.  At a hair salon, ask the receptionist.  Asking is helpful because there are certain organizations and situations where tipping could be discouraged or even seen as demeaning.
-Tip on the pre-tax amount.  Not the total bill
-Be discreet in your tipping.  Flashing bills and making a big show is definitely in poor taste.
-Money is the tip of choice in most cases but around the holidays for example, a tip can be substituted with a small gift.

sourced from Emily Post's Etiquette.

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1 comment:

PomJob said...

What should you do when you're dining with a larger party and the restaurant adds tip to the total bill rather than the pre-tax amount? (Especially if you're with people you're trying to impress.)

It's not so much the money, it's the principle.

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