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Posted: 12/12/2013 7:36:00 AM EST
Is it proper protocol ( etiquette) to tip the owner of a barber shop, or just his employees.

Someone told me it wasn't, and I think that's correct.

What's the deal?
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 7:37:51 AM EST
do you tip the manager at the restaurant or just your waiter/waitress
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 7:39:15 AM EST
I only the tip the girl that cuts my hair, but she is the owner. But the other poster is right, only tip the barber. Not the owner.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 7:40:56 AM EST
You tip the person who cut your hair, regardless of status in shop.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 7:42:01 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Electronrider:
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This is the correct answer.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 7:42:11 AM EST
Did he cut your hair? Then sure.

Slap him a fiver on the way out the door? No.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 7:43:24 AM EST
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Originally Posted By LinggrrLonggrr:
I only the tip the girl that cuts my hair, but she is the owner. But the other poster is right, only tip the barber. Not the owner.
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I guess I should have been more specific............Is it necessary to tip the owner, if the owner cuts your hair.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 7:44:22 AM EST
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Originally Posted By lon:


I guess I should have been more specific............Is it necessary to tip the owner, if the owner cuts your hair.
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Originally Posted By lon:
Originally Posted By LinggrrLonggrr:
I only the tip the girl that cuts my hair, but she is the owner. But the other poster is right, only tip the barber. Not the owner.


I guess I should have been more specific............Is it necessary to tip the owner, if the owner cuts your hair.


Tips are for good service, not as an income supplement. If he did a good job, tip him like you would any barber.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 7:44:50 AM EST
So, if it's a one man operation, fuck you, no tip?

I went to an old timey barbershop in town once. It was awesome. Bunch of men's magazines around, got to sit in a chair older than me and the old timer barber combined, got my neck with the straight razor. I need to go back one of these days.

It was $12. I gave him $20 and said I wanted $4 back. It was 10x the experience Great Clips was for the same money.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 7:45:19 AM EST
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Originally Posted By lon:


I guess I should have been more specific............Is it necessary to tip the owner, if the owner cuts your hair.
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Originally Posted By lon:
Originally Posted By LinggrrLonggrr:
I only the tip the girl that cuts my hair, but she is the owner. But the other poster is right, only tip the barber. Not the owner.


I guess I should have been more specific............Is it necessary to tip the owner, if the owner cuts your hair.


I don't know if it's necessary, but I always do.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 7:47:21 AM EST
Yes. I goto a one man shop and tip well since he is a local non chain small business. Since its the holiday season, drop off a gift basket if its a larger shop.

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I guess I should have been more specific............Is it necessary to tip the owner, if the owner cuts your hair.
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Originally Posted By lon:
Originally Posted By LinggrrLonggrr:
I only the tip the girl that cuts my hair, but she is the owner. But the other poster is right, only tip the barber. Not the owner.


I guess I should have been more specific............Is it necessary to tip the owner, if the owner cuts your hair.

Link Posted: 12/12/2013 7:48:11 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/12/2013 7:51:19 AM EST by bradpierson26]
just the asian lady that trimmed ya up. $12 cut, $3 tip

Originally Posted By PovertySandwich:
I went to an old timey barbershop in town once. It was awesome. Bunch of men's magazines around, got to sit in a chair older than me and the old timer barber combined, got my neck with the straight razor. I need to go back one of these days.

It was $12. I gave him $20 and said I wanted $4 back. It was 10x the experience Great Clips was for the same money.
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sounds like he earned the whole $20 but who am I to tell a man how to spend

now buy reading the responses, I'm terribly confused but this is the right answer:
Originally Posted By Electronrider:
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Link Posted: 12/12/2013 7:48:12 AM EST
I don't tip anyone.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 7:48:40 AM EST
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Mr. Pink.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 7:49:46 AM EST
I tip my barber and he is the owner
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 7:50:18 AM EST
I usually tip whomever cut my hair.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 7:50:47 AM EST
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Link Posted: 12/12/2013 7:51:02 AM EST
You can tip anyone you damn well please. If you are happy with their service or establishment and want to show it, slip em a few bucks and tell them. I have tipped waiters, waitresses, have sent tips to the cook that prepared my meal to perfection, hostesses, owners, all kinds of people. If they provide an over the top experience then they deserve to be recognized. In our capitalist society, money is the great recognizer.

Tip whoever you damn well please.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 7:51:07 AM EST
I tip whoever cuts my hair, owner or employee.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 7:51:50 AM EST
At a salon you are never supposed to tip the owner.

At a barbershop I suppose do whatever you want.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 7:52:04 AM EST
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Originally Posted By rwalters17:
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how the fuck do I know who owns the place?
Not really sure why I qioted you...
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 7:52:17 AM EST
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Originally Posted By bradpierson26:
just the asian lady that trimmed ya up. $12 cut, $3 tip


sounds like he earned the whole $20 but who am I to tell a man how to spend
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Originally Posted By bradpierson26:
just the asian lady that trimmed ya up. $12 cut, $3 tip

Originally Posted By PovertySandwich:
I went to an old timey barbershop in town once. It was awesome. Bunch of men's magazines around, got to sit in a chair older than me and the old timer barber combined, got my neck with the straight razor. I need to go back one of these days.

It was $12. I gave him $20 and said I wanted $4 back. It was 10x the experience Great Clips was for the same money.

sounds like he earned the whole $20 but who am I to tell a man how to spend


A 33% tip isn't enough?

I used to work in a tip based job. I'll pretty much always throw down a couple more bucks than society says I need to.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 7:53:00 AM EST
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Originally Posted By bradpierson26:

how the fuck do I know who owns the place?
Not really sure why I qioted you...
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Originally Posted By bradpierson26:
Originally Posted By rwalters17:
I tip whoever cuts my hair, owner or employee.

how the fuck do I know who owns the place?
Not really sure why I qioted you...

Exactly. I don't care whoever cuts my hair as long as it looks good.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 7:54:06 AM EST
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Link Posted: 12/12/2013 7:56:08 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/12/2013 7:57:25 AM EST by 1mitch1]
Tip whoever cuts your.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 7:58:04 AM EST
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Originally Posted By bradpierson26:

how the fuck do I know who owns the place?
Not really sure why I qioted you...
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Originally Posted By bradpierson26:
Originally Posted By rwalters17:
I tip whoever cuts my hair, owner or employee.

how the fuck do I know who owns the place?
Not really sure why I qioted you...


Well then...I guess I'm really not sure why you replied
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 7:59:52 AM EST
Well shit, I texted a friend of mine whose dad had a barber shop in town for probably 60 something years, and he said, "no way, the old time folks would be really insulted if you knew they were the owner and gave them a tip. It would be more like charity and saying your business probably doesn't do very well."
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 8:00:04 AM EST


'It's not tipping I believe in. It's overtipping.'
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 8:01:07 AM EST
I wish my hair were in sufficient quantity on top to require the services of a barber. I'm not bald, but thinning enough that it looks better to DIY with no-guard clippers every couple weeks. I never get a tip for that chore.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 8:01:20 AM EST
At the Supercuts I've been regularly going to, I either give them a couple bucks or they have it factored into the point-of-sale machine.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 8:02:26 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Daytona955i:
Well shit, I texted a friend of mine whose dad had a barber shop in town for probably 60 something years, and he said, "no way, the old time folks would be really insulted if you knew they were the owner and gave them a tip. It would be more like charity and saying your business probably doesn't do very well."
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Thats kinda why I was asking.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 8:03:24 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Deej86:
At the Supercuts I've been regularly going to, I either give them a couple bucks or they have it factored into the point-of-sale machine.
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You're doing it wrong Deej.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 8:05:56 AM EST
My guy is the owner and solo and I tip him well.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 8:07:56 AM EST
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Originally Posted By millfire517:
You're doing it wrong Deej.
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Originally Posted By Deej86:
At the Supercuts I've been regularly going to, I either give them a couple bucks or they have it factored into the point-of-sale machine.
You're doing it wrong Deej.

Why? They're close to the house and I can get it done relatively quickly.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 8:13:20 AM EST
Growing up in Brooklyn & dealing with old Italian barbers, I was taught that you never tip the owner, Even if he is the one that cuts your hair, if you tip him you are insulting his ability to make a living, Probably some idea that they carried over from the old country!
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 8:17:22 AM EST
I own a five chair barber shop. I have four guys that cut in the shop 5 days a week, and I cut only on Saturday. I have a full time job outside of the shop that I work at on weekdays. It is a true old school barber shop. We have black and white checkered floors and 80 year old barber chairs. The shop has been around since 1881. We charge $12 per cut, and most people tip anywhere from $1 to $5. Most of the regulars know I own the shop and they tip me regardless. I have never had anyone tell me I am not getting a tip because I am the owner. I would say about 90% of our customers tip. None of us expect to be tipped, but we all sure do appreciate it.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 8:18:05 AM EST
I tip whoever cuts my hair, owner or not.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 9:06:37 AM EST
Thanks for the help boys.

Went back and tipped the owner and asked his opinion on the matter. He basically said it's appreciated but not expected... like the advise of the overwhelming # of reply's here.

Yet another GD happy ending
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 9:08:08 AM EST
I only tip the barber.

If the barber cutting my hair happens to be the owner then........................
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 9:09:14 AM EST
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This. Not sure where this idea ever came from, you tip those who serve/take care of you.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 9:23:22 AM EST
I haven't had a non-family member cut my hair in over 20 years, but thanks for an interesting thread.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 9:27:01 AM EST
I usually give my barber the tip...but it depends how hot she is.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 9:41:21 AM EST
The owner cuts my hair, and I tip her. Little cutie, I'd like to give her another tip
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 11:13:58 AM EST
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This is the correct answer.
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Originally Posted By Enlightenme556:
Originally Posted By Electronrider:
You tip the person who cut your hair, regardless of status in shop.


This is the correct answer.


No it isn't. Whoever told the OP that you don't tip the owner is correct. Normally he gets a piece of every haircut. It gets weird when the barber just pays rent and keeps all of the price of the cut. That's different and also less common.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 11:28:11 AM EST
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Originally Posted By WindKnot1-1:


No it isn't. Whoever told the OP that you don't tip the owner is correct. Normally he gets a piece of every haircut. It gets weird when the barber just pays rent and keeps all of the price of the cut. That's different and also less common.
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Originally Posted By WindKnot1-1:
Originally Posted By Enlightenme556:
Originally Posted By Electronrider:
You tip the person who cut your hair, regardless of status in shop.


This is the correct answer.


No it isn't. Whoever told the OP that you don't tip the owner is correct. Normally he gets a piece of every haircut. It gets weird when the barber just pays rent and keeps all of the price of the cut. That's different and also less common.


No.
Normally, a barber rents the chair from the owner for a set amount for the week/month and the barber keeps the proceeds, regardless of how much or little he makes.
You tip the person who provides you a service.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 1:26:42 PM EST
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Originally Posted By introv78:
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Neither do I.

I did not get wealthy by giving money away.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 1:37:23 PM EST
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Originally Posted By KTMsx:


Neither do I.

I did not get wealthy by giving money away.
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Originally Posted By KTMsx:
Originally Posted By introv78:
I don't tip anyone.


Neither do I.

I did not get wealthy by giving money away.


I've never before in my life heard a wealthy person refer to themselves as wealthy without being prodded. Congrats!
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