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Old 07-23-2014, 10:55 AM   #15
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I usually do. The techs and mechanics appreciate it and they always seem to do a good job for me. Also it helps when I have a DIY project and need some technical assistance.
Of course I've been using the same dealer, tire shop, and mechanics for years.
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Old 07-23-2014, 11:27 AM   #16
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I tip those that work for tips (ie: watresses, etc) not those that are being paid a wage for doing their job. I don't see the need to tip a guy that does what he's paid to do and is already making a decent wage. I had somebody ask me one time if i tip my garbage man, really?!
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Old 07-23-2014, 11:42 AM   #17
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I tip frequently. Every time? No! I have even tipped plumbers, electricians etc who perform above and beyond type work when the scope of the job is beyond my skills/time. Sometimes that bit of appreciation of slipping the person a bit of pocket change and a "thank you; the next beer is on me" can pay off ((possibly)) the next time.
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Old 07-23-2014, 11:42 AM   #18
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I tip those that work for tips (ie: watresses, etc) not those that are being paid a wage for doing their job. I don't see the need to tip a guy that does what he's paid to do and is already making a decent wage. I had somebody ask me one time if i tip my garbage man, really?!
Finally someone I agree with. Went with a group on a charter bus about 4hr each way, just for the day. On the way back they took up a collection for the driver for not wrecking - I guess was the reason.
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Old 07-23-2014, 11:49 AM   #19
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Razzman and a couple of others have got it nearly right.

Tipping is a nasty habit that should be made redundant by forcing ALL employers to pay employees a decent living wage. Why deal with a business that deliberately stiffs its employees.
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We tip waiters/waitresses, bartenders, our nail person, our tattoo artists and hair cutter person. Pretty much all the service industry people that we know don't get paid a living wage.
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I've tipped techs & even the service advisor but only when they went over/above what was requested (i.e. fixed something else I didn't notice was broken comp'd, wrangled with my warranty company to get something covered said company didn't originally want to cover, put me at the head of the line for service when I called last-minute....etc). I wanted to show my appreciation for them going the extra step to keep me happy. Just like the saying goes happy wife, happy life...also goes happy customer, returning customer.

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We've had some instances when there wasn't a charge for some work on our rig. On our old Admiral, the LR awning got ripped in heavy winds in Montana. We went to a dealer for some assistance. For replacement the awning would have to be ordered & would take too long to arrive. We had a job deadline in Alaska & couldn't wait. So, one of the service techs sliced the canvas off & taped it up. The manager told us no charge because they couldn't do what really needed to be done. DH tipped the tech - it was brutally cold & we were both thankful to not have had to handle the job.
We've had windshield dings on the old & already the new rig (not IF you'll get a ding, but when). When we had the rig checked out for the nice invisible fix - no can do. So both times the techs filled in the chip & said it wouldn't spread but no charge. DH tipped both for their effort. It'd be nice to not see the chip but it's filled & not going anywhere.
When we have service work done - on the rv or vehicles or in general - if the work is exemplary, we make sure management knows.
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When we have service work done - on the rv or vehicles or in general - if the work is exemplary, we make sure management knows.

X2. I look at it that if I can complain, I can surely compliment service of any kind to management if warranted.
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Given what techs make, by charging book hours, instead of real time worked, and getting percentage of parts sold, I think they are dropping a heavy enough hammer on the consumer already.
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I recently asked a waitress if she would prefer being paid 15% of the bill by her employer, leaving the customer no longer responsible to evaluate and subsidize her low paying employer. I would prefer restaurants raise their prices by 15% and be the only one responsible for payroll. How am I sure to get the best service? Smile and be respectful that she has to serve others. It's a lousy idea, tipping. I shouldn't have to pay extra to get good service.
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I have been known, on occasion, to bring in a couple dozen of mixed pastries.
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Never thought of doing it. So answer is no.
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Given what techs make, by charging book hours, instead of real time worked, and getting percentage of parts sold, I think they are dropping a heavy enough hammer on the consumer already.
Such an uninformed comment. But I'll help: not all charge book hours. The techs only do the work. The service manager bills you. You also chose to take it in for work you can't/won't do. Not all techs, and most, don't get commission on parts sold/used.

I apologize you've had terrible experiences, and for the fact that you don't know the whole truth about the industry. I hope you find a business that treats you properly, doesn't "drop the hammer" on you, and hope that the particular business can still make a living without upsetting you.
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