August 31, 2007

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  • She's tipping like the average person tips, not like she might tip.

    Most people don't come close to the guidelines we all know about. Aren't you often embarrassed by what your companions leave for a tip? Slowly we're convincing Hazel to tip it up. She said for years that she gives God 10% and nobody deserves more than He does. Which is true, of course, but beside the point in this circumstance!


  • Tipping's weird. Rich and I tip 20% at restaurants, and I do the same at the hairdresser's (which I visit a grand total of maybe four times a year, including trims) but some articles say you should tip everyone from the garbageman to the paper boy. And the mailman, who makes a pretty good living, from what I hear. I'm glad to have their services, but I don't tip them.

  • Don and I usually tip a minimum of $5, unless the service is really ghastly. Having had several children who've made their living as waitstaff, we're aware of how crucial this is to them.

    I tip my hairdresser a couple of dollars, and whoever cuts Dmitry's hair a buck.

    That's pretty much it, I fear.

  • I have often noticed when we watch this show that Rachel's tipping is terribly low. I have commented more than once that the staff of those restaraunts is probably glad to see here go given the low tips and high pressure. Yes I have often been embarassed by what a companion has left for a tip. To the person who said noone should get more than God, I say give more than required to God too. You may only give 10% but 100% belongs to him, properly paying those who serve us is a way in which we rightly use what God gives us by his grace.

  • "To the person who said noone should get more than God, I say give more than required to God too."

    Excellent advice!

    There you go, Cindy...tell Hazel to give both the LORD and the waiters a raise.

  • Hazel has - to both. And I'll be happy to give chapter and verse (sorry for the pun) to anyone who doubts it.

    Faron and I are both overtippers, for all the reasons listed above. Faron cuts his own hair, and I haven't had a salon haircut in so long I couldn't tell you - I cut mine most of the time. But when I do go to a salon I tip at least a couple of bucks.

    I've often wondered about tipping for flower deliveries - not that I get them often, but I've never had the presence of mind to do that. I'm so shocked to get flowers!

    Years ago, we were at the DisneyWorld resort, where all food charges and purchases in gift shops are added to one's hotel bill. The first night, Faron handed me the slip to sign. I completely forgot to leave a tip. Thought of it in the middle of the night and felt sick with knowing I hadn't done it. We made a point the next night of going to that same restaurant, and getting the name of the person who'd waited on us, and making sure she got a VERY generous tip.

    But back to Rachael Ray. For one thing, she's got a camera crew with her, they've probably taken over the restaurant for half the day, and fed everyone on the crew at least once. Do you really believe that 1., she really only tips what she quotes in her $40 a day ticket, and 2., that the restaurants aren't only too happy to have the production company there, flashing their names and specialties all over the country? 3., the show is all about proving that it's "possible" to eat three meals on $40 a day. Doesn't mean any of us actually do it, let alone Rachael.

    I'm sure the wait staff get at least twice as much as is quoted. I'm sure they work their butts off on production day and well-deserve a generous tip.


  • True, but what worries me is that her viewers will assume since she clearly tips not one penny more than 10%, tops, they needn't do so, either.

  • Did the $9.95 include the tax? If so, then she tipped 15%. Nothing wrong with that.

    Last I checked, tipping for a full service restaurant was 15-20%. I usually tip in the 15-16-17% range, more if the service was good. I've had service that is barely adequate, and service that makes it a pleasure to dine somewhere. I'll gladly tip a little extra to someone who's earned it.

    Does that make me stingy? I don't know. I tend to think of it as frugal-within-the-guidelines.

  • No. That was the price of the food alone. The $11 and change included that plus tax AND tip.

    Really, unless the tax rate is unusually low in Jackson Hole, Wyoming (which is, IIRC, where that episode was filmed), I'm not sure how the tip even reached 10%.

    And you're not stingy, Moosie, not tipping 15%. We tend to tip large because of having several children who've been - and the the case of Charles, is currently - in the business.

  • Well, the tithe/tip comparison isn't really valid anyway. You're supposed to give God 10% of EVERYTHING you earn. Giving an extra 15-20% to a server is just paying them a bit extra. It's not a percentage of the same thing (your total earnings vs. the cost of a meal) so you can't compare it as though you're treating one better or with more honor than the other.

    And I'm with Anne -- even if there's more tipping done in the backroom as a courtesy for taking over the restaurant, as a matter of image and example her visible tips should be generous, not cheesy. They should be at least as much as a generous ordinary person would give, because people are far more likely to think, "Well, Rachael can tip 20% but I can skimp on that and save even more" rather than "Rachael Ray tips 20% so I have to, too, so it's going to cost me that extra buck."

    I think it's ridiculous that people are expected to tip for non-personal services (e.g. mail, garbage) that are performed by people with a decent base rate of pay, in a routine manner, according to the guidelines of their employers and not according to the needs of the customer. Table waiting, hair styling, etc., are more personal and more personalized, so it makes sense to tip. It does not make sense to tip for a standardized public service. If you want to, go ahead and be a generous soul. But a cultural expectation to that effect is silly.

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