Post # 1
Ahhhhh… ok here’s what happened… My SO bought me a Groupon for an hour massage :). Not sure how much it cost, but the regular price is $75. After much Googling, I am still unsure about whether it is customary to leave a tip and if so, how much, but whatever…
After my massage, I met the MT at the desk, she gave me her card and some water (which I opened and spilled over myself like an idiot…but that’s beside the point), and then she left. I then asked the receptionist: “What is a customary amount for a tip?” or something like that, and he (seemed a little thrown off for some reason but) responded with simply: “It is totally up to you, but the regular price is $75” or something like that lol..
I had a $20 on me and wanted to give her ten bucks. She had already left obviously, but I assumed (like at most hair salons, etc.) that the receptionist would give her the tip. So I gave him my 20, and he gave me two bills back. I booked another appointment for next month, thanked him, and then left.
When I got home, I looked in my purse to find out that the two bills he gave me were not $5 bills, but $10 bills(!). Was I suppose to go back to the room and give her the tip?? Now I just have this awkward energy feeling inside me right now. (Like when some people somehow give off negative energy and you absorb some of it, or when you do something embarrassing and feel sick about it). The whole tipping thing is annoying and stressful enough as it is, and now I have done this! I mean, should I drive back and give her the not quite 15% tip? Should I give her extra next time?? Should I not worry about it??? Ahhh this was supposed to relax me not stress me out!! :/
Post # 3
@shinythingsrule: I would absolutely make sure she gets the tip. If you have time, drive back and make a joke about how you were so relaxed you didn’t count your change, and here is her tip. It’s not weird at all, it’s very considerate of you to make sure she’s tipped.
Also, would you be opposed to tipping her based on the actual cost of service? Groupons are fantastic for the client but the service provider gets the short end if they are tipped at a huge discount. I would consider giving her $15, especially if you intend on being a repeat client. Good luck!
Post # 4
Most higher end salons expect the customer to take the tip to the service provider to thank them for their experience. I would try to tip closer to 20% if you plan to return for the service again.
Post # 5
You should be tipping on full amount of service. And when I use a groupon, I tip more because they are already taking a hit.
And yes, you should go back and make sure she gets her tip.
Post # 6
how strange! I always leave my tip with the front desk, I’ve never once given a tip directly to the service provider.
I HAVE, however, completely miscalculated a tip (the place asked what I wanted to add a tip when she swiped my card and in a moment of craziness I figured the percentage amount wrong). I drove back the next day, apologized, and left a decent cash tip.
Post # 7
Both places I go have envelopes at the front you leave the tip on and write their name on the front. But yea… I would give her 15 and take it back soon(ish). I once had to do something similar because my super sweet regular stylist offered to curl my hair for me for free for my engagement photos which happened to be on a sunday when they are regularly closed (but were going to be in the store that day for other purposes). So I went in and she did my hair and I handed the cashier my cc as usual (bc I expected to just charge the tip like I always did) and she said their system was shut down bc it wasn’t a regular business day! I was mortified. I apologized and told her I’d come back, and then later that week I dropped off a thank you card with her tip in it, in cash.
Post # 8
yes I would absolutely drive back to leave a tip. I advise you tip 16-20% of the actual cost of the service, not the discounted price you received through groupon.
I usually leave my tip at the front desk and indicate who it’s for. Most places have little envelopes at the front that they put the tip in and write the therapist’s name on it.
Post # 9
I don’t tip for RMTs, unless it’s at a spa. Here, many RMTs consider it to be rude, as you’re not valueing what they offer as the medical benefit that it is (as you wouldn’t tip a doctor, dietician, etc).
Hopefully that makes you feel a little less awkward!
Post # 10
I would call to let them know you are aware of the mistake, and drive back and leave a 20% tip from the regular price of the service. My mom just became a MT – it’s a lot of physical work, and from what I recall she only get about 20 – 30% of the price of the massage (and her schooling was not that cheap either). They really depend on the tips.
Post # 11
I read you’re out for dinner by now and hopefully have that ring on your finger soon.
But.. make sure she gets her tip. Tomorrow is fine, but just drop it off. I always leave tips at the desk. I ask if they can give it to them for me, but I’ve never been told no. Usually by the time I get over there, get my bill settled, and dig out cash for a tip, they have their next client in the chair/on the table and I wouldn’t wan to interrupt anyway.