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Old 12-30-2014, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Austin
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OTOH, I just ate one waffle across the street in Waffle House with a glass of water. Total cost was $3.25 plus tax. I gave the waitress a $1 tip. It's not her fault I don't eat much! However, that's a service she provides. She talks to me, takes my order and serves me the food. But when it comes to a hotel room, shouldn't it be clean when you arrive?
I usually tip big (percent) on small restaurant bills. If I have a $4 breakfast, I'll tip $4. I really don't like the "rule" that says you tip a higher percent at fine dining restaurants. In fact, I do just the opposite. If I spend $250 for my wife and I at a nice restaurant, I would be more likely to tip 10 - 15%. If we eat Tex-Mex for $40, I would likely tip 25 - 30%.
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Old 12-30-2014, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Ubique
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I don't tip on logic. I tip on tradition or "industry-standard." I have no idea why I should tip the cab-driver, and not the bus driver, for example.

It's common to leave tips for hotel housekeepers. And I have no idea if their salary is good or bad. That's for those men and women to decide, not me.
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Old 12-30-2014, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Everyone knows they’re expected to tip their cab driver and waiter. But few realize that they’re also expected to tip the people who clean their hotel rooms every day.

That’s why Marriott says it’s launching its “The Envelope Please” campaign this week in partnership with A Woman’s Nation, a nonprofit founded by Maria Shriver, in some of its hotels. The hotel will place envelopes in 160,000 rooms in the United States and Canada with the name of the person who cleans the room and the message, “Our caring room attendants enjoyed making your stay warm and comfortable.

Hotel Chain Will Leave Envelopes In Rooms To Encourage Guests To Tip Housekeepers | ThinkProgress
oops, I thought those envelopes were where I was suppose to put my gum
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Old 12-30-2014, 10:35 AM
 
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I always tip a cab driver, although I really haven't taken a cab in a very long time. I never thought the tip had anything to do with luggage. I always wondered about an airport limo driver, however. Many people don't tip and some do. I guess doing what feels right is best.
I can't imagine not tipping a cab driver or limo driver. The exception would be if the cost for the limo or car service included a gratuity.
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Old 12-30-2014, 10:37 AM
 
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I don't tip on logic. I tip on tradition or "industry-standard." I have no idea why I should tip the cab-driver, and not the bus driver, for example.

It's common to leave tips for hotel housekeepers. And I have no idea if their salary is good or bad. That's for those men and women to decide, not me.
The bus driver is unionized and making good wages and fantastic benefits. The cab driver pays to rent the cab, pays for the gas, and gives the cab company about half the fare. Do the math, without tips they are making a few bucks an hour.
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Old 12-30-2014, 10:44 AM
 
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funny how all business refuse to pay their employees a living wage but at the same time expect its own customers to make up the difference via "tips"...LOL
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Old 12-30-2014, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Middle of the Pacific Ocean
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funny how all business refuse to pay their employees a living wage but at the same time expect its own customers to make up the difference via "tips"...LOL
That's a very fair point and represents an even more egregious problem when exclusive resorts/4-5 Star hotels engage in this process; I can understand the low budget hotels doing this. Still, acknowledging that my housekeepers are not likely getting paid a living wage, I have no problem leaving a few dollars behind after my stay in appreciation for their work in cleaning the room. Note, I do this even though I always place a "do not disturb" sign on my door as the housekeeping staff still had to prepare my room for arrival and has to clean up after I've left.
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Old 12-30-2014, 11:03 AM
 
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funny how all business refuse to pay their employees a living wage but at the same time expect its own customers to make up the difference via "tips"...LOL
If they paid the employees more, the prices would go up and people would complain about paying too much for the food or whatever.
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Old 12-30-2014, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Ubique
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The bus driver is unionized and making good wages and fantastic benefits. The cab driver pays to rent the cab, pays for the gas, and gives the cab company about half the fare. Do the math, without tips they are making a few bucks an hour.
I would rather let the cab-driver do his own math, rather than "get in their pants."
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Old 12-30-2014, 10:48 PM
 
Location: on the edge of Sanity
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I usually tip big (percent) on small restaurant bills. If I have a $4 breakfast, I'll tip $4. I really don't like the "rule" that says you tip a higher percent at fine dining restaurants. In fact, I do just the opposite. If I spend $250 for my wife and I at a nice restaurant, I would be more likely to tip 10 - 15%. If we eat Tex-Mex for $40, I would likely tip 25 - 30%.
Today I had very good service in a small diner and my bill was $5 plus tax. I left $1.50 and figured 30% was a good tip, but maybe $2 would have been better. The waitress was busy or on break, so the short order cook took my order, made my meal and served me. I think he was the manager, but I'm not really sure. So you would have left him $5?
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