Tipping should be compulsory, and when a customer is served they should gladly fork over a tip to show their appreciation, but some people are so miserly with their tips it's just plain sad.
Maybe they're unaware that the federal tipped minimum wage is a meager $2.13 an hour, or that most baristas and fast food workers are working for minimum wage, so that dollar tip helps out a lot.
In order to make sure those overworked folks in the various service industries get the tip they deserve here's a short guide to tipping:
- Wait staff should be tipped 15-20% or more, because they make less than minimum wage in some states
- Bartenders usually get a buck a drink
- Picking up fast food or a drink from a barista? Tip them a buck at least, and be generous if you have a large order
- Delivery drivers are supposed to get $5 per order, or 15-20% on a larger order
- Valets or parking attendants should get at least $2 when they bring you your car
- Bathroom attendants get a tip if they hand you anything, but if they're just running security in the can you don't have to tip
- Salon and spa workers should get a good 15-20% tip, especially if you want them to do a good job!
- Tipping hotel staff is a bit tricky, but it's usually a dollar or two to bellhops, shuttle drivers and door staff, $1-5 per night for housekeepers and a $5-10 tip for a helpful concierge
- Taxi drivers should get a 15-20% tip, plus a couple of bucks if they help you with your bags