Working at a salon teaches me many things that I've never thought about. One thing is tipping. Coming from a country where tipping is not part of the culture, there are times when I get confused. But when it comes to tipping at a salon, unless he or she did a horrible job, I think you should at least give 15% gratuity because they do work for you.
Today, we had a regular client E whom I thought had always tipped my boss B. He is the owner of the salon. When she had checked out, she smiled and said, "Well, B (my boss) just told me he's no longer the owner of the salon, so I guess I have to tip him.." I thought she was joking, but when I asked my other receptionist, she said the client E had never given B gratuity... I thought that was strange or she's being cheap. But I know she isn't the only one who don't give tip to my boss..
So, when I went to my in-law's house for dinner, I told them what happened at the salon and asked them if that's true. My mom-in-law comes to my salon and sees my boss and she always gives him tip. But she told me what client E said was actually true, that in normal circumstances, the owner of any type of business is not expected to get tip. I didn't know that!! Did you know that?
I'm so confused.....
Do you ever have tough time when to tip and when not to tip or how much you should tip; say at a Starbucks or takeout order or.... swimming instructor? Please enlighten this confused Maki here...
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