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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. Share your comments below or on our Facebook page.