What do you guys think about tipping? When do you do it and how much do you give and what makes you tip a lot or a little?
I feel like I'm a pretty generous tipper in most situations but sometimes i kind of hate how so many places now prompt for tips....I'm looking at you Starbucks and your annoying phone pop-ups.
I've been a server/bartender in the past so I know that it's a tough job and you definitely depend on tips, so because of that I almost always tip about 20% (unless the server is straight up rude). Lots of things can happen that are completely out of your servers hands, so as long as they're polite and try to make up for it I think they've done their job.
What about food delivery? We actually hardly ever order food, pizza once in awhile but we live central and are so close to so many great restaurants that usually we'll est out or go pick something up. From what I do know, lots of places now charge a delivery fee so I definitely take that into account when tipping the driver. I'll still usually give them something, $5 maybe.
I also tip for spa type services like haircuts, massages or when I get my nails done but less, usually around 10%. If I'm paying $50 for a haircut and it takes about an hour I figure that's pretty expensive, but I get that there are overhead costs and that's not all profit.
Now, what about all those places (like Starbucks, Booster Juice, etc.) who all hassle us for tips now. For places like that I very rarely tip, and if I do its usually a $1 or less. I figure that tipping is for really great service, and how exemplary can your service be in the 30 seconds of contact we have when I'm pulling through the drive thru. Sorry but no.
Am I totally offside on any of this? Let me know your thoughts and if it also annoys you with all the tip requests.