Originally Posted by RetroSpin
The point is anonymous service is not tipped generally. When you deal directly with the service person, often a tip is expected or appropriate. I already said I have never tipped stringers when I drop the racquet off. It does seem to me that standing there watching while he strings it makes the situation a little different, but I started this thread because I wasn't sure.
Hotel housekeepers are generally anonymous, yet it's somewhat common to tip (leave a little cash on the desk or whatever). As for dealing directly with the person, well... tip your dentist or doctor lately?
Look, I'm no expert. Perhaps we need Miss Manners to chime in. But for me, I like to distinguish between "service" vs "hospitality". The latter is often a tipped employee.