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If the $20 trick fails?

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by hotreds, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. hotreds

    hotreds VIP Whale

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    Do you take the money back or just grin and bear it? Happened to me and the clerk kinda looked at it longingly and said she was sorry she couldn't help me. I felt bad and let her keep the $20. Should I have just said that I was sorry I couldn't help her, either and taken the bill back?

    Once before the clerk tossed the bill back at me and asked "What is this?" so the end result was clear, but was conflicted about this last time.
     
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  2. FrankCastle

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    I was wondering this same thing. Looking forward to hearing everyone's thoughts and experiences.
     
  3. vegasvic

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    It's only happened once but I took it back. I have had instances where the clerk helped me out with what I requested but just left the money sitting there and I had to tell the clerk that it was for her (must have been new). One time the guy gave me the upgrade I asked for and gave me the money back.
     
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    Depends on a few things. Are you doing it to tip them for providing you with exceptional service that goes above and beyond their normal job or are you trying to bribe them to get what you want?

    Personally, I hold the money back and use it for a tip if they try to help me with my request. You can usually tell because they type away on their keyboard a lot more during check in and/or make several phone calls to see if they can accommodate your request. Then, after receiving the room keys, I would hand them the money and say thank you.

    If I was to hand them the money at the beginning, then it's the clerk's money and they can do with it as they please, whether they try or not.

    I have had some refuse the cash, so I make sure to get the clerk's name so I can fill out a survey later to let the hotel know how much I appreciated so-and-so going out of their way to make me feel welcomed and appreciated at check in.
     
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    tried it once at Harrahs(with an H) many eons ago when it was the rivertboat theme.
    Woman said no, but as we walked away the bell captain came over and said, wait a minute.
    he came back about 5 minutes later with keys to the General Robert E Lee suite.(strip view, two bedrooms,
    spa tub, etc.... now that was worth $20 x 2 as me and my buddy each tipped him
    As he was leaving the room, he said if there is anything else, just call him.
    In jest i said how about two blondes with big tits?
    he said. what time do you want them?
     
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  6. gradytripp

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    This is exactly what I do. While I'm talking with them and asking if there's a chance for a complimentary upgrade, I leave a $20 bill on the counter. If they are able to find an upgrade for me, it becomes a $20 tip. If they can't (which has been pretty rare), the money stays with me.
     
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    I don't think I have ever just put it on the counter,I'd feel bad to take it back.If it still folded in my hand and no upgrade provided (or at least what appeared to be a solid effort),I just keep it.I have tipped for the effort before w/o any upgrade.
    The girl even had housekeeping leave a thankyou note under the door at the Rio once.
     
  8. DaiLun

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    Yeah, in a place where there are cameras EVERYWHERE, leave $20 on the counter?? . . .

    How about a little discretion?? When I used to do it, I'd sandwich it between my credit card and player's club card and hand it to the check-in person. If they returned it, I would insist that they keep it for trying. In some cases, they'd try again and find something.
     
  9. vegasvic

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    That's what I would say should be done.
     
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    I've never put money on the counter. I just ask for the specific room type and view I want. If they come through, I give them cash ranging from $20-$50. In the past, I've given $50 at Cosmo and Vdara as they delivered above and beyond what I asked for (pictures of that Cosmo room are in my profile). Also, I never had anyone decline the cash tips.
     
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    It happened to me twice, first time I just let them keep it b/c they didn't offer it back (which I regretted as the service was otherwise not good) and the second time it was offered back and I took it. If it happens again without a doubt I would take it as it's pretty much understood it's given for the purpose of securing at least some sort of "upgrade". I would also sandwich it between the credit card and ID like many for what it's worth. Obviously upgrade means different things to different people lol
     
  12. gradytripp

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    Well, perhaps I should clarify. I don't put it far away from me at the end of the counter or anything. It's on the counter, near where I'm resting my arm. It works for me. When I first started going, I used the surprise $20 "sandwich" you describe, and it just seems a bit cheesy to me. But everyone's mileage varies.
     
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