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Time to Give Thanks

Posted by gratrueities on November 9, 2009

The holidays are just around the corner and it will soon be time to give thanks to those who have provided us with year-round services. These thanks are traditionally given in the form of a monetary tip or a gift.

In challenging economic times, it’s still important to remember that holiday tipping is about showing appreciation. From the dog walker to the hair dresser, the concierge to the post person, the list of those to thank can get rather long. True, for someone living in New York City the list will most likely be longer than that of someone who lives in, let’s say, Lost Springs, Wyoming.  However, it’s important for us all to plan ahead and even use some creativity to help fulfill our lists without breaking the bank!

To help you remember who to put on your list and determine how to show your appreciation, check out the Holiday Tipping page in Tipipedia!


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Posted by gratrueities on November 11, 2008

Is it possible to be over-served?

I have a friend who uses this phase to refer to having had too much to drink – just a clever way to shift responsibility…or so I’ve always thought.

Lately I’ve begun to think about this term in a different context.  I’ve begun to wonder if we don’t all, at times, experience service overload. We alluded to this dilemma in a previous post Captain Tip vs. Waiter Tip, but it’s not exclusive to restaurants.

My husband and I spent last weekend in San Francisco. We arrived to check into our hotel, the Villa Florence, and were promptly greeted by the parking valet, the doorman and the bell captain. All this service was very nice, if somewhat overwhelming. (My husband looked at me and asked if we REALLY needed help with our bags? We didn’t, but it somehow felt rude – and let’s face it cheap – to refuse the service.)

Before we got to our room, we had tipped three or four different people. All were professional, pleasant, helpful and deserved a nice tip. And we were out of cash! Well…not really, but you get the drift…  At one point we needed fresh towels and had to check our wallets before making the call to housekeeping! This is such an issue that many resorts now charge a daily service charge to cover all on site gratuities. While this is controversial, it’s ultimately more convenient for the guests, and possibly less expensive.  In fact, I wonder if it really is of benefit to the employees.

I have another friend who avoids a particular car wash that has attendants at both the entry and exit – she feels she can’t go through without tipping on both ends! I tip only at the entry where they collect the money. We deliberated over this so often that I once asked an employee about their tipping policy – he reassured me they all share. Still, this whole question may be an obstacle for many people – and is it good for business?

Similarly, when you get you get your hair done do you tip each person performing a service (wash, cut, color, style) separately? Isn’t is simpler on the rare occasion when one person does it all?

With so many people providing a variety of services in so many capacities, that it can be difficult to keep up – and these are just a few examples!

Have you ever felt over-served?

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