DEAR ABBY: It infuriates me when people write to you to complain about how cheap some people are when it comes to tipping.
I am one of those cheap tippers. Let me explain.
My husband is a firefighter. Who tips him? Nobody! After he has risked his life to save others, their pets or personal belongings, do you think the city or the victim hands him $50 and says, "Thanks for a job well done"? Never! After he has pulled a drunk from a car wreck at 3 a.m., do you believe someone will tip him or the police officers? They won't.
Does my husband expect a tip? No.
Abby, I know hairdressers who make more money than my husband does, so I say let's put an end to the tipping debate. My advice to hairdressers is, "Get over it and be happy with what you receive." -- TIRED OF TIPPING IN INDIANA
DEAR TIRED OF TIPPING: Firefighters and police officers may not receive monetary tips, but recognition and rewards are not as rare as you may believe. I have known of celebrations to honor local heroes, as well as money drives to benefit fire and police departments, and the families of these public servants.
Not all people in the beauty business are salaried. Most of them need their tips to achieve and maintain a decent standard of living.
P.S. If you had signed your name, you'd be wearing a "Mohawk" for life.