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Old 12-31-2014, 07:23 AM
 
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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?
I wouldn't have. I would have done exactly as you did.
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Old 01-01-2015, 10:53 AM
 
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If they paid the employees more, the prices would go up and people would complain about paying too much for the food or whatever.

then that just proves the greed of big business and therein lies the problem
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Old 01-02-2015, 10:54 AM
 
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then that just proves the greed of big business and therein lies the problem
News Flash: 87% of US restaurants are small businesses that are independently run.
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Old 01-02-2015, 11:23 AM
 
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When I stay long term in a hotel (for a month for work a couple of times a year), I have them clean my room once a week. I tip them well so they will take care of my room, leave me extra stuff, and leave my stuff alone. It is interesting being a long term hotel guest because the Staff will go out of there way to take care of me. So... I find tipping them for outstanding service is appropriate.

If I am staying over night one or two nights, no I don't. If I am paying $100 or more for a room, what am I paying for? The pleasure of sleeping in a room and showering?
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Old 01-02-2015, 12:03 PM
 
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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?
I might. Probably somewhere from $3 to $5. Anyone who serves should get at least a $3 tip.
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Old 01-03-2015, 09:16 AM
 
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When I stay long term in a hotel (for a month for work a couple of times a year), I have them clean my room once a week. I tip them well so they will take care of my room, leave me extra stuff, and leave my stuff alone. It is interesting being a long term hotel guest because the Staff will go out of there way to take care of me. So... I find tipping them for outstanding service is appropriate.

If I am staying over night one or two nights, no I don't. If I am paying $100 or more for a room, what am I paying for? The pleasure of sleeping in a room and showering?
What about the hotels that require entry into a guest room at least once every three days. I believe it's the law in a handful of states, NH is one that somehow comes to mind--although it might be a different New England state I am thinking of.
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Old 01-03-2015, 05:25 PM
 
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What about the hotels that require entry into a guest room at least once every three days. I believe it's the law in a handful of states, NH is one that somehow comes to mind--although it might be a different New England state I am thinking of.
Thank goodness I have never stayed in that kind. Would drive me crazy having to put away my stuff that often. I try to make it easy for House Keeping and put away most of my stuff. I personally love the Sheraton where I get points for staying green and not having them come in.
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Old 01-03-2015, 06:18 PM
 
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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
Everyone? No, I don't tip cab drivers. They drive me to my destination and I pay the fare. I don't tip unless he help me with heavy luggages.

As to hotel cleaners, I do tip them modestly, but it is pretty disgusting that hotels are asking for this, as if they "care". If they care, why don't they pay them more?

I know there is the argument that if someone serves you, you should pay for the service. The argument should go both ways. What if the service is bad? Should I ask the hotel for some money back?

As to waiter, what should I tip if she let me wait for 10 minutes before bringing me the plates? Or brings me the wrong dish? or I need to ask 4 times before she brings some water? Should I still tip 15%? Am I being mean for not tipping for the lack of decent service? Should I ask her for money back if the services is horrible? The waiter can expect tips for good service, but should also be punished for bad services.
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Old 01-04-2015, 10:46 AM
 
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Everyone? No, I don't tip cab drivers. They drive me to my destination and I pay the fare. I don't tip unless he help me with heavy luggages.

As to hotel cleaners, I do tip them modestly, but it is pretty disgusting that hotels are asking for this, as if they "care". If they care, why don't they pay them more?

I know there is the argument that if someone serves you, you should pay for the service. The argument should go both ways. What if the service is bad? Should I ask the hotel for some money back?

As to waiter, what should I tip if she let me wait for 10 minutes before bringing me the plates? Or brings me the wrong dish? or I need to ask 4 times before she brings some water? Should I still tip 15%? Am I being mean for not tipping for the lack of decent service? Should I ask her for money back if the services is horrible? The waiter can expect tips for good service, but should also be punished for bad services.
As to the bolded, actually, yes. Many better brands have money back guarantees. I have used them and been refunded partial or whole stays when I had a valid complaint at Hilton and Marriott family branded properties.

As far as the server goes, you need to determine if it the server, the kitchen, or the auxilliary staff who is at fault before reducing a tip. I would never blame the server for the mistake of the kitchen unless it is obvious--my steak ordered rare is delivered burned to a crisp or my burger ordered with "everything on the side" arrives covered in vegetables and condiments for example.
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