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Tipping Security?

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Miller12pack, Mar 2, 2017.

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  1. Miller12pack

    Miller12pack High-Roller

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    A few years ago, I hit a royal around 2am. Being the nervous nellie that I am, I was sure I was going to get robbed on the way to my room. I had security escort me to my room, and they had no problem with that. Ever since then, I have wondered if I should have tipped him. I didn't, but should I have?
     
  2. TedCheddy

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    Yeah it probably would have been nice to hand him a couple bucks. Not sure if you "should" but I think I tip everyone that does anything for me out there. Actually had the bell desk coordinator at NYNY refuse a tip from me in January! I needed to grab my backpack to go to a meeting and none of the other bell guys were around, she took me back to get it and I tried handing her $2 but she said nope and gave me a look like "I'm just doing my job". Made me want to give her a $20 haha.
     
  3. meliphilus

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    I had a 16K royal at Atlantis last year. I asked to be paid in cash off the casino floor. I was in a room with the slot attendant, a security guy and a management guy. All refused a tip except the slot attendant.
     
  4. IWannaBeInVegas

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    Before having my current position at my casino, I worked in security to get my foot in the door. We were prohibited from accepting tips and to this date they still are. The reasoning behind it is to ensure there is no bribes going on. Anytime I was doing an escort or had to approach someone outside of saying "hello" and such, I had no notify surveillance and they would witness the encounter until I ended the contact with the patron. Had I taken a tip it would have been clear. We had guys fired for accepting them and for me, i wont risk my job for $5 bucks or $100. Not saying it is a policy at all casinos but giving the knowledge I have from my casino.
     
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  5. vegasdev

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    makes sense to me.
     
  6. steelcity5044

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    What do you do currently at the casino you work for?
     
  7. IWannaBeInVegas

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    Floor supervisor for table games, AKA Pit Critter
     
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    That's awesome! Congrats! For about the last 5+7 years I've wanted to investigate the course of action needed to be a casino host - but life keeps getting in the way - lol
     
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    It may vary by property but in the casino industry you can move up quickly. At my property if you have sales experience you do not necessarily need any experience. We hired a couple guys in who has never worked in a casino as host. Our most successful host actually started as a dealer, became a floor supervisor, then a dual rate shift manager and is now a executive host.

    We had a guy start as a part time dealer, move up to floor supervisor and did that for a year and just moved to another one of our properties as a pit manager, before he was a dealer he had nothing more than a high school diploma and was working as a pizza delivery driver.

    Point being, you can move up quickly in this business.
     
  10. Kevke

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    Wish i was in the luxury spot of beeing scared of getting robbed after a winning , i always feel robbed by the casino :)

    And yes , i would tip a security guard walking to your room.
     
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  11. steelcity5044

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    Sorry just want to make sure I understand correctly- if I have years of sales experience - you can start as a host w/o casino experience?
     
  12. VPDana

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    Several trips ago, I woke up the first morning there with a sciatic nerve / disk problem. I could barely walk, but could get around if I didn't lift my left leg. We went on with our plans for the day because I wouldn't give up the trip. I literally got "stuck" on the sidewalk outside of the Eldorado Casino in Henderson. I could not move! My husband somehow got me in the car and took me to an urgent care facility (got some Percoset). We went back to The Cal where we were staying. My husband went to the bell desk to get a wheelchair for me and there were none, but a security guard came to my rescue with a transport chair and took me to our room. We offered him a tip but it was refused, only saying that they couldn't take tips. Sure did appreciate his help though.
     
  13. IWannaBeInVegas

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    I am saying at my casino we have had a few host who have never worked in a casino but had a sales background. We have host who have never had a sales background but have worked in the business for years. Each have different levels of patrons they are responsible for. Each casino will have its own requirements but ours is a local casino and there are no other casinos in the area so are pickings are slim.
     
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    Thanks so much!
     
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    For such a service as walking someone to the room, I think I would've offer a tip, though the IWannaBeInVegas' post makes great sense. I never thought of it that way. I've often had to call security to my room to reset the e-Code on the in-room safe upon arrival to be able to use it. It only takes them a second once they plug their little handheld into it and I always thank them for coming up, but I've never tipped them, because it's something housekeeping is supposed to reset after each guest checks-out I think and 40% of the time at Hard Rock they don't. I tip for just about everything and happily so, but I always take issue with tipping for something that should've been done... like if you checked into the room and there's no towels... I'm not gonna tip the person who brings them up.
     
  16. vegaskid74

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    If this policy isn't universal in casino security, I think it's pretty close. I worked in security at the Wayward Ho many years ago, and we were only allowed to accept tips when driving guests to their rooms in the courtesy shuttle. In every other post, we were theoretically responsible for making sure everyone and everything was on the up-and-up, so accepting tips would be a conflict of interest. As an interesting side note, I was "guarding" the hard count guys and maintenance guys when they welded $350k worth of retired dollar slot coins into a metal compartment under the northeast stairwell right against the Slots-a-Fun wall. Lots of interesting experiences from those days.
     
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    My local is a Tribal casino in Wisconsin - have had security tell us they cannot accept tips.
     
  18. G Mack

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    Nice! Had not heard that nickname for the place before. Interesting story about the dollar tokens as well. The Ho should have been a lot more fun than it was. I was usually kind of a loner there playing dollar craps as a young (at the time) guy trying to have some reasonably cheap fun...almost always, my fellow players were very grim & serious old dudes. Not that I don't miss the joint, because I do.

    Oh, and the actual thread topic...oy, it's a bummer that the security guys seem to mostly lose out on the tipping opportunities.
     
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