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Old 04-01-2018, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Middle of the Pacific Ocean
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I wouldn't have tipped and would've given him a similar look in return for good measure. He did nothing special or extra to warrant a tip. Quite frankly, I have a huge problem with people who expect tips for merely doing their job to begin with. When taking a cab, for instance, I never let the driver load my bags into the trunk, but will do so myself instead. I can't tell you how many cabbies still expect a tip all the same . . . And don't even let me get into those cabbies who intentionally take the long route to have the meter run longer.
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Old 04-01-2018, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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We visited Chicago last weekend and stayed in a nicer boutique hotel. When we checked out, I inquired of the front desk attendant about getting a taxi to the train station. She said, "Certainly, the bellman can help you with that" and directed us to the bellman who was standing nearby. He simply pointed out the front door of the hotel and said, "There's a taxi already waiting out there, M'am" so we picked up our bags and proceeded outside and loaded them in the back of the taxi. I happened to glance back at the bellman and he was giving me a kind of incredulous look, which made me wonder if he was expecting a tip. Normally, had he been required to call a taxi or had he helped us with our bags, I would have gladly tipped him, but in this case he simply pointed at a taxi that was already sitting out front and we carried our own bags.

Did I do wrong? Was he entitled to a tip? I'm just curious for future reference, as we don't normally use a taxi when we travel but will be traveling to NYC in May and likely be traveling by taxi again there.
No. I wouldn't have tipped that. People want a tip for opening their mouth and speaking? Ridiculous.
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Old 04-01-2018, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Stacking the dishes in a restaurant is going too far IMO, but as for housekeeping, we rarely stay in hotels on vacation, always renting a pool home in the U.S., or Portugal or Spain in Europe.
The day we’re leaving, my wife will vacuum the place top to bottom, check windows for finger marks, strip all beds, wash and dry bedclothes and towels, put fresh sheets and duvet covers in a neat pile on the beds.
All dishes, crockery, silverware, will be sparkling, and in their places in cupboards and drawers, not one item in the dishwasher or on draining boards, she’ll mop and dry all tiled floors, and wipe clean all tiled walls in kitchen and bathrooms, unless it’s garbage collection day, she’ll bag up all trash, and seek out a dumpster en route to the airport.
I think she does this as she doesn’t want anyone to think that she’s a dirty, untidy person, which she emphatically isn’t.
My take is, “You can take the girl out of Peckham, but you can’t take Peckham out of the girl.”
I've never been to Peckham, so I can't even imagine.
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Old 04-01-2018, 10:24 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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... as for housekeeping, we rarely stay in hotels on vacation, always renting a pool home in the U.S., or Portugal or Spain in Europe.
The day we’re leaving, my wife will vacuum the place top to bottom, check windows for finger marks, strip all beds, wash and dry bedclothes and towels, put fresh sheets and duvet covers in a neat pile on the beds.
All dishes, crockery, silverware, will be sparkling, and in their places in cupboards and drawers, not one item in the dishwasher or on draining boards, (...), she’ll bag up all trash, and seek out a dumpster en route to the airport.
I think she does this as she doesn’t want anyone to think that she’s a dirty, untidy person, which she emphatically isn’t.
^^^ This is me also. Not that much in a hotel (although I would never leave a mess like wet towels or bed sheets on the floor, or trash all over the place), but I certainly do it all in a rented home/condo/apartment or time share. I will leave the place looking the same way as I found it, short of vacuum, moping and cleaning the windows.

Back on topic: no, I wouldn't tip the bellboy either.
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Old 04-02-2018, 03:56 AM
 
Location: Canada
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We are not shy or cheap about tipping, but no, you didn't owe him anything if his only service was to point out the door.
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Old 04-02-2018, 07:13 AM
 
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Stacking the dishes in a restaurant is going too far IMO, but as for housekeeping, we rarely stay in hotels on vacation, always renting a pool home in the U.S., or Portugal or Spain in Europe.
The day we’re leaving, my wife will vacuum the place top to bottom, check windows for finger marks, strip all beds, wash and dry bedclothes and towels, put fresh sheets and duvet covers in a neat pile on the beds.
All dishes, crockery, silverware, will be sparkling, and in their places in cupboards and drawers, not one item in the dishwasher or on draining boards, she’ll mop and dry all tiled floors, and wipe clean all tiled walls in kitchen and bathrooms, unless it’s garbage collection day, she’ll bag up all trash, and seek out a dumpster en route to the airport.
I think she does this as she doesn’t want anyone to think that she’s a dirty, untidy person, which she emphatically isn’t.
My take is, “You can take the girl out of Peckham, but you can’t take Peckham out of the girl.”
Your wife is a dream tenant, renter, guest, whatever. If only most or all people did that when they stayed somewhere. .

And I agree with others, you did not need to tip him. He didn't do anything. He merely pointed his finger.
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Old 04-02-2018, 07:37 AM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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People, please remember the topic presented in the first post.
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Old 04-02-2018, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I did tip the cabbie 20% but he actually did something. Thanks for the reassurance that I wasn't rude to the bellman, I really didn't think that he earned a tip.
you did just right in my opinion
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Old 04-02-2018, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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I'm pretty sure this is the definition of a "first world problem".
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Old 04-02-2018, 11:50 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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^^^ not really. This is something only Americans are obsessed about. They rather tip everyone than worry about who should or shouldn't get a tip. And since we are so tip crazy, you see tip jars in the most inappropriate places. Opportunists have a field day...
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