AAA guy fixing your flat tire
Sure, you pay a yearly membership for AAA, so you feel like you already paid the guy fixing your flat! But, based on my research, AAA pays a local tow company to come and tow your car. AAA doesn’t care if you tip, because they subcontract out the job, and they’re getting their cut either way. They’re paying the driver — but not much after taxes and fees.
So, how much? I talked to a local tow company, which said $5-$10 is much appreciated. Sounds like the least you can give to have someone bust their ass for you on the side of a highway at 2am.
What the hell does that karaoke guy do anyway? They just key in the song into the computer and kick people off when they’ve sung enough, right? Wrong. They deserve to be tipped solely on the basis that they’ve had to listen to inebriated women cry-sing Adele’s “Someone Like You” for the last few years. And that is a fate I would not wish on my worst enemy (you know what you did, Tyler).
So, how much? A karaoke bartender I spoke to said you should tip based on how much fun you had, and that $10-$20 will do the trick at the end of the night.
Your apartment super
Your sink is clogged with hair. Again. Get a haircut, hippie. Instead of spending $10 on a bottle of Drano, you can save money by getting your super to stop by and snake the drain, and then tip them. If something goes horribly wrong around your apartment, no matter the time of day, the super will fix what needs to be fixed. They’re basically ER doctors that make house calls. And an incredible service like that deserves a tip. Especially if you drag them out of bed.
So, how much? $5-$10 per job
Appliance delivery guy
Whether it’s a new washer/dryer, dishwasher, air conditioning unit, or fridge — if some poor dude or dudes have to lug an enormous, heavy box up some stairs and into your place, you need to tip them. Even if you don’t have to climb steps up to your place, carrying things is difficult work. That’s Sisyphus-level drudgery. And it deserves some cash on the side because of the effort involved. Sometimes people don’t tip these types of delivery guys because they were charged a delivery fee. Getting pizza driven to your doorstep also has a delivery fee, but that doesn’t mean you don’t tip the pizza guy, right?
So, how much? A Sears appliance worker I spoke to said anywhere between $10-$20 will show your gratitude.