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luv
08-12-2010, 07:56 AM
Say I was staying in a hotel that had a valet service, and I decided to use it. Most hotels like this charge you to even self-park, but they usually charge more for valet. It's customary to tip the valet driver when he brings you your car, right? How much do you tip him? I mean, you're already paying extra for the service. I don't want to be cheap though.

Red Beans
08-12-2010, 08:07 AM
10% of the Blue Book retail of your vehicle is customary. :D

CHENZ A!
08-12-2010, 08:12 AM
I just throw them whatever I have. No less than 1, and no more than 5.
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booyaf2
08-12-2010, 08:19 AM
I usually tip $5. Those guys run their asses off.

jiveturkey
08-12-2010, 08:22 AM
I throw them a 5 as well.

Baconeater
08-12-2010, 08:30 AM
I've only used a valet once, and I gave the guy a 5 spot.

Der Flöprer
08-12-2010, 08:37 AM
I would say tipping 2-3 dollars is fine. 5 is the most I'd tip, and honestly I think it's a bit much for a maximum of 5 minutes work. And I always tip. Sometimes I over tip, but I am a firm believer you shouldn't. I'm sure you've noticed we're trending from a 15% expectation to 20%.

ArrowheadHawk
08-12-2010, 08:41 AM
They should just do away with tips all together and pay people to do their job not get hand outs.

Der Flöprer
08-12-2010, 08:42 AM
They should just do away with tips all together and pay people to do their job not get hand outs.

I don't disagree. Most people don't even know that waiters for instance, in the state of MO used to get paid $2.13 an hour. I think it's up to $4 now, but it's about half of the minimum wage. Even businesses rely on you to pay part of their staff, rather than just building that cost into the prices of their fare.

Baconeater
08-12-2010, 08:44 AM
They should just do away with tips all together and pay people to do their job not get hand outs.
The cost of paying that person will still be passed on to you one way or another. If you don't like to tip all you have to do is avoid using services which require tipping.

Nzoner
08-12-2010, 08:52 AM
The only time I use valet is at Harrah's Casino that way I have a built in excuse for not tipping when I come out :)

seclark
08-12-2010, 08:57 AM
"careful buddy...the brakes don't work for shit."
my tip
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ChiTown
08-12-2010, 08:59 AM
Usually between $2-4. Depends on how many singles I have.

luv
08-12-2010, 09:00 AM
The cost of paying that person will still be passed on to you one way or another. If you don't like to tip all you have to do is avoid using services which require tipping.

But the cost is already passed on to you in this case. The hotel charges more to park when you use valet.

ChiTown
08-12-2010, 09:07 AM
But the cost is already passed on to you in this case. The hotel charges more to park when you use valet.

That's for the cost of the parking garage - not necessarily the attendants.

MOhillbilly
08-12-2010, 09:10 AM
never used a valet.
thanks.

Nzoner
08-12-2010, 09:10 AM
That's for the cost of the parking garage - not necessarily the attendants.

Speaking of costs,have you noticed that full service hotels no longer have focking phone books in the rooms,instead they want you to ask for help at the front desk which imo means we helped so how about a tip :rolleyes:

rockymtnchief
08-12-2010, 09:12 AM
"careful buddy...the brakes don't work for shit."
my tip
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Good tip.

I know a couple ex-valets drivers and some of the hot-rodding stories they tell me are crazy.

Anyway, $3 to $5 is what I've tipped in the past.

ChiTown
08-12-2010, 09:20 AM
Speaking of costs,have you noticed that full service hotels no longer have focking phone books in the rooms,instead they want you to ask for help at the front desk which imo means we helped so how about a tip :rolleyes:

I never use phone books any more. My computer and phone are way more efficient.:)

Nzoner
08-12-2010, 09:26 AM
I never use phone books any more. My computer and phone are way more efficient.:)

Guess it's just the print media guy in me :)

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08-12-2010, 09:31 AM
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ChiTown
08-12-2010, 09:42 AM
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luv
08-12-2010, 09:45 AM
That's for the cost of the parking garage - not necessarily the attendants.

They also charge to self-park.

|Zach|
08-12-2010, 09:55 AM
I tip 2-5 in that situation.

WV
08-12-2010, 10:09 AM
I find tipping is generally a good idea when some idiot is in charge of something that will get me back home! Anyhow $5 is more than sufficient, but $3 is probably more what they should get. Sadly some of them will treat your stuff like crap no matter how much you tip.

buddha
08-12-2010, 10:11 AM
It depends on how fast they bring the car back.

The word "tip" means: "to ensure promptness." If they get it right way, nice tip. If they screw around or ignore me...nothing.

Goldmember
08-12-2010, 10:13 AM
I've always wondered if you're supposed tip the guy that receives your car or just the guy that returns your car. Many times they are not the same guy. I usually only tip the latter.

38yrsfan
08-12-2010, 10:19 AM
Depends if its my car or a rental .....

BWillie
08-12-2010, 11:48 AM
They should just do away with tips all together and pay people to do their job not get hand outs.

Hell yes. I get sick of it. I don't like going somewhere w/ someone having the expectation that I'm going to pay them X or this or that. I know you are paying for service, but the same thing can be said about any industry. If you pay more and hire quality employees, their level of service will generally be higher.

The workers at Chick-Filet are excellent, and from what I have been told they get paid higher than most any fast food chain. The workers at Costco provide excellent customer service, and that is why they get paid more than most any retail place.

|Zach|
08-12-2010, 11:50 AM
Hell yes. I get sick of it. I don't like going somewhere w/ someone having the expectation that I'm going to pay them X or this or that. I know you are paying for service, but the same thing can be said about any industry. If you pay more and hire quality employees, their level of service will generally be higher.

The workers at Chick-Filet are excellent, and from what I have been told they get paid higher than most any fast food chain. The workers at Costco provide excellent customer service, and that is why they get paid more than most any retail place.

Meh, if you want tipping done away with then don't get married to the food prices as they are in restaurants.

...or the service for that matter.

OnTheWarpath58
08-12-2010, 12:05 PM
Depends. Usually $4-5 total.

Sometimes I'll just give the guy that returns the car $5, sometimes I'll give $2-3 to both the drop-off and return attendants.

ChiTown
08-12-2010, 12:13 PM
They also charge to self-park.

Right, and .....?

Param
08-12-2010, 12:14 PM
One crisp George Washington.

BWillie
08-12-2010, 12:15 PM
Meh, if you want tipping done away with then don't get married to the food prices as they are in restaurants.

...or the service for that matter.

Well it is what it is. It's not going away. Tipping is just another way to allocate cost to someone else. I understand if there was no longer tipping, and restaurants, valet, etc paid up to par w/ what their employees would usually make in accounts to tips as well that the price of food and whatever would go up. I would be fine w/ that, but tipping isn't going away because it's a social custom and people will just always do it, even if they paid the employees to make up for it. I just like to bitch about it

MOhillbilly
08-12-2010, 12:15 PM
One crisp George Washington.

do you pick up pennies?

Param
08-12-2010, 12:21 PM
do you pick up pennies?

Actually I do:D

I usually plan a big trip at least once a year. Everything I find on the ground goes into a jar that I save up and I cash it in before I leave. My last big trip was back in April. I had $35 bucks.:D

|Zach|
08-12-2010, 12:21 PM
Well it is what it is. It's not going away. Tipping is just another way to allocate cost to someone else. I understand if there was no longer tipping, and restaurants, valet, etc paid up to par w/ what their employees would usually make in accounts to tips as well that the price of food and whatever would go up. I would be fine w/ that, but tipping isn't going away because it's a social custom and people will just always do it, even if they paid the employees to make up for it. I just like to bitch about it

Alot of those systems would fold...most restaurants run by the skin of their teeth as it is. But there are a lot worse things in the world then trying to throw a little extra money at folks who are generally young and trying to make their way in then world.

BWillie
08-12-2010, 12:23 PM
Alot of those systems would fold...most restaurants run by the skin of their teeth as it is. But there are a lot worse things in the world then trying to throw a little extra money at folks who are generally young and trying to make their way in then world.

That is what I tell myself when I go to strip clubs to make myself feel better. I am an philanthropist

|Zach|
08-12-2010, 12:27 PM
That is what I tell myself when I go to strip clubs to make myself feel better. I am an philanthropist

Yea, those places are sad as hell.

DaneMcCloud
08-12-2010, 12:28 PM
75% of all restaurants, bars, malls, stores, etc. in the Los Angeles area have valet parking available. Out of that 75%, I'd say at least 35% are valet only.

So my general rule of thumb is this:

$1-$7: $1 tip

$8-$15: $2 tip

$16 and up (like at a hotel): I don't pay until the day of checkout and it's usually $5 dollars.

Valet is a great convenience and I generally use so I don't have to fuck around with trying to find parking, driving around, blah, blah, blah. It's work the extra dollar or two. But it also means that I have to carry cash and I HATE carrying cash.

38yrsfan
08-12-2010, 12:29 PM
That is what I tell myself when I go to strip clubs to make myself feel better. I am an philanthropist

ROFL

I remember trying a version of that one out my wife ... once.

Phobia
08-12-2010, 12:32 PM
I almost never valet. I don't trust young punks to drive my iron and I'm perfectly capable of walking a few extra feet. I'll valet for formal events but that's mostly being chivalrous to my wife.

Stewie
08-12-2010, 12:33 PM
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bevischief
08-12-2010, 12:48 PM
Speaking of costs,have you noticed that full service hotels no longer have focking phone books in the rooms,instead they want you to ask for help at the front desk which imo means we helped so how about a tip :rolleyes:

Yes. It is a pain in the...

Fat Elvis
08-12-2010, 12:56 PM
I like to tip valets. They aren't as easy as tipping cows, though; valets tend to run when you try to tip them.

go bowe
08-12-2010, 01:09 PM
I like to tip valets. They aren't as easy as tipping cows, though; valets tend to run when you try to tip them.ROFL ROFL ROFL

Ebolapox
08-12-2010, 01:15 PM
I'm with the majority: 2-5$ depending on a number of factors.