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Old 06-10-2014, 08:38 AM
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easy way to calculate tips with a sit down meal is to double the tax on the bill.

So if the tax is 5.25 , I will tip 10.00 .

I hope you get to come on this trip and enjoy every minute!
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Old 06-10-2014, 09:06 AM
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I used to wait tables so I'm generally a "start at 20%" tipper for table service and generally at least throw the change in the counter cup. If I'm in the drive through at Dunkin or something and my bill is 6.50, I'll tell her to just give back 2 bucks and throw the rest in the jar.

Some places will automatically include a tip in the check if you ask them to (or automatically if you're in a large party). If you don't want to do maths, just ask if they can auto do that. Often it's 18% in my experience.

As for hotels, I generally leave 1 or 2 dollars a day when I stay (my company allows me to expense up to 2 dollars daily for hotel maid tips). I place it hanging over the alarm clock. If they don't take it, I'll leave a note saying, "this is for you" or something along those lines.

Cabs, I usually at least round it up if not give a 10% or more tip, especially if the ride was good. If I farted in his cab, I'll tip higher

Other things you may not experience here is when someone loads your car for you (like when I get stuff at the garden supply store, etc.) I will generally offer them a few bucks. They don't always take it, which is fine. I have done that job as well in my youth and always appreciated when people would throw me a buck or two. Paid for my lunch, usually.

So, a guideline to use, if someone is providing a service for you and there is a fee involved (table service at a restaurant, cab ride, hair cut) offer a tip based on a simple percentage of the fee you are paying. If someone is providing a service for you that doesn't generally have a fee attached (such as maid service at a hotel, carrying bags, loading your car), then a couple of bucks is fairly standard.

Everyone is on a budget, especially when travelling abroad, so don't kill yourself over it.
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Old 06-10-2014, 09:07 AM
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easy way to calculate tips with a sit down meal is to double the tax on the bill.

So if the tax is 5.25 , I will tip 10.00 .

I hope you get to come on this trip and enjoy every minute!
What's the sales tax in LA? In PA, it's 6%, so that would only be a 12% tip.
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Old 06-10-2014, 10:12 AM
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What's the sales tax in LA? In PA, it's 6%, so that would only be a 12% tip.
8.75% , so that would be roughly 17.5 % which , for the places i go is a good tip . Now for the more high end , then yes a bigger tip.
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Old 06-10-2014, 10:26 AM
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8.75% , so that would be roughly 17.5 % which , for the places i go is a good tip . Now for the more high end , then yes a bigger tip.
In that case, no complaints
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Old 06-10-2014, 10:41 AM
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In that case, no complaints

i did not even think of the differing sales tax places in the country , so sorry , i may not have a good tip. ooopppssss , but hey , if ya come to Nola , then it would work. lol
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I had no idea about the tip for the maid. Where do you leave it?
I'm 33 and literally just learned about this last summer when a couple of friends of mine who are hotel maids were discussing their tips.
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I think know the only people I ever tip are waiters. Oops. LOL I've never tipped a hotel maid in my life. I don't go to bars, son I've never tipped a barman. I don't tip at fast food restaurants. Heck, I've never even tipped my hairdresser. O.o
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Old 06-10-2014, 09:10 PM
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Omg I tip my hairdresser 15-20% a visit!

I have been a maid, and worked in fast food and restaurant kitchen, I tip because I know.
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Omg I tip my hairdresser 15-20% a visit!

I have been a maid, and worked in fast food and restaurant kitchen, I tip because I know.
This is essentially me. I've been a hotel maid, a groomer, a hairstylist, and a bartender. The only one that was strange to receive tips for was a hotel maid, but because I worked at a hotel where I made a really good wage and tips did not make up for my wages. I also tip my tattoo artist/piercer.

I don't tip my stylist because I live with him. :P
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