Tips

Decorating By woohoo Updated 5 Jan 2010 , 6:00am by Mrs-A

woohoo Posted 4 Jan 2010 , 2:47am
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I just had a friend ask me if she is supposed to tip the lady who is doing her son's birthday cake. I live in a VERY rural area and have never received a tip for one of my cakes, but she lives in the Washington, D.C. area. I didn't know what to tell her. Any suggestions?

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prterrell Posted 4 Jan 2010 , 2:52am
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No, tipping is not required.

aundrea Posted 4 Jan 2010 , 2:53am
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hello and welcome to CC! ive always thought of a tip for anything as a personal decision. if she really likes the cake and feels like tipping why not?
IMO its always a matter of personal choice. i dont think anyone should ever feel obligated to tip.
im sure this post will get alot of responses.

Cakeonista Posted 4 Jan 2010 , 3:12am
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Required, not at all tipping is just thanking someone for a well done service, nothing wrong with it. IMO

Darthburn Posted 4 Jan 2010 , 4:12pm
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I wouldn't recommend tipping the baker... if you're going to give them a shove make it hard enough to topple them completely over so you can run away.

Furthermore, I don't recommend tipping the cake or it could fall and ruin it.

indydebi Posted 4 Jan 2010 , 4:26pm
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It's considered improper etiquette to tip the owner of a business. (I never took any part of the tips we were given ... I always divided up among my staff.)

Tipping is always an optional thing, to me. A tip is "a monetary thanks for service above and beyond what was paid for." That's why I find it arrogant to charge a tip up front, like many caterers do. If someone wants to render a monetary thanks for above-and-beyond service, I don't see a problem with accepting that.

But to me, if I order a cake and pay for delivery, I'm not tipping if I got my cake delivered, as contracted.

Now if it was last minute, if she squeezed me in, if she delivered it in a snowstorm, if delivery wasn't part of her service but she brought it by anyway, then that is above and beyond what was paid for and I'd render a tip.

colombean Posted 4 Jan 2010 , 9:48pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Darthburn

I wouldn't recommend tipping the baker... if you're going to give them a shove make it hard enough to topple them completely over so you can run away.

Furthermore, I don't recommend tipping the cake or it could fall and ruin it.




lol

I wouldn't expect a tip. or to tip. Maybe the driver who is delivering the cake, but what, like $5-$10 for getting there on time and delivering it safely?...

Mug-a-Bug Posted 5 Jan 2010 , 1:07am
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I am from Las Vegas and used to be a dental assistant. I received tips from time to time, lol icon_rolleyes.gif

I don't think tipping your cake decorator is necessary, but if she wants to tip, why not? I think tipping is always nice thumbs_up.gif

woohoo Posted 5 Jan 2010 , 5:08am
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I'm so impressed with all the responses so quickly! This was my first time to ever use the forum, and I greatly appreciate everyone's input. It is all very helpful, useful information. Thank you for your answers and insight!

CakeMommyTX Posted 5 Jan 2010 , 5:21am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Darthburn

I wouldn't recommend tipping the baker... if you're going to give them a shove make it hard enough to topple them completely over so you can run away.

Furthermore, I don't recommend tipping the cake or it could fall and ruin it.




Cake tipping, I've heard of that,it's a lot like cow tipping but instead of an angry farmer chasing you with a shotgun you get a ticked off bride flinging shrimp cocktails at you, equally as fun in my book.

Darthburn Posted 5 Jan 2010 , 5:40am
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You know... I never thought about the bride! Cripes I think I'd rather take my chances with a farmer and shotgun!

For the record, if she throws a shrimp and me I absolutely guarantee it will not touch the floor! *burp*

Mrs-A Posted 5 Jan 2010 , 6:00am
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im an aussie so we dont tip but if your friend is happy with the cake then i suggest she gets a dozen or so cards and hand them out and and if the baker has a website, leave a positive review

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