I’d get my hair cut by Beatrice, for $10. This was the perfect price for a college student in 1999. And, since she was the owner (AKA not paying booth rental fees or turning her earnings over to a salon head), I did not tip.
Suddenly, I’d come home from break and she’d never have availability. This was odd seeing as I would previously get in the same day. I tried a few more times, with the same results.
After about five attempts, I gave up.
One day, when talking with my friends about what happened — and looking for another shop — I learned she didn’t like that I didn’t tip.
Tipping is such a funny thing. Some people think it’s required and obligatory and will even tip the young man who packs their groceries at Hannaford. Others have a European attitude tipping rarely, if at all.
And, well, the lack of defined lines leads to confusion for many, like regular reader Ginny who posted this to my Facebook page:
Clearly, I am not too savvy when it comes to tipping (I still stand by the idea that, in general, you don’t tip the owner of a salon and that tips are 100 percent discretionary), but hopefully you are.
Thoughts on what Ginny should do?