May 2, 2008

Tips

I'm wondering how people that read this blog feel about tipping and acupuncture. I ask these questions knowing full well that their is probably an entire web site dedicated to the social conventions of tipping.

Should you tip your acupuncturist (does anyone tip their doctor)?

As an acupuncturist, should I accept tips (and by "accept" I mean "not reject" as opposed to "actively elicit")?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't think so, it's not proper to tip a professional. Thank you gifts because you made them feel well maybe. My 2 cents from Mt. Kisco.

Diggs said...

I don't see a problem with it, so long as people aren't pressured to tip (ie a tip can in their treatment room). If their inclination is to tip then it may make them feel uncomfortable if you decline.

Vanessa said...

I agree that you don't tip professionals. And if you accept tips from people, they're going to think you expect it again the next time. I think they might just be confused as to whether or not you are a professional (since you're not an M.D. and that's the norm for "healer" in this country; no one tips their M.D.). Therefore, you need to clarify your status with the patient by not taking tips. That's my pseudo-anthropological take on the matter.

the unbeatable kid said...

thanks for the input everyone. this issue doesn't come up often for me (i might get one or two people trying to tip a year). so far, i've been doing what diggs recommends. it feels haughty for me to refuse tips.

Diggs said...

My father is a doctor (an anesthesiologist in cardiology) and he told me that family members or even the patient him/herself sometimes offer him a tip after heart surgery.