The Water Cooler – Who Do We Tip?

February 20, 2013 12:00 pm · 72 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

Lately, it seems as though everybody wants a tip (extra money) for doing their job. Besides waiters/waitresses/pizza delivery people, who else should we tip?

Should we tip the tow truck driver or the newspaper delivery person? Do you tip at a local restaurant when you get an order to go?

Tell us who you think deserves a tip, and who you think doesn’t.

Talk about it….

1 Don't Censor Me Bro February 20, 2013 at 12:03 PM

To those, who in MHO, deserve it, for providing quality service!

2 mycal February 20, 2013 at 12:05 PM

I tip my hairstylist 25% because she is awesome and charges a reasonable fee.

3 Tipper February 20, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Anyone wearing a hoodie!

4 Misty February 20, 2013 at 12:07 PM

I tip manicurist and massage therapist and the guys that wash my car at the gas station

5 aannoonn February 20, 2013 at 12:08 PM

I stopped tipping the newspaper delivery person last year. I always get a card and pre-addressed envelope asking for a tip. Funny thing, I’ve NEVER received a thank-you!!!
Personally, I wonder why teachers don’t get tipped………

I wish businesses would just pay a decent wage, and do away with tipping forever!!!!

6 J. February 20, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Cab drivers; bag Porters; Haircutters; the Butler; Newspaper person; Etc. if they do a good job.

7 Anon February 20, 2013 at 12:16 PM

I’d say the barber…but I see tip jars everywhere…the one at the frozen Yogurt place in Clayton shopping mall….seriously they’re a bunch of kids who would rather be doing anything else but be there and here they have this tip jar…what did you do ‘above and beyond” that makes you feel like you deserve to put out a tip jar? I realize ur making minimum wage but heck you live at home and still have no real worries…silly to want tips…boy we teach greed early

8 Dorothy February 20, 2013 at 12:19 PM

The waitperson who at leasts gives more than minimum service and to the one who cuts my hair the way I want it. Some places put in the bill that the tip is included as part of the total.

9 Nick February 20, 2013 at 12:22 PM

If a waiter brings me 5 soda refills, he gets 18-20% otherwise 15.
Everyone else has to do something above and beyond normal duty to get a real money tip.

10 Anon777 February 20, 2013 at 12:27 PM

I tip the girl who does my nails and if I get a pedicure (rare) I will tip for that. My cousin cuts our hair and I do tip there because we get a family discount on the cost. I “tip” our newspaper delivery guy about $30 at Christmastime. It’s not much but he has been our delivery guy for many years and when I had a problem with someone stealing my paper, he would make sure to put it where it couldn’t be seen from the street. No on tow truck driver and no on food to go unless it was delivered. Definite no at Starbucks cuz they are already too expensive. Had to give up that habit a year or so ago. Can’t think of much else that I do that needs tipping. Oh, the valet parker and the baggage handling guy at the outside check-in at the airport.

11 The Mamba February 20, 2013 at 12:29 PM

I can’t stand all the tipping in hotels, I recently stayed at a place in Napa that didn’t allow tipping on the premises, instead they just worked a service charge into the bill, and it was so refreshing.

12 mohairs February 20, 2013 at 12:45 PM

We used to tip our postman since it was always the same guy every day several years. We would give him $20 to $25 each Christmas. We even bought him a little wind-up mail truck once when we were on vacation. We still have a pic of him next to his mail truck. His name was K.C. He brought us a bottle of wine when he had to go to a different route in Concord. REALLY nice man. But now unfortunately we seem to have different people every day, week, etc. — so we are unable to build a relationship.

13 Jefe February 20, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Getting some appliances delivered soon…is a tip required? I really don’t know.

14 a penny here or there... February 20, 2013 at 12:54 PM

I’m Jewish, I usually tell people that, and they’re ok with me not tipping.

15 The Real McCoy February 20, 2013 at 12:56 PM

I always leave a tip – “Get a REAL job”

16 Blink February 20, 2013 at 1:07 PM

who plus amounts here are fair, but would rather see liveable wage & medical care (basic at least)

especially massage where its an employee not owner

17 AnotherAnon February 20, 2013 at 1:09 PM

The best tip; Buy low, sell high.

18 bald_waiter February 20, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Always leave a tip.

19 funny man February 20, 2013 at 1:15 PM

no one, nobody gets a tip, if you dont like it get a better job

20 mwo1859 February 20, 2013 at 1:16 PM

I gave the garbage man 5 bucks for xmas. He has to back down my dirt driveway twice a week to get my trash. Yes in florida garbage is picked up twice a week.

21 valerie February 20, 2013 at 1:17 PM

@nick 9
Im sure the last thing you need for your waistline is 5 soda refills. Thats close to an entire 2 liter bottle of soda! Your abs must be rock solid. Jesus

@the real mccoy 13
What do you do for work? Its either sales, or some type of cubical job. Either way I guess you never go out to any nice place for dinner or hotel or vacation with that attitude. You sound like a lonely, angry prick.
Tip whomever you want that deserves it. Dont be a penny pinching cheapskate.

22 @aannoonn February 20, 2013 at 1:20 PM

I hate when someone asks for a tip. I was going to give my carrier a tip too until I received the self addressed envelope with my paper. There went that tip.

Does anyone tip a hired carpet cleaner?

23 Tippsy February 20, 2013 at 1:21 PM

I always tip at restaurants and for pizza delivery. If I have extra change, I throw some change into tip jars on counters (Peets, bakeries, etc.). I tip the guys at the car wash. I don’t tip UPS, or postal workers. I also don’t tip when I board my dogs. I never tip if I get bad service.

24 Tip = To Ensure Promptness February 20, 2013 at 1:31 PM

If you meet the criteria, you get a tip.

If you’re a coffee counter person and you’re yakking away to your friends and slowing me down, probably not.

If you’re a waiter/waitress and I have to wait 10-15 minutes for you to acknowledge that I’m sitting in your station, probably not.

I would never tip a doctor as they always make me WAIT to see them.

If I instructed the paperboy/girl that I wanted the paper delivered to a certain area, and they compiled, yes.

I guess my criteria boils down to if you are showing concern for my needs, I would give a tip.

25 G February 20, 2013 at 1:33 PM

@the mamba: Please share your “refreshing” idea location! They deserve the publicity. Did you feel the service charge to be fair? Would love this at quality hotels, cruises, etc. I will always tip my local hair,nail,waiters etc. for their service…..not the self serve yogurt shop!

26 Truth February 20, 2013 at 1:33 PM

It is actually illegal for postal workers to accept cash gifts

27 Kirkwood February 20, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Cab and shuttle drivers, barber, servers most of the time, musicians, car wash workers, newspaper carrier with service agreement, parking valets in advance as insurance.

28 Phoenyx February 20, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Waiters/waitresses, food delivery people, obviously. I will tip when I do take out sushi, don’t know why, I just feel like I want to. Anybody who doesn’t think waitstaff should be tipped should try waiting tables for a living. I did it, and I hated it. I respect those who do it well.

As the daughter of a hairstylist… YES! Tip your hairstylist, barber, manicurist, etc.

I also believe in tipping my tattoo artist. If you want to maintain a good relationship with someone who shoves ink under your skin and you like what they do. Cool thing about that is sometimes they like interesting things like art books, art, etc. as well as cash tips.

29 Horse'n Around February 20, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Don’t forget to tip your groomer :)

30 Concord Dad February 20, 2013 at 1:46 PM

I hear people talking about tipping the paperboy, but my “paperboy” always rolls past in a hatchback, smoking a cigarette, and lobbing papers out the window. It’s a pleasant surprise if it is actually on my driveway and not the sidewalk out front. Kind of hard to tip somebody in that case. If it was a kid who actually got the paper onto my porch, they’d be getting a tip on a regular basis.

31 Parsnip February 20, 2013 at 1:48 PM

It’s all about me.

Do me good, you get a tip. Do your basic job just to serve your employer, you get your salary.

32 Cowellian February 20, 2013 at 1:51 PM

I used to tip my paperboy, because he always got it on my front porch. When they replaced him with an adult who just tosses the paper in the vicinity of my house, I no longer felt the need to tip.

And since getting out of the Navy, I’ve always tipped my barber. But then I remember the haircut I got at periscope depth during a North Atlantic storm, and I never want to look like that again.

33 mwo1859 February 20, 2013 at 1:52 PM

@TIP you are an idiot. The I in tip is Insure like as in Insurance of a good job.

34 anon February 20, 2013 at 2:23 PM

You should allways tip your movers… you tip a waiter 15%for bringing your food and maybe refilling your drink but just remember the movers just touched everything that you own and at bare minimum you should atleast offer them drinks and maybe lunch and if they did a good job dont forget to tip them too

35 Bubba February 20, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Tip the guy holding the sign saying homeless and hungry. Give him $5.00 plus 20% for making the streets more beautiful.
Tip the guy with the gun wearing a hoodie when he robs you at least 20%.
That’s obamascumsucker’s way. SHARE THE WEALTH!

36 Bubba February 20, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Also tip the I R S. They work hard stealing from the working person.

37 Friend February 20, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Home health caregivers should be tipped! At least every now and then for those who go above and beyond!

38 Friend February 20, 2013 at 2:31 PM

@ Valerie 21

For all the ice restraunts put in sodas, five glasses does not equal a 2 liter. It would make it easier on the servers if they put less ice so they wouldn’t have to run back and forth so many times.

39 Elwood February 20, 2013 at 2:45 PM

@ mwo1859 #20

You tipped him five whole bucks?

Wow, the last of the big spenders is on Claycord!

40 Barista February 20, 2013 at 2:46 PM

I love when people say they don’t tip at Starbucks and tell me to get a real job.

I work there because at part time I am able to get benefits and it works w/ my school schedule so I can get a better job. But I get up at 3am (yes I know its my choice) to make you a grande, nonfat, half caf, stirred mocha w/ extra whip and caramel and you don’t want to tip because it costs too much. Get a reg coffee that doesn’t take 5min to make and I will be fine w/o getting a tip.

41 Anon February 20, 2013 at 2:56 PM

As long as we’re in a tipping mood, don’t forget the guys who install new tires on your car, the guys who install new brake pads, the cashier at the self-service gas station, the checkers at the supermarket, the librarian, the BART train operator, and to make the list complete, TIP EVERYONE you come in contact with. Then think of all the times YOU were tipped for just doing your job. Tipping has gotten way out of hand.

42 Incognito February 20, 2013 at 3:03 PM

For those of you who are writing comments about “getting a real job” to the occupations which go hand-in-hand with tipping…. just remember this, all of those people who you don’t feel have real jobs are doing jobs to cater to you, to make you feel good, to wait on you, to make your day or your life easier, when you don’t want to cook dinner, when you don’t want to park your own car, and the list goes on. These people deserve to be tipped because, unfortunately, they have to deal with the public – human beings – and we all know how ugly a lot of people are every day of their lives. I, personally, give them all a pat on the back for what they do.

43 jj February 20, 2013 at 3:58 PM

i prefer to go to places where TIPPING is no required now if we could get rid of these tip jars to barista at starfuks yo should be happy enough to be getting healthcare let alone a tip any job that pays your healthcare should not R EQUIREa tip what do i know??

44 @ The Mamba February 20, 2013 at 4:04 PM

“I can’t stand all the tipping in hotels, I recently stayed at a place in Napa that didn’t allow tipping on the premises, instead they just worked a service charge into the bill, and it was so refreshing.”

I worked in the hotel industry in the Sonoma Valley and the hotel changed their tipping policy to accommodate the customer, which is great. The fallacy with that as I know, is that the customer assumes the built in tip will go to the worker/practitioner/waitstaff etc. It doesn’t. Hotels just make more money off of you with this semi-quasi legal practice. These hotels are shrewd and lowly to say the least……

45 More people to tip February 20, 2013 at 4:08 PM

I neglected to mention not to overlook tipping the guy at the parts counter of your favorite auto supply store, all the underpaid cashiers at the Dollar Store, as well as the people stocking the shelves there, the guy who operates the street sweeper, the local cops who patrol our streets and keep us safe, and last but not least, send a generous tip to THE MAYOR OF CLAYCORD, for providing this venue for us.

46 paranoid pablito February 20, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Executioners, astronauts, and pets should all not expect a tip.

47 Connie Dobbs February 20, 2013 at 4:52 PM

I routinely tip my hairdresser 34%. That extra halfish percent really makes a difference. Bonsai trees get less attention. Janetat Artistic Hair, Ferry Street, Martinez, is actually artistic, and I can only afford her services once every eight weeks. She gives me a cut that grows out so well I can get away with coming in that seldom. She’s seriously the greatest and she should definitely cut your hair so she can keep cutting mine.Thank you.

She’s really good to make me part with a buck.

48 anonanonagain February 20, 2013 at 5:14 PM

As the minimum wage in California is fast becoming the wage that some people have to live on, I believe certain people deserve and need their tips. Bartenders, wait staff, hairdressers, especially those working at chain, chop shops, hotel staff, barristas etc. etc…….

49 Triple Canopy February 20, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Hair stylist/barber
Newspaper carrier (when I used to subscribe to the CC Times)
Pizza guy
Food servers at sit-down restaurants

Anybody with a college degree

50 Tea bagger party February 20, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Woooow what cheap *** came up with this question it’s called being nice to people who don’t make that much money

51 Jerk February 20, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Oh yeah I always Tip:
The Meter Reader
The Police
The Nurses at Kaiser
The Doctors at Kaiser
The Cashier at Safeway
The Massage therapist (only when Happy ending is given :)
The Gas station cashier
The Bridge toll worker
The City Street workers
Really now – People are just promoting greed by excessive tipping.

52 lizzie February 20, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Anyone who provides excellent service…………………

53 curious February 20, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Question for those who have worked in food service etc:
When I tip a waiter or waitress, do they actually get to keep the tip I give, or are all tips put together then divided up among all wait-staff? I’ve heard both ways and want to know if the one who has gone “over and above” actually is rewarded.

54 anonanonagain February 20, 2013 at 8:31 PM

I’ve traveled to Australia and the service industry is pathetic. They supposedly make a living wage, but that is still well below what people can afford over there since EVERYTHING, housing, food, gas, clothing etc. etc, is so expensive. The government still has to subsidize for those wages. Their restaurant waitstaff could give a monkey’s if you are satisfied or need more water etc. The hotels could give a rats if your room is satisfactory and up to your standards. So tipping does help in some areas of life……

55 My favorite February 20, 2013 at 8:54 PM

I tip my favorite girl friends. You know if they do a little extra something something they deserve an extra hundred or so. These girls work hard and it’s good to keep them happy.

56 K Saylor February 20, 2013 at 9:02 PM

I tip do not tip on take out, but I will tip my hair dresser and the dog groomers.

57 Laura Zah February 20, 2013 at 9:36 PM

What about all those guys who did a great job washing/waxing your car or truck? Give them a couple bucks for doing a good job. A lot of those guys send most of the money back home to their families in Mexico. A $5 tip (USD) here is worth like $60 in Mexico. Keep it coming.

58 Ricardo February 20, 2013 at 9:40 PM

I was told it was not legal for my postman to take cash, so we usually get him a 2 lb box of Sees candy. He does such a super job of stopping and holding my mail when we are out of town, which is quite often.

59 Styles February 20, 2013 at 9:42 PM

What about bar tenders?

60 Elwood February 20, 2013 at 10:07 PM

@ laura zah #57

I don’t tip illegal aliens. Tipping only encourages them. They should all go back to Mexico.

61 Red February 20, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Everyone should tip there bar tenders. They are the ones that put a smile on your face and releave your stress at the end of the day.

62 Mick Sologist February 20, 2013 at 10:13 PM


63 Low Down February 20, 2013 at 11:41 PM

I always make sure I tip; the mob, cops, friendly hookers, my kid’s teachers, my wife, my girlfriend, my therapist, and of course my priest.

64 great service February 21, 2013 at 1:19 AM

When I could afford to go out, I would tip the waitstaff 15-20 %. That would depend on the service. There were times not even 10% would be left because things were not brought or had to keep asking for water (or something else) and never got it. I did tip the tow truck guy because he got there 40 mins before dispatch said he would and put my truck in my driveway like I had hoped he could. (On an incline and a small area, so he did great). After a long 24 hours at Relay for Life it was great to be able to get home safely and quickly, so he got a good tip! LOL

65 Don't Censor Me Bro February 21, 2013 at 5:01 AM

So just tip everyone!

Mail mine to general delivery mtz ca

66 Fellow Barista February 21, 2013 at 6:35 AM


I couldn’t have said it any better myself :)

67 Parsnip February 21, 2013 at 8:10 AM

@curious #53 — It is totally up to the employer. Labor Code Section 351 allows involuntary tip pooling. The employer can require that tips are shared with other employees providing service in the restaurant. The only thing that the employer cannot do is deduct it from wages (or tack on credit card billing charges).

68 Kat February 21, 2013 at 8:53 AM

I always tip, unless I feel someone doesn’t deserve it.

I work at Starbucks and I never expect a tip. I am lucky to have such wonderful customers who make my day a lot easier and are super friendly. When they do tip, it’s appreciated, but not expected. I work there while I go to school, and it works with my schedule. I get up at 245am everyday and attend school after. I’m slightly offended by some of your comments, but I wont lose sleep over it. I don’t expect tips from anybody.. And I am actually working my ass off to get a “real job”.

And remember, it’s not your barista’s fault the prices are so high. It’s our job to take care of you and make sure you get a delicious cup of coffee/tea, and have a nice experience when visiting our store.

69 SAVE AMERICA February 21, 2013 at 10:34 AM

I tip my manicurist, pedicurist, all food service persons at sit down restaurants (except management), hairstylist, car washers, massage therapists, hotel bellman, taxi drivers, and anyone who delivers things to my home that I have purchased, such as a washer/dryer/furniture etc… At Christmas I leave a gift card for the mailperson and the paper deliverer. I give doctors or a special nurse a box of candy/cookies at Christmas/after a surgery/or anytime I want to let someone know I appreciate them and there efforts.

70 Horse'n Around February 21, 2013 at 12:37 PM

@ Barista You said “.I get up at 3am (yes I know its my choice) to make you a grande, nonfat, half caf, stirred mocha w/ extra whip and caramel and you don’t want to tip because it costs too much. Get a reg coffee that doesn’t take 5min to make and I will be fine w/o getting a tip.” Wow. I work as a groomer. And it takes me 2-3 hrs. to do a dog. Maybe I’ll get a 5-10 dollar tip. And you think you deserve a tip for spending 5 minutes on making a coffee? I’m in the wrong buisness.

71 The Grant February 21, 2013 at 2:11 PM

I pay enough in taxes not to tip

72 IMtheMOM February 27, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Does anyone know what TIPS stands for?I believe if you work in the industry you should know this…if not NO Tips…I’m waiting to see who does..I will post answer in a bit..{I’ve been a Bartender for 17years+ and I always recieve my Tips.}

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