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Not sure how much or who to tip in the USA. So far I have have collected the following from websites: Nice Restaurant: 15-20% Cafe: 10% Porter for luggage: $1 ...
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    Tipping in USA

    Not sure how much or who to tip in the USA. So far I have have collected the following from websites:

    Nice Restaurant: 15-20%
    Cafe: 10%
    Porter for luggage: $1 per bag
    Barman: $1 per drink
    Taxi: ~10% ??
    Maid: ??
    Concierge: ??
    Casino dealer: ??
    Executive lounge waiters: ??

    Any ideas about the (??) blanks?

    Did I miss out anyone?

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    Re: Tipping in USA

    On the maid one, I was told if you stay more than a couplr of nights it's appropriate to leave a couple of dollars on the pillow. So on long stay I generally leave 2 or 3 dollars every 2nd or 3rd morning.

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    Re: Tipping in USA

    My thoughts (and I am a scrouge when it comes to tipping)
    Quote Originally Posted by Chucksta
    Nice Restaurant: 15-20%
    About right, I tend to stick closer to the 15% unless its exceptional service.
    Quote Originally Posted by Chucksta
    Cafe: 10%
    I would stick to 15% for table service. Nothing for counter service.
    Quote Originally Posted by Chucksta
    Porter for luggage: $1 per bag
    I really avoid porters. I will give $1/bag to a hotel shuttle bus driver.
    Quote Originally Posted by Chucksta
    Barman: $1 per drink
    Yes, and include places like AAdmirals Club lounges where drinks are free
    Quote Originally Posted by Chucksta
    Taxi: ~10% ??
    If the driver is pleasant and courteous and gets me to my destination efficiently, I will normally tip 15-20%.
    Quote Originally Posted by Chucksta
    Maid: ??
    I don't tip maids. I am already paying enough for the room, which I assume includes the use of the TV, Air Conditioning, Shampoo, Toilet Paper and the cleaning of the room. However, when attending some conferences, there is sometimes a set surcharge added to the bill automatically for maid services. In such cases the surcharge is negotiated by the conference organiser and is not optional. Last time I saw this it was about 5% of the room rate.
    Quote Originally Posted by Chucksta
    Concierge: ??
    I would only tip a concierge if they have provided me directly with a useful service, such as booking a restaurant or similar. And since I very rarely use such services, I don't believe I have ever tipped a concierge.
    Quote Originally Posted by Chucksta
    Casino dealer: ??
    I don't gamble at casinos so have never been in a position to tip a dealer. However, I would perceive it as a conflict of interest to tip such a person and do not believe it to be appropriate.
    Quote Originally Posted by Chucksta
    Executive lounge waiters: ??
    I would be happy to leave say $5 on the table when I left the lounge.

    The only other one that comes to mind is the waitstaff at a hotel where breakfast is free or included in the rate. In that case I look at the value of the breakfast if paying and leave about 15% rounded up to the nearest dollar. Unless its a buffet and the staff are just clearing tables then I don't leave anything except the free breakfast voucher.

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    Re: Tipping in USA

    For me:
    Maids - $1/$2 per night left on the pillow or the bedside table with a "thanks" type note. Note that different maids make up rooms daily, so leaving a larger amount one night may not make up for leaving nothing the night before. If I don't have anything small available, I'll skip tipping the maid.
    Porters(Hotel) - hate them, but will tip $2 (1 bag)
    Shuttle drivers - $1/$2 if a hotel shuttle.
    Cabs - 10% or 15% or so. Something that makes sense rounded up into a note.
    Cafe (Counter) - Nil, or loose change into jar.
    Cafe/Restaurant (seated) - 15-20%.
    Bar staff/Admirals lounge - $1 per drink paid in cash regardless if I've expensed the bill to my room or are using an AA voucher. Sometimes skipped if I've had quite a few drinks and I've run out of $1's.

    I think that covers most of the tipping I've done.

    I hate the tipping culture, even more so when you visit Asia and other non-tipping countries and people have their hand out because they think you might be American and are about to tip.

    Remember to take to the US quite a few $1's. They are needed just about as soon as you hop off the plane!
    Last edited by Mal; 10th April 2008 at 06:17 PM.

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    Re: Tipping in USA

    Nice Restaurant: 15-20% is right
    Cafe: 15% counter service 10%
    Porter for luggage: I do about $2 per bag and let them know to look after me.
    Barman: $1 per drink is okay
    Taxi: 10% is okay
    Maid: $1-2 dollars per night at end of stay.
    Concierge: nil
    Casino dealer: only if you win!
    Executive lounge waiters: $1-2 dollars left on the table.
    Any other low paid worker in a service industry, like dive instructor, surfing teacher, tour guide etc, a few dollars is standard up to about 10% of the price of something like a private lesson.

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    Re: Tipping in USA

    Quote Originally Posted by maninblack
    Any other low paid worker in a service industry, like dive instructor, surfing teacher, tour guide etc, a few dollars is standard up to about 10% of the price of something like a private lesson.
    and yet no-one tips the checkout chick at wal-mart, the supermarket, the register person at miccy d's
    yet all are typically on that same minimum wage of something like US$7.50/hr

    That part has always confused me -- why do people take these non-tipping jobs in the US when there are other low skilled roles where they at least have some chance of supplementing their income

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    Re: Tipping in USA

    Quote Originally Posted by NM
    I don't gamble at casinos so have never been in a position to tip a dealer. However, I would perceive it as a conflict of interest to tip such a person and do not believe it to be appropriate.
    I agree with NM on all of this - it matches my experience.

    W.r.t Casinos, I only play Poker so I don't know what the people who play "house always wins" games do. I suspect it's similar.

    E.g. for 4-8, When you win, tip the dealer $1 if it's a decent pot ($30), $2 if it's huge ($60 and up). Maybe a chip at the end of the shift if they were decent and/or funny.

    I'm curious as to why NM's thinks it's a conflict of interest. It's not like they can influence the outcome of the game.

    As for the waitresses (yes, they all seem to be women) that bring you drinks, tipping $1 a drink is standard. Since most house spirits ('well' drinks) are complimentary, a good tip up front (say $5-10) can get you great service for the next few rounds. That's becomes a quick way to get boozed quite cheaply if you're so inclined.
    Of course, the casino prefers it that way. Now THAT is a conflict of interest

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    Re: Tipping in USA

    chucksta, i think from a previous post you mentioned staying on trip at waldorf-astoria, tipping heaven for staff. i tipped just abt. everyone, felt intimidated into it on first stay. 2nd trip last yr.@ same hotel, less tipping.

    i asked a waitress at chain restraunt in long isl. what her base rate was US$4.75. she shared the tips. she said her friend who moved to the sth. and worked at same chain, rece'd US$2.50 or something like that.

    personally, i feel more inclined to tip the housemaid than other hotel staff. i think they get overlooked.

    restraunt i ate at in nyc on both visits, i noticed this last visit they included tip in bill.

    i was very amused to watch food disappearing from a tray left outside room @ w-a on my first trip. mind you i wasn't in the tower section.
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    Re: Tipping in USA

    Nice Restaurant: from 15-25%, depending on how impressed I am with the service. Waiters rely on tips to make a living, so if they are really great, they get a great tip.

    Cafe: 15% flat.

    Porter for luggage: $5 per bag from me. Hotel staff, etc, come running if they hear you are a good tipper.

    Barman: Depends how drunk I am.

    Taxi: 10%, and perhaps a little more if the driver is likable.

    Limo drivers: The gratuity is generally built into the fare, but if I like the driver, they will get a $10 note for being pleasant.

    Hotel staff are generally hard-working, honest people who are trying to get ahead. If I am doing well, I see no harm in spreading the goodness around...

    The Doorman: now here's a character who is in a prime position to pick up a lot of tips. I find $5 notes useful for door-persons.

    Maid: The room might be expensive, but the housekeeping staff get paid a pittance. I generally leave a $10 note in an envelope marked "Attention - Housekeeper" on my pillow every day.

    Concierge: Depends on the hotel. When checking into a pub where I might need to call on the concierge to do some real arm-twisting for me, I have found that introducing myself to him/her on arrival and discretely presenting one-hundred dollars/euros works a treat. Otherwise a 20-unit tip when they do a job for me is enough.

    Executive lounge waiters: they get paid a pittance too. The $10 I leave on the table isn't a lot to me, but it is to some people.

    Hairdresser/Barber: occasionally I have had to venture to a place in NYC for a trim, and I tip 15% there. Same for the masseur, and the girl who does the facial and the mani/pedicure.

    TSA staff: a smile and a thank-you if they are pleasant, and a good Tasering if they are arrogant (I can dream, can't I?).

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    Do not tip for poor service. Be careful at restaurants about adding the tip to a CC payment. If the waitstaff has been v. good, give them the tip in cash. Have an interesting story about tips. My son's girlfriend works as a waitress at an exclusive restaurant and bar in LA. Many of the rich and famous patronise the joint and the waitstaff by tipping $US 700 a bottle for something like good wine or scotch or sambucca. They are usually elephant's trunk when this happens. Hope they don' t drive home!

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