I love history and with a close friend, we decided to have a great experience by taking the Hop On and Hop off Tour bus around New York City before we returned home. We purchased our tickets on the street for the Downtown Bus Tour. The guide seemed pretty knowledgeable and his anecdotes were great. However, he pressured everyone on the bus to tip before they "hopped off." His anecdotes were also peppered with the importance of tipping. At the end of the tour, the guide stood in front of the door with a large shopping bag and asked again, for everyone to tip before they left. This made me very uncomfortable. I would have tipped without being pushed to do so. Everyone tipped because we could not get by. Perhaps there are different tours in New York to take, but this is not one I would recommend to others.
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