A recent report by USA Today finds some Americans feel they are overburdened by the practice of tipping while on vacation. Of the 4,700 people who responded to the newspaper’s online survey in July, 79 percent said that “too many people expect something extra” while on the road. Seventeen percent said “hardworking people deserve tips,” and 4 percent reported they never or rarely tip.
More than a few respondents of the survey said they often have problems deciding what is the appropriate amount to tip hotel staffers when they are on vacation. Steve Dublanica, author of “Keep the Change” recommends the following: $2-$5 a night for a hotel housekeeper; $10-$20 for a concierge who helps in getting you hard-to-get tickets or reservations; and $2 a bag for a bellhop who brings your luggage to your room.
Some Americans still believe tipping for good service at a restaurant should be optional and at a rate that they deem is appropriate. That can range from 2 percent of a restaurant check to 20 percent. We’ve also heard from servers who have been left religious tracts or business cards as tips.
The Emily Post Institute recommends the following: Leave 15 percent of a check (before taxes) for adequate service; 20 percent for very good service and no less than 10 percent for poor service.
Then there are the holidays. Many Americans say they are confused as to who should get a little something extra at Christmas. The people that the Emily Post Institute recommends you tip include:
n A live-in nanny, for whom the suggested amount is one week’s pay.
n The regular baby sitter, who should be given one evening’s pay.
n All day care providers who work with your child.
n While U.S. Postal Service regulations prohibit mail carriers from accepting cash or gift cards, they can take gifts of small value.
n Your newspaper carrier.
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