This topic may be somewhat city-centric; I don't see many bathroom attendants when I go visit my parents in Maine. But hopefully most of you have encountered the ladies of the night to whom I refer: They occupy the powder rooms of certain restaurants and nightclubs, primarily to help keep the facilities looking as presentable as the rest of the establishment. However, many take their role to the next level, hovering eagerly to hand you a paper towel, or even setting up elaborate displays of trial-size toiletries that you're encouraged to use. But there's a catch.
If you help yourself to a spritz of hairspray or accept the paper towel (often the towel dispenser is empty, so you have to), it's customary to compensate the bathroom attendant by leaving a tip in her basket, which is displayed prominently amidst the sinks, with bills artfully dangled around its perimeter. Even if you don't take the towel or use the beauty products, there's guilt involved in exiting the bathroomRead More »from Do you tip bathroom attendants?