Monday, October 18, 2004

Poll on -- Tipping Hotel Housekeepers

Should you tip a hotel housekeeper? I am kind of arbitrary in my hotel tipping practices, but kind of resent the notion. It reflects the fact that housekeepers are probably underpaid.

If so, by how much?

Let us know in the comments section.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a bullshit practice. I vote no.

11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My rule: Tip only in non-Western-European foreign countries -- spread the wealth, folks -- and in the US, only if I've done something naughty or messy in the room...

11:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only if they were good in bed, not at making it.

8:17 AM  
Blogger Spiral Stairs said...

I tip everyone for everything, for fear of retribution. In fact, Joseph, I'll PayPal you $5 for posting this.

11:51 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

Tipping is a combination of local custom and personal choice. I always try to follow the local custom when service is as expected. When it's crappy, then of course tipping is much more a personal option. When service is better than expected, your tip would reflect that, of course. Hotel housekeepers get paid shit, relatively speaking, and thus I always leave some $ on the pillow when I check out; it humane, kind, and justified. It's not as "standard" a practice as for waiters/waitresses, but it's no less important and it's just as civilized. These very hard-working people already get paid close to minimum wage, if that, so why treat them so cheaply? How heartless are you, you anonymous commentors?

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Nanny In Los Angeles said...


Housekeeping in a hotel is a very physically demanding job that includes many, varied tasks. Typically, in this case study, housekeepers were responsible for cleaning 16 rooms per shift. The actual amount of work depends on the size of the room and the number of beds.


10:26 PM  

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