Tipping is one of those common facts that a lot of people tend to forget. Some of the commonly expected places to tip are restaurants and the hairdressers. I bet you never thought about your pet groomer though. The sales staff at your local Framingham Nissan Dealer do not require tips but we would not oppose! Here is a list of a few places Thomas Farley, of WhatMannersMost.com, considers customary to tip at and how to do so.
The common courtesy at a restaurant is to tip 20% of your bill. Depending on the service provided, the tip percent could vary. If the server neglects you as a customer then there is justification to leave a smaller tip. Hairdressers are on the same wavelength as restaurants. 15%-20% of the bill is customary depending on friendliness, and quality of the job they did. The same goes for your pets. Do not forget that pet groomers do the same job that hairdressers do and should be tipped for their services as well.
Hotels require a lot of tipping. If a doorman brings your bags to your room for you, it is customary to tip him $2 per bag. If he flags a cab for you, another $5. Room service is just like a restaurant, 20% of the total bill. Housekeeping is where it gets difficult. It is best to leave $2 each day because many hotels will not have the same housekeepers come to your room for the entirety of your stay. By tipping daily, you guarantee that the people who did the work will be compensated.
At a wedding, the DJ, alter boys and wedding planner should be tipped. The DJ I can see giving a tip to depending on how interactive they were with the party. However, Farley says that the alter boys should receive $10-$15 each. I have never seen this done at a wedding and do not understand why they would need a tip. If they deserve a tip then what about the Priest? The wedding planner is suggested to receive $100 unless they are the company owner.
It seems as though you could justify tipping anyone who gives you their service. Everyone should be paid flat rate and not work for tips, this way there is no discrepancies of when to tip and when not to tip. Who’s with me?