Tips: Folks You May Not Be Tipping (But Should)

tip for good service

*Hmm…I’m guilty, I admit it. Don’t get me wrong, my mentors have taught me to tip like a rich person (whenever, I can)…There’s a back story on that, but you’ll just have to trust me on it right now. Yet  there are still some folks I forget to give a tip too. And these people are most deserving.

This brngs to mind one time when I was in the Bay Area and decided to add a tip to the receipt of a take-out order at a Chinese restaurant and the friend who was with me said, “Why are you adding a tip? They didn’t do anything!”

I wasn’t mad at her. She, along with many others, was thinking more about sit-down service; where the waiter/waitress has several opportunities to service you by stopping by every once in a while and asking, “How is everything?” “Can I get you a refill?”

She wasn’t thinking about the chef that cooked the food we were carrying out. That’s who I was tipping. That’s who I am tipping when I leave money in the jar at the Chipotle check-out counter too.

It’s just a matter of choice. But you may not have even considered tipping some of these hardworking people.

Perhaps you should. The good folks over at MSN talked to people in each respective industry below to ask about the tipping “etiquette.” Here’s what they had to say.

Take for example the FedEx, UPS or any other delivery man or woman.

African-American woman receiving a package

I don’t know about you, but just about every day, FedEx or UPS delivers something to our house. No matter how hot it is outside or how cold. Yes, I’ve heard they make a good salary, and even get benefits; but I really appreciate it when they lug those big boxes up to my front door.

And what about when they have to climb all those stairs?

So, how much should you tip? $5-$10. Hey, they can buy a beverage and some Icy Hot at the end of the day.

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