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  1. #1
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    Join Date
    Nov 2014

    A tip about Tipping

    Dear Members:

    This is a bit of an imposition and intrusion but please bear with me for a couple of paragraphs. I want to urge you to encourage you to correct a serious injustice in our tipping culture, i.e. the fact that most guests in motels, hotels, and other transient housing don’t tip the housekeeping personnel. These are mostly women, many times minorities, and too often single mothers raising children and who are earning an average of $10.48 an hour with minimal benefits. This is before taxes and job expenses.

    As someone who spent years working and traveling throughout the 50 states I spent a great deal of time staying in hotels and motels and became all too familiar with the hard work and low pay of these employees, who in hotels, for example, do up to 12 rooms a day: cleaning toilets and showers, mopping floors, emptying garbage, vacuuming, making beds, changing towels, dusting, wash windows and woodwork, wax, disinfecting and more, often requiring an hour’s labor in some rooms.

    Yet, despite these extensive services ,maids are rarely tipped while bartenders, for example, (for pouring a drink or two and walking a few feet to serve it are often tipped, a service taking minimal time and effort) in fact the range of other service workers from the doorman to the bellboys to the waitress/waiter are ritually tipped. Somehow the invisible maids are not and their many efforts in making guests comfortable are overlooked. Perhaps the lack of personal contact contributes to this unfairness but I believe it is much more an educational deficit. We do not have a tradition of tipping maids; a situation that I think creates a serious injustice to these workers and their dependents.

    As someone who grew up one of three children of an Irish immigrant who worked as a maid in downtown Chicago Hotels I can testify to the grueling work my single mother went through day after day. Tips were almost negligible but I can recall her delight when she received an infrequent tip, one which, at times, made the difference whether we ate and if she had carfare to work the next day.

    I am asking that you to join this good and compassionate cause by, not only tipping if you are not doing so already, but to encourage your friends and co-workers to do the same. I believe many guests would be willing to tip their maids if they were simply aware of the issue. I know friends of mine never did until I happened to mention it to them in a discussion about tipping and they said they never thought about it but would do it in the future and I’m sure most of them did.

    Thanks for reading this and I hope you take it to heart, you would be making the invisible visible and if you extrapolate the dependents of 428,000 maids helping many people in the process.
    Best wishes in your life and travel.


    Summary Report for:
    37-2012.00 - Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
    Perform any combination of light cleaning duties to maintain private households or commercial establishments, such as hotels and hospitals, in a clean and orderly manner. Duties may include making beds, replenishing linens, cleaning rooms and halls, and vacuuming.

    • Carry linens, towels, toilet items, and cleaning supplies, using wheeled carts.
    • Disinfect equipment and supplies, using germicides or steam-operated sterilizers.
    • Clean rooms, hallways, lobbies, lounges, restrooms, corridors, elevators, stairways, locker rooms, and other work areas so that health standards are met.
    • Empty wastebaskets, empty and clean ashtrays, and transport other trash and waste to disposal areas.
    • Observe precautions required to protect hotel and guest property and report damage, theft, and found articles to supervisors.
    • Replenish supplies, such as drinking glasses, linens, writing supplies, and bathroom items.
    • Clean rugs, carpets, upholstered furniture, and draperies, using vacuum cleaners and shampooers.
    • Dust and polish furniture and equipment.
    • Keep storage areas and carts well-stocked, clean, and tidy.
    • Wash windows, walls, ceilings, and woodwork, waxing and polishing as necessary.

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2014

    Re: A tip about Tipping

    Ulysses! I must admire these tips are really cool...

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2015

    Re: A tip about Tipping

    Thanks for these tips, i really appreciate your working on all that stuff.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2015

    Re: A tip about Tipping

    here I do agree with you and will say that buddies these are really nice and amazing stuff about the various places and so sure that it will be very nice and helpful for all, grea job buddies.
    Loved my Grand Canyon bus tour to South Rim.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2015

    Re: A tip about Tipping

    Well, that is such a nice and marvelous thing for having some fun there ahead always. I will love to move to it more and more after my trip to niagara falls from ny. Cause I just love to have some fun there around the world so much. It will be surely a great way of fun.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
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    Oct 2015

    Re: A tip about Tipping

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