A few weeks back, I didn’t leave my taxi driver a tip. It wasn’t because I’m cheap. He’d clearly been smoking in the cab right before he picked me up. Since I have asthma and allergies, I don’t take too kindly to folks putting me in a position to make a difficult decision regarding my health: inhale smoke fumes and wheeze or roll down the window and freeze. It’s not right. #KillYoSelfAndNotMe
If it wasn’t for the taxi driver’s faux pas, I would’ve gladly left him a tip. Maybe he’s learned his lesson.
It isn’t often I bump into a service industry employee who performs their job so poorly, I feel they deserve a tip of exactly $0. If you do your job reasonably well, expect a tip of no less than 15%. That clearly doesn’t apply to people who aren’t customarily compensated with tips.
By the way, what’s with fast food restaurants leaving a tip line on their receipts? I’m not tipping you for putting three spicy chicken wings and three buttermilk biscuits in a box. It’s not happening.
A friend once asked me if she should deny herself the enjoyment of having a sit down restaurant meal because she couldn’t afford to leave a tip. Um, yeah. If you can’t afford to leave a decent tip to your waiter, then don’t you sit your broke butt down in a restaurant and let someone else serve you.
I don’t take this position simply because tipping is the right thing to do when it comes to people busting their rump for minimum wage. I also feel this way because if adding an additional 15% to your food bill results in an overdraft fee on your bank account, then you either need to cook at home, order takeout, or find a place that makes more sense given your financial situation.
I know tipping can add a significant chunk to your food bill. That’s why when I was getting out of debt, I ate primarily at restaurants that didn’t require it. Chipotle and Chicken Place are two of my faves. You can get a hot, semi-healthy, and delicious meal for $6 to $10. You can’t beat that.
Before I go, I should note that I especially despise tipping hairdressers. Aren’t they like professionals? I’ll tip my locktician, but the percentage she’ll get on my total bill will be considerably less than even the most obtuse server at The Original Pancake House.
So what are your thoughts on tipping?