I have frequented a unisex hair salon for years. They know me pretty well. One woman, in particular, broke up with her BF some months ago. In the back of my mind, I have thought about asking her out sometime.
Tonight, I dropped in just before closing after a long day and a long commute from The Middle of Nowhere, MO. The woman was minding the store, sweeping up. I asked her if there was time for a quick beard trim. She said yes, if I could pay first.
The trim is $5. I usually tip $2 so I handed her a ten-spot and said that $3 back is fine.
Surprised, she said, "Are you sure? It's just a beard trim."
I smiled and said, "Sure.... consider it a 'pre-tip'. I know that the trim will be good."
A few minutes later I left, all trimmed up. 1/2 hour later, I went to pay for something at a gas station and opened my wallet.
To my dismay, I quickly did an audit of the bills within.
Yikes. It wasn't a ten-spot. I had used a $20 bill and just tipped a woman $12 for a beard trim saying "consider it a pre-tip" and probably looked like some arrogant ass trying to buy a date.