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Remember that tipping is discretionary. If you don't think tipping is necessary in a particular circumstance, then don't tip. This is a guide for people who are planning to tip and want to know the customary amount. If you think tipping in general is stupid, then don't tip. But don't complain that the minimum wage is too low. Don't complain that the only new jobs being created are low income. And don't send me an email rant about tipping. I won't even respond. See also: email etiquette.
This is a guide. It is not implying a moral obligation to tip. That said, if you are using a service that is widely-known to be a tipped service, such as restaurants, bars, hair salons, valet parking, etc., then I believe there is a moral obligation to tip for good service. Here is why - a waiter at a restaurant provides you service with the expectation of being compensated a minimum of 15% for quality service. If you don't intend to tip, then you should tell the waiter up front so that he can decide whether or not to provide you the service. ...Miscellaneous services
Accountants - Nothing.
Appliance repairman - Nothing.
Auto mechanic - Not necessary. If you insist, tip about $10-20 for bills up to $500, and $50 for bills over $500.
Bagger at grocery store - Check in advance to see if the store has a no tipping policy. Most have one. If it doesn't, then $1-3 for the bagger and $1-5 for the person who loads your car.
Baptism - Nothing.
Car detailing - 15%
Car salesman - Nothing.
Car wash - $2-3 for a car; $3-5 for an SUV or large vehicle. If there is a tip jar, leave your tip there. It will be split among the workers. Otherwise, tip the person(s) who did the cleanup after the wash.
Carpet cleaners - Nothing.
Clown at children's party - $15-25 depending upon the quality of the performance and the heat level of the day. Others say 15-20% of the performers fee.
Contractors, installers, and home remodelers - Nothing. Offer a cool drink instead.
Cosmetologist at makeup counter - Nothing. Makeover specialist at department store - Nothing unless you used over 15 minutes of her time and then bought nothing.
Electricians and plumbers - Nothing. Offer a cool drink instead.
Exotic club - Nothing. Shame on you. I can't believe you would even ask.
Farriers or horse haulers- Nothing.
Financial planners - Nothing.
Graphic designer - Nothing.
Interior designer - Nothing.
Maids - Nothing, except at Christmastime. See above.
Mary Kay representative - Nothing.
Mortgage loan officer - Nothing.
Nurses - Nothing.
Painters (house) - Nothing. Offer them a cool drink instead.
Personal shopper or salesperson at department store - Nothing.
Pet groomers - Most pet groomers are paid based upon a commission, not a regular salary or hourly wage. Typically your tip is 15% of the bill or $2 per dog, whichever is greater. If your dog is difficult, then tip more. Obviously, don't tip if the quality is poor.
Pet sitters - Tipping is not required, but most pet sitters will appreciate a tip. 15% is appropriate if you want to tip.
Physical therapist - Nothing. Piano tuner - Nothing.
Realtors® or real estate agents - Nothing. The best way to say thanks is to refer people to them.
Sports arena in-seat food service - This one is tricky. At most arenas you tip the person who takes the order 15%. You tip at the time of payment, not delivery. The best thing to do is to ask before you order. You definitely do not need to tip both the order taker and the deliverer unless you split it.
Shoeshine - $1-2.
Swimming lesson instructor - Nothing.
Tailor or seamstress - Nothing.
Tattoo or piercing artist - 10-20% or whatever you can afford. It isn't necessary, but it is appreciated.
Telephone, security, cable, satellite, internet installers or repairmen - Nothing.
Title company closing agents - Nothing.
Travel agents - Nothing.
Tree removal service - Nothing.
Weekly lawn or landscaping service - Nothing.
Window tinting service - Nothing.
Window washer - Nothing.
....ok, now back to getting into his pants! ...