Jake is a sneaky little dude. He comes
up with ways to get things he didn’t necessarily earn. My wife and I brought home a bunch of Dutch
once and we gave each of the kids a piece.
Later, when all of the other kids were busy, Jake came and found us,
“Aunt Lisa,” he said while batting his 4 year old eyes, “that
chocolate you gave me sure was really delicious…” Sneaky little nit.
surprise you to learn that the
that encourages and expects people who receive a service to tip for it. You can really offend some people in other
countries by tipping them, as they may think you’re offering charity or
something that they don’t need. The
irony behind the tipping tradition is that while the expected rate of tipping
goes up (20% is expected here in
The Burger King restaurant in the MSP airport had a tip jar next to the
cash register recently. Are you kidding me? Starbucks, TCBY Yogurt, Ice cream stores…
they all have tip jars. Why? $3.00 isn’t enough for a large cup of black
I took a
car service from LaGuardia to my hotel yesterday and we’d barely pulled out of
the lot when the driver asked me for my AMX card so he could go ahead and run
it through. I obliged. Two minutes later however, he asked me,
“How much do you wish to add for the tip?” Hold on there, Skippy… we haven’t even made
it there yet! This put me in an
impossible position; if I stiff him, he’ll abuse my bags or something but if I
tip him then he already has my money and he’ll feel as though he can get away
with anything. I finally told him,
“There will be a cash tip at the end of the ride that is proportional to
the quality of service that you provide.”
Predictably, he didn’t understand the English,
“WhatIsDis?” I just said,
“no tip now, cash later.” He
wasn’t happy, but he had to keep up the charm if wanted something at all.
the worst. Everyone in
always over-tip if the service is decent. Sometimes though, you just need to
show some backbone. The last time I was
asked the bellhop at my hotel to store my bag.
I had checked out early Friday morning and my flight was later that
afternoon. It’s their JOB to store bags
but he told me, “Yea, I’ll store it but there’s a five dollar
fee.” I just said, “Really,
your manager didn’t say anything about that fee when I asked him if I could
store the bag.” He changed his mind
in a hurry, “Well, I’ll overlook the fee this time.” Whatever.