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Slightly scared of tipping :0

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Slightly scared of tipping :0

Hi all, we are coming to your beautiful country in August for 4 weeks, going to various places including 7 nights in Las Vegas (can't wait!) but after reading a few of posts about tipping I'm starting to get scared about offending you guys if I don't tip properly :( like in one post, someone mentioned about tipping the bus driver... In Australia we just don't tip, so I find it incredulous that even the bus driver gets a tip. See, now I'm also worried about offending you because I find that incredulous! Lol... I guess im wondering if i pretty much tip everyone from the minute i get up to the minute i collapse in bed again.? for example, if im lost and ask for help - do i tip them? crazy question i know! Anyway, just saying sorry in advance, and hope people understand that we tourists don't always get it regarding who to tip.

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1. Re: Slightly scared of tipping :0

I live in this beautiful country and wouldn't tip the bus driver unless he handled my bags (luggage) for me. There's a post somewhere, that I'm sure someone will tell u about, that shows who and how much to tip. Main tip for me is the cocktail servers and usually the better u tip the more they come around. We tip minimum $1 per drink, even if it a bottle of water. Sometimes more depending on how well they're treating us. Have fun in Vegas and the other places you'll visit :).

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We don't tip every single person we encounter throughout the day. Just keep in mind the basics: cab drivers, cocktail waitresses, and of course your server in a restaurant. These are undisputed areas of tipping. I'm not going to break down HOW much you should tip each group, you can find plenty of that info on this forum.

Don't tip the bus driver, unless it's a shuttle type of bus where they help you with your bags. They appreciate a couple bucks, maybe more if they are really friendly. Definitely DON'T tip someone just for giving you directions. They'll probably look at you funny.

Brisbane, Australia
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www.vegas.com/traveltips/tips/tipping.html

tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g45963-i10-k476…

Both of the links above helped me out. It's a really weird concept when you first arrive and we spent a lot of time taking sneaky looks at others around us to see what they were doing. Trouble is, in Vegas there are so many other 'foreigners' that taking notice of someone who did not tip just might mean they don't know the custom either.

We took $100 in $1 bills on the plane with us, plus another $100 in small bills. It really helped.

Columbus, Ohio
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I agree with the basics that FiveIron4Life mentioned, along with a tip for your hotel's maid, and you will be fine. When I leave the U.S., I have the same problem, but for different reasons. I feel awkward not tipping and get self-conscious about when to tip, since other countries do tip for certain services like taxis or restaurant servers. But, after a couple of days, it will all seem routine.

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I agree with the basics that FiveIron4Life mentioned, along with a tip for your hotel's maid, and you will be fine. When I leave the U.S., I have the same problem, but for different reasons. I feel awkward not tipping and get self-conscious about when to tip, since other countries do tip for certain services like taxis or restaurant servers. But, after a couple of days, it will all seem routine.

Cortez, Colorado
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ALWAYS tip waiters and waitresses 15% of TOTAL BILL BEFORE ANY COUPONS OR DISCOUNTS.

They can make as little as $2.13 per hour plus tips.

ALWAYS tip your cab driver (good rule of thumb is $1 for every $4-6 on the meter)

LEAVE A TIP FOR HOTEL MAIDS... $5 per each day you have them clean... and leave it THAT day, not just at the end of your stay as you may have different maids. If you party like a rock star, or have messy children... LEAVE MORE.

TIP OUT HAND PAYS IN CASINO... up to 10% is considered appropriate.

TIP BELLMAN usually $3-$5 depending on how much luggage they haul for you.

TIP BARTENDERS AND COCKTAIL WAITRESS even if drinks are "free".... a buck a drink.

TIP VALET PARKERS $3-$5 when you PICK UP your car.

TIP BATHROOM ATTENDANTS .50-$3 depending on service.

REQUESTING A SONG FROM A DJ IN A CLUB? Tip him... the more you tip, the faster you'll hear your song.

Here's the thing about Las Vegas... It IS kickback city... the more hands you grease, the better they'll treat you .... and the better service you will get.

Edited: 19 April 2013, 07:44
Brisbane, Australia
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7. Re: Slightly scared of tipping :0

Wow, thanks heaps everyone! Didn't even think about bathroom attendants... Maybe I'll get shy and won't pee in public ;) it seems so complicated so its nice to hear from others that they take sneaky peeks at others for clues too :) hopefully you're all correct and it'll just come naturally after a couple of days. I'll definately be doing the $100 in $1 and $100 / small bills , thanks for the tip ( do I pay you now ;). )

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8. Re: Slightly scared of tipping :0

We were slightly nervous about tipping on our first USA trip, but you quickly get into the routine.

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We were the same on our first trip, and on this forum a lot of the time tipping threads are worded incorrectly and end up into a free for all hate bashing, where I bet 9 out of 10 wanted to word it like yours!!

Its not that foreigners are cheap ( though there are always some) its just we don't understand and don't want to offend but at the same time don't want to blow all our spending money in tips to the wrong people!

You will be amazed how easily it comes to you, my rule of thumb if someone helps you (takes your bags etc) or offers a service (waitress, bartender) Tip. Meals 15-20% of the balance, obviously you choose based on how you felt the service was. Just be careful to always check the bill as some places add on tips already so your not double tipping, look for gratuity at the bottom usually.

Drinks, just tip as you order a few dollars. Free drinks at Slots I always give a few dollars, yes its free drink but the more you tip the more your likely to see her again!

Maids leave 3-5 dollars a day, we always left the tip at the end of the stay until I realised you will have different maids daily.

Most importantly don't let it worry you or take over your holiday, Just go tip & be happy

Warrington
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10. Re: Slightly scared of tipping :0

Tip the handpay person 10%? Really? I win $1000 and have to give them $100. There's no way I'm tipping that amount. I'm not sure I agree with tipping this person unless they sort out my ITIN for me so I don't have to pay TAX.

Cheers

Chris