Posted at 12:37 PM on October 14, 2008
by Sanden Totten
I don't like tipping. It makes me feel awkward and I never know if I'm giving the proper amount. Especially outside of restaurants. How much do I tip a cab driver? Is it 15 or 10 percent for a haircut? That guy just opened the door for me, is he supposed to be tipped too?
I realize tipping is integral to certain professions. Not tipping would make me feel worse, for sure. But there seems to be a real disconnect between the reason we should tip (because of good service) and the reason we do tip. Studies have shown that the amount a person tips isn't related good service. We tend to tip the same across the board, no matter the situation.
Unless of course the waiter knows some tricks:"Nonverbal server behaviors that communicate liking for the customer, such as lightly touching the customer and crouching next to the table when interacting with the customer, substantially increase the tips restaurant servers receive."
All this leads me to believe tipping doesn't add up. But until service fees in restaurants, barber shops and cabs go viral, I guess I'll be stuck doing the math.
I'm always confused about tipping when I get take out food. I go and pick it up, yet I feel compelled to leave some kind of tip, even though I'm doing most of the work. And when I don't leave anything, I feel guilty.