We tip for many services in this country on nearly a daily basis. Over the years, I’ve observed that our tipping etiquette has gotten out of whack. We over-tip for some services and under-tip for others.
In this post I’ve analyzed some major services we receive regularly and shown exactly how gratuity has become disproportionate.
It all starts with bartenders who are the main reasons for the inequality…
Bartenders benefit from generous tipping more than any other service. Think about it…Let’s say I order a $4 beer from the bartender. For the bartender taking the cap off the bottle or pouring me a draft, I’m expected to give a $1 tip. That is a 25 percent tip! When you consider that a monkey could probably be taught to do this, the gratuity seems pretty steep. Now if you were to order a more complicated drink that takes a level of skill to make (i.e. a martini), then a tip is warranted. Though even for that, 25 percent seems a bit much.
What’s even more annoying is when bars charge an uneven dollar amount for their beer. Let’s say the price of the beer is $4.50. I hand the bartender $5 dollars and I’m given 50 cents back in change. What the heck am I supposed to do with 50 cents? I can’t tip 50 cents because it looks cheap to leave change. So now I have to reach into my pocket and get another dollar for a tip and I’m left with 50 cents, which will probably end up on the floor of my car or in between my couch cushions. (more…)