Leaky Wallet?


by Stephanie Berenbaum – January 29, 2013

No one loves a good bath more than our friend Marci.  In fact, she takes a bubble bath each night to unwind before bed. Which is why she was beside herself the other day when she turned on her bathtub  - and the handle came off right in her hand!  She called in a plumber, and he was polite, fast, and got her family’s only tub back to working order in no time!

After Marci paid for the bill – which amounted to several hundred dollars – she thanked the plumber profusely and told him how much she appreciated his help.  And then there was what Marci felt was an awkward pause.  Was she supposed to tip him?  Not knowing what to do, she ran to her purse, pulled out a 2o and gave it to him…

When Marci’s husband got home, he told her that you never tip a plumber – especially when they are charging you hundreds of dollars.  Marci said she just wasn’t sure anymore who to tip and who not to.  We’ve all been there, right?  Marci’s husband is convinced the “awkward pause” was all in her head – but Marci’s not so sure…

So – what do you do? Do you tip plumbers and other workmen in your house? Or did Marci just drain an extra $20 out of her wallet for nothing?

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2 Responses to “Leaky Wallet?”

  1. louie says:

    Emergency work/service gets charged accordingly and quite handsomely, as you well know. Particularly in Big Cities. A tip for doing this job was out of order. Even more so if this is the plumber you continually use.
    Listen to your husband.

  2. Molly says:

    Everytime I’ve had a plumber fix something, they’ve worked for a company, so I tip, knowing that the majority of my payment is going to them.
    If this plumber was an independant in his own business, I would say not to tip.

    Same principle at a hairstylst – you tip if they work for the shop, but you don’t tip the owner of the shop.

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