Let’s examine some more basic etiquette tips!
At a dinner party, when you sit down, place your napkin on your lap. If you get up during the meal, place the napkin on your chair. When the meal is over, place your napkin on the left side of your plate. If you see multiple pieces of silverware, know that the general rule is to work from the outside in towards your plate. Being observant of others also helps to choose the correct utensil.
In a restaurant, a 15-20% tip is considered proper in the United States. The bartender gets 10-15%. If you have a coupon or any discount, tip on the amount you would have paid. Remember that in some countries, the tip is included. Follow each country’s suggestions for tipping. Parking valets get $1-$2 in some parts of the country. Also, tips for salon services can range from 10-20%. The quality of personal attention and service should set the tip amount! The pizza delivery person should get $5 if the weather is severe; otherwise $2 is sufficient.
In a hotel where the bellhop brings luggage to your room, tip at least $2 per bag. The hotel maid should get $2 a day if the service has been acceptable. If it has been extraordinary, leave more per day! It helps to meet the maid, if you are staying more than two nights. Give a small tip and communicate any preferences. Then at the end of your stay, tip again. Remember that the hotel employees could work for cash elsewhere but choose a hotel for the benefits and job security. If they make your stay even better than anticipated, tips help to make their jobs better.
Another area of etiquette that needs to be modeled is cell phone use and the level of one’s talking voice. Read my blog tomorrow for more tips!