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You're supposed to tip the cable guy?

CNN Money has a list of service providers it says you're expected to tip. See if you agree with these.

By MSN Money Partner Apr 24, 2014 1:15PM

This post comes from Krystal Steinmetz at partner site Money Talks News.

Money Talks News on MSN MoneyTo tip or not to tip: It's hard to know these days. You might be surprised to learn that you've unknowingly stiffed a hardworking professional.

Cable technician installing equipment on the side of a house © Huntstock, Huntstock, Getty ImagesBut don't feel too bad; you're not alone.

According to CNN Money, it can be difficult to know when a gratuity is warranted.

"The reason why we tip is to show respect to the service provider," said Diane Gottsman, an etiquette expert.
"Part of our responsibility is to be a respectful community member and give to those who deserve a tip, without going overboard."
She suggested that a good rule of thumb is "when in doubt, do."

CNN Money said there's a handful of folks you likely don't think of when considering tipping, but you should:

  • Cable guy. While some cable providers don't allow it, CNN Money said it's still good to ask. It doesn't have to be money. Sometimes just a glass of water or a snack is appreciated.
  • Exterminator. Exterminators who treat a specific infestation should receive a gratuity of $10 to $20, or more depending on the size of the job.
  • Spray tanner. While the majority of women know that a gratuity is typically expected at a hair salon, oftentimes people forget about makeup and tanning professionals.
  • Dry cleaner. If you want to express your gratitude for removing a stain from your favorite shirt or dress, just ask if you can leave a tip.
  • Tow truck employees. How about the tow truck driver who changed your flat in a snowstorm?

Still confused? Remember, there are no hard and fast rules about tipping. It's your decision. Don't be bullied into paying a gratuity if you're not comfortable with it.

Would you tip the cable guy? I would NEVER tip the cable guy, or some of the other people you're apparently "supposed" to tip.

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Apr 24, 2014 1:29PM
Are you friggin kiddingme , were supposed to tip the cable guy! No one comes to my office and "tips" me for doing the job I was hired to perform, why are we now expanding a list of new people we need to consider tipping. Where does MSN find these idiot writers!
Apr 24, 2014 1:49PM
Where will this all end?  Mailmen, trashmen, barbers, shoe shine men, waiters & servers, doormen, taxi & limo drivers, babysitters, newspaper boy, delivery men, maids......enough already.  People, do your job, do it right and be satisfied with what you get paid or find something else to do. I'm seeing more and more tip jars at more and more places ...when did tipping the convenience store clerk go into effect?  I don;t recall getting that memo.
Apr 24, 2014 1:50PM
Tip the cable guy? I don't know what he makes, but based on what the cable companies charge, it's probably more than I make. So no way.
Apr 24, 2014 1:45PM
Apr 24, 2014 1:44PM
My wife a CNA wiped rear-ends for 45 years in nursing homes. No tips for her, no gratuities allowed. Also crappy wages and during her final years working no more health insurance provided. We tip in 2 places, food joints and hotels/motels for the housekeepers.
Apr 24, 2014 2:50PM
Tipping needs to be abolished.  Pay people a fair wage, include it in the price of the service, and be done with it.  Sheesh!
Apr 24, 2014 2:19PM
If the cable guy made minimum wage I'd consider it, but cable guys make well above minimum wage and they get decent benefits as well.  No need to tip. 
Apr 24, 2014 2:35PM
I'll tell you like my Dad used to tell me when I delivered pizza as a teenager.

You want a tip? Get a better job.
Apr 24, 2014 1:54PM
HELL NO, always late, always an excuse, company's always jacking up prices, always getting shafted in some way. Notice a trend ? Can you say "always"
Apr 24, 2014 2:07PM
"The reason why we tip is to show respect to the service provider," said Diane Gottsman, an etiquette expert.

Can someone please tell me how one becomes an "etiquette expert"???

Apr 24, 2014 2:20PM
"You're supposed to tip the cable guy?"

No, and I know Shinola when I see it.
Apr 24, 2014 1:39PM
Eh, I've gotten tips or had a customer buy my lunch at my job, and I work a parts counter. I don't think everyone should tip me for doing my job, but its much appreciated when people do it.

For service techs (cable, plumbers, appliance, etc) I always offer them water or soda. Even if its just the maintenance guy from the apartments. A little kindness goes a long way.
Apr 24, 2014 2:38PM
Apr 24, 2014 2:24PM
Here is my tip:   "Don't play with matches".
Apr 24, 2014 2:45PM

Cable TV with 80 to 90% of channels you never watch ever!!!

Come on them employees are paid very well.

You pay me for keeping your electrical power on ? No what is the difference.

Nice glass of cold water on hot summer day is plenty enough thanks'.


Apr 24, 2014 2:36PM
So if your job gets classified as one that receives tips, will you not then be subject to the tax on tips like wait staff are?
Apr 24, 2014 1:50PM

You should probably only tip someone you are going to see on a regular basis so they don't screw you over for feeling entitled to a tip.  I know many bartenders who will cheat customers / water down their drinks if they don't receive a tip.  Even though this action is actually committing fraud on a paying customer by not giving them what they paid for.  Each bar has a standard of how much alchol is suppose to be in each drink.  Purposesly not giving a customer this because of no tips is fraud.

Apr 24, 2014 2:12PM
Very few people should be tipped. Bartenders,  wait staff  and maybe the barber or hair dresser.  With the price of cabs in the U.S, I don't tip cabbies. In my adopted home country I tip cabbies and my barber, along with hotel maids in the U. S and abroad. Here the restaurants and bars include the tip in the bill.
Apr 24, 2014 2:51PM

I think these articles are written just to piss people off.  It makes no sense otherwise, we only tip people who are not paid a living wage by their employer, so we're all expected to make up the difference, which we foolishly do, but to include those who do make a living wage is just stupid and I'm sure the author of this article is well aware of that.  I think they just want to be noticed..

Apr 24, 2014 2:47PM
"Are you friggin kiddingme , were supposed to tip the cable guy!"

Exactly.  W.T.F.?!?!
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