Tipping can be pretty confusing! There are a lot of things that come into play when you're tipping a server. Not only do you have to consider that your tip is a major part of the server's income, there are other factors that come into play as well. You have to consider the service you received, the amount of your bill, and the position of who ever is serving you.
SO I MEAN - HOW DO YOU EVER KNOW HOW MUCH TO TIP? WHAT'S FAIR? WHAT'S EXPECTED?!
Those are some pretty hefty questions! BUT I found an awesome lay-of-the-land, courtesy of Young & Free Alabama, sharing the percentages of how much you should tip certain people:
- Server: 15-20 percent
- Take-out preparer: 10 percent
- Taxi driver: 10-15 percent
- Tattoo artist: 10-20 percent
- Barber/stylist: 15-20 percent
- Bartender: 15-20 percent
- Pizza delivery guy: $2-5 based on distance
- Coffee at mom-and-pop shop: $1 per drink (Chain coffee shops? Optional)
- Valet parking: $1 or $2
- Furniture delivery: $5
Of course, service always comes into play here. If you receive bad service, I'd suggest you tip on the lower side of the numbers above and even share your experience with the management. If you received AWESOME server, leave a tip on the upper end of the numbers above, and if your experience was SUPER DUPER awesome, feel free to leave an even BIGGER tip and share your experience with the management!
I know when I was serving, it meant the world to me when someone left me a good tip. Not only did it make me want to continue to give good service, it made my efforts feel well-appreciated. There is nothing like a big "THANK YOU" when it comes to serving people.
Hopefully this helps you in your tipping-endeavors