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This FREE Palm OS application has most of the information contained here on The Original Tipping Page.

Very handy from Denton Software.

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From Jessica

I have worked in the resturant bussiness for 10 years and have never come accross the situation I am in now. My employer pays everyone minimum wage, even the cooks. I as a server have to pool all of my tips. The cooks end up walking with the same amount of money I am. An example; lets say I sell $1,700 worth of food and my tips are $350. After the tip pool I walk home with $120, is this legal?

From Aaron in WA

As a professional towing operator and company owner I am constantly surprised at the amount of people that don't tip... We provide a very valuable service with none of the BS associated with many other professions, try getting the cable man to come fix your TV at Midnight on Friday. Take into consideration response times and what time of day it is when you go to tip, most operators are commission and are only making $10-$15 to get out of bed and change your tire.

From Bennett in CA

charter pilots seem to be the underpaid, undertipped, forgotten members of the service industry. A few of our customers recocognize this, but most do not. Those that do will usually tip each crewmember $100 for a short trip and $200 for a long one. We would appreciate if you could include this in your future advice.

From Migraine (Patrick) in MN

Everyone seems to miss the point of tip credit. When in doubt ask why, then why again. And the answer is, "It's all about taxes. Currently the Restauranteur, pays taxes on real wages (hourly), then collects tip info and pays taxes on that, but can't declare that as wages". So the point is, are tips (freely given) wages or not. If not, no tip credit and no taxing the Restaurant. If yes, then yes to both. Right now the tax man has it both ways and that's not right; thus the controversy". Sen Feinstein as well can't make up her mind, will this slash salaries, (ok now their wages) or not, (ok now their not salaries), which is it, both ways is wrong. And of course all tipped staff report 100% of tips like the law requires...

From Morayma

I am disgusted by your bellhop's page on tipping a bellman. "$1 is for us looking in your direction" That disgusts me. There is nothing more I hate when I am carrying my small carry on bag into a hotel and a bellman comes up to me and tries to portray that he is just being nice and takes my bag from me and expects more then $1. If I am carrying my bag by myself and do not look like I need any help, please leave me alone. I will however, ask for help if I have more then 1 bag and I will tip appropriately for that, because I am asking for help. I completely believe you should always tip for services rendered, I don't believe that you need to tip for services that you never wanted in the first place.

From Vaughan in CA

In theory, I agree that tipping is not a requirement. However, the IRS seems to believe that everyone does it fairly and taxes me on 8% of my net sales; this after I have shared 33% of my intake with my supporting staff. Obviously I have to maintain about 12% to make it "fair". There are some who almost never tip, or tip unjustly in relation to the amount of money they spend on food and service. For those who don't believe in tipping, I'd ask one of two things. One, help to lobby Congress to change the tax laws so it isn't assumed that everyone tips (not likely to happen). Or two, find alternative ways to get your meal where you are not being waited on...order take-out...self-serve or counter type establishments. Though it is not required, it is socially accepted as the way the system runs. I find that most non-tippers or unjust tippers seem to have little problem ordering a lot of foods and/or higher priced items. It is only when they receive the bill that they begin looking for a bargain and the tip is the easiest way to help offset spending more than they wanted to pay.

From Bam Bam

Tipping the bellman article is offensive, I choose to tip and its my discretion. Obviously I have concern about tipping or I wouldn't be at this site. Not using a bellman for my bags does NOT make me a loser. No one is forced to tip and those of us choose to do so at our discretion and we choose not to use a service should not be insulted. Egocentric!

From Karl

I still don't understand why we are expected to tip: waiters/waitresses, the mailman, garbage man, etc. They are paid to do a job just as we all are. Some say we should tip because their wages are low; they do a service, etc. Most peoples jobs are for some kind of service or another: the bus driver, the plumber, the appliance repair man, cashier at grocery store, newspaper delivery woman. The car salesman does me a service by being nice and telling me all about the car I want to buy. I think if a person is in a job that doesn't pay well, he/she should go to school and learn for a better job or the employer should raise salaries. It seems now that it is compulsory to tip or one is looked at as being the bottom of the barrel cheapskate.

From Marlene in Las Vegas

NOTICED YOUR CALIFORNIA LAW SO I ASSUME YOUR FROM CALI?? AND I ASSUME YOU "CALIFORNIANS" GO ON VACATION AND TIP ALL OVER THE PLACE? *COUGH!*BSHIT. BEING FROM VEGAS YOU HAVE THE BIGGEST REP FOR BEING "CHEAP" SRY... I RECENTLY VISITED YOUR LUVERLY STATE.....HAD A NICE MEAL AT SEAPORT VILLAGE THE PIER..ANYWAY WAS SHOCKED TO SEE THEY WROTE SUGG TIP ON TOP OF CHECK! LOL...15 YEARS WORKING HERE NEVER MET CALIFORNIAN AS NICE AS YOU LOL..HOPE I GET TO SERVE YA

From Deborah in MD

I am a monthly parker in a garage that parks and retrieves the car for you - it is policy. Daily I tip which ever attendant $1.00. Would a tip of $50 for the manager, $25 for the a.m. attendants (almost no interaction with them), $30 to the p.m. attendants, and $25 to the young lady who takes your ticket, finds the key, and passes it along be sufficient? Thanks so very much.

From Kathryn in CA

Sir, You are a very angry and greedy person. When I do use bellmen, I tip well. Sometimes, I don't part with my bag and take it to the room myself because you are so slow getting it to my room. Why should I tip you to bring my bag to me 15 minutes later...when my nice little wheels made it easier to get there. Calling me a loser for having common sense is just ridiculous. I recommend you get some therapy to let go of your anger. And if you want to make a mortgage payment, get an education and a job that has a salary.

From Jessica in OH

Who's the idiot that came up with the tipping rate card. First of all, we are in a new century, and secondly standard tipping for a wait staff should basically start at 20% and go from there. As for the tip being calculated 'before' tax? Who the hell is really that cheap that they can't handle 20% of a $5.00 tax?

From Sal in NY

I was offended by a remark about ordering water with dinner because people are cheap. I feel your thinking should be revised. Some people may be trying to save the cost of a drink, but most people are not. However, there may be other reasons. In my case, I am diabetic and the only drink available for me is diet Coke or Pepsi. This is OK for my situation with sugar, but I also limit my caffeine intake due to a severe heart condition. Another reason is I do not like carbonated soda drinks, and last, I must take my medication after my meal. I always order water with lemon wedges. I even do this at a Burger King where I can have a "value meal" with a drink for just pennies more. At home I drink sugar free, caffeine free iced tea or one of the other flavored sugar free, caffeine drinks available. It would be nice to have the choices that you do.

From Marc in WA

Massage Therapists have worked very hard and continue to strive to be regarded as allied health care professionals. With that in mind, they/you should consider the following question: Do you tip your physician? physical therapist? chiropractor? etc. The answer will most likely be a resounding "no". There is a difference between a massage "therapist" and a massuese. If you have body work done by a "therapist" a tip should not be expected, offered, or taken. Doing so detracts from the professional nature of the "therapy".

 

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