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#1 Old 06-17-2004, 11:08 AM
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i forgot to tip my hairstylist today, and i don't know what to do.



she did a great job, and i had every intention of tipping, but when i was writing the check there was a child screaming and i was in a rush, and i just scribbled down the amount that she told me. on the way home i realized what i had done.



so here are the options i can think of:



1. tip her extra next time i go and hope she doesn't take it out on my hair or my waxing (!) before i get the chance to make it up to her.

2. my mother in law goes to this stylist every couple of weeks. i could send a tip and a note in an envelope with her.



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#2 Old 06-17-2004, 11:11 AM
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I don't know anyone that tips their hairdresser. Then again, when I was the US, the taxi drivers would say "That'll be $7 plus tip." Of which I then gave them $7 b/c I find that incredibly rude to expect and demand a tip.



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i'd go with number 2 myself.
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I like #2. Or you could call her, if you'd rather, just to let her know you forgot.
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i think #2 sounds good too (i work in pizza, so i am weird about tips, funny i forgot) but i was also afraid it would seem kind of weird or obsessive.



krista, i have always been under the impression that tipping the hairstylist is expected unless they do a bad job.
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I think it's an American thing. I don't see people tipping nearly as...obsessively in other places I've lived.
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I only tip when they do a great job, are nice and respectful and/or they're ****ing hot. Um, not really that last one...well...sometimes. I never feel I HAVE to tip; a tip is supposed to be something extra I give to anyone I feel deserves it be it a hairstylist, cabdriver, delivery guy, whoever.



ETA: Forgot to add I like #2 as well.
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Go with #2.
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I think it's an American thing. I don't see people tipping nearly as...obsessively in other places I've lived.



I always, always, always tip 20% unless I feel that the waiter/waitress or whomever really did something I didn't like and then I leave something like 16%. I also have friends that leave more than 20%. A lot of people in the service area get paid too little for what they do anyway.



Ok, back to the hairdresser thing. I forgot to tip my hairdresser once and I was really, really embarrassed. So, as soon as I got home & realised what I had done, I put the tip in an envelope with a little note & slid it under her door. I felt much better. End of story
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This happened to me recently, i got really distracted when i was paying, and i was kind of aggervated after the lady took 4 hours to cut my hair. Seriously, 4 hours! She did a really good job though, and was really nice, so i felt bad about forgetting. It ended up costing over $200, so im sure shes not all that underpaid. I didnt plan on ever going back, so i just let it go. I would just bring it up at your next appointment and give her a little extra.
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yeah, I didn't forget the time before last...but I'd just finished finals and my brain was fried. I think I ended up tipping 10% instead of 15 or 20. I know. It's a sad day when I'm having trouble working out what 10% is...I was SO confused that day!! I dont' even know how I could have screwed that up



I felt bad an vowed to tip extra next time - but I went to a different place, and the lady was awful..so she just got a normal tip.
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Tipping is an american thing. I don't tip unless people give a particularly good service or go out of their way to help me. I really wouldn't worry about it too much, I'm sure she isn't. Next time you go make a point of saying how great she did your hair last time and make sure you give a little extra with the tip,



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Krista - I tip my massage therapist, hairstylist, aesthetician (facials, eyebrow waxing) 20%. They always do a good job. I once tipped more because I was about 30 inutes late (I got the appointment time mixed up).
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Wow - never heard of that in RL. I thought that was just something people did on movies and TV.
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I vote for #2. I'm sure you'll make her day.
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I tip my aesthetician, manicurist, pedicurist, and on the rare occasion I see a hair stylist rather than just having my mom trim my hair or apply color for me, I tip him/her also.



They get paid more than food servers do (in some states, waiters and waitresses get paid as little as $2.13 an hour), but I am okay with tipping them because I want them to continue to do a good job when I go in. ^^;;

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I still find it hard to get used to tipping (here in the UK, as opposed to Australia where, when i grew up, we didnt tip except for in restaurants, if service was *fabulous*). Id been going to the hairdressers here in the UK for a few years, when someone mentioned the fact that you are 'supposed' to tip - I had no idea! I felt so embarrassed, mortified even - but no one ever told me (all i knew about was tipping in taxi's and in restaurants). Anyhoo, i cut my own hair now.



I thought the whole point of tipping was when the service was great - I dont think it should be expected just cos someone does their job (of course, if wages are sh*t then i can see why tipping is important). Ramble ramble.



so yeah Option 2 is good.
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#2, and it's very thoughtful and generous of you to make up for the mishap!
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Wow - never heard of that in RL. I thought that was just something people did on movies and TV.



We are obsessive-compulsive tippers.



I get confused on whether to tip or not sometimes. Waitresses and so forth are pretty obvious. Some others are not - like the deliverymen for appliances, etc.
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I would tip next time but be sure to do it before you get your hair styled.

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We are obsessive-compulsive tippers.



I get confused on whether to tip or not sometimes. Waitresses and so forth are pretty obvious. Some others are not - like the deliverymen for appliances, etc.





I get confused too I worked as a waitress and in a salon, so I tip very well. I'm not so sure about other areas like Tame mentioned. I'd feel really bad if I neglected to tip someone- I'd probably track them down and make sure they got their money
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I tip the aforementioned people, but I refuse to tip a (what are they called?) bellboy in a hotel. I can take my own bags thanks. Unfortunately I'm not in a hotel very often. Vacation is foreign to me.
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absolutely #2!
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I'd mail her a little card with a note telling her that you love how your hair came out, and in all the bustle at the salon you forgot to tip her but you wanted to thank her for a wonderful job.

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I tip the aforementioned people, but I refuse to tip a (what are they called?) bellboy in a hotel. I can take my own bags thanks. Unfortunately I'm not in a hotel very often. Vacation is foreign to me.



Same here.

"Get your hands off my bag!" is something I say a lot, and not just in the shower at the local Y.



I do tip the hotel maids when they clean the room each day, although I usually leave the "Do Not Disturb" sign out on most days. I don't like strangers in my room, or having to pick my dirty drawers off of the bathroom floor. That is Mrs. Tame's job.
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#2 is great. The typical "official" advice for salon tipping is 15%, unless it's the owner. Doormen get tips, concierges, cab drivers, etc.



I'm doing some work now (not restaurant work, but a gig I have at Universal Studios this summer) that confuses a lot of people. I will occasionally get no tips at all from very appreciative people, but today I made $85 in tips, ranging from $5 to $20 per couple or family. One day I made $143, though, including one Ben Franklin from some rich guy hailing from Hong Kong. Sometimes it comes down to what the service was worth to you.
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#28 Old 06-18-2004, 02:47 AM
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Here are two pages of advice on tipping. The first relates to tipping at Disney World.



http://www.passporter.com/articles/tipping.htm



http://www.tipping.org



And here's a page with designs you can print on envelopes to tip the housekeeping--er, "Mousekeeping"--staff at Disney World.



http://users.adelphia.net/~heidiw/
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Wow I really don't get tipping. You pay the person for the service, then you are expected (or are you required?) to pay them around 25% more. Why don't they just put their rates up? That's kind of misleading. Haha if I go to America I bet I screw up tipping, maybe I'll just flag it though.
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So much easier to live in Aus where tipping is not expected. The only place I ever tip is in restaurants if the service is good. I never bother to work out a % either. Usually if we're in a group we just round it up to a neat figure that is divisible by our number - it makes it easier to divvy up the bill.

It confuses me that a country like the US can't come up with a livable minimum wage.
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