Russell Reveals: Do you agree with giving tips?
A NEW year “do” in a little town in The Lakes. All ten of us sat down to a typical Italian meal before moving on to the real party upstairs.
Then came the bill. No problem until we saw the handwritten note that came with it saying that as it was new year a 20 per cent tip was expected rather than the normal 10 or 15 per cent.
There’s nowt like cheek is there?
But then that’s the way it seems to be these days. Go anywhere where you are served and there seems to be an automatic assumption that tipping is part of the deal. Even when there’s a service charge attempts are often made to top it up a bit.
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Now I have no problem with tipping most of the time. Good service should get what it deserves. But shouldn’t it be up to the customers to decide how much this should be, not put in the situation of being told what to shell out?
Among the worst examples of this holding of guns to client’s heads are cruise lines.
On a recent Royal Caribbean ship you were never allowed to forget that tips were expected.
You could pay these in advance, which mean that they took a lot of money off you and doled out as they thought best or you could do it yourself in special envelopes.
There were regular reminders saying it was “customary” to give so much to the bloke who cleaned the cabin, so much to the waiter, the assistant waiter, the head waiter and anyone else who happened to pass by.
What they really meant was that they did not pay these people anyway near as much as they should so the passengers would make up the difference.
Certainly the cabin attendant deserved a few quid, as did the waiters. But as tipping time approached several people worried that they were not giving enough.
Tipping’s for good service, not just for jacking up poor wages.
Do you agree with giving tips, how much do you give, or do you not bother?
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