I often do, but I won't pay a pre loaded tip.
I also tip only if I have received particularly good service. It might be more or less than 10%, depending on how much we have spent and how much work we caused.
I have never tipped a 'chambermaid' and don't see why that is expected, we don't do anything that would require them to go the extra mile.
Cabbies I will tip if they have done something extra like carrying my luggage to the front door. Mind you, the situation, in our home town at least, is a bit different cos Mr S is a cabbie - so the cabbie is intent on knocking a bit off the bill for us and we are intent on given a tip .
The situation in the USa is farcical - 20% if you get good service and 105 if the service was bad! No way - it is 0% if the service was bad
If it's added on automatically then it defeats the object of a tip. I agree with GA - pay people a decent wage and then tips can be given as their intended purpose (i.e. the acknowledgement that someone has gone beyond what is expected in their role), and not a necessity to supplement crap wages.
The one that gets me is hairdressers. I already get charged extra because I have long hair, and it seems now that you can't just get it cut - there have to be all sorts of extras, all at a cost. I can't afford to go often, let alone tip... plus there are places I have to avoid now because I'm fed up of the staff trying to sell me 'treatments' and expensive products, because high street stuff is 'proven' to be really bad for the hair. I'm covered in tattoos - even if I believed them, hair is temporary so I really don't care!
My bugbear is that service tends to be worse in places that automatically at 10% or whatever to the bill because there's no incentive to give good service. I will refuse to pay it if it's been really bad, but mostly will.
I was a waitress in a large chain for a long while. Our total tip box generally came to about 5% of the evenings takings.
I just don't get how americans, arguably one of the least tolerant, selfish nations in the world, allow a system where tips are seen as "must do". Talk of 10% tips, if the service has been bad is a joke...It's down to the employer, not simple punters to subsidise them!
Just keep thinking of the bit in one of the Home Alone's where the porter sticks his hand out asking for a tip, and the kid gives him some chewing gum instead. I'd probably be like that, or give some smart alec bit of advice (tip).
I'd probably have to make full use of my running to get out of trouble though
Yes, I'd be happy with that - especially as it'd save the social awkwardness associated with tipping
SuperCaz wrote (see)
Last time we were in USA we tipped the hotel staff. We then found out when we paid the bill at the end of our stay that tips were added on to your bill so you were not expected to tip any of their staff at all. We were not happy when we discovered that we had tipped twice!
That would have so pissed me off!
I was irritated enough with the little envelope left in the room for the tip to go in. By the end of that trip we'd no money left, so they didn't get a tip anyway.
I don't go on cruises, but I understand you're "expected" to allow a certain amount for tips for the crew? Stuff that.
I used to tip my hairdresser, when he worked in a salon, but now that he works for himself, I don't. Never knew whether this was 'right' or not though!
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