Tips on Tipping - Part One

It's something you do almost everyday -- tip someone or maybe not!

You'd be surprised how many services you use where you're expected to tip yet many people don't!

Many people have often thought the word tips is an acronym that means "to insure prompt service."

It really originates from the 16th century and means "to give unexpectedly."

In other words a tip is not required, should never be expected, and must be earned.

At Marvel Tattoo in Clay Township most clients aren’t thinking about etiquette when the needle starts to sting.

“They're more worried about whether it's going to hurt and all this stuff what they are going to get.. is my mom going to kill me I don't know.. ha ha,” says tattoo artist Todd Melson.

It’s important thought not to forget to “tip for your tat.”

Etiquette experts say 10 to 20 percent. There are other services where tipping is sometimes forgotten also.

At Sue’s Small Stuff dog grooming the client doesn’t always sit still. The groomers say a tip is almost like hazardous duty pay.

“You do get some that you have to muzzle,” says groomer Kelli Reynolds.

As for tipping at a "regular" hair salon you would think it would be commonplace .. right??

Think again.

“A large percentage of our clients do not tip.. really??? yes.. they do not tip?” assures hair stylist Marsha Havens from Ken’s Hair Studio from Mishawaka.

The stylists and the owner say, “client loyalty is more important to us than tipping.”

But etiquette experts say all salon services, nail, color, and cut, should be tipped 15 to 20 percent. Period.

So if tipping for hair isn't a given what service is? Havens suggests anyone working in the food industry.

Pizza delivery driver Amy Jojo from Papa John’s Pizza figures she earns about two to five bucks in tips a stop but sometimes she leaves empty handed.

Overall tipping isn't a given or required.

Most in the service industry say it's a way of saying thank you for going above and beyond while doing your job.

“It’s not expected but it is certainly appreciated,” says Havens.


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