My dog was barking and snarling with deep-rooted hostility. The delivery guy held up the card to the screen door. "Is this you?" he asked. I would've said yes no matter what, but it was me. "I think you better just leave those on the porch," I offered, knowing the aforementioned dog would have ripped him a new one if I opened the screen door to retrieve the flowers. He set down the flowers and then stood there staring at me. "Thank you," I said.
But he kept standing there. His body language and eyes said, "Hey, lady, I had to walk up a big hill and incur the wrath of Cujo there, so where's my tip?" Fortunately I can speak with my eyes, too, and mine said, "My tip is, you've done your job, which you get paid for. Now get the hell of my porch so I can get my roses."
That long story wasn't just to brag that I got roses, but to bring up the point of tipping. I asked my man, the expert, if I should have given this guy a tip.
Everybody knows you tip waitresses. They get lousy pay and are treated like crap, and you just do it. Whomever pays the bill usually leaves the tip. A tip says a lot about a person. The only time I was on a date and insisted my date didn't leave a tip is when the waiter threw a pitcher of iced tea at me. Otherwise, something should be left.
I wouldn't date someone who didn't tip. It means the person is cheap. Not thrifty, but cheap. Inconsiderate. Socially inept. If this every happens to you -- male or female -- then leave a tip yourself, but still give your date the boot.
If your date uses one of those tip cards, it's a little embarrassing, but at least the effort is there. Most people know that the tax times three is a good indicator of how much to leave. The tip card is a little geeky but bearable. I also get a little chuckle when a guy is paying by credit card and writes the tip on the receipt really big so his date can see it. What can I say? We tip to impress. My man usually hands the waitress a wad of cash and says keep the change, wearing a little smirk that says, "Yes, both you and my date are impressed by the amount I left."
In dating, the only places you are likely to deal with tipping is restaurants, valet parking, carriage rides and maybe the cab ride home. These are all opportunities to make a statement about yourself and your social skills. A good rule to conclude with is if you don't have enough money to properly tip then you don't have enough to date. So stay home and order a pizza. Of course, you have to tip him too.