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Old 06-15-2013, 10:10 PM   #21
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With the exception of a outstanding staff at the local ice cream, which my expanding belly prevents me from visiting often, I generally don't use tip jars, cause I don't visit often or the staff isn't particularly friendly.

I also agree tipping has really gotten out of control and management is doing nothing to reign it it. Just for fun, I made a list of all the people that expect tips in Vegas from the time I land.

Taxi dispatcher
Taxi driver
Doorman
Bellhop
Maid
Bathroom attendant
Cocktail waitress
waitress
Bartender
Poker, Blackjack dealer
Croupiers
Keno runner
Floor Manager (I've never tipped them but I've seen it happen)
Matrie D
Usher at show
Concierge
Tour guide
Elevator attendant
Pool attendants
Shuttle Driver
Bouncer/Gate guys
Strippers
Oh and hookers of course, but i haven't used one.
Your list made me laugh as I was just out there. I go out there enough to have learned to by pass most of them, by avoiding their services. I use the van service which takes a few minutes longer but is 50% less cost, so tipping them is cheaper than a cabbie that is always hellbent on trying to long route you through the tunnel. I get my drinks all free so I don't mind giving the waitress 2-3 bucks each time she drops me a beer. I always accumulate $10 in change each trip and leave it for the cleaning lady, plus I usually only ask for towels, as I feel sorry for those people, as they work them pretty hard.
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:34 PM   #22
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This may be slightly off topic, but when I buy carryout food and pay with a credit card, I am presented with a ticket to sign. The ticket has a blank space to write in a tip amount.

This requires positive action. I have to line through the tip space and write the total (no tip) at the bottom before I sign the ticket.

Some of these places also have tip jar that I ignore. If I sit down at a table and get any table service at all I will leave around a 20% tip on the table.

At some buffet places where I pay in advance with a credit card, I can tell the cashier to give back to me $X in cash and I can leave as much of the cash on the table as I want. I prefer to have the tip on my credit card receipt for my records. When I was traveling for Megacorp, this was required for reimbursement.
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:37 PM   #23
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I don't do tip jars either, my theory, unlike a waiter or waitress they are earning minimum or more wage. They are hired to perform their job which is to get the coffee/ice cream/etc and serve it.

I tend to tip a little smaller for serve yourself places or order and sit. Like Sizzler or a buffet, where the waitress just brings out what you ordered or drinks, clears dishes, maybe 10%.

If I order a 'to go' order at Chili's for pick up I don't tip, since I am doing all the serving

I recently picked up a dozen doughnuts from a doughnut shop drive through and paying with debit, there was place to add tip. Just lined it through and did no such thing.
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:52 PM   #24
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The coffee shop we go to most does not have a tipping jar, but does have a charity jar and I always drop the loose change into it.
I'd be more wary of the "charity jars". For many of them only a small percentage of what goes in the jar actually goes to the charity.
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Enough is enough. This is like the panhandlers on the freeway off ramp. Putting money in the jar only encourages them. I would hate to see a world where everyone in the service industry is begging for tips.
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Somehow I have trouble equating the good people in our favorite local coffee shop (many who we know by name) with panhandlers on the freeway off ramp...but it could be me.
I think there's a tremendous difference. People in the service industry are employed -- often at below minimum wage -- while panhandlers are not -- they think they're entitled to spare change just for the asking (and are more likely to become abusive if they don't get what they feel they're "owed".) Even street performers are trying to provide value for their solicitation. YMMV.
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My question.....if i get a "to go" order from that Mexican restaurant, should I give a tip and if so, how much?
If you go and pick it up, (short answer sans explanation/rationale) no.
If it's delivered, definitely. Amount depends on size of order, distance, traffic/weather, timeliness....
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Your list [Vegas tip mongers] made me laugh as I was just out there. I go out there enough to have learned to by pass most of them, by avoiding their services.
+1. We don't do Vegas, but we've done a few Indian casinos. Dealers and waiters/waitresses, and IME, many people way overtip. We watched and added it up a couple times, and some of those folks make more (hourly) than DW did at megacorp.

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