To Tip Or Not To Tip… That Is The Question

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It has become fairly common practice, if not an expected gesture, to tip service providers like a waiter, hair stylist, car washer, manicurist, taxi driver, delivery people, massage therapist, valet, and maybe even your barista (thanks to strategically placed “TIPS” jars displayed on lots of coffee shop counters).

But has the obligation of “tipping” trumped the true essence of a “gratuity”… unexpectedly giving someone a few extra bucks for a job well done or for stellar service received?

We started talking about this, after seeing a CNN Money article that listed “5 people you might not tip (but should)”:

  1. The exterminator (who treats a specific infestation)
  2. The cable guy
  3. The spray tanner
  4. The dry cleaner
  5. The road service employee

So why “should” we tip them or anyone else? According to Diane Gottsman, an etiquette expert, “The reason why we tip is to show respect to the service provider.” She told CNN Money, “Part of our responsibility is to be a respectful community member and give to those who deserve a tip, without going overboard.”

We’re not so sure if this is the real motivating factor behind why people tip, in all cases, especially as the list of “should tip” recipients gets longer and longer. So we want to know…

Do you tip to show respect/gratitude or out of some sense of obligation?