“The Pat”, and other ways people avoid tipping.

Once upon a time, the world was a simpler place and people showed respect for each other. When a guest checked into a hotel they were greeted by a bellhop, his smile and cart at their service. And when they arrived at the room, the bags were placed throughout the room with care;  the bellhop confident a tip would be accompanying the customary “thank you”.

  Times have changed. Boy, have they changed.

  Now, when a guest checks into a hotel they may find the bellman isn’t smiling quite as much as he did decades ago. Here’s why.

A growing portion of the traveling population go out of their way to acquire a “wheely thing”, a “trolley”, or a “rolly thing” rather than acquire the services of a hotel employee. When informed of the natural order of things in a full service property some guests will remark , “What, I have to tip you then?”

  Remember, this folks:

 A gratuity is customary, not mandatory. It is a show of appreciation for a service rendered, not a scam by a bellman to take your $5.

  Then there are guests who although they use a bellman, will do almost anything to avoid parting with a few dollars. They will place their hands all over their lower torso, as if searching for a tip, but they never actually mention money.  “The Pat” is designed to make the bellman nervous and send the message that they’ll be walking away empty-handed.

Other methods include male and female partners splitting up and one telling the lucky employee the other has the money, (just a word to the ladies out there; any married bellman knows the wife always has money).

  Some people go to even greater lengths to avoid tipping, but we’ll discuss them another time. For now,  just remember this – bellmen and other service personnel are just like you; working hard every day to squeeze a few measly dollars out of the Man in order to survive in a world that squeezes even harder.

See you in the lobby, kids…

Miley Cyrus singing.

I wonder if she tipped the bellman?


About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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6 Responses to “The Pat”, and other ways people avoid tipping.

  1. jasihn says:

    I’ve never worked for tips in my life, but what recently has annoyed me is the pressure to tip anyone who serves you alcohol. I don’t tip the popcorn girl at the movie but I’m expected to give the guy pouring the beer a dollar? He didn’t do any more work? It’s debatable that he did less.

    Tips have become expected in certain services and I for one would go out of my way to avoid the awkward moment when I know a tip is expected regardless of service.

    I do feel bad for you though. Not because people should tip you more, but that your employer probably expects the tips and considers it part of your salary.

  2. writernubbin says:

    you are right…the women have the money!

  3. Axel Pliopas says:

    The women always have the money! Even when it is kept the man’s pockets! 🙂

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