Totally Tipping! Lawson's Guide to the Perfect Gratuity.



I have followers always asking what is a proper tip to leave for various industries. I have made it easy for you. Check it out right here.


A common misunderstanding in today’s consumer society is the knowledge of “tipping”. Tipping too little can look stingy and tipping too much can come across as pompous. I have compiled a short guide for the most common tipping scenarios we find ourselves in.


The Bartender: If you have ordered a cocktail, 20%-25% of the total is perfect. Tip $1 per drink if your are getting a craft beer or receive average service. When ordering soda or water, anything but change is appropriate, because busy bar tenders don’t want to deal with a bunch or change in the middle of their high paced job. 

Your Barista: Tipping a barista at your favorite morning coffee joint is simple. A dollar straight to the tip jar will do if you are getting a latte or cappuccino. If you want to makeup for the jerk in front of you who failed to tip at all, throw an extra dollar in, especially if you are a regular.


Hair Stylist: The cardinal rule for tipping your hair stylist is 20%. The exception to this is if you go to a new salon and the service is average. If you’re not totally happy then leave 15%.

Restaurant Waiter or Waitress: If you’re at a sit down restaurant and the service is good, tip 20% of the bill. This will apply to nearly every time you go out. Did you experience horrible service? Still leave a tip because they probably are just having a bad day. So leave 5% or 10% gratuity. 

Picking up Takeout: There is no need to leave a hefty tip in these situations. You aren’t getting full on service so the cashier won’t be expecting anything too substantial. A $2 or $3 is just fine, especially if they are running it out to your car.


The Delivery Boy: Delivery can be tricky because the food quality has nothing to do with the deliverer. If the food comes in the amount of time or quicker than what you were told over the phone, $4 or 15-20%, whichever is more, is fine to give. Whether conditions can effect the delivery man as well. So if it is torrentially raining or snow is on the ground, cut them some slack and be generous. They pay for their own gas and are driving their own cars. 

Your Bellhop: These men make their money from the tips they receive, meaning their hourly wage isn’t a large amount. If they bring up all your luggage, $5 or $6 if good, or $1-2 per piece of baggage. If you are staying at a 5 Star Hotel, at $1 to each piece of luggage.

Valet Parking: When you drop off your car that valet, $2-5 upfront is standard. That’s when you drop off your car, so when you pick it up, you’ll give another $2-5. To conclude, you’ll give anywhere from $4-10 when valeting your vehicle. If you want better service or care for your car, give more than the standard amount.


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