I read your answer about how to tip during the holidays and have a follow-up question. I tipped the woman who cuts my hair every six weeks an extra $20 in December. I never tipped my old barber, because he owned the barber shop until he retired six years ago. Since then I’ve been going to a salon that cuts both men and women’s hair, and tipping $10 each time for a $30 haircut. She does a great job and so I decided this year to give a holiday tip. In the past I had noticed that other clients brought in gifts, such as wine, perfume, a wrapped boxed gift. Guiltily I handed her an extra $20 and wished her happy holidays.
She looked at me in disgust as if I didn’t appreciate her work. What did I do wrong? Her facial expression went from disappointment to repulsion.
–GW, Portsmouth, RI