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.
This post comes from Krystal Steinmetz at partner site Money Talks News.
To 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.
But 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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You want a tip? Get a better job.
Can someone please tell me how one becomes an "etiquette expert"???
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.
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'.
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.
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..
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