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October 25, 2005

So, who do you tip, how much, and when? Political Calculations treads these dangerous waters and offers the following (mostly serious) guidelines for answering these questions:

Tipping Guidelines
Who to Tip? (Profession) How Much? (% of Typical Service Charge, or $USD Amount) When?
Barber 100% Once a year, typically in December.
Bartender 15%. Consider more if service is exceptional. At each service.
Bus Driver Consider a small gift instead of cash. Once a year, typically in December.
Custodian $20-$30 Once a year, typically in December.
Day Care Provider $25-$70, also consider a small gift on behalf of your child. Once a year, typically in December.
Dentist 0 If recent service was exceptional, consider sending a fruit basket for office.
Doctor 0 If recent service was exceptional, consider sending a fruit basket for office.
Doorman $25-$100 Once a year, typically in December.
Dry Cleaner $5-$10 If they can get a difficult stain out of your clothing, once per occurrence.
Economist 0 Never tip an economist. It only invites a lecture on the economic theories of tipping and nobody has that kind of time.
Engineer 0 Consider giving a new high-end technology device at each major holiday instead.
Facialist 10% At each service. Also consider $10-$20 in December.
Food Delivery Man 15% At each service.
Garbage Collector $10-$20 Once a year, typically in December. Don't place tip inside garbage container.
Gardener One week's salary Once a year, typically in December.
Gym Locker Room Attendant $5-$10 Once a year, typically in December.
Hairdresser 10% At each service.
Hotel Bell Staff $1-$2 per bag handled At each service.
Hotel Concierge $5-$10 Every time they perform a task. $20 is appropriate if the task is difficult.
Hotel Doorman $1-$3 Only for hailing a taxi.
Housekeeper 1-2 week's salary Once a year, typically in December.
Mail Carrier Less than $20 Once a year, typically in December.
Maitre d' $20 At each service. If you are regularly greeted by name and provided with your preferred table, consider $50.
Manicurist 10% At each service.
Nanny 1-4 week's salary Once a year, typically in December. Also consider a small gift on behalf of your child.
News Carrier $15-$25 (for daily delivery) Once a year, typically in December.
Package Delivery $10-$20 Once a year, typically in December, if service is provided by same individual throughout the year.
Parking Garage Attendant $10-$30 Once a year, typically in December.
Personal Care Provider 1 week's salary Once a year, typically in December.
Personal Trainer 100% Once a year, typically in December.
Pest Control Service 100% Once a year, typically in December.
Pet Groomer $20 Once a year, typically in December.
Politician Varies To be perfectly honest, a 'tip' for a politician is more often called a 'bribe.' If you must, you may obtain maximum value for your 'tip' by recording the transaction, and video with excellent sound quality is essential....
Pool Cleaner 100% ($20 minimum) Once a year, typically in December.
Superintendent (Building) $30-$100 Once a year, typically in December.
Supermarket Bagger $10-$20 Once a year, typically in December.
Supermarket Butcher $10-$20 Once a year, typically in December.
Supermarket Checker $10-$20 Once a year, typically in December.
Teacher $10-$25 Once a year, typically in December. Also consider a small gift on behalf of your child.
Tour Guide $5-$10 Once per day.
Waiter 15%-20% At each service. Consider more if service is exceptional.

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