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Old 05-16-2014, 04:09 PM   #15
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We went on a caravan to Mexico in 2000.
The wagon master and his wife had done the trip many times and were able to show us a lot of things we would not have found on our own. Over a number of weeks we got to know them quite well and I found out they were not highly paid. There coach took a real beating making multiple trips over MX roads. They went way beyond everyday what they had to do and earned a tip. The tailgunners also helped with things like changing tires and springs. With the service we received I was happy to give them a tip. We have never felt the need to use a caravan company in the USA Or Canada.

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Old 05-16-2014, 09:21 PM   #16
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Funny most don't tip the garbage man or postal person who delivers every day. We give a tip to the newspaper gal every now and again but certainly not every time she drops a newspaper in my box. Its odd if you think about all the folks who you don't tip who do a far better and consistent service than the server who brings you a couple of beer and a plate of nachos. I think most people give a tip nowadays out of sense of guilt. They don't want to be different from the folks in the next table settling their bill. What irks me is going to stores,usually big box stores and Costco has done this too and you are asked at the cash if you would like to donate to some charity.....That irks me. And its happening at more and more at some of the big stores. I would bet that whatever money the chain collects and "_donates" results in a tax receipt for the money collected and the store or chain receives the benefit. We have our own few charities and I don't like being confronted at the cash register.

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Old 05-16-2014, 10:32 PM   #17
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Tip? "Don't fry bacon in the nude."
ha. Some lady from Ephrata Washington wrote a book a while back called "Dont fry bacon naked." Funny stuff
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Old 05-17-2014, 07:54 AM   #18
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For me, it would depend on the services they rendered. I don't see a need to tip them just for being there - that's their job. But for exemplary attention to me wants and needs I would consider a tip, and if they had indeed helped my in some specific way(s), I would definitely tip nicely. In many ways they are like a hotel concierge, providing help, advice and services when and if I want them. If I take advantage of that help, a tip is appropriate. If I don't, no tip just for being there.
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In many ways they are like a hotel concierge, providing help, advice and services when and if I want them. If I take advantage of that help, a tip is appropriate.
Hmmm, looks like I have a lot to learn about American customs. So what you are saying is that every single time I pay for goods and services of any kind, I need to pay extra to the person who provides it. No wonder the lady at Walmarts looked annoyed the other day when I merely smiled and said thanks - and the doctor, and the NAPA man, and the tyre changer.

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