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    Footballus vita est iamlucky13's Avatar
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    Foo-tiquette: Tipping for Haircuts?

    I hadn't even really thought about it (I don't like thinking about haircuts in general).

    Tonight at Mastercuts, though, I noticed the guy paying his bill when I walked in left a tip. The lady who cut my hair recognized me as an occasional customer, is fast, and usually does a good job, so I figured she probably earned it, although when I got home and looked in the mirror, I had second thoughts.


    So...do you tip when you get your haircut? Is this at a fancy place or a chop shop like Mastercuts?
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    I really need a haircut.

    Usually, I tip $2. Sometimes a bit more if particular care was taken. I go to "chop shops".
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    $2 for the "big-box" haircutters (supercuts, etc).

    More for full service barbershops. Nothing like the adrenalin rush of being shaved with a cut-throat blade.

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    I don't tip. I cut my own hair. #2 all around. Keeps me from getting helmet hair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mister
    I don't tip. I cut my own hair. #2 all around. Keeps me from getting helmet hair.
    I see I'm not the only self barber around here! Cool! I'll do a military high and tight through the summer and let it get shaggy and the beard come in in the winter! I tip myself $50.00 every time I do my haircut because I always tip the barber bigtime!
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    i tipped when i was in the US. these days, considering how much i pay for my haircut, they get enough of my cash.

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    Grow..er..uh.. I mean cut your own. That's what I do.
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    Yes, I tip...and if they do a good job, tip well and always get the same person.

    I usually tip $3-5 (for a $12 haircut).
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    Quote Originally Posted by iamlucky13
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    So...do you tip when you get your haircut?
    Nope. Mum just takes the bowl off my head after she has cut my hair and makes me wash it.

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    Do Americans tip for everything?

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    I prefer to not go to a salon or McClips (those chain places) if possible. I find their haircuts aren't all that great.

    I go to a local barbershop here, that does great cuts at a great price, and I often tip about $7, just because I felt the cut was worth more, and the staff there are super cool.

    Reason I go to an actual barber....because they often know styles that are easy to pull off, and look really good on me. Hard part was finding a decent barbershop around here...one I can just tell "make me look good " and they will do just that
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny_Monkey
    Do Americans tip for everything?
    The problem is that our government has worked it out so that many jobs are very low paying with the expectation that their income will be supplemented with tips. It would probably be better to pay a bit more for things not feel like tipping was necessary, but that's the way it has worked out over the years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny_Monkey
    Do Americans tip for everything?
    tipping is not a city in china.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny_Monkey
    Do Americans tip for everything?

    For general services, yes.

    haircuts, food delivery, waiters/waitresses, bellhops, room service, cabin crew on cruises, taxis. Anything that's not either postal, or mere over the counter business (lots of stuff fall into that one).

    It's just the nature of how little we pay. Trust me, minimum wage is only enough for a family if both parents work 160 hours a month...and even then money is way too tight. To make it worse waiter/waitresses get paid well below minimum wage since the law assumes they will get tips.

    It's just the nature of the beast here.
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    When someone else cuts my hair, I usually tip 5 bucks. I cut my own hair too, when it needs it and I'm too lazy to spend an hour or so waiting at some salon. Anyone else notice how rare actual barber shops have become?
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    Yep, part of it was people went for a "shave and a haircut" but now a bunch of buffoons are saying that barbicide alone is not enough to sterilize their tools, so they can no longer offer shaves (I have yet to find a straight razor shave down here...it's all safety razors...I=sad panda).

    The other part is suburban sprawl and oppressive zoning rules have kept barbers from opening up shop anywhere reasonable as well. Have you ever seen anything mom and pop in those areas other than convenience stores?

    Only reason the shop I go to is in business is the location....squat in the middle of a residential area, where they should be. Given, it's almost 5 miles from my house, but i still ride my bike there once a month to get a good cut (sadly they don't do shaves either...neck shaves only)
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    My wife cuts my hair (or what's left of it). I'll "tip" her anytime she will let me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny_Monkey
    Do Americans tip for everything?
    Tipping is usual for service and personal service workers like waiters and waitresses, cabbies, barbers and the like. Bike shop staff do not get tips....These folks generally are paid the minimum wage.

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    Why would barbers be on the minimum wage? Don't they have to go to barber school and be qualified?

    How much do they charge for a haircut?

    I used to pay about US$15 in Australia and I pay about US$21-US$30 here.

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    I go to one of the local clip shops and take my chances with whoever's on duty. They make diddly-squat for salary and depend on tips. My cut's usually $12, so I hand the person $15 and call it good. That's a 25% tip, but it's only $3. $3 to me is not a big deal, but to the person cutting my hair, it may be.

    Also, the stylists who work at the Great Clips and Supercuts often have to supply some of their their own supplies, which is over and above their base salary. Tipping helps them with the supplies.

    Tipping for good service at a clip shop or in a restaurant is good karma. The best tippers I know at restaurants are usually folks who used to work in those environments. I learned from them. The worst tippers are usually the folks who whip out the calculator to split up a bill down to the penny.

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    I always tip $5. Always ask for the same person.

    OT Anyone else old enough to remember when barbers used to light a straw and wave it through your hair to get rid of the split ends.

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    I cut my own hair with clippers or I shave it. But when I used to get haircuts I went to the same place and always tipped the women who cut my hair. A couple dollars is fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CyLowe97
    The worst tippers are usually the folks who whip out the calculator to split up a bill down to the penny.
    Those are the folks that prompt me to say "just gimme the dang thing, I'll pay it myself, which, you'd think they'd like, being penny-pinchers and all, but then they get offended and insist on paying it all themselves, so of course I relent and say "Ok I'll get the tip". Win for me, I don't pay the check, win for the server, they get a good tip.
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    $2, but I agree with the others, I need to leave more.

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    [QUOTE=catatonic]Anything that's not either postal, or mere over the counter business (lots of stuff fall into that one).
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    Except these days, you see a tip jar out on virutally every counter. Coffee shop? You betcha. Sandwich shop? Oh yeah.... Both of these are over the counter businesses, not one where a service person brings your order to you, but you go order, stand there and wait and they hand it to you. They're making at least minimum wage (vs wait staff pay). I've seen tip jars on the counter at some of the oddest places; places most people would think completely inappropriate. I usually ignore them (which is why I can't remember any specific ones at the moment). It always amazes me that there's cash in most of those jars. Maybe it's "seed money"?

    How do you know when to tip? What's appropriate? I guess if your coffee is important and you have one specific person who makes it perfectly for you every time and is quick, then a tip would be appropriate. I've always been told if the person owns the business you don't tip. OK... so if I go to Ray's barber shop and Ray cuts my hair, do I tip him? I guess technically by the etiquette rules I don't need to yet I usually do. These days I just go to the barber shop on base and tip $2.

    Tipping used to be for a job well done and to ensure that that continues when you go someplace. These days, it seems to becoming more charity than a reward for good service with tip jars springing up everywhere.
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