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sillingw
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Post by sillingw » Mon, 02 Feb 2009 2:47 pm

Just one point here that I cames across. I do tip my hairdresser, but found out when I got to know her better that if you add the tip to the bill, it goes into the community pot - If I want to tip her, I hand her the tip directly, not as part of the bill. I'm sure this is the case in other places as well, so If I receive good service and I want to tip, I give the cash directly in the hand of the person who deserves it - In one case, even if I left it on the table, it went into the community pot.

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Post by alwaysinamuddle » Wed, 11 Feb 2009 1:56 am

I'm a little confused about tipping for haircuts here. Back in Melbourne, I give a tip when I get a $15 haircut at the barber, but I don't tip for a $100 cut at the posh salon.

Here, I've had my tip handed back to me by the Malay barber, but after a $200 cut at the salon, the assistants(?) lurk until after I pay the bill. Are they waiting for a tip, or is it customary for them to wait until the customer leaves? (Presumably so that they can bid farewell and blah blah).

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