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Old 12-21-2009, 05:57 PM
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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Cutting back on tips is being cheap and stingy.

Cutting back on activities that require tips is being frugal.
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Old 12-21-2009, 09:17 PM
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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We cut way back on eating out; however, I would never cheat servers that I've always tipped. That simply would not be fair. (However, I'm not one of those who thinks we should tip for every dogdamn thing out there. Nor do I tip for bad service.)
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Old 12-22-2009, 12:03 PM
Location: Bike to Surf!
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Originally Posted by Gandalara View Post
This from the same person who buys books, reads them, and then returns them for a refund??
Yep. People need to stop treating corporations like people and instead recognize that they are businesses. They (businesses) calculate exactly what minimum amenities/employee pay/return policies/customer service they can provide in order to maximize their profits. You should do the same when dealing with them.

People, on the other hand, do not make these cold calculations when determining how hard they will work to tend your table, hair, etc. They decide to give their all or not. They might be worn out, stressed, have troubles at home, etc. I give people the benefit of the doubt and tip generously when service is good or acceptable (say on a busy night with not enough staff), and stingily when the service seems poor for no good reason. With corporations, I keep it strictly business, because that's how they treat us; as a numbers game. Abide by the letter of the law and the contracts.

Yes, it gets into a gray are when businesses are small, but that's why we have brains and empathy; to navigate fairly through the gray areas in life.
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Old 12-22-2009, 12:55 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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Back in the days when coins had cash value, I had a friend who had a good system. He would guess how much his final would be, and then stack up quarters on the table to represent about 25% of that. Each time the waitress was a little bit slack, he'd take back a quarter and put it in his pocket. It didn't take the waitress very long to get the picture.
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