At times tipping can be confusing. There are many situations in which you’re expected to tip but everyone seems to have different rules on how to handle it.
Not having definitive rules when it comes to tipping can result in awkward situations, so I sat down with an etiquette expert to get you answers.
When it comes to the hair salon it used to be the case that if the owner did your hair it wasn’t necessary to tip. According to Leah Ingram, author of ‘The Everything Etiquette Book,’ this is a rule to which many still adhere. However, she suggests tipping the owner just as you would any other stylist as it can make a big impact on his/her income and contribute to the running of the salon.
So if you want to continue to visit your favorite salon for years to come consider tipping the stylist regardless of their position – and slipping in a little extra will help next time you need to be squeezed in at the last minute!
DO: When it comes to travelling with baggage, Leah recommends carrying a wad of $1 bills and tipping everyone who touches your bag.
DON’T: However, she discourages you from feeling compelled to tip in a coffee shop when all the barista has done is hand you a cup of coffee.
As for taking a taxi, my rule of thumb is adding 10 or 15% to the fare if the driver doesn’t drive you crazy on the way to your destination. Subtract cash for bad driving, smoking or constant cell phone chatter by the driver. Another taxi tip, be careful when taking an flat rate taxi ride– sometimes gratuity is already included – so be sure to ask to avoid tipping twice!
Finally, traveling abroad can be tricky as different tipping rules apply in different countries. Tipping can appear to be arrogant if you tip when you shouldn’t. Guide books always address this issue and so do many online travel sites. You may be happy to discover that most countries actually tip considerably less than we do!