I feel as though Americans are “tip happy.” It’s a bit out of control… Today I decided to give myself a day of care. I begin at the the coffee shop and buy my $3.45 Americano and toss $1 in the “Tip Jar”. Then I go for my $25 pedicure and I am expected to add a tip on the credit card receipt. From here I go for my $145 hair cut and color. Once again, I calculate the 20% tip. Finally, I treat myself to a massage for $85 and wouldn’t you know… another tip line on the ticket.
Oh, and by the way, I took a cab to one location. It cost $11 fee to get me from point A to point B. Once again, I am expected to leave a tip. (Even through the driver was RUDE and his car was dirty and smelly.) All in all, nearly $50 in tips today.
Finally, I am headed to happy hour with my friends and we decide to order a $45 bottle of wine instead of the Happy Hour bottle for $15… do I need to tip on a more expensive bottle even though, the server is opening the same type of bottle and pouring into the same type of glasses? What about the Valet person who is standing in front of a sign that says FREE VALET is tipping necessary here as well?
Can any one tell me when, how and why the standard tip was calculated at 20%? What happened to 10%-15%?
The inspiration to this post is a serious question I have. Why don’t personal trainers get tipped on their services? This is the only profession I can think of that a regular tip is not expected. The interesting part to me is, a personal trainers service deserves to be tipped more than anyone, since these are the people who are changing lives! Trainers need to take the time to design personalized exercise programs, (time they are not compensated for), and trainers are nurturing, caring and taking an honest interest in the emotional state of their client.
Moving forward, since there are no rules… when I go into a place to purchase an item or a service and the price is listed – I am officially keeping the tip”in my pocket. Call me cheap but it doesn’t make sense to me.
Join me and feel good about it, especially when the person across the counter is looking at you like “really… you aren’t tipping me?” No, I am not, because the price of your service or item is already priced high, and I know you are getting paid. Isn’t a tip optional – isn’t a tip meant to be for exceptional service?
The reason for this post? Remember, it’s holiday season. Since personal trainers don’t get a tip with each and every session, I certainly hope you take remember them this year. After all, they are a BIG reason why you look and feel good. Your trainer will also be the first person that you seek out after indulging over the holidays – and that person who you KNOW will be there for you.