I recently found an article on CNN that listed every single thing you need to tip for. It's actually a really helpful guide - you can find it HERE.
But it also stressed me out a bit when I saw all the things we're supposed to be tipping for! I tend to think of myself as a fairly generous tipper. I feel that if someone is offering me a service of convenience (like allowing me to eat without having to cook or clean up!), then I will gladly give them a little extra. But I didn't realize that I should also be tipping the taxi driver or grocery loader, as the list implies. And looking at the list, it's no wonder I barely go anywhere - most of my money would be spent before I even sat down to eat!
One customer recently made news when she didn't feel that tipping should be a mandatory charge on her bill when dining at a St. Louis Applebees.
As a pastor, she crossed out the 18% charge added to her food bill and put in a ZERO, noting that if she pays God 10%, why should her waitress get more? This action seemed "humorous" enough to the tip-stiffed waitress that she posted the receipt on Reddit, where it immediately went viral....and cost the waitress her job.
What are your thoughts on tipping? Should we tip in every situation of customer service, like getting a cup of house coffee or being handed a bag of take out? Have you ever decided to NOT tip someone for some reason or another?
To Insure Promptness is what tip should mean. Hence, if you get TIP give them extra otherwise no TIP.
I think we are completely OVER THE TOP with tipping in this country. Many food servers rely on tips for part of their income, this is fair. However, tipping the yogurt server, Starbucks barista, hairdresser, housecleaner, massage therapist every time gets absurd!! I've joked that I should be able to write off all the money that I tip! I feel guilty if I don't tip the massage therapist, nail girl, etc. every time. I work in an ER. No one tips me for doing my job! No one tipped my parents as teachers! At some point, we create some entitlement in our tipping frenzy and lose a little of the good old fashioned work ethic!