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Tangerineandturquoise Mon 11-May-15 10:55:15

Hairdressers are my reason for asking today, I want to get my hair cut in a salon, I don't know who I tip and when or whether I should.
Prices for wet cuts are £35-70 if that helps at all?

Door men and porters at hotels, is another minefield.
Bar staff have now started having tips jars and coffee bars but I am not so sure about these especially as the concept is so new

Everyone seems to want a tip-and I do want to be fair

EatShitDerek Mon 11-May-15 10:59:26

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Tangerineandturquoise Mon 11-May-15 11:00:53

See I thought I'd go for a cheaper stylist rather than a £70 one.
I have to say I have only ever liked one or two of my haircuts

livsmommy Mon 11-May-15 11:01:01

I used to tip my hairdresser, I don't anymore, it's a huge expense when I actually do get to go to a salon I can't afford any extra! I'll tip in a restaurant if we've had really great service. Don't go to hotels so no idea about that! I don't put anything in the little tip jars in coffee shops etc.

DoADittyBingBangBell Mon 11-May-15 11:01:23

Hairdresser costs £25 for myself and two children, I normally give £1.50/£2 tip.

Taxi I round it up to nearest pound.

I only tip in cafes/restaurants where they do table service-normally £2 or 10% of the bill.

Porters etc I'd probably give a couple of quid.

Shop workers I drop some loose change in the tub at Xmas.

Also at Xmas I buy the refuse workers a box of biscuits and crate of lager to share and give the postman £5.

MaidOfStars Mon 11-May-15 11:01:26

Hairdressers - £10 colourist, £5 each to stylist and washing girl.

Pizza/curry/etc delivery - £2/change.

Bar/coffee staff - nothing if they serve me behind the counter. I might leave small change for table service.

Waiting staff - 10-15%.

OfaFrenchMind Mon 11-May-15 11:01:50

I tip hairdressers, for my bi-annual cut.
I tip waiters when I see no service charge on the bill, or when service was excellent, and taxis mostly.
Porters at the hotel, when they actually help me and do more than just open a door.

livsmommy Mon 11-May-15 11:02:09

And yes £70 for a wet cut?! I pay that for cut and colour and always wince at the price!

MaidOfStars Mon 11-May-15 11:02:21

Taxis - £2/change.

Hotel cleaning - £1/€1/$1 a day.

MaidOfStars Mon 11-May-15 11:03:16

Hotel door staff (those who open doors, hail taxis etc) - £€$1

adarkwhisperinthewoodwasheard Mon 11-May-15 11:07:39

Never hairdressers. They charge enough imo. People with low/minimum wage jobs that include service - so waiters/bar staff/take away delivery.

hellsbellsmelons Mon 11-May-15 11:08:44

I only tip my hairdresser and colourist at Christmas.
Bar staff NO. I am a barmaid on a Sunday but I find that weird.
Buy them a drink, absolutely, if you frequent the place and want good service! wink
I've never tipped hotel staff unless it's a holiday abroad.

Hoppinggreen Mon 11-May-15 11:10:16

I don't tip anywhere except restaurants and then it's about 10% unless the service has been bad and then it's nothing .

HappenstanceMarmite Mon 11-May-15 11:11:30

£5 for my hairdresser. 15-20% for waiters (assuming good service). Taxi drivers - depends on journey length etc...if fare was £8 I would round up to £10.

What nonplussed me recently was paying upfront for a bar meal and being asked if I cared to add a tip! For what exactly?! And how can one be expected to tip BEFORE the 'service' (which only amounted to meals brought to tables, nothing else).

expatinscotland Mon 11-May-15 11:11:59

This is why I use a mobile hairdresser. Salons charge WAY too much and then expect a tip on top of that?

Tipping culture, IMO, is in countries where goods and services are cheap.

Everything costs a fortune here and now they want the tip on top.

Floralnomad Mon 11-May-15 11:14:53

Usually tip my hairdresser £5 every other visit
Taxis I round up eg £8 I give them £10
Pizza delivery £2
Waiting staff in restaurants 10% at least ( if they warrant it)

PatricianOfAnkhMorpork Mon 11-May-15 11:17:19

Hairdressers - never. If you are going to a decent salon then they should be paying a decent wage to all the staff not just the cutters/colourists.

Beauty therapists - never. Again if its a decent salon/spa they should be on a good wage already.

Restaurants - depends on the service or if its already included.

Bars/coffee shops - never if I'm queuing to order. Will give £2 if table service.

Taxis - normally round it up to a whole number that will make it easier to give change.

Hotel staff - sometimes but only if they have put themselves out.

I pay a lot more than £70 for my wash/cut/blowdry but then its Central London and I see the top bloke as I've followed him through several salons over the last 15 years.

00100001 Mon 11-May-15 11:17:40

I don't.

I don't see why we should tip waiters - they get paid to take the order, and put the food/drinks on the table,

00100001 Mon 11-May-15 11:18:13

so, unless I'm being a difficult customer or asking for special things, I can't see why I'd do that :/

OfaFrenchMind Mon 11-May-15 11:20:04

00100001 - Maybe in the UK, nut I hope you do not do that in the US!

SwirlyThingAlert Mon 11-May-15 11:24:09

70 QUID FOR A WET HAIRCUT?!! Flamin' Nora. They farkin' see you coming, don't they grin

Oh, and to answer your question - nothing, especially at that price, they've ripped you off enough!

RebootYourEngine Mon 11-May-15 11:26:09

I dont tip either. It is bliss. I dont have the hassle of worrying whether it is enough or not. If those people for eg hairdressers, taxi drivers, waiting staff cant do their job well without tips then they shouldnt be doing that job.

OnlyLovers Mon 11-May-15 11:26:28

I tip my hairdresser because she's fab and she's cheap – £20. I give her £2–£3 depending on what I've got on me.

I hate the tipping thing generally, though, and prefer it when restaurants add the tip to the bill. I find handing someone money excruciating.

For this reason, I really like the tips jars in coffee bars; you can just put some in and don't have to hand it to anyone. Painless.

Thisishowyoudisappear Mon 11-May-15 11:26:52

Hairdresser about 10% or £5, taxi whatever I feel like, pizza delivery £2, restaurant 10-15%, nice cafe for coffee (table service) about 50p - I tend to mentally factor it into the price. If service is bad I have no problem giving nothing.

annielouise Mon 11-May-15 11:36:28

Hairdresser £5, but doing my own hair now (and I'm just as happy with it as when I did go to the hairdresser), person washing hair £1-2, depending on what I had in purse.

Pizza delivery - £1-2, depending on what I round up to. Taxi driver - 50p to £1, depending on rounding up.

Meal out - as I only eat in family type places or pub meals usually £5 no matter what the bill - I won't automatically do 10%, so if meal comes to £70 not including service I'll leave £5 on the table, if £40, still £5 pounds. I put couple of quid in box at Yo Sushi as it's help yourself but they do come round with drinks.

Café - might leave £1-2 depending on what I had, 50p maybe for just a cup of tea, but wouldn't leave anything in a chain like Starbucks (not that I ever go there).

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