(Closed) Tipping etiquette for a spray tan?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
326 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You’re going to be dark the next day…… it will last the entire 3 day trip, but you’ll be at your darkest the next day.  They recommend a spray tan about 2 days before your “event” so that it subsides a little.  I mean, you’re not going to look like Snooki or anything but just wanted to point that out.

It’s interesting that you ask about tipping.  I got a spray tan before my bridal shower (to try) and when I got it, it happened to be a buy 1, get 1 free….. so I made another appointment for before my wedding.  When I went in for the second appointment, I didn’t pay anything, and I also didn’t tip.  I didn’t realize that I might be expected to…. but nobody seemed taken back by it.  I went in with my Maid/Matron of Honor (who also had her second free one) and another Bridesmaid or Best Man who paid for her tan on the spot – and none of us tipped.  (and yes – they were all the type where someone literally sprays you while you stand in front of them naked).  And when I originally paid with my credit card, there was no line to put a tip when I originally went.  Now I’m wondering if I should have tipped.  Oh well! 

Post # 4
894 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I was always taught to tip based on the full cost of the service performed even if it was discounted or free. Even when we have a coupon when we go out to eat we tip based on what it would have cost without the coupon. The girl that does the spray tan will still be doing the same amount of work and should be tipped IMO.

Post # 6
221 posts
Helper bee

@aheavel:  ditto. I always tip at least 20% on the actual cost of something. I’ve never gotten a spray tan, but I would assume it would be the same as getting your nails done. The person who is doing the service shoudn’t suffer because the company hands out coupons. They still performed the exact same service (and they probably get stiffed quite a bit due to the coupons) and they deserve the same tip. 

This actually reminds me of last night lol. Fiance and I went out to TGI fridays for dinner, and I had a coupon from their “earn stripes” program for one free chicken or fish entree. Our service was exactly the same, however our bill was quite a bit less with the coupon. And our server forgot to ring in one of our beers (score!), so I tipped $12 on a $32 tab which would have origianlly been $50-$55

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