TIP: To Insure Performance!

Tipping is a natural and almost mandatory in theUSwhile voluntary in other parts of the world.  What does the word TIP mean:  To Insure Performance.  If we keep this in mind we may be able to sort out the world of tipping at restaurants, coat checks, baggage handlers and so forth.  Now the usual tip at moderate priced restaurants is 15 percent while at fancy, expensive ones 20 percent.  The difference is due to more servers catering your eating experience.  However, I heard recently that the tip should be 20 percent at moderate restaurants as well.  Well, if you have the money and have received outstanding service by all means do so.  Otherwise 15 percent is just fine.  Just remember that many restaurant employers deduct an amount on employees’ paychecks to be made up by tips.  If you receive poor service tip less than 15 percent; if it’s average, tip 15 percent.  If the food is lousy that is not the server’s fault, rather speak to the restaurant manager or owner regarding this or send a letter.  A final blow to lousy food is never to patronize the place again.

            Overseas restaurant and hotel employees are catching on to the American way of life and in many sophisticated cities expect a tip.  Sometimes the tip is included in the bill so make sure to ask if unsure.  Otherwise, here are some guidelines that you can use to steer you in the right direction in the jungle of tipping.

  • When dining at a restaurant that features a buffet, the tip for the person that brings your beverages is 10 percent since you are basically serving yourself.
  • If you are having a party of 8 or more a 15 percent gratuity will be added to the check automatically.  If unsure, ask the restaurant manager ahead of time.  Most menus will indicate this at the bottom of the page.
  • If you want to be remembered when you return to a particular fine restaurant, or if you are a regular, tip the maitre d’ $5 – $10 when you leave.
  • If the bill is brought on a tray, the tip should be left on the tray.  In third world      nations, personally give the tip to your server.
  • If you use a credit card to pay, you have the option of tipping 15 percent on the total bill including tax or 15 percent of total excluding tax.  Or if you prefer, leave a cash tip on the tray rather than putting it on your card.
  • At hotels, the bellman that handles your bags is tipped 50 cents to $1 per bag.  This is the same for baggage handlers at airports.
  • When ordering room service check to see if the tip is included.  Most times it is.
  • Hotel maids are also tipped if they have provided good service during a stay of 4 or more days.  Tip the maid $5 -$10 per week person and put it in an envelop for them in the room when you leave.
  • At coat checks the tip is approximately 75 cents to a $1 per coat.
  • For golf caddies, tip them 15 percent for 18 holes and 20 percent for nine.
  • Taxi drivers are tipped approximately 15 percent.
  • If traveling abroad often a 10 percent tip is more than substantial. In third world countries tips are not common so still tip since salaries are incredibly low. You will make a lasting impression that will guarantee great service every time you return.
  • If you are with someone that under tips, give the waiter a little extra discreetly when you leave.
  • You need not tip the valet for pressing or cleaning since the service charge is added to your hotel bill.

About vseitz

Marketing Professor at California State University, San Bernardino and author of "I Don't Wear A Suit."

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