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how much do you tip valet, no joke, I really don't know!

how much do you tip valet, no joke, I really don't know!

Old Oct 24th, 2001, 06:35 AM
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Flo
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In California, the w/ws might make $5.50 an hour, but in most states they make $2.61. This is called "tip rate."
 
Old Oct 24th, 2001, 08:11 AM
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If you think $2 is too much to tip for a valet in South Beach, you should either:
1. drive around for hours looking for your own parking spot - OH NO - it's metered!
2. have a heart attack when you see how much they charge for a drink there.
3. Vacation somewhere less desireable (aka: cheaper)
 
Old Oct 24th, 2001, 08:31 AM
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Well, Olive, I didn't hear what you had to say. I think I was busy trying to keep lions out of the Rover, and load my loved one's camera (shaking hands and all). Gee, everytime the ranger suggested tea or pee break, you know who was the first to sign up. Ciao, L
 
Old Oct 24th, 2001, 08:44 AM
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The correct answer is:

$0 when dropping off the car;
$1 when picking up the car, unless the place is extremely fancy, then $2.

That's it. Any more than that and you're throwing your money away.
 
Old Oct 24th, 2001, 08:48 AM
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Personally I try not to use valet parking because I hate waiting for someone to retrieve my car, but sometimes it's unavoidable. I tip when they bring back the car, $2 or $3 depending on whats in my wallet. Sometimes $5 if thats all I have. It's one of those times it pays to think ahead and keep a some ones in the wallet!
 
Old Oct 24th, 2001, 11:25 AM
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Its expensive in the Bay Area. You tip between $5.00 to $20.00 depending on how much you frequent the establishment.

If its dinner, a fundraiser event or a club for drinks/dancing it varies. Shopping at Nordstroms, you always give the biggest tip to the Valet folks!

While in another country it's from coins,singles or a warm smile. No rhyme or reason, just a practice.
 
Old Oct 24th, 2001, 11:28 AM
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Hey, California Girl, if what you say is typical of your tipping habits, you're in different world than the rest of us.
 
Old Oct 24th, 2001, 12:02 PM
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I have a different question: can I tip less if my car is old and dirty?

Do the valets notice my shabby, grubby vehicle, or have they seen it all?


 
Old Oct 24th, 2001, 12:11 PM
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Dear "Tip", where do you live? Waiters and waitresses are not paid minimum wage locally. Last I knew the amount was $1.75 per hour and they pay income tax on an estimatation of what they are "expected" to earn in tips. Their income is not only dependent upon tips, but the government even tells them so!
 
Old Oct 24th, 2001, 12:15 PM
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California Girl, You tip the valet $ 20.00??? Do they wash the car before they bring it back to you? Valet parking is more of a West coast thing anyway. Not many places in the Northeast (thankfully) have Valet parking!
 
Old Oct 24th, 2001, 12:22 PM
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Since this topic has been broached, what about maids at hotels? I know I'll be torn to pieces but I really am not sure what or if I should tip them. Some people say no, others say you should tip them each day, some say only at the end of your stay. What is right?
 
Old Oct 24th, 2001, 01:05 PM
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Patrick:
I'm from California and we do have minimum wage laws(some are local). If they are only getting $1.75/hour then that's even more reason to tip them. I just read in the paper that the average rent for an appartment in "the San Francisco area" is over $2000 per month. Think about that if you get a job offer here. After tax, at $5.50/hour(if they get that much) you'd have to work over 400 hours a month(100hrs/week) just to pay rent for an appartment. The government said that you need to make $34 per hour to be able to affort to live in the San Francisco area.
xxx:
There was recently a very long thread about tipping maid. Do a search for it.
 
Old Oct 24th, 2001, 01:43 PM
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xxx:
Tipping each day is like a bribe to get better service. And, yes it does seem to work. Tipping at the end of the stay is to show appreciation for good service rendered. Some will say they want to make sure the right maid gets their dollar. So, you can decide. The maid will appreciate the tip either way.
 
Old Oct 24th, 2001, 02:46 PM
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I live in Northern California, and there is no way people tip $5 to $20 dollars here for the valet, especially at Nordstroms. I think California Girl is pulling your leg. That is just ridiculous. I don't even see the bankers and venture capital guys on big expense accounts tip that much at top restaurants for valet service here. My boyfriend used to valet at The Biltmore in Santa Barbara, and the only people that ever tipped $20 were movie stars. Who knows why they tipped that much? My opinion is they didn't want you searching through their cars for who knows what. A big tip keeps you happy.
 
Old Oct 24th, 2001, 04:47 PM
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Clue #1 that "California Girl" is just trying to yank people's chains: Nordstrom (there is no apostrophe + "s") is hardly a Rodeo Drive hoity toity store. It's a great department store, one of my favorites, but anyone who thinks it's necessary to offer a big tip at Nordstrom is either from a really small town and has no clue, is a teenager trying to brag on an anonymous forum, or is justa poor troll.
So which are you CG?
 
Old Oct 24th, 2001, 04:56 PM
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Gotcha
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California Girl is the artist formely known as Oaktown Traveler. 'Nuf said.
 
Old Oct 24th, 2001, 07:07 PM
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Fodor
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I too noticed a similar tone in California Girl's note to the erstwhile Oaktown Traveller. Hmmmm.
Has she been resurrected?
 
Old Oct 24th, 2001, 07:18 PM
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like curious I try not to pay the ridiculous prices to park your car. But unfortunately here, the better restaurants are in areas you have no choice so then we tip two dollars.
 
Old Oct 24th, 2001, 07:32 PM
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Cheapskate,
You live in the US I assume? I assume you then draw a SALARY from the dentist for whom you work? Complete with medical coverage? Do you know nothing about society, and the customary tipping of those who make a considerably lower wage based on the assumption they will be tipped? Like it or not, that is how our society works. Don't like it? Try living somewhere else. See how nice giving a guy an extra buck to get your car seems compared to living outside of the US. I think you are just being ignorant and rude to be that way. If you act like that at restaurants, where people expect to be tipped, you know, your food is probably spit into quite frequently!
 
Old Oct 25th, 2001, 06:11 AM
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I work hard for my money and see no reason to spread it around. If some loser can't do any better for himself than getting a job retrieving cars, why should I give him my hard earned dough for performing a service that I could just as easily do myself? The chump get a buck or two, tops.

 

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