taxi drivers, to-go, and hairstylists are the only tippable services I ever use. I tip the taxi driver just a few bucks, usually 2 or 3, 5 if he/she was intelligent and interesting as opposed to gruff and scary. to-go people, 10% and up, depending on the to-go setup of the restaurant: 10% is for bartenders and host-types, but I tip more when it’s obvious that doing to-go is the person’s only job. hairstylists I used to tip 5, but now I’ve begun tipping 10 (my haircuts are usually around 50, sometimes less). I guess if I had a long & involved hair scenario I’d tip more, but it’s never occurred to me to use a percentage model… I hope I’m not the only one.
then there are the services I’ve had to use infrequently that I know are supposed to be tipped, but have no idea how much, like horse-and-carriage drivers, bag carriers, and valet people. if I’m not sure I generally start at 10 and go up from there based on time/effort.
I don’t generally like tipping people whose pay does not depend on sales. I hate that there are tip jars all over the damn place now; I half expect to see one every time I get on the bus. I still most of the time drop my change in the damn things.
I’ve had one tattoo, and I was quite young, and had no idea tipping was even done. I feel quite bad that I did not leave anything, and if I ever have occasion to go back to that same parlor, I’ll probably give the guy a 20.