Tipper's International of Oshkosh, Wis., gives advice on tip percentages in a "Guide for Tipping." Each suggestion is subject to the consumer's discretion. Restaurants:
Busboys do not need tips. The cloakroom attendent might receive 50 cents for each coat. Lunch-counter personnel can receive 10 percent of the bill, but never less than 15 cents.If the maitre d' provides a special table or helps handle difficult arrangements, tip $3 to $5. Waiters and waitresses can receive 15 to 20 percent of the bill before tax. Hotels:
The standard tip for a bellhop is 50 cents to $1 a bag. Chambermaids do not need a tip if to stay is just one night, but if the customer stays several days, he or she should tip 50 cents a night. If the stay is one week, it should be $3 to $5. Room-service waiters should receive tips of at least 15 percent on bills of $2 or more. Ships:
The purses or chief steward and other officers do not have to be tipped. Stevedores should receive $2 to $5 for heavy trunks, 50 cents for large suitcases. When on a cruise, tips should be 10 to 20 percent of the total fare. Divide half that amount between cabin steward and dining room steward and divide the rest among other service personnel. Trains:
Pullman porters can be tipped $1 per person per night and more for special services. A 50 percent gratuity per bag can be given to the redcap. Miscellaneous:
At a beauty salon, shampooers can be tipped $1; manicurists, 15 percent of their tab; and hairstylists, 15 to 20 percent. Give the same percentage to the person who does special services such as hair coloring, a facial , or makeup.
Many grocery stores discourage tipping, but a 25-cent tip to a carryout person can be given.
Taxi drivers should get about 20 percent for fares under $5, 15 percent for fares over $5. Add extra for help with bags, returning at a set time, or for being taken to an out-of-the-way location where there is little chance for a return fare. Passengers who are mistreated or taken out of the way should tip very little.
Some people like to remember service personnel with holiday gifts. Regular household cleaners should receive one or two weeks' salary during holidays. A newspaper deliverer, mail carrier, or milk delivered might receive $5 to $10. Weekly garbage colle ctors might be tipped $10.