A free-for-all thread

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Re: A free-for-all thread

Postby Gandalf the Red » Fri Apr 01, 2016 12:07 am

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Re: A free-for-all thread

Postby Nantha » Wed Apr 06, 2016 5:07 pm

People with tattoos. Do you tip your tattooists? If so how much? I'm reading online 15-20% is the norm but it seems to be more of a US thing?
I'm going to tip anyways as he's done a great job but I don't want to insult etc

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Re: A free-for-all thread

Postby Matty_the_Emo_Slayer » Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:26 pm

Never heard of doing that. Last person I was tattooed by was a mate so it would be weird. I'd maybe give him a couple of zines or tapes or something next time, but not cash.
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Re: A free-for-all thread

Postby Katesyl » Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:05 pm

Yeah I've never tipped tattooists - not against the idea but it's never even occurred to me, plus I feel awkward handing people extra money like a reward. When tipping in general I find it easiest to just round it up to an appropriate kind of number - if it was say £275 just calling it £300 or whatever. I'm sure they'd be grateful and not insulted by any amount though - another bonus of not being in America.

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Re: A free-for-all thread

Postby Jim » Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:38 pm

If you don't want to tip but don't want to come across as an ungrateful customer, then repeat custom, or recommendations (or even just a positive Yelp review) will be welcomed, I imagine.
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Re: A free-for-all thread

Postby tranmerefan » Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:42 pm

It would never occur to me to pay anything other than the cost as presumably they're making a profit whenever they tattoo someone. :/
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Re: A free-for-all thread

Postby Gandalf the Red » Thu Apr 07, 2016 12:53 am

Probably an American thing.

I've never known anywhere else that seems to have a "tip" culture where they demand it. And they DO demand it in America, so much they'll chase you down the street for a few pennies. :lol:

Tip if you want, but surely you've made a deal before hand? So that's the price as far as I would know. Any serious problems then get in touch with Trading Standards.
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Re: A free-for-all thread

Postby Matty_the_Emo_Slayer » Thu Apr 07, 2016 9:20 am

It's understandable in America where the minimum wage is $7.25 (about £5.10) and income tax starts at 10% for people earning less than $10,000 a year. Waiting and bar staff can actually be paid as low as $2.13 an hour with the remaining $5.12 made up out of their tips, so a lot of the time even if you tip a lot that money isn't going on top of their wage, it is their wage! I always tip 20% in restaurants there, dropped to 10% if the service is bad and up to 30% if it's particularly good.

Considering that it's nearly impossible to live most places in America without a car no wonder the working poor rely on tips and can't afford healthcare.
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Re: A free-for-all thread

Postby Jobdone » Thu Apr 07, 2016 9:47 am

The only people I tip are taxi drivers, but that's usually because I just hand them notes when I'm fucked at the end of the night and say keep the change cos I can't be bothered to wait.
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Re: A free-for-all thread

Postby NeglectedField » Thu Apr 07, 2016 9:54 am

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Re: A free-for-all thread

Postby Tet » Thu Apr 07, 2016 1:34 pm

Yeah, tipping a tattooist is a strange thing to do, and not something I've heard of over here. We're friends with ours anyway, so it's a bit different. But even were it just a stranger, I wouldn't think of tipping them.
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Re: A free-for-all thread

Postby Nantha » Thu Apr 07, 2016 8:55 pm

Okay fair enough. Everywhere I read online was really 'YOU MUST TIP 20%' Which is like, £300 :( I asked my friends brother who is a tattooist and said that it's not really common but it's nice when it happens. I guess it is an American thing.
I'll probably just chuck him an extra £50 or a bottle of whiskey, because I am really happy. I think it's important to tip where it's due tbh.

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Re: A free-for-all thread

Postby Matty_the_Emo_Slayer » Thu Apr 07, 2016 9:01 pm

Definitely go for the whiskey. You don't know how he'll react to being given extra cash, but a gift will always be appreciated without the risk of being offensive.

If you need any tips on Irish whiskey to buy I can give you some pointers :yes:

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Re: A free-for-all thread

Postby Nantha » Fri Apr 08, 2016 9:19 pm

:lol: I know fuck all about Whiskey, just noticed the expensive scotch stuff my dad likes.
The bloke's polish anyway so i'm not sure if it's his tipple, but it's not as if I can buy him Vodka without seriously offending so it'll probably have to be whiskey.

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Re: A free-for-all thread

Postby peypea » Sat Apr 09, 2016 12:03 am

Get him some spiritus :P he'll appreciate that. And be hella drunk.
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