Nick's 2 Cents: Tips on Tipping - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Nick's 2 Cents: Tips on Tipping

Willie Townsel has been waiting tables in Memphis for 10 years. He says the worst tip he ever received was no money on a $200.00 tab.

Normally, on a bill like $200.00, Willie should've been tipped around $30.00. So, getting nothing hurts when you're making only $2.13 an hour like most servers.

The proper etiquette for tipping your server is 15% to 20% of your bill.

At an all-you-can-eat buffet, give 10%.

If you have take-out, also give 10%.

If you're at the bar, give the bartender a dollar for every drink.

For valet parking, the rule is to give the attendant $1.00 to $2.00 to drop the car off, and then another couple of bucks to bring the car back.

If you're staying in a hotel, give the bellhop $2.00 to $3.00 per bag.

And, don't forget the chambermaid. The rule here is leaving $5.00 for every night you stay.

For delivery drivers, usually $2.00 to $3.00 gets the job done with a smile. Remember, most delivery drivers have to use their own gas and at times, the job can be dangerous.

Who else do you tip?

Don't forget your hairdresser! He or she should get 15% to 20% of the bill. If you have your hair shampooed, give that person a couple of bucks.

What if you want your dog shampooed? Well, Fido needs to look good, so give the groomer 15%.

And, those skycaps who help with your bags at the airport should be tipped a dollar per bag.

Civil servants, like post office employees, are not allowed to receive cash tips. However, they are allowed to get gifts under $20.00.

Your newspaper carrier, however, is allowed to accept cash. $20.00 should do it.

Keep this in mind: Tipping for any service is NOT mandatory, but more of an expression of gratitude.

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