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Old 03-29-2018, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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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.
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Old 03-29-2018, 02:00 PM
 
Location: NYC
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If he didn't do anything but point from inside to a cab waiting outside & you loaded up your own bags, nada tip. Zilch.

In NYC at least a dollar a bag has been standard for a long time for bellmen that help with bags, 15-20% of toll is typical for cabbies but at least a couple of dollars. Most have credit card machines now & Uber is all over.
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Old 03-29-2018, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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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.
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Old 03-29-2018, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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I don't think so. I think you're probably misreading his look. But if everything happened as you described, I would not have tipped and believe almost everyone would have done the same.

Perhaps he was planning to help you with your bags and was "reacting" to you taking your own bags...
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Old 03-30-2018, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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I don't think so. I think you're probably misreading his look. But if everything happened as you described, I would not have tipped and believe almost everyone would have done the same.

Perhaps he was planning to help you with your bags and was "reacting" to you taking your own bags...
My thought as well
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Old 03-30-2018, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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I don't think so. I think you're probably misreading his look. But if everything happened as you described, I would not have tipped and believe almost everyone would have done the same.

Perhaps he was planning to help you with your bags and was "reacting" to you taking your own bags...
You are both probably right, I'm a small town girl for the most part and big city hotel protocol is fairly foreign to me, although we already had our bags in our hands when this all occurred, so to me it would have seemed strange to set our bags down and ask him to pick them up and carry them out to the taxi. Then again, I'm one of those odd souls who ties up the hotel room garbage to help out the housekeeping staff so what would I know?

Anyway, I'm just glad that it doesn't appear that I stiffed him.
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Old 03-30-2018, 07:18 PM
 
Location: London U.K.
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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.
Going strictly on what you said, then no, I wouldn’t have tipped him.
As a retired licenced London taxi driver, I used to be amazed when sitting on a rank at a hotel, where the first cab was maybe 3-4 metres from the hotel door, and people would walk out, no bags, and instead of walking to the first cab and getting in, they would follow the doorman maybe 5 steps, then when he opened the door, put a £5 bill, ($7) in his hand.
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Old 03-31-2018, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Lancashire, England
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I'm one of those odd souls who ties up the hotel room garbage to help out the housekeeping staff

Me too! I'll wipe the wash basin over, make sure I haven't left any trash on the floors, and even leave the TV remote control exactly where it was when I first entered the room. Hmm....I wonder if I have OCD.
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Old 03-31-2018, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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Me too! I'll wipe the wash basin over, make sure I haven't left any trash on the floors, and even leave the TV remote control exactly where it was when I first entered the room. Hmm....I wonder if I have OCD.
It looks like I have a soul sister in England, because I do those things too. I think it's just from being a wife and mother for so long that I'm used to tidying up after myself and others and I appreciate what a grueling job hotel housekeeping can be, and for relatively low pay. I place all of the used towels in one neat pile, wipe down the counters, straighten up the beds, tie up the trash as I already mentioned, and turn off the lights on my way out. Definitely OCD, I suppose, but that's ok.

I also stack my dishes and silverware neatly on the table after a meal in a restaurant so that it will be easier for them to bus the table, but that probably is going a bit too far.
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Old 04-01-2018, 07:58 AM
 
Location: London U.K.
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It looks like I have a soul sister in England, because I do those things too. I think it's just from being a wife and mother for so long that I'm used to tidying up after myself and others and I appreciate what a grueling job hotel housekeeping can be, and for relatively low pay. I place all of the used towels in one neat pile, wipe down the counters, straighten up the beds, tie up the trash as I already mentioned, and turn off the lights on my way out. Definitely OCD, I suppose, but that's ok.

I also stack my dishes and silverware neatly on the table after a meal in a restaurant so that it will be easier for them to bus the table, but that probably is going a bit too far.
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.”
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