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People Who Most Deserve Tips, But Don't Get Them

Updated October 30, 2020 104.8k votes 8.5k voters 116.9k views38 items

List RulesVote up the people who you should really think about tipping next time.

Ahh, tipping! Do we dare speak for the masses when we say that tipping can get a little uncomfortable? But tipping service employees doesn't have to be a hazy and unknown twilight zone, nor does it have to be restricted to prompt service. Sometimes, you should be tipping someone because they exceeded your expectations and did more work than they're actually get paid to do. So we've made a list of service-providers that you should be tipping if you aren't already!

How much should you tip and who are the people you should tip? As the hospitality industry becomes more diverse, it's hard to know who you should be tipping, and who you shouldn't be tipping. Receiving exceptional service is like waking up to a $5 bill from the tooth fairy under your pillow. You're left feeling a kind of giddy excitement that only occurs when something nearly unbelievable happens. So when we encounter people who make us feel better about life and treat us with respect and care, it's appropriate to recognize those efforts.

Is there anybody you're in the habit of tipping that the rest of the world doesn't seem to be aware of? Share it with us! Check out this list of people you should be tipping, but probably aren't. Perhaps you didn't know you should be tipping them? That's ok. We're all still learning everyday.
  • 1
    3,910
    675

    Delivery Person If You Live Somewhere Tricky

    You should normally tip delivery people 10%, but tip extra if you live somewhere hard to find.
  • 2
    3,346
    767

    Efficient Movers

    If your movers kick a**, tip them 5% (or whatever you can afford).

  • 3
    2,616
    1,204

    Nursing Home Staff Who Run Errands

    Tip $5 to the nursing home staff that does errands for your family members. 
  • 4
    2,751
    1,389

    Grocery Bagger Who Helps You To Your Car

    Slip your bagger a couple dollars if they help you carry a large load to your car. 
  • 5
    2,768
    1,449

    Hotel Maids

    Tip a couple dollars for each time they've cleaned.
  • 6
    1,268
    712

    Tattoo Artist

  • 7
    2,276
    1,474

    Furniture Deliverers (Esp. If The Item Is Bulky/Awkward)

    Tip 5% of the delivery charge. If the item is hard to handle, increase the tip to 10%.
  • 8
    2,036
    1,353
  • 9
    2,335
    1,623

    Dog Groomer

    Start with a $5 tip and go up from there, depending on how much appreciation you're trying to show. 
  • 10
    2,005
    1,561

    Courtesy Shuttle Driver

    Tip anywhere from $2 to $4 for every person they're carting around.
  • 11
    1,944
    1,545

    Enthusiastic Tour Guides

    If a tour guide goes above and beyond, let them know by slipping them $5 afterward.
  • 12
    1,742
    1,541

    Coat Room Attendants

    A $1-3 tip is appropriate, depending on how many items you had them keep.
  • 13
    1,689
    1,535

    Hotel Concierge

    Each time you ask them for a special service, you should be tipping a few dollars.
  • 14
    1,635
    1,523

    Private Chefs

    You should be tipping your personal chef the same (if not more) as you would a waiter/chef. 
  • 15
    897
    830
  • 16
    1,425
    1,759

    Hair Stylist's Assistant

    Tip a couple dollars to whoever washed your hair and gave you that heavenly neck massage.
  • 17
    1,123
    1,784

    The House Band

    Live music enhances your experience. Show appreciation by throwing a couple bucks in the tip jar!
  • 18
    1,130
    1,916

    Nanny

    If your nanny's a rockstar, show appreciation by adding a tip to his or her next check.
  • 19
    1,151
    2,030

    Coffee Shop Employees

    Even if you just get a cup of coffee, if you're using free wi-fi, you should tip a couple bucks.
  • 20
    981
    1,837

    Personal Trainer Who Makes You At-Home Workouts

    Tip a couple dollars if your PT goes out of their way to build you an at-home workout routine.
  • 21
    894
    1,913

    Tasting Room Staff

    Tip like they're your bartender. If you have a large party, increase the tip amount.
  • 22
    717
    2,029

    Downtown Parking Lot Attendants

    These guys keep out all the riff raff. Tip 'em a couple dollars upon your return.
  • 23
    737
    2,096

    Ice Cream Shop Employees (When You Sample Flavors)

    Throw a buck or two in the tip jar if you tried tons of ice cream flavors.
  • 24
    665
    2,094

    Chefs

    Chefs don't normally get tipped out, so specifying a tip for them is rare and appreciated. 
  • 25
    641
    2,060

    Acupuncturist

    If you tip a masseuse, you can tip someone who carefully sticks needles in your skin. $5 per appointment is appropriate.