Re: “What is a good tip?” [Sept. 4, The Mix]:
The article validated our generous tipping and had a revelation. In a chart, it suggested tips for service employees.
In the past, tipping was essential to create a livable wage. Today, all Washington employers must pay the minimum hourly wage (RCW 49.46), $14.49 per hour. In Seattle, depending on the size of the employer, it’s $15.75 to $17.27.
Two personal examples question the current need for tipping:
My granddaughter, in college, worked a garden-center job she loved. She lifted concrete blocks and bags of soil onto carts, wheeled them outside and loaded customers’ vehicles. She received more than $17 per hour. For her hard, labor-intensive work, she received no tips. Doing a good job was expected. Yet, the suggested barista tip is “$1 per drink.” Fair?
My daughter, a highly skilled 20-year Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurse works 12-hour shifts, inserting intravenous lines into tiny veins and scalps plus so much more to save lives. No tips or gifts are allowed. At most salons, a haircut equals our daughter’s hourly wage. The suggested tip for “hair salon/barber shop” is “15-20%.”
Who deserves the tip?
Glenda Tecklenburg, Mill Creek