Extortion at St Thomas airport?

Oct 3rd, 2005, 03:16 AM
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Our 20 year old niece became a maid during last summer in one of the Marriott hotels in order to pay for her clothing expenses when in college. This hotel is visited mostly by tourists and not business people. We had conversation about this topic last night and here is the questions she asked "Where are all those guests are staying who tip so well?" From her first hand personal experience only 1 out of 8 guests staying at the hotel leave any tip. She never expects any tips but they do help. No tipping is left by foreign guests and nobody expects them to tip. In her and the other maids opinions if a guest tips after each night it is more like a bribe not a tip. Regardless if you leave a tip or not you receive the same service.
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Oct 3rd, 2005, 03:38 AM
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Well of course you get the same service..tip or not.I just believe that it is nice to show that you appreciate their services by leaving a tip.
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Oct 3rd, 2005, 04:02 AM
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My point is, that only a very small group of guests leave tips but after reading responses here it seems that everyone tips. Not true.
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Oct 3rd, 2005, 05:58 AM
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I leave a tip on my last day when I leave. Now, if the housekeeper is different on that day and didn't do the previous days, do they share or is it just the luck of the draw?

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Oct 3rd, 2005, 06:46 AM
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To address RonUSVI's question, I used to tip the maid on the last day, but switched to a daily tip. After a full week's stay we were usually checking out on a Saturday or Sunday, and I figured there was a pretty good chance that the maid that day was different from the one we had all week.

But here's another problem - I always tip the maids in the Caribbean and Mexico, but rarely when I stay a night or two at a Comfort Inn or Holiday Inn or somesuch in the states. Does that make me a cheapskate?

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Oct 4th, 2005, 03:38 AM
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Interesting post , we are scimpers and savers for our trips as well ..... So "every" little thing is added in , we always leave the appropriate amount $$ . And in the case of "Clem " , he would probably appreciate any little bit you toss in the hat .
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Oct 4th, 2005, 08:36 AM
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US$2 a bag is pretty standard in US,Jamaica as well as rest of Caribbean.
And in many US and overseas airports, luggage carts are free. I do resent having to pay a US$3 charge however at Logan/Boston to get a luggage cart of of the vending machine, incoming or outgoing. A human I'll pay; a concession I won't.
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