gra·tu·i·ty n. pl. gra·tu·i·ties
A favor or gift, usually in the form of money, given in return for service.
[French gratuité, from Old French gratuite, from Medieval Latin grtuts, probably from Latin grtutus, voluntary. See gratuitous.]
Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth EditionCopyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
There are far too many of you stingy bastards out there. I don't blame your frugal tendencies on you though, I blame it on the penny pinchers that raised you. They were raised by cheap skates who were raised by poor people that didn't have two pennys to rub together. OK, so there is an excuse. Now it's time to fix it before someone calls you out in the middle of a public place as you ignorantly exhibit your shameful habit.
At this point, many of you have a number in your head. You are more than likely thinking "well I almost always tip fifteen percent, it's the standard." If this is you, then you are the stingy bastard I am talking about.
Forget fifteen percent or any standard figure what so ever. There is absolutely no correlation between the amount of money you are spending on the product, and the quality of service you have received. So I will not be presenting you with an objective rule to standardize the amount of compensation for any services rendered.
Tipping is subjective. It is a tactful means of compensation and communication. A tip is relative to who you are as an individual in conjunction with the level of effort employed to provide a varying caliber of service.
Some of the questions one might employ while subjectively assessing a tip towards the end of a business transaction are:
Was the individual polite?
Were all of my needs met?
Did the individual perform tasks that I found to be above and beyond what was necessary?
For how long has this individual been handling the services rendered to me?
No, there is not a specific figure to attach to the answers of these questions. Remember, you are making a subjective assessment. Now, once you have assessed the situation, you need to place yourself in the shoes of the individual providing the service. Ask yourself "what amount of money would reflect the effort put into the level of service provided?"
Would a $50 tip tell me that an individual was pleased with the hard work I put into this eight hour day of removing all of their worldly belongings from a moving truck and placing them safely into their third story apartment? Hhmmm
Will a $20 tip on a $15 bar tab tell me that an individual acknowledged that they sat in my seating section for 4 hours with good service? Possibly
Is a $2 dollar tip going to tell me that an individual appreciated my timely service after I just carried 12 pieces of matched luggage totaling 600lbs in multiple trips up two flights of stairs? Hell no!
Also take into consideration who you are and what you can afford. If earn a modest living, obviously you will have a different perspective on what is a reasonable good tip. However, this is not an excuse to run up a $27 bar tab with $30 in your pocket. If this is the case, don't set foot out the door. Just calmly sit down and pop open a beer from the fridge.
If you want to know about my tipping habits, I acquired my personal philosophy from Vincent Antonelli who said, "I tip everybody. Actually, it's not tipping I believe in... it's over tipping!" -My Blue Heaven (1990)
I hope that this will help everyone to better handle tipping in the future. Maybe, once this new capital is out there, we will see a trickle-down effect and inspire other individuals to provide better service... but I don't think it is going to happen.
n 1: a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter) [syn: tip, pourboire, baksheesh, bakshish, bakshis, backsheesh] 2: an award (as for meritorious service) given without claim or obligation
Source: WordNet ® 2.0, © 2003 Princeton University
scene: four random dudes in a bar seated at a table and totaling the money after chipping together for the bill
Dude Number One: "Hey there is not enough money here! Who didn't put in for tip?" pissed
Dude Number Two: "Don't look at me, I put in eight dollars." dumbfounded
Dude Number Three: "Wasn't me, I put in ten dollars." disappointed
Dude Number One: "Princeton, you cheap bastard, you only put in a dollar?" disgusted
Dude Number Four: "Yeah, it's a relatively small amount. So what?" clueless