It all began the other night when a random customer at Islands called out Angie for tipping the takeout counter.
We wanted to get some real answers, so Carson called up etiquette expert Anna Post. She’s the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, who rose to fame during the early 1900s for her books on manners. Anna is carrying on her ancestor’s work today as a spokesperson for the Emily Post Institute.
“This is actually a little bit of a grey area,” Post said of Producer Angie’s predicament. “It’s up to you whether you want to tip on a takeout pick-up.”
“It’s sort of like a tip jar at the coffee shop. You don’t have to, but it’s a really nice thing to do, especially if you go a lot or the people are really friendly.”
Anna agreed with Carson’s go-to mantra, “When in doubt, tip,” but it’s not necessary for all goods and services.
“There are a few situations where it might be a little bit awkward to tip,” Post explained. “You know, you’re not going to tip your dentist, for example.”
Okay, so who else should we float a little extra cash to? Carson went through a rapid fire of services to get Anna’s advice:
Moving Companies: “Movers are someone that you’re going to want to tip. Start at $10 and go up per person depending on how much they do. If they kind of just bring it in and drop it off in the middle of the room, you know, I’d probably be on the lower end. But if they’re really helping you rearrange, get the old furniture out, going above and beyond, then you might want to think about upping it.”
Hairdressers: “This is usually about 20 percent, but here’s the catch: You don’t need to tip the owner of the salon. And it’s okay to ask if you don’t know who the owner is, the theory being that if they own it, they’re doing okay.”
Butcher: “I think the situation you’re describing, there’s really no need to tip. I don’t tip at the grocery store, you know what I mean? It’s kind of a similar situation.”
Internet Installation Crew: “No, this is another one where you don’t need to tip these folks. They’re professionals coming in to do that service and it’s part and parcel paid for.”
Car Mechanic: “No, I’ve never seen a situation where you might tip the mechanic.”
-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles