Acknowledge tips?

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Would you expect the housekeeper to acknowledge tips you were leaving if you were staying a week and left a $10 tip everyday?

Ie - should the housekeeper scribble a thank you under the thank you note you leave with the money?

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This thread is good luck! We've gone for a long stretch without tips. Today we got $20, got $10 the other day and $5 before that. WooHoo!

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She isn't doing the work. But you have her name on the tip envelope so you are giving it to her. I understand.

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

She isn't doing the work. But you have her name on the tip envelope so you are giving it to her. I understand.

Yup. That's it. It's like a bonus that pays every week. Altho, I will say, this week is exceptional. Other weeks it's a big fat goose egg. Most weeks.

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 for someone staying all week and they are leaving a $10 tip each morning? when i saw them, i'd likely say thank you so much - i really appreciate it.  but that is me.  i would not leave a thank you note for the thank you.

but wait, are you saying YOU are doing the cleaning and someone is leaving the tip for the housekeeper - that is YOU this week? if that's the case, that money is yours.  (spoken maybe a bit sourly by one whose chambermaids made more than i did)

 

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Our deal with the housekeeper is that she gets all the tips unless she calls in sick. Then I get the tips.

She has a second job so we clean rooms 3 days/week. But she gets the tips. Different situation from yours.

We also paid her last month on the day I was in the hospital having tests even tho she didn't work at all. Just thought that was fair.

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This has been an extremely good tip week. I don't have anything to do with the tips but when the housekeeper is off I do see them.

$68 so far. She's making more money on her days off than when she's here! Well, more than I'm paying her. Maybe she gets this much when she is here, I don't know.

But, I do know, a guest who was here for a week didn't leave a dime.

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uh... if she is off...who is doing the work and earning the tip???

if you, then the tip should be yours...just say'n

why should she get i?

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EmptyNest wrote:

uh... if she is off...who is doing the work and earning the tip???

if you, then the tip should be yours...just say'n

why should she get i?

Because we can't pay $20/hr, this is our way of keeping good help. It works for us. And you know I've always felt that owners don't get tips.

If she calls in sick, tho? Mine, all mine. Eye-wink

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Ok you have an agreement. That's fine. 

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Personally, I would find it awkward. It could work both ways - sarcastic thanks for the no/lousy tip or thank you for the great tip and as the giver of the tip, would wonder which I was receiving. Here, finding ANY tip is a great tip! One guest will get a thank you - they left a check for $25 under the gumball machine and the Lord's Pantry always sends a tax receipt and a thank you.

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etiquette-wise, no.    You don't send a thank you note for a thank you gift.  

If you walk someone's dog during their vacation and they bring you a t-shirt, the t-shirt is the 'thank you.'   You don't write a thank you note for the thank you gift. 

I apply the same to the tip.

HOWEVER - if you run into the guest face to face, it would be nice to say, thank for the tip!  

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yep that is what i thought.

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Good points. Thanks! Eye-wink

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Madeleine wrote:

Good points. Thanks! Eye-wink

 

Don't get me started on wedding registries.  LOL  

I'm an etiquette nerd.  Way behind the times on weddings and other invitations.   I have a long list of etiquette pet peeves.   Just call me Miss Beach Manners.

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I think Miss Manners is ok with registries, just not putting the info in the invitation.

I've seen some doozy letters about this, tho.

The latest was a gal who complained to her co workers that they weren't giving her the big ticket items on the registry, just the small stuff.

Really? Maybe your attitude is why no one popped for the kegerator?

I'd ask for my gift back and say I would return it for something else. And then give *myself* the better gift with the refund.

People!

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I don't have an issue with wedding gift regitries on their own.  Not a big fan of the honeymoon registries or the collect down payment for my house registries or couples with several registries. 

I also kind of cringe at one year old birthday party or anniversary party registries.   I think the retail industry is pushing a tad too hard on this.

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TheBeachHouse wrote:

I don't have an issue with wedding gift regitries on their own.  Not a big fan of the honeymoon registries or the collect down payment for my house registries or couples with several registries. 

I also kind of cringe at one year old birthday party or anniversary party registries.   I think the retail industry is pushing a tad too hard on this.

Speaking of Et...a person emailed me about the 10th time today asking if she reserves a room for her friends and they don't show up does SHE have to pay for it?

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wow! a reservation is a reservation.  at this point, i wouldn't want to take the reservation because if they bail it seems likely you'd be looking at a charge back. 

 

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Speaking of Et...a person emailed me about the 10th time today asking if she reserves a room for her friends and they don't show up does SHE have to pay for it?

"Think girl think, I know you can do it, put on that thinking cap and concentrate the answer will come to you"

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We used to have and attend parties for babies. It was not for the kid. It was for the parents. "Hey look at us, we survived a year being parents! Have a beer!"

Parents now don't know what they're missing. Eye-wink

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It couldn't hurt and would probably be very appreciated by the giver.

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Never have seen a thank you note from any room service. I don't think it is expected. It is the guest who is thanking the housekeeper for her service. 

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