Ok - we are not cheap guests but i've been reading a bunch of sites today and i've just got to thinking.
Has tipping gone too far?
I mean tipping your driver $5-10, the person who brings your bags to your room $2 per bag, concierge if then make a reservations for you $5, maids$1-5 per day, wait staff 15-20% etc. who don't you tip?
I’ve read people tipping the maid service even though their towels or plastic glasses weren’t changed.
Have we just become a nation of tipping so we don’t look cheap?
We drove last year and brought our own bags to our room, we made all our reservations so we didn’t tip for that – we had bad services at some restaurants but we were on the dining plan so they still got their 18% tip even though some of those wait staff didn’t deserve it. Our maid – well normally we did tip but not this trip – almost every day there was something wrong and we had to call to have it dealt with (4 days to address mold in our bathroom was just way too long)
My aunt and uncle, and mom’s cousin and husband travel to Australia every year (aunt and uncle love it mom’s cousin husband is from there) and we’ve talked to them about tipping – in Australia there is no tipping wait staff or maid staff. I don’t know about drivers.
I am just wondering because there’s just something about it that rubs me the wrong way – I mean we are paying $100-200 a night or $100-150 for dinner for 2. shouldn’t they be paying their staff better? Why do companies (not just Disney) pay so low that guests and customers have to subsidize their employee’s salaries?
I can understand leaving a tip for someone who goes beyond the call of duty but for doing their job?
I worked as a maid in my teen years and never got a tip – either I honestly don’t remember getting one or things have changed a lot in the past 15-20 years.