At one point or another you may have worked in the
service industry where the only money you made were
the tips that you earned. I am sure you
quickly realized that as long as you gave good
service you would get a good tip. Right?
If the world only worked THAT way! While
working my way to the top, I have a noticed a few
trends with tipping.
I have come to the conclusion
that there are several different mindsets when it
comes to tipping. All of the following
examples pertain to valet parking.
- Worker - This person is a fellow
service industry worker. He or she usually
tips well. At least 5 dollars. This is
because they know how it feels to get stiffed.
- Average Joe - This is your average
person who earns between twenty to forty thousand
dollars per year. They usually tip the valet
2 or 3 dollars.
- The Yuppie - This is the guy or girl
that makes a ton of money, drives a fancy car, and
lives in suburbia. Often mistaken for a high
roller. A valet may decide that since they
are driving a $100,000 Mercedes that is would be a
good idea to put the car up front where no one can
mess with it. Upon leaving, The Yuppie
usually tips a dollar if at all.
- High Roller - This is someone who, like
The Yuppie, has a ton of money and drives a nice
car. What separates the High Roller from The
Yuppie (besides maybe some money) is the way they
treat people. The Yuppie sees a valet as a
robot (not-human). The High Roller sees the
valet as a young guy on the come up. The
High Roller remembers when they were at that point
in their life, and therefore respects the valet.
High Rollers usually tip twenty and up, although
I've seen it up to $250.
- The Stiffer - This is the person that
does not tip the valet no matter how good the
service is. Some Yuppies are also Stiffers.
This person either doesn't have cash, doesn't know
tipping is expected, or just likes to pretend that
the valet doesn't accept tips. No matter the
situation, a stiffer is a stiffer.
Remember that no matter where you go, whether its
a restaurant, casino, strip club, salon, car wash,
or a country club, tipping is expected and greatly
Please remember the one exception to the rule of
tipping. If the
service sucks or the person providing the service is
rude and disrespectful, do not tip.
It is that simple.