By Britt Bickel

This morning the K-EARTH 101 Morning Show was shocked to learn that many of our listeners aren’t tipping their waiters and waitresses for service at restaurants these days.

All customers know that tipping your server 15-20% of the bill is the right thing to do, unless there’s some extreme circumstance with the service, but a new survey by reveled that many consumers are making up their own rules when it comes to gratuity.

In order to avoid making common tipping mistakes when out at a restaurant, bar, salon or just in daily life, here are a few scenarios when it comes to the correct tipping etiquette courtesy of CNN Money:

  • Waitstaff: 15% of bill (excl. tax) for adequate service; 20% for very good service; no less than 10% for poor service.
  • Bartender: 15% to 20% of the tab, with a minimum of 50 cents per soft drink, $1 per alcoholic drink
  • Hairdresser: 15% to 20%. (It is now acceptable to tip owner, unless he or she says otherwise.)
  • Valet: $2 to bring your car to you
  • Taxi: Varies depending on locality. Assume 15% will be enough; an extra $1 to $2 for help with bags.
  • Manicurist: 15%

Listen below for more tipping etiquette rules to follow and take our poll!


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