Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Traveling to ALA Annual? Here is a tipping Guide from Emily Post

My husband always tells me I don't know how to tip, but he tips us into the poorhouse.  Here is Emily Post's guide to tipping.  While Librarian's don't tend to have lots of money to spare, it is expected that we treat our host city well!

For this and additional information about etiquette.  Please see the Emily Post website.

General Tipping Guidelines

When and Where and How Much

Wait service (sit down)
15-20%, pre-tax
Wait service (buffet)
10%, pre-tax
Host or Maitre d'
No obligation for greeting you and showing you to your table.
$10-$20 for going above and beyond to find you a table on a busy night or on occasion, if you are a regular patron
Take Out
No obligation
10% for extra service (curb delivery) or a large, complicated order
Home Delivery
10-15% of the bill, $2-5 for pizza delivery depending on the size of the order and difficulty of delivery 
$1-2 per drink or 15-20% of the tab
Tipping jars
No obligation
Tip occasionally if your server or barista provides a little something extra or if you are a regular customer.
Restroom Attendant
$0.50-$3, depending on the level of service
Tip when the car is returned to you.
$2 first bag, $1 per additional bag
A smile and a "thanks" when he  opens the door
$1-$4 for carrying luggage
$1-$2 for hailing cab (add an extra $1 if it's raining)
$1-$4 beyond the call of duty
$2 first bag, $1 per additional bag
$2-3 for each additional service, such as room delivery
$2-$5 per day, left daily with a note marked "Housekeeping - Thank you"
No obligation for answering questions
$5-10 for tickets or restaurant reservations
$15 for hard-to-get tickets or reservations, or 10-20% of the ticket price
Taxi driver
15-20% of the fare, but minimally $1
$2 for the first bag, $1 for the second
Hair Salon
15-20%, ask to be split among those who served you
Facial, waxing, massage

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