Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Tipping Point

Recently I have become, for lack of a better term, enraged by the amount of places that I go where I am asked to tip. It used to be that you tipped at restaurants, and rightfully so. Most of the wait staff made minimum wage and tips were an important part of their strategy to pay their gas bills. That I have no problem with.

What I have a problem with is that it seems like every other service business out there is now asking you to tip as well. Some of these people make more than I do, and I have a Master's degree. I can't believe that I am expected to tip on a bill that is already over a $100? What difference is there between paying a $100 tab at a restaurant and a $100 hair appointment? I will tell you what: the waitress is making maybe $10/hour where if my hair appointment took 2 hours the hair dresser is making $50/hour. Even if you factor in chair rental costs and supplies, they are still making in the range of $30/hour. Not bad for a job that requires no degree, a 6 month apprenticeship, and 1000 hours of one the job training. I make $32/hour. I teach. If I don't get my job right, people don't pass, or get into their degree programs, or find jobs that pay for small things like food. Isn't my job service based? Do I ask for a tip? Maybe I should. Then I could afford to get my hair done.

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1 comment:

Squirrelly Girly said...

Girl, I am so with you. Everyone has tipping signs out at their establishments. And no one seems to know the rules. For example, you never tip the salon owner (or owner of the establishment) but people forget this when they are the owner. you know?