Why Tip? | willPowerLife.com

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.

Stacey Lei Krauss

Stacey Lei Krauss

Stacey Lei Krauss is the creator and developer of the globally recognized barefoot cardio fusion program, The willPower Method®. Specializing in foot-fitness since 2000, she helps people understand why and how to develop healthy, fit bodies, from the ground up. Reiki practitioner and student of transformational arts, she's a mover, writer, traveler, and general truth-seeker. Recipient of the 2014 ECA Best Female Presenter Award, she's the Mindful Music Advisor for Power Music® and has programmed educational courses and workouts for Nike , Vibram FiveFingers®, BOSU®, Schwinn® Cycling, and Peak Pilates® . www.staceylei.com

2 Comments

  1. M:eg McNeely
    Thursday, December 6th, 2012 at 11:12 am ·

    I couldn’t agree with this more. Besides, personal trainers AND Pilates trainers who teach private and group sessions put all those extra hours in off the clock researching the lates exercise literature and hours of keeping up with CE’s! Gee, makes me think that we dental hygienist should get tipped too! LOL! :)

  2. Gregory Merena
    Thursday, December 6th, 2012 at 1:48 pm ·

    As a ski instructor, not only am I teaching new skills or deepening those already present in the student, but more importantly, their very safety is in my hands. Group or private lesson, young or old, new skier or veteran what I provide is beyond a ‘positive experience’. In an environment which can be dangerous, and in the extreme – even life-threatening, I provide a guidance that ensures safety. Still, many people do not tip me. I teach adaptive lessons as well, enabling those with physical or cognitive dissabilities to enjoy the freedom of skiing. The theraputic value of what I provide is probably incalculable. For those lessons there is NO finacial compensation whatsoever – it is volunteer work. And yes, OF COURSE every day I teach there are rewards far far beyond what money can buy! I absolutely LOVE what I am doing, my life is filled with all kinds of great perks, I am truly blessed. I am absolutely ‘living my dream’ doing what i love and getting better at it all the time, even after 30 years of teaching! I am a happy man, rich in many many ways but not financially. My finacial reality is perhaps not as glamourus as some people might imagine though. Without some other supplemental income stream I will surely never own a home. I am car-less, but manage that happily by bike and public transport. To me, in my financial state, TIPS MATTER! Tips raise my standard of living when I receive them. When they happen, I am gratefull, almost affectionately so! I try never to convey that awkward IT’S EXPECTED -and your-an-ass-if-you-don’t’ glare that you so beautifully and humorously describe in your article. When I go out, I tip generously. If I can’t affort to tip, I just don’t go out. Somehow, I want to live in a way that recognizes that Generosity begets Generosity.

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