If you look at the general tipping guidelines....most lists will say that a Salon/Establishment Owner does not get tipped. I think the idea behind it is that they are getting the profits from the place, so that the tip is not necessary as part of their salary. I think.
The other day, I took Bossy to get his hair cut. It turned out that it was the salon owner who did it. In this case, I didn't really care (our regular stylist just left...his hair needed to be cut....and for kids' cuts, it is the same price no matter who does it).
When I went to pay, I used my debit card. The receptionist asked me if I would like to add a tip to the bill, as they override the credit card system to make the transaction the full cost, vs service + tip. I sort of froze, and said "ok." I wasn't planning on doing this. I had figured I would get the slip....draw a line through tip....and be done.
Because she asked...I felt obligated to say yes. In those 2.1 nanoseconds....I decided if I said no, I would be judged. *OMG...she didn't leave a tip!!!!* So I just said to add $5 to the bill....which was WAY overkill for the $18 bill. But 20% would have been $3.60...and that is a weird number....which would have just rounded up to $4...and in my mind, $5 seemed "better" than $4.
I tipped the salon owner 27%...for a 12-year old boy hair cut.
I am sure many of you would say "I wouldn't have done it." But you know what...when you have to make a decision in a split second...and you have to make it out loud....it is so much harder to say no!
It is done....and I will probably not add a tip to transaction anymore. I will just give cash. The whole thing left me feeling a little taken advantage of, even though I totally could have said No. And we don't have the money for little screw ups like this.
And just for the people who say...why don't I cut his hair......the kid has 2 cowlicks, a double crown, and the strangest hair growth pattern that any of the stylist we have ever used have ever scene. Unless I just buzz cut the whole thing....I wouldn't even know where to begin.