I mentioned yesterday about tipping the delivery guys who brought the new living room set. And 444 and NDChic both said they don't tip in that situation.
So I started thinking about it....Is tipping in certain situations regional? Is there a "rule of thumb" when it comes to tipping? How do you decide to whom you tip?
I grew up in Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC. Both my parents were born and raised Long Island New York. So the basic dichotomy is watching my North East Parents in the South.
There are lots of differences, but I just wanted to set the stage. In case tipping is a regional thing.
I learned that you for just about any "service" performed. Wait staff, hair dressers....I think most people conform to those. But in addition, I grew up watching my parents tip the delivery guy (food, furniture). The exception was someone like a florist who delivered a vase of flowers....he didn't get tipped.
I also learned to tip the chef at the Japanese restaurant who puts on the show at the Hibachi. And the SkyCap at the airport. And any driver (limo, cab, even the shuttle bus at the airport).
Going back to service folks....repair people didn't get tipped. If someone was hired to do some other type work (painting, landscaping, etc), they didn't get tipped per se.....but I remember when my parents had the pool and sprinkler system installed....and Mom brought the men drinks and snacks.
So I ask you....what do you do in these situations? Do you tip? Any situations I didn't mention that you do tip?