Originally Posted by Paul B
I think tipping in general has gotten a bit crazy. Today my wife and I ate in a cafeteria. We purchased our food including beverage and carried our trays to a vacant table. While we were eating, a lady came by and gave us her card and said "Hi, I am soandso, and I"ll be your server." She hadn't done anything for us except smile and expected a tip. I hope she wasn't too disappointed.
I even see tip jars at checkout and cashiers. Does someone expect a tip for taking my money? Most of them couldn't even make change if the computer didn't do it for them. I think this must be some weird trend that started in California.
I always tip well for good service, and I have always experienced excellent service while cruising.
Paul I wish I had said it that way. Tipping has gone to the extremes. It seems to me, remember I said me, everyone expects, no demands, a tip. If I remember correctly I once read tips actually means "to insure proper service", or something like that. If the services isn't good why should I tip. I still contend tips on a cruise ship should be a service charge becasue the $10 per day isn't a tip, it is an charge to pay the salaries of the service providers. Actually if you look at it it goes way beyond the waiter, asst waiter and cabin stweard. They, if I understand correctly, share the tip with the laundry worker and etc.
Just my thoughts.