Tipping in Australia

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JohnK

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$10 for a number 3 all day long at 2 discount hairdressers in Southland - had one on Sunday - cash only though - no CCs - jeez I hate parting with cash!

Someone said you can get a $6 haircut in Hurstville but I spend little time in Sydney and I am not sacrificing Saturday morning golf.

Anywhere in Brisbane for cheap haircut? Hair growing and next trip not for another 5 weeks.
 

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Anywhere in Brisbane for cheap haircut? Hair growing and next trip not for another 5 weeks.

No idea. My regular barber does mine for $18 in cash only, but that's in the suburbs. No idea if he charges the same or less for a standard number job.

Better off DIY if it's only a number, methinks. My dad certainly takes that approach.
 

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I only tip, even in the US, if the person deserves it. Not because they think they are entitled to it.
 

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Tipping bellboys, bar staff, taxis, waiters, room service? When do you tip and how much?

No, no, generally $3 or because occasionally when I'm amazed if they don't try to rip me off (generally happens less than 10% of the time sadly), a few dollars if good (probably never more than 5%) and no ... in that order.

Food prices are ridiculous in BNE as it is.

I absolutely hate that the Americans have spread the tipping culture to Asia.
 

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Given cabcharges 10% gouging on cc tx for cabs in Australia I will never tip a taxi here, ever.
 

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Who can forget "be good on your mum"?

This thread has got me wondering when I have ever wanted ice water served as I sat down. Why is that even a thing? :confused: Personally I prefer them to let me sit down in peace and get settled before hassling me about water.



I used to use a place in the toowong shopping centre. Called men's hairdresser or something like that. I also used a small place in the myer centre in town, it was located just inside the Elizabeth st entrance near that Irish pub -$10, very fit lady with some good ink. Otherwise there was a place at garden city as well.

Current Adelaide place is $17.

I must be going to the wrong place.
 
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I don't tip in Australia, we pay proper wages here as a rule. Nobody tips me (or my staff) for doing my job regardless how far above and beyond I go. So why should I tip somebody just because they work in a particular industry? As for tip jars at take away coffee joints I think to myself what have you actually done for the customer? You haven't even gone to serve them, they have come to you at the counter.
 

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I don't tip in Australia, we pay proper wages here as a rule. Nobody tips me (or my staff) for doing my job regardless how far above and beyond I go. So why should I tip somebody just because they work in a particular industry? As for tip jars at take away coffee joints I think to myself what have you actually done for the customer? You haven't even gone to serve them, they have come to you at the counter.

Where are you located exactly, off north terrace?

As for coffee, I feel bad that I don't tip my coffee place. But then they usually see me walking towards them and have my usual waiting when I get there. :cool:
 

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Good karma comes to those who give. ;)

I'm going to be pedantic. There's no such thing as "good" karma. Its simply karma.

But to be on topic, i hope it never gets to a point where tips are expected in Australia. You shouldn't be tipped for doing your job, even if you do it well. If you go beyond what is expected then it's another story. .
 

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Cheapest in Toowong is $16-$18 which is not cheap. Just cheaper than the ridiculously expensive ones.

I will need to check out Elizabeth Street and Garden City. I don't get out there that often.
 

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Cheapest in Toowong is $16-$18 which is not cheap. Just cheaper than the ridiculously expensive ones.

I will need to check out Elizabeth Street and Garden City. I don't get out there that often.

The garden city one was inside a men's clothing shop, which is now showing as "new store opening soon" on the shop map on the website. I'd suggest not to bother.

I went to the myer centre place well into the 2000s hopefully that's still there. The myer centre map is not as good as garden city, but the place I used to use was in the area of shops 78/79/302 on level E. It is impossible to determine what is in those shops from the website. But col nayler barber in shop 113A might be an alternative.

And further investigation finds F10 quickcut in shop 27 that offers $10 cuts for everyone.
 
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The only tipping I do here is smile and say thank you

I assume your boss gives you a smile, rather than an annual salary bonus or that you never get pay rises above the basic award rate. If you are an employer I assume your employees are happy with the same.
 

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I assume your boss gives you a smile, rather than an annual salary bonus or that you never get pay rises above the basic award rate. If you are an employer I assume your employees are happy with the same.

Of course, service staff also get basic award pay rises every year in addition to any one off gratuities from their customers.
 

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Remember the sign at the barber shop: "We fix $10 haircuts".

(how did this become the cheap haircut thread?)
 

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I hate the concept of tipping. I'm also usually in a rush. Only time I always tend to tip is a taxi to round it to the nearest note. I do this to just speed up the paying process.

At a restaurant, I'll tip if the service has been exceptional or above and beyond. I won't tip a fixed percent. Its usually when I'm with a group for a wine dinner and they have looked after us in terms of decanters, glassware and just being helpful.

I don't understand the tipping business in the US. I ran a professional training course for a company I used to work for. Cost to attend was something like $2.5k per person. I didn't receive a tip from anyone...perhaps because I'm Australian? :rolleyes:

Another thing that rubs me the wrong way. In NYC went for dessert and drinks at the Marriott Times Square. Waiter decided to add in his own tip of something like 35% on a roughly $100 bill. Luckily I noticed this. Said waiter got no tip from me.

All in all, just build it into the price. Don't muck about with poor wages and then expect me to have to figure it out. Ie, don't make your problem my problem.

<removes grumpy old man hate now> :)
 
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