McDonald's Pulls Emily Post's Etiquette Guidelines About Tipping Au Pairs

PHOTO: Elizabeth Post is seen in a 1972 handout photo provided by The Emily Post Institute. Post was an etiquette expert known for writing books and magazine columns on manners.
AP Photo/The Emily Post Institute

McDonald's employee McResource website has attracted unwanted attention once again, this time for posting etiquette guidelines for tipping just as fast food workers protested across the country against low wages.

McDonald's took down the tips, which were gleaned from etiquette guru Emily Post through, from its employee resource page after they were the subject of news reports.

"The content was provided by a third-party partner and quotes from one of the best-known etiquette gurus, Emily Post," a McDonald's spokeswoman said in a statement. "We continue to review the resource and will ask the vendor to make changes as needed."

During the last two months, the labor group behind criticized leaked images from McDonald's employee website and shared a recording of a McDonald's worker help line in which an employee is advised to look into food stamps to feed her family. The group called the McResource tipping guide "offensive" and "clueless."

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Here are some of the tipping guidelines from Emily Post that were shared on the McResource website:

Au Pair

A gift from your family (or one week's pay), plus a small gift from your child.

Babysitter, regular

One evening's pay, plus a small gift from your child.


Cost of one haircut, plus possibly a small gift.

Beauty Salon Staff

$10 to $60 each, giving most to those who give most to you, plus possibly a small gift.

Child's Teacher

Gift, not cash; check school's policy. Possibilities: gift certificates for coffee shop or bookstore, classroom supplies, book, picture frame, fruit basket, or gourmet food item, or joint gift with other parents and their children.

Day Care Providers

$25 to $70 each, plus a small gift from your child. If only one or two providers, consider higher range amount.

Dog Walker

One week's pay.

Fitness Trainer, personal

Cost of one session.

Garage Attendants

$10 to $30 each, to be distributed by manager.


One day's pay.

Letter Carriers

U.S. government regulations permit carriers to accept gifts worth up to $20 each.

Massage Therapist

One session's fee.


One week's to one month's salary based on tenure and customs in your area, plus a small gift from your child.

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