DEAR MISS MANNERS: I have seen the rule that one does not tip the owner of a business. Why is this?
The owner of the salon is doing the exact same service for you as someone renting a booth from them. There is absolutely no logic to not tipping the owner.
My family members and I all work in the service industry, from restaurants to hospitality to salons. Some own their own businesses, and others work for someone. No one understands this belief that the owner of a business should not be tipped.
Where does this antiquated belief come from? Do you think that small-business owners are rich and don't need, or deserve, tips?
GENTLE READER: It is not Miss Manners' belief that all business owners are rich, or that any are undeserving. But it is her distinct impression that, even when they do the same work as waiters, bellhops and hairdressers, they do not do so for the same compensation.