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    I really, really would like to know how different shops handle the tips. For instance, is there a tip jar that is divided up amongst all the employees, or do you get tips directly from the pets' owners, do you do envelopes like hairdressers, and does your shop allow tips via credit card or cash only?

    I would greatly appreciate getting your input.

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    We pocket our cash tips and get our card tips at the end of the week on our checks. We each keep the tips we personally earn on the dogs we groom, and split em 50/50 if we each take a dog from the same family. I never thought of splitting tips any differently based on whether one pet in a family got a haircut and the other just a b&b, but i guess the other location divides shared family tips based on who had the "harder" dog. That's really petty to me, but apparently that's how they work.

    On the occasion that one of us washes or dries or helps hold the other's client up, we'll usually share a couple bucks from the tip if it's cash. This is 100% discretionary.

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    • #3
      We work as a full team...we have a tip jar. All tip money from Cash, checks or cards gets put in the tip jar. We divide them or shop for the shop. We keep a full fridge, freezer and cupboard...tips are slim here. Usually less than $120 a week..today we got $11. so not a lot but I feed my staff lunch, keep snacks and we have breakfast available.... and we keep sodas and water and coffee or whatever stocked.

      If we got more I might handle them differently but we have a great team. No one ever does a dog all the way through except me...lol
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      • #4
        So wish I was closer to Augusta so I could go work for Parti


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        • #5
          We get cash at the end of the day, regardless of how the bill is paid.

          A while back I walked into a shop to check on an interesting job and walked out without making an application because I saw a large community tip jar sitting in the grooming area.

          If I earned it I am not interested in splitting any part of my pay with fellow employees and I don't want a chunk of their pay either. I'll buy my own snacks if I want to bring them and I don't eat lunch so I don't want to be paying for someone else's hamburgers or burritos every day.

          If I wash, dry and groom a dog for a customer and the customer sees fit to tip me some extra money for the service I provided, I feel that money is mine and part of my daily wages. And I want it.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Alittleamused View Post
            So wish I was closer to Augusta so I could go work for Parti


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            I am in Albany. ..almost as far away from Augusta as possible...
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Doubledogdare View Post
              We get cash at the end of the day, regardless of how the bill is paid.

              A while back I walked into a shop to check on an interesting job and walked out without making an application because I saw a large community tip jar sitting in the grooming area.

              If I earned it I am not interested in splitting any part of my pay with fellow employees and I don't want a chunk of their pay either. I'll buy my own snacks if I want to bring them and I don't eat lunch so I don't want to be paying for someone else's hamburgers or burritos every day.

              If I wash, dry and groom a dog for a customer and the customer sees fit to tip me some extra money for the service I provided, I feel that money is mine and part of my daily wages. And I want it.
              And that's fine. However not one person in my shop does one dog all the way through...we have a team. One bathes..someone dries...someone finishes. ..so how is it fair if all three (or four) people work on a dog that only one gets the tip (if there is one)...and my guys don't mind the community tip jar. We actually make more in tips this way than we did before we put it up. Our area doesn't tip well..it just doesn't.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Particentral View Post
                And that's fine. However not one person in my shop does one dog all the way through...we have a team. One bathes..someone dries...someone finishes. ..so how is it fair if all three (or four) people work on a dog that only one gets the tip (if there is one)...and my guys don't mind the community tip jar. We actually make more in tips this way than we did before we put it up. Our area doesn't tip well..it just doesn't.
                Same here Parti - tips are split 3 ways. We don't necessarily keep track of who bathes (hubby or kennel assistant), and I'm the only groomer, so tips are split up equally between the 3 of us. We keep track of the tips and our kennel assistant prefers to get the money in a lump sum 3-4 times a year. There is not enough to claim on taxes.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Particentral View Post
                  One bathes..someone dries...someone finishes. ..so how is it fair if all three (or four) people work on a dog that only one gets the tip (if there is one)...and my guys don't mind the community tip jar.
                  Where I work we each do our dogs start to finish. Bath to bows.

                  That being the case, if I do the dog in its entirety, I want the entire tip. I see no reason whatever if I do Buffy from start to finish that I should get one third of a ten buck tip and the other two-thirds should go in different directions to people who didn't place a hand on her.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Petekids View Post
                    Same here Parti - tips are split 3 ways. We don't necessarily keep track of who bathes (hubby or kennel assistant), and I'm the only groomer, so tips are split up equally between the 3 of us.
                    I will point out that as you are married to one-third of the crew, two-thirds of tips stays in the family circle.

                    Just sayin'...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Doubledogdare View Post
                      Where I work we each do our dogs start to finish. Bath to bows.

                      That being the case, if I do the dog in its entirety, I want the entire tip. I see no reason whatever if I do Buffy from start to finish that I should get one third of a ten buck tip and the other two-thirds should go in different directions to people who didn't place a hand on her.
                      And I agree 100% with that but since that is not how we work....
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Particentral View Post
                        I am in Albany. ..almost as far away from Augusta as possible...
                        Whoops...I did mean Albany and not Augusta. Still, it would be a treat to work with you .


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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Alittleamused View Post
                          Whoops...I did mean Albany and not Augusta. Still, it would be a treat to work with you .


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                          Come on down and spend the day!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Particentral View Post
                            Come on down and spend the day!
                            Its a party at particentral's!!! wwhhhheeewww! Im bringing the girly drinks and party hats!

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                            • #15
                              Well then! I will bring the scotch.....lol
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