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Old 07-05-2014, 01:08 AM
 
Location: Alaska
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Tipping massage therapists? The same group that wants to be viewed as a health care service? Do you tip nurses? Nurse aides? Practioners? Doctors? Dental Hygentists?

I have done massage therapy full time and part time - it's a good wage even when working for someone else. I don't believe in accepting tips. Now the person that cleans my hotel bathroom ... that I will tip.
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Old 07-05-2014, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Florida
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By the way, try shopping at Wegman's or Publix. You'll always have someone help you, and it's not usually hard to find someone to do so. Most of the time they will gladly walk you to the proper aisle and help you find the item. Their prices are higher than WalMart, but hey, you get what you pay for.
And did you tip those employees that walk you to the aisle? Why not?
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Old 07-05-2014, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Greenbelt, MD
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I resent having to tip waiters. Pay your own employees salary. Why expect your customers to do it ? Change the system.
The higher prices you would have to pay for food at a restaurant will be added to your check anyway.

In the end there will be very little difference. You'll be paying about the same as if you left a tip.
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Old 07-05-2014, 07:02 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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You would also need to pay Sales Tax on the Waiters ("Tip") Service Fee or Higher cost of meal.

Now, Tip is not Sales Taxed by the state.

Would be a Win-fall for the state....
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Old 07-05-2014, 08:08 AM
 
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why would you need a waitress offering wine suggestions, when you already know it all??

do you quiz them?
They know their wine list well, and can make suggestions on wines I might not be familiar with.
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Old 07-05-2014, 08:10 AM
 
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I resent having to tip waiters. Pay your own employees salary. Why expect your customers to do it ? Change the system.
Then you will be paying even more for the food.
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Old 07-05-2014, 08:11 AM
 
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Tipping massage therapists? The same group that wants to be viewed as a health care service? Do you tip nurses? Nurse aides? Practioners? Doctors? Dental Hygentists?

I have done massage therapy full time and part time - it's a good wage even when working for someone else. I don't believe in accepting tips. Now the person that cleans my hotel bathroom ... that I will tip.
The massage therapists who work at spas are also LMT's but don't work in a medical setting and aren't paid nearly as much as those that do work in a medical setting. Like with any other spa service, it's expected that a gratuity will be offered.
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Old 07-05-2014, 08:13 AM
 
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And did you tip those employees that walk you to the aisle? Why not?
Nope--because Publix and Wegman's have a no tipping policy.
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Old 07-05-2014, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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The higher prices you would have to pay for food at a restaurant will be added to your check anyway.

In the end there will be very little difference. You'll be paying about the same as if you left a tip.
Have you been to non-tipping countries? You can still get tons of very cheap food at better quality than a lot of restaurants here. I find tipping to be absolutely absurd, personally. I also hate American-style service where they pester you non-stop. Let me be in peace!
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Old 07-05-2014, 09:09 AM
 
Location: England
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Have you been to non-tipping countries? You can still get tons of very cheap food at better quality than a lot of restaurants here. I find tipping to be absolutely absurd, personally. I also hate American-style service where they pester you non-stop. Let me be in peace!
I live in a non tipping country. Believe me, we get decent service. I don't need a server bothering me every two minutes with "everything ok here." As soon as I open my mouth, when I visit America, and they hear my English accent, the server's mouth purses! I feel like saying, "don't worry, I know the score, you'll get your tip."

I love these threads, I have been reading this latest one with great interest. All the usual suspects are here...... the one's who boast how generous they are with tips, and the one's who resent it. You can tell how much this subject arouses people to anger.

Lots of folks in America are on minimum wage, and feel servers expect too much. The talking heads say, "oh, if you stiff a server, they are losing out. Taxes to pay on tips, other's to share them with etc etc. It's easy to solve........ if there are no tips, then there is nothing to share with the IRS and other team members.

But of course, servers don't want to be paid a proper hourly rate by the business owner. They can make a lot of money from tips. For all the complaining about being stiffed, they want things to remain the way they are.

Others say, "well if there weren't a tipping culture, the price of the meal would go up." That's probably true, but I bet each meal wouldn't go up to what people are paying now, plus the tip.

I'll say it one more time, quietly, so as not to frighten the horses......... it is not the job of the patron of a restaurant to pay the staff, that is the job of the business owner.

They mustn't be able to believe their luck that the customers pay the wages for them.
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