Everybody Likes a Tip

18 Jan , 2016

TipsI'm not sure how I want to introduce this topic, except to point out that everybody likes a tip; even if it’s a tip on how to save money, a tip on how to get more from your income tax returns, a tip on how to preserve meat, a tip on how to raise better children, a tip on how to save on tuition, or a tip on how to cut the time it takes to mow the lawn.

Everybody likes a tip.

But it seems that when we go to a hotel or restaurant, we decide whether or not we're going to tip the waitress or waiter based on how well a job they do. No one gives an introduction in a blog saying, “Before you read this, make sure you are deserving of the tip that I have provided for saving money, or cutting costs, or saving time. It's your tip if you're willing to read it. We need to employ that same mindset when we’re talking about monetary tips. 

Despite the performance of the waiter or waitress or other service oriented employee, it's important that we tip. Once we buy the ticket for a stage play, we don't weigh our options for requiring the actors to give us our money back once they take their last bows. It’s theirs. The same applies to tipping, and here’s why.

Tipping is how they (waiters, waitresses, bell hops, etc.) live. It shouldn't be a matter of whether or not you tip; the only factor that should be considered is how much you will tip. Consider the amount as your only option, but always tip. 

You never know what that person might be going through, and sometimes it's very hard to lay aside the threat of eviction, or a dying parent, or a child who is failing in school and put on a happy face for a customer who is already against this idea of tipping. You have a role to play in every interaction you have with another human being. Keep that in mind when you are seated in a restaurant. That waitress or waiter has no idea what they are in for when they are assigned to your table. You have no idea what they just endured with the person who sat at that table just before your arrival.

And here's another tip: when you go to hotels, the bellmen and the parking attendants or valet also rely on tips, The bell staff at that ritzy hotel approaches your vehicle unaware of the entire picnic-table-full of snacks and drinks you brought along to save a little money during your va-ca. The three trips to your room equate to two other “check-ins” that might have “tipped better” than you. So when the bellman takes your 12 bags up to the 20th floor, don't pretend you don't have extra cash to tip him. 

Know that all people relying on tips also receive a very low salary, but they (try to) always do their jobs with a smile no matter how exhausting or how badly their feet and backs hurt at the end of their shifts. Your tips go a long way to pay bills and feed families. Remember that.