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tipping room maids in hotels in Cuba

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tipping room maids in hotels in Cuba

Hi

I heard that some items, such as soap and face creams are hard to come by in Cuba. Does it show more appreciation to room maids to leave such items, rather than relatively small amounts of cash in tips, and also to do this daily, rathe than the norm to leave a tip at the end of a stay in a hotel?

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71. Re: tipping room maids in hotels in Cuba

eeeefarm,. thinkink about it, the ban might have been when I first went to Cuba, or on my second trip. So that would be 2001 or 2002. If I remember correctly, it did not even last a year.

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72. Re: tipping room maids in hotels in Cuba

I wanted to stay away from this post but it gets to a certain point that as they say enough is enough .

rrrichar Same here i have a good friend he is a barman and girlfriend works as a maid and don't know why people are talking about something they have no clue as all are they doing is throwing out numbers that to me are just plain silly..

Have been to there house often since 2006 and heck what i see there is far from a rich family in Cuba or as some say Cuban standards .

People most tourists don't tip have seen it at the buffet have seen it at a la carte restaurants as you can count in one hand the amount of people that will leave a tip ...

And as for the maids i will take her word over most of the ones that talk about the amount of stuff they get as i sure know its the other way around .

Now i feel better and hope the ones that will answer at least come with facts not with stories you think it happens .....

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73. Re: tipping room maids in hotels in Cuba

gat0..,your experiences seem to mirror my own. Like you,I have not often seen a lot of tips at any of the buffets,AL carte restaurants,on resort ,or even at the many restaurants off resort that I have frequented.If your not going to tip your server at a nice restaurant,( on or off resort ) I really question if that same person is going to tip the person who cleans your room.Probably not..,but that is just IMO.

Edited: 15 February 2011, 02:01
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74. Re: tipping room maids in hotels in Cuba

"I really don't think tourists tip accordingly, which is what originally turned the country upside down "

The general intellect of anyone who makes such a ridiculous statement must be seriously considered.

Incorrect tipping methodology by tourists is the least of the average Cuban citizens daily worries in the past, present or forseeable future.

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75. Re: tipping room maids in hotels in Cuba

Not to hijack a thread, but … it is forum norm that when someone is quoting someone else, there should be a reference to who said it, which allows the reader to review the whole of the post in context, instead of a single line which may be cited out-of-context.

There are lots of interesting points being made, although I find it difficult to follow without references to clarify who said what.

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76. Re: tipping room maids in hotels in Cuba

Original post ..,Don Tomas,post # 65.,I quoted in post # 67..,limitclub quoted in post # 74.

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77. Re: tipping room maids in hotels in Cuba

Thanks! ;-)

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78. Re: tipping room maids in hotels in Cuba

I think it is apples and oranges to compare the average resort workers incomes with those individuals who are working other "angles" of income, have multiple "frens", possibly relationships etc... and every other idea that some have come up with.

Yes, the average worker does make multiple times more than the 15-20cuc per month of the old system. But so do many others and more and more Cubans enter this CUC economy each month. That economy is far more expensive to move ahead in. So even if a worker were to net 1000 cuc per month it can easily be spent in the "new" Cuba. Many have large families and support parents and siblings to varying degrees. Also, yes may lightning strike them down possibly they may want a better life just like the tourists who all benefit from the wonderful vacations we have in their country. Perhaps those who are preoccupied with determining appropriate incomes for specific jobs of foreign workers should in exchange invite them to participate in your next compensation increase negotation with your employer.

Those who are working their "game" make many times more. Let's discuss the escort service, i mean aniamation team members at many resorts and their activities. Those type individuals and others like them are the ones which cloud the reality for those making an honest income by their labor and efforts to provide a better living for their families.

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79. Re: tipping room maids in hotels in Cuba

What Cuba needs is a decent tax system. If people are making huge amounts in the service industry they should pay appropriate tax. Regardless if it is as a Maid, Bar Tender, or any other service employee of your choice.

In Canada we could do a net worth analysis on this type of person and say your lifestyle and assets do not match your income. The onus is on you to disprove the claim. This would solve the problem of the Casa owner just being taxed at a flat rate regardless of their actual bookings.

Unfortunately communist’s economies are short on how to pay for public services, and I am a socialist supporter. Do not confuse Communists and Socialist.

I have not been personally to any worker houses in the numerous times that I have been to Cuba, but have been invited and haven’t taken the invite due to timing issues. I also have personal friends from Canada that have. I also have Photo’s of their homes and amenidities. The short hand is that people who work in the service industries are well paid by Cuban standards. They also generally have children who work in other countries and bring/export things like fridges, computers and TV’s back to Cuba. I had to laugh a couple of years ago when Cuba announced that they would allow citizens to buy computers, a week earlier I was given a CD of photo’s of the resort workers home.

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80. Re: tipping room maids in hotels in Cuba

Mad, your are correct, we are totally hijacking this thread and I do apologize to the OP. I do think however if we try to discuss this in another post we may get shutdown???

Post #79

"What Cuba needs is a decent tax system. If people are making huge amounts in the service industry they should pay appropriate tax. Regardless if it is as a Maid, Bar Tender, or any other service employee of your choice."

I do believe that there is a tax system in place on workers in the service industry. Where it errs however is that the workers who are taxed are the workers that are normally recieving tips (rightfuly so) and they are taxed so that the workers behind the scenes will benefit also. The tax should benefit the entire population.

I stand my ground and firmly believe that the tourist is not fully responsible for "turning the Country upside down" . More so it is the tourism industry that has turned the Country upside down and the government has failed in curbing the affect, plain and simple.

Cheers

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