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Arlo asked in Society & CultureEtiquette · 1 decade ago

Why do some jobs get tips?

This has bugged me for awhile now. I get the general idea that service jobs get tipped but in that case why do waiters get tipped but cleaners don't???? Why do taxi/cab drivers get tipped but bus drivers don't???? Postmen don't get tipped either, but delivery men do.



Right, so a police officer prevents a murder, a doctor saves a life, a teacher gives a delinquent child hope, a fireman saves a life, a soldier figths for his country. But they don't go above and beyond their duty or make people happy with their service?

6 Answers

  • Aporia
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Tips are unfair, yes, I totally agree. The only reason they've ever come into being is so that employers of these places can show the customer a "lower" price because they have removed the service fee from the price and left it to the discretion of the customer. Also this saves the employer money because they don't have to pay their employees a full salary, they can just leave it up to the customer.

    This is great for employers but really inconvenient for customers (how much to tip? who gets tips?) and unfair to the employees (people don't know what's proper to tip and take out thier frustrations on the server rather than the business management). Some places are moving to a tip-free system, and paying their employees a full wage, but until everyone does, we still have to pay that service fee.

    And if there's a problem with the service, we don't take it out of that fee, we still tip at least 12-18% of the bill before taxes and discounts and then take up our complaint with the RIGHT people to handle it: ie. the management responsible for the food, service and employee training. Hold them accountable rather than taking it out of the server's/hairdresser's paycheck.

  • 1 decade ago

    Tipped employees generally work in fields that are considered "luxuries". And the tips that are given are meant to reflect the customers level of satisfaction with the service that has been rendered. In addition, repeat customers are wise to leave tips that will encourage the person supplying the service to go "above and beyond" the next time around. Examples: A cab driver with regular customers who tip well will pick up those customers first. A server waiting on people known for tipping well puts their needs in the front of his/her mind. Hairdressers may fit you into an unusually busy schedule.

    One can go through life just fine without ever using a service that involves tips. They are luxuries, and it is right to show your appreciation to a person who works to show you a good time, make you look good, or make your life more convenient.

  • 1 decade ago

    if you go through all the occupations you can think off that get tips remember that most are tipped because the person doing the tipping is happy and gets a personal gain from the service

    for example if you have been waiting for a package for a couple of days you get excited when it is delivered and give the delivery man a tip where as a postmans service happens most days and isnt all that exciting

  • D J
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    The tip is a strange thing, it is a additional payment for good service. TIP stands for

    To Insure Promptness. You give a tip for service above & beyond the basic function of the job.

    There is not fast rule about who does & does not get a tip, except for wait staff.

    You might tip:

    Wait staff

    Delivery Guys - pizza, etc

    Mail Man

    Yard Man


    Porter or baggage handler

    It a way to say thanks for going above & beyond.

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  • 5 years ago

    Be as knowledgable as you can about the firm and the job. Be prepared to play up your strengths and your job skills; they obviously knwo your background, and they have called you in for an interview, so your experience has impressed them in some way. Don't get hung up on the fact that you're entering a different type of job; just focus on the skills you've acquired--that's what they're interested in. Also, have a list of questions you'd like to ask; that will show you're interested in the company.

  • E&L
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Those jobs you mentioned usually draw a salary for their job. Those which get tips may be payed less than the minimum wage which is supplemented with the earning of tips.

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