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Tipping, a custom who's time has passed?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by philvie, Jan 8, 2017.

  1. shokhead

    shokhead I'm no big spender!

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    I always make sure to look at them, smile and say thank you.
    And that's just fine if that's all you want to do.
     
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  2. stackinchips

    stackinchips High-Roller

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    Interesting. Personally these people tend to annoy the hell out of me. I hate when I'm playing a machine and some lady starts leaning in over my shoulder to clean the area between the slot machines (or worse asks me to hand them someone else's dirty ash tray or empty bottle/glass). Just clean the empty ones and come back around and get the rest later. I get their just trying to do their job, so I'm not rude to them, but it bugs me. It'd be a like a busboy coming to your table in the middle of your meal and asking you to get up so they can sweep under your table...
     
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  3. mrem3200

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    Because like any message board about any topic/place there really are only so many different discussions/questions before they get recycled as new people come and go. For Vegas, it is...what is the best steak place...taxi drivers suck...is a Cosmo wraparound worth it....why don't I get more comps....I love Uber....how much is a good hooker....should I tip the maid....etc. So sorry that you were forced to read the thread and couldn't just ignore it.
     
  4. Sonya

    Sonya Queen of VMB

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    I feel like I've written about this subject about 10,000 times since starting this site. I have tried to provide guidelines of what's "expected" but emphasized that what you tip is always your decision. There's no rule written in stone. Sometimes I tip and sometimes I don't. It all depends on what you feel comfortable with. There's no law. Nobody is going to eject you from the casino for not tipping. :)

    I always tip the wait staff at a restaurant. I was a server long, long ago and that job really sucked. If a server does an excellent job, I choose to reward them for that with a larger (than the custom 15%) tip. If we have a group of 10+ drunken maniacs, I'm going to give a larger tip for being a PITA. However, if the server is rude, or otherwise does something to take away from my enjoyment of the meal, the tip will reflect the level of my dissatisfaction.

    I also always tip the cocktail waitress bringing my free drink when I'm in the casino. Lately, I've been pulling out $2 and if my drink comes quickly, they get it. If it takes longer, it's $1. If it takes too long, I move on to somewhere else so I won't die of thirst. ;)

    And as to people who "expect" to be tipped, that's on them, not you. Do what makes you feel best. I enjoy tipping and when I'm having a winning trip, I'll way over-tip because it brings me pleasure to spread it around a bit.

    That said, there are a few people who have their hand out that bother me. The hand pay people who always bring you that last $20 in small bills so you can give them some. Hand pays are great, the process of getting one can be a hassle. I don't think I've ever had one that didn't take what seemed like FOREVER. Once I chased down a slot attendant at MSS who pointed me to a VP machine that had been hot and gave her a piece of my winnings, but that's not the norm.

    My other beef is with room service. They automatically include an 18% gratuity on the bill, but they also include that line for a tip. I'm still not sure why I'm asked to tip twice on room service. Sometimes I do if they set up the meal nicely for me, or fill my ice bucket, but I don't feel that extra tip is a requirement if they show up late or just roll the cart into the room and hand me the bill. YMMV.

    The only one I can't agree with is stiffing the cocktail service in the casino. If you choose not to tip, they get the option to not hurry back to the area where you are gambling. I think the best return on my dollar in Vegas is to be friendly, patient and tip the cocktail server $1-2 to keep me hydrated. :drunk:

    So, again. Do it or don't do it. There isn't a law.
     
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  5. birdman925

    birdman925 Low-Roller

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    I have never had a hand-pay but always wonder what is the standard tip? Is it a percentage?
     
  6. jdk

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    Tipping on a handpay, don't get it, never will. Though I still usually do, but I think it makes zero.zero% sense. "Oh thank you for counting out 30 $100 bills"
     
  7. ken2v

    ken2v This Space For Rent

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    That's been one of mine for years. A bunch of folks you've never before seen, who have done nothing for your entertainment experience or enjoyment, show up when you get some of your money back and they should be tipped? No. Now a floor or bar or change person I know, who provided a service or a thumbs up or a "good luck" along the way, then, yes. But also not some set percentage.
     
  8. ruralhipster

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    Why do we tip serving staff but not the cooks? As a general rule I find the quality of my food the largest portion of my overall experience at a restaurant.
     
  9. shokhead

    shokhead I'm no big spender!

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    Why don't you tip the cook?
     
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  10. leo21

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    I think tipping is a custom warped beyond it's original intent, especially in places where the hour wage for serving is ridiculously low. I think the primary source of income for servers should be from their base wage. I think it would make restaurant owners more involved in the level of service offered in their business. Right now, I don't think there is enough accountability for bad service. If you reduce the tip because the server sucked, it always backfires on the customer, who was treated poorly to begin with.
     
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  11. AbFab

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    Nope still alive and well.

    I live in NY and go to a local cafe in AM to get my coffee, I swear in the few minutes Im in there the barista makes at least 5 bucks in tips. All because he made our coffee, which at minimum cost $2.50. Nothing more or less. Just coffee. And there goes the millennials giving tips.

    All I can think is, no wonder y'all make a decent salary, but yet live with roommates. :poke:

    Yeah...at 38 Im starting to have a lot of "get off my lawn" moments. :grrr:
     
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  12. marham

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    Here in Manitoba the waitresses/waiter and the cooks split the tips.
     
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    Where I briefly worked, servers tipped out to the kitchen staff and busboys from their tips at the end of the night.
     
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    Cooks are usually highly compensated, certainly far more than servers, cooking at a high level, quickly and accurately is a skill in demand.
     
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    I'll tell you what pisses me off! Those bogus tip jars beside every cash register. Especially the ones that say "college fund". I love putting pennies in them. Bastards!:bang:
     
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  16. shokhead

    shokhead I'm no big spender!

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    Why does it piss you off? You don't have to do anything.
     
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  17. Sonya

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    One of my very first trip reports back in the 90's had a rant about the tip jars in front of each cash register in the McDonald's that used to be down by CC. Drunk Dan wanted a Big Mac so we stopped in. When the guy handed Dan his change, he pushed the jar forward like we somehow might have missed seeing it there.

    I've written a few tipping guides over the years and I've always tried to include the caveat that tipping is at your discretion. Then I try to provide information on what the "standard" is. Things like tipping the cocktail waitress seem to be more accepted than others, and even then the amount you tip may differ. I would think that your budget would be a lot different if you're at a $0.01 slot, vs at a $5-25 slot. I do not think that $5 for the CW is the standard from what I've seen. $1 seems to be the majority, some less, some more.
     
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    I dont mind tipping. What i dont want is increased prices and servers who dont care how good or poor of a job they do because we have removed the incentive to work hard.
     
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  19. shokhead

    shokhead I'm no big spender!

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    Crappy service should= no tip or less of a tip.
     
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  20. dmr

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    LOL, I saw one at a hardware store not too long ago! :)
     
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