June 10, 2008

The Art of Tipping

My mother raised a big tipper. But, she also raised a value seeker. So, I go to Great Clips to get my hair cut and I don't get a usual stylist. It's random chance, first-in-line seating.

So, if the stylist knew that I was a big tipper, she'd probably be more careful and spend some more time on me. But, they don't get tipped until after the haircut, and I don't see a single stylist often enough for them to remember me.

So, doesn't tipping really well only make sense if you're hoping to establish a relationship with the service person?

Because while tipping out of respect, or appreciation for a job well done is great, isn't an ulterior motive to ensure great service the next time?


Steve said...

Wouldn't a more effective strategy to be known as a wildly fluctuating tipper, high for good service and almost nothing for bad?

You've got a point. I guess in some places, such as restaurants, I just consider it part of the bill because they are paid less on the assumption that people tip them. Only a couple of times has someone been bad enough where I don't leave a tip.

Bradenex said...

I'm with Dwight on this one:

"Why tip someone for a job I'm capable of doing myself? I can deliver food. I can drive a taxi. I can, and do, cut my own hair. I did however, tip my urologist, because I am unable to pulverize my own kidney stones."

Eric Olsen said...

seriously. why do i tip my hair stylist, but not my dentist?

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