Using a Suggestion Box as a Tip Box at Breakfast

As I pored over photographs in preparation for an article pertaining to my recent experience at a hotel property which offered breakfast as part of the room rate, something caught my attention which I did not realize or notice while I was there…

…a small clear acrylic box was on the counter island in the middle of the breakfast area which…

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Do You Leave a Tip or Gratuity for Taking Out Food From a Restaurant?

When considering flights, getting to your hotel or resort property from the airport, and perhaps preparing for that business meeting the next day, the process of travel can potentially consume an inordinate amount of time — and sometimes renders the option of going to a restaurant to sit down and relax while enjoying a dining experience virtually impossible.

Options can include…

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Should Breakfast Attendants at Hotels Receive Tips and Gratuities From Guests?

Gratuities and tips have long been controversial with regards to travel and dining — to the point of contentiousness from all sides of the issue, as evidenced by the following articles which I wrote for The Gate over the years…

…but what if you were a paying guest at a hotel property which offered a free continental breakfast buffet — think Hampton Inn, Fairfield Inn or Holiday Inn Express as three examples — and you saw a tip jar displayed prominently in the breakfast area during the hours in the morning when breakfast is available? Would you leave a gratuity?

Thinking that this practice is…

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How Much Should You Tip Around The World?

Tipping has been a volatile topic in the world of frequent travelers since — well — arguably since when frequent travel first started: tip the housekeeping staff; tip the server in a restaurant; tip the driver of a taxi cab, airport shuttle service or ride-sharing service; tip the concierge in a hotel or resort property…

…but how much should you tip around the world? An interesting infographic…

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No Tipping Policy Pared Down at One Restaurant Chain

“Back in November of 2015, employees of Joe’s Crab Shack working in the front of the restaurant — such as servers — were to earn $12.00 to $14.00 per hour with the potential to earn more money per hour” was what I wrote in this article earlier this year…

…but after 18 months, apparently the policy generally proved unpopular with…

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Should Customers Pay Servers By the Hour as a New Concept Pertaining to Tipping and Gratuities?

Should customers pay servers by the hour as a new concept pertaining to tipping and gratuities? That is a new concept being proposed by FlyerTalk member Brahmin pertaining to tipping a waiter or waitress based on the amount of time he or she spends catering to your every need. If your server spends an hour with you, simply pay him or her a “wage” of ten dollars per hour: “For a $ 200 dinner where you spend two hours, you should only tip him $ 20. Remember that the server is double and triple dipping as he is serving other tables at the same time. Maybe then $ 10 per hour is also too much.”

That idea apparently emanates from…

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Should Gratuities and Tips in Restaurants Be Discontinued?

Dining out in a restaurant in the United States can be a pleasant experience — until the time comes when the waitperson arrives with the bill, which includes a blank space for a gratuity. How much of a gratuity do you leave? Customers typically leave a tip of an amount anywhere between 15 and 20 percent of the total bill.

Unfortunately, tipping is not solely an American phenomenon, as some may erroneously believe — although the procedures and policies of tipping do vary from country to country. In some countries, an obligatory service charge of ten percent may be levied on a restaurant bill, for example; while in other countries, tipping may not be customary at all and may even be considered an insult in some cases.

Should gratuities and tips be eliminated from the policies of restaurants altogether? Read on…

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Comparing Tipping to Paying Taxes? Get Real…

“Tipping is a custom that can be hard to comprehend and understand. Even a lot of people in America are opposed to it. But being opposed to something isn’t enough to ignore it… You can be opposed to taxes, but you still have to pay.”

This portion of a paragraph is from this article written by Ko Im for Yahoo! Travel in which an anonymous tour guide reveals his “pet peeves” about how the tourists he has served annoyed him.

“In the travel industry, tipping is the lubricant that keeps the machine rolling…

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Hey, Marriott: I Will Tip When I Darn Well Feel Like It

Apparently you and I are not leaving enough of a tip for the housekeeping staff at hotel properties in the United States and Canada, according to a new campaign from Marriott International called “The Envelope Please” of which Maria Shriver is the spokesperson.

Envelopes will be placed in 160,000 rooms at up to 1,000 hotel properties in the United States and Canada operating under the various brands of Marriott International.

I dislike this concept for various reasons…

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