HOW MUCH TO TIP IN NYC
To tip or not to tip, that is the question. Whether it’s nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous hidden fees or by opposing end them.
In all seriousness, tipping culture in NYC is very confusing, even for locals. It’s also constantly changing, so we at Welcome to Times Square are putting together a 2023 guide to NYC culture to help our friends out!
WHY TO LEAVE A TIP
In the US, many professions do not pay full living wages. There are many reasons for this, including an unpleasant part of history dealing with slavery. In modern days, the truth is, running a business such as a restaurant is difficult and expensive. You have a lot of overhead costs and it is hard to make ends meet.
However, restaurants add a lot of wonderful things to a neighborhood and increase property value. As such, the communities want restaurants and are often willing to do their part to help local restaurants thrive. This includes helping out with labor costs by leaving tips.
Many people who work in professions that rely on tips actually like tipping as well. A salaried job has an earnings cap, but a tipping profession has no cap. Yes, it is unreliable, but the earnings can be much higher than if the job was salaried.
No matter what your thoughts are on whether or not employers should pay a living wage, the truth is, in the US, many do not. If you do not leave a tip, the employee rendering a service may not eat that night. As such, it’s very important you leave a tip.
WHO TO TIP
Professions that traditionally receive tips include:
- Cab Drivers
- Hair Stylists
- Manicure Artists
- Massage Therapists
- Tour Guides
- Anyone who handles luggage
In the United States, tipping is never seen as an insult. Some professions are not allowed to accept tips, and, if that is the case, they will politely tell you. No one will ever be offended by you offering a tip. When in doubt, you can always ask, “Do you accept tips?”
HOW MUCH TO TIP
As a general rule, no one will ever be upset with a 20% tip. That is the standard amount for anyone who did a good job.
A new tipping development is the iPad. Nowadays, many stores accept payments using an iPad that will ask you how much you’d like to tip. The amount often ranges between 10% and 35%.
In this case, 20% is always safe, but trust your gut about the services rendered.
If you’re at a store where the checkout person literally didn’t do anything except ring you up, it’s ok to skip a tip, but if they make you a coffee or a drink, leave a tip.
At the end of the day, you want to be remembered as the nice person who made someone’s day with a good tip. With 20%, you can always feel good!
In addition to a monetary tip, consider celebrating a job well done on the Welcome to Times Square Billboard! Everyone loves seeing their face in lights! Visit timessquarebillboard.com to learn how you can say thank you in Times Square!
We have the unbeatable price of $500 per day for your Billboard:
Option 1: Your 60 second video/photo will be shown, 60 seconds per hour 22 times a day.
Option 2: Your 30 second video/photo will be shown, twice an hour, 44 times a day.
Option 3: Your 15 second video/photo will be shown 4 times per hour 88 times per day.
Please let us know which option you would like to choose. Remember that we have a response time of 72 hours.
Tenemos el precio imbatible de $500 por día para tu Billboard:
Opción 1: Se mostrará su video/foto de 60 segundos, 60 segundos por hora 22 veces al día.
Opción 2: se mostrará su video/foto de 30 segundos, dos veces por hora, 44 veces por día.
Opción 3: Se mostrará su video/foto de 15 segundos, 4 veces por hora 88 veces por día.
Por favor, háganos saber qué opción le gustaría elegir. Recuerde que tenemos un tiempo de respuesta de 72 horas.