What you need to know about tipping

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  1. uggboy
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    || What you need to know about tipping ||


    The article reads like a " bad reality TV show gone even more wrong " IMHO.

    How about paying service / hospitality employees a fair / living wage of instead expecting more and more hand-outs, named " tips "...? [ Let's face it, these are charges who must now be calculated into the travel budget ] This means, the people who travel, eat out and use services pay twice or even thrice, only because the companies who offer such services do not pay their workers a living wage salary, which would be the right way IMHO. That's what everyone on MP would expect from their salaries too, or would you enjoy to live from tips or ask for " tips " every time you make that client visit? [ and would your client enjoy this bother? ]

    Effectively, travelers do subsidize these businesses.

    It seems to me that many more people are fed up with the bother to " tip " everyone and everything these days.
     
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    One question remains:

    One answer: Definitively!
     
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    From the article:

    Bravo, I'm happy to support common sense!:)
     
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    I think part of the problem may be that if tipping were suddenly eliminated, many would still tip and those would stop would be looked down upon or receive poor service. The situation of hotel elites not receiving good upgrades in Vegas hotels because many others tip the check in clerk would be extended to a variety of travel situations. Perhaps lots of signage and threatening termination of workers caught accepting tips would be needed, but even then, some customers would try to cheat in order to get better service and extras.
     
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    I remember a story about a year or so ago, where a bar server in NYC was trying to get people to tip between 22 and 25% for the restaurant servers throughout the country.

    I am sorry, but your service is not that good--even if you think it is. I will tip what I feel is appropriate to both your service and my wallet.
     
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    Slight correction. In Las Vegas it is a BRIBE not a tip when you give the CheckIn Clerk money for an upgrade.
     
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    Don't they have cameras everywhere in those casino hotels? And isn't there a significant unemployment rate in Vegas?

    'nuff said.
     
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    I should probably not say this... I have seen no real difference in tipping practice during my lifetime. In a handful of individual countries there have been changes, certainly. Singapore, for example, eliminated tipping completely not too long after it achieved involuntary nationhood a few decades ago. I do as i learned to do in the Middle East decades ago and often tip before service begins. It works and achieves the purpose. Service people are not well-paid anywhere i know, so i feel good to help them make a little more. When i was one I certainly appreciated that.
     
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