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Thread: USA Today article on TIPPING. Not our favorite topic.

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    USA Today article on TIPPING. Not our favorite topic.

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    We are tippers and I have no issue with the practice. I suppose that is because it’s all I have ever known. In Aruba when the restaurant charges the 15% service charge I just add some extra to bring it to 20% or more if service warrants it. We tip housekeeping and even add to the jar at Dunkin. When we were in Vegas last week I left a note and a tip for housekeeping every morning. Most days when we came back to the room there would be a thank you note and a God Bless notation from the housekeeper. I know it was appreciated it and the note made me smile. I hope the tip made that person smile.

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    I'm with Peg.....and happy to tip..... if it's earned!
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    I'll stick some change in a tip jar for counter service of places I frequent if the food is being prepared. For example, if I go into the bagel shop and get a bagel with cream cheese to go, I'll tip whatever my change comes to or if I am using a credit car, I'll add a $1.00. Same with the pizza place I stop in for a soda and slice. If I am just stopping in to pick up a half dozen bagels, then I don't tip(hubby doesn't tip at these places). As far as service charges go, it depends on the % added and the service we receive. If it is good, then we will add to it so it's 20%, if not, they get the service charge or what we feel their service was worth. We do tip in hotels, shuttles, etc. because the couple of $$$ doesn't hurt us as much as it helps the other person. Hubby and I have disagreed how much to give a housekeeper if our accommodations are more than just a room(ex Residence Inn). I feel they deserve more than what we leave for a room, and he doesn't. Only one time I did not leave a tip in a restaurant and it was because the server misplaced my credit card for about 15-20 minutes and wasn't worried about it and refuse to get the manager for me(I had to go find the manager). She just kept saying she didn't charge someone else's check to my card.
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    I will still tip. As Peg said, if they put a 15% service charge, I don't care if its a tip or not, they get 5% extra. If its a walk up counter where say at dunkin getting donuts, i just leave loose change . i would definitely tip housekeeping. heck, i tip the house manager at our place in aruba in case I need him. I tip him on day one when he meets me at the house but he is just a working guy, not a management service. but you can bet when I call Carlos for a problem, he is over there on wings (but he is the sweetest guy in the world). I don't think i could go cold turkey over tips, still going to do it. but not this nonsense of being charged 15% service charge, told its not a tip and expect leave another 20%. No, sir, that is now pushing my limits.

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    I for one wish employers would just pay their employees decent wages like other businesses and charge what they need to charge for a meal pay the bill instead of the taxing time(pun intended)it takes to figure out what you need to leave after every meal.What started as a nice gesture has taken a life of its own.
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    We always tip. If there is a service charge We just add enough to make it 20%. In Aruba the people work hard and are so gracious.
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    we always tip too...... I am not wild about tip jars on counters at places like Dunkin or Jersey Mikes etc.. we do throw in $1 or 2 though as we are too embarrassed not to. i really dislike not being able to tip the nail person or my haircut person on debit or credit. so many times i have 0 cash in my purse.
    it really is no big deal to bring cash, but it just makes it a little inconvenient.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    . i really dislike not being able to tip the nail person or my haircut person on debit or credit. so many times i have 0 cash in my purse.
    it really is no big deal to bring cash, but it just makes it a little inconvenient.
    This is me too. i don't carry cash often. We like the 1.5 cash back on the cc and use it for everything.

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    I believe in tipping to a certain extent. I mean when they started adding tipping jars at local coffee places, pizza shop at the register, I was like, well they are just doing their job ringing up your purchase. However, if I get some extra coin change, I might just throw it in the jar. Like at Mc Donalds they have a slot for coins for charity and if I get change back I will put it in there. I think instead of tip jar at register why not donate to charity events like McDonalds does.

    Sometimes it can be confusing. Like for example I went to have a mani pedi and the total cost was $24. i paid before they polished my nails and gave the lady two $20 dollar bills. She didn't speak English too well and kept saying, thank you, thank you so much. She starts polishing my nails and I said, what no change? How much was it $24? Didn't I give you two $20s. She said oh so sorry and went back to the register and came back with $16 in change and I gave her $6 and kept $10. I was a little annoyed her thinking I was tipping her $16.

    Another time at a Puerto Rico airport, one of the porters asked if he could help. I really didn't need the help but I said sure so he took my luggage, MS daisy luggage, carryon etc. When we got to the counter, I gave him like $8 (2 luggage, 2 carryon). He said no sir its $2.50 a bag. I was really upset and I asked for the money back but then gave him a $10 bill. Then I stopped using them all together and I see them usually with the hand trucks doing nothing so no one else is using them.

    On my last Aruba trip, I used wheel chair service for myself for the first time due to the back and hip issues I was having. The person who assisted me went the extra mile to wheel me from plane to baggage claim, got my luggage and the trip to the taxi stand was not right out the door as it usually is. He had to wheel me all the way to the end, take an elevator up, wheel me all the way to the other end which was a very long walk and then take an elevator down. I tipped him a $20 because he was with me at least an hour and I read that they earn very little like minimum wage.




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