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Quick question on Tipping

San Jose, California
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Quick question on Tipping

Aloha,

We are finally here! My kids just had their semi-private surfing lesson. They loved it.

Am I supposed to tip their instructor?

I was in the water taking pictures, and had no cash in hand. Is it common practice to leave tips like eating at restaurants? If so, I could totally drive back this afternoon, and find their instructor to hand her a tip to show our appreciation.

Mahalo!

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1. Re: Quick question on Tipping

I think so.

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2. Re: Quick question on Tipping

LOL! They may or may not remember you ... but I think that you will feel better about it! I would stick it in an envelope with the instructor's name on it.

San Jose, California
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3. Re: Quick question on Tipping

Good idea, thanks!

Yes, I would feel better.

Maui, Hawaii
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4. Re: Quick question on Tipping

If you think the instructor did a good job then a tip would be wonderful.

Here is my personal list of people who earned tips

Housecleaners in the condos

Taxi drivers who handle my luggage.

A young cashier who asked if I needed any driving directions.

The gas station attendant who saw a dangerous bulge in my tire (he would not take a tip)

Any instructor that inspires enthusiasm.

Any restaurant help that holds a flashlight on the menue while you read the menu with the reading glasses they loaned you.

People who repair glasses that "just need a screw"

Our mailman.

People who I do not want to tip.

Valet that hyjack your car, change the radio station, change the seat

and wisk your car away that you pulled over to check in before self

parking. and then you tip to get your car back out of valet.

Fast food counters with a tip jar at the register.

Any restaurant server that brings the bill and your credit card receipt but

doesn't bring a pen with it.

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5. Re: Quick question on Tipping

Nice list!

Bellingham...
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I don't understand the problem with forgetting the pen.

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"Fast food counters with a tip jar at the register."

100% agree with this one. Drives me nuts.

Maui, Hawaii
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8. Re: Quick question on Tipping

You can not pay a bill with out a pen to sign the credit card charge.

You gave them the credit card . They run the credit card for approval.

They bring the credit card receipt back for your signature but . .

they do not bring a pen to sign it. So you wait for them to come back and ask them for a pen. Big waste of time waiting. Just an unprofessional

server who is "not prepared".

Really prefer the restaurants that give the servers hand held credit card machines so your credit card is swiped and processed at your table and

your credit card never leaves your sight.

Wilmette, Illinois
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9. Re: Quick question on Tipping

Tip whomever you feel like tipping. The only time it gets weird is when they have communal tips even though you were guided. When we went ziplining this last time they had a picnic bench at the final area where we took off the gear. On the bench was a tip jar. I asked our guides about it cuz I intended to tip them directly and they said no put all tips in the jar, so I did but I still shook their hands on the way out as well.

Atlanta, GA
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10. Re: Quick question on Tipping

I always tip those who make the experience memorable for activities and enjoyable when dining.

Being kind and attentive are two qualities in a person that should always be rewarded imo.

That's very kind of you to want to go back, btw :-)