Tipping is always subjective. First, the dilemma of should you or shouldn’t you has to be answered. And, then, if you do decide to tip, how much should you tip?
I tip for exceptional service. When I realize that someone goes beyond the realm of duty, I make it a point to say, thank you, with a monetary tip (fancy folk say, a gratuity). It’s not hard to recognized those who give exceptional service: a waiter who came by more often with cold water because you ordered the spicey shrimp; a doorman who held the door a little longer to make sure your entire party was in safely; a pool attendant who saw that you needed extra towels for your hard-headed son; a room attendant who provided extra linen and pillows because they say your husband rubbing his back; or a bellhop who made an extra trip to retrieve must-have luggage from the car.
For me, I have no formula nor do I follow industry standards when it comes to giving a tip. I give what I feel says, I appreciate the job that was done. But to be within industry tip standards: 10 – 15% of total bill for waitstaff; 15-20% for bartenders; $1 per bag for bellman; $1 – $3 per day for room attendants; and $1-$2 for parking attendants. The question of do you tip at a buffet restaurant is answered with “yes,” if there’s a waitperson that brings you drinks, plates and/or condiments. One or two dollars is industry custom for buffet waitstaff tips. Of course, in any instance, more would be greatly appreciated. In the event, you feel more is deserved, don’t let industry custom hold you back. Give as you see fit.
Everyone likes to feel appreciated. Tipping someone is a great way to show appreciation.