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Saturday 19 April 2014

7 Irish workers in the Service Industry on tipping at Christmas

Independent.ie spoke to staff across a variety of customer-facing roles about what kind of tips they are expecting in the run-up to Christmas and if they find people more genourous during the festive season.

1. Ciara Smart sees no difference between the holiday season and the Christmas one. A barmaid from Blanchardstown, she says she "rarely" recieves tips and "as a result I don't expect them".

''There may be an odd person here or there with the generosity to tip over the Christmas, but it's a rarity...waitors have more luck with tips, us bar staff are often forgotten about"

 

2. John Doyle from Coolock would disagree. A taxi man by trade, he claims that the "tips can definitely increase at Christmas time" and that he finds people are "more generous at this time of year".

 

3. Conor Morgan from Country Down points out that hairdressers tips don't always come in the form of legal tender. ''Hairdressers can expect money or gifts such as wine, vodka, tins of sweets." He himself tips "waiters more than I would beauticians and taxi drivers as they directly get your money".

 

4. Fergus McDonnell from Dublin sees a "slight improvement" in tips at Christmas time when working for Pizza Delivery. "It's nothing significant but when the colder weather sets in, the tips can be a bit better."

 

5. Paddy Noher, working as a waiter in Donegal, sees the change more in the attitude of customers than in his pocket.  ''People are more friendly and understanding of those working at Xmas but doesn't mean they are going to tip you more."

 

6. Edwina Cunningham, a Barmaid from Fairview, sometimes sees people buy her a drink instead of tipping. ''People would buy you a drink or two instead of tipping, if you are able to drink there.''

''The tips are not what they used to be, depending on where you work, the tips could be shared with everyone but €10 would the be minimum amount a night.

 

7. Sarah Doran, Dublin.

When Sarah Doran was working as a lounge girl in Dublin, she saw a definite increase in tips at the weekends. ''Every Friday night I could expect to earn more in tips than I did at set rate... It was a fantastic little earner and I'd make more for my six hours across two nights than my friends would in 8 hour shifts in shops.''

 

Do you tip those in the service industry? We want to know how much you tip and why - or what you expect if you are working in the service industry.

Tweet us @IndoEnts or leave in the comments below to let us know.

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