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#1 DraftBeer

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 05:13 PM

let me get this out of the way first... I am a certified

cheapskate.  :)  

 

however.....

 

what's the minimum amount of tip that I should leave so

the sleeping car attendant doesn't realize that I'm a

cheapskate?  (on the CONO)

 

Thanks!



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Posted 06 March 2017 - 05:23 PM

If the service is Just OK, I would give him a 5. Good service- 10. The other day I really thought well of the SCA, Jesus, and gave him 20. Lousy service - ZERO.
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Posted 06 March 2017 - 05:26 PM

The "average" is probably $10 per night per person, although some leave $-0- (either by accident, forgetfulness or otherwise).
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Posted 06 March 2017 - 05:26 PM

Oh Christ...we haven't even finished bickering over the last thread asking about tipping. So before anyone starts doing that here too, let me recap for you. Tips are not required, but appreciated as always.

That being said, even though I work for Amtrak and know the struggles the sleeper attendants face, I only tip $5. Disclaimer: I'm only onboard for one night, and I don't require any extraordinary help.

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 05:35 PM

Don't worry about being a cheapskate or appearing as such.  I usually tip $10 per night; however, I have started reducing that by $5 per night if the SCA does not offer to assist me with my carryon luggage when I am deboarding at the end of my trip.  Usually I tip the redcap to help with boarding and they do volunteer to carry my carryon to my room for me.  I should say that I am a 75 year old not handicapped male but I do have balance issues climbing stairs and anyone who has ridden Amtrak know the stairwell is narrow and circular so assistance is appreciated.  

 

Unfortunately, the CONO SCA's don't seem to ever offer assistance so, yes, I only tip $5 for the one night if they don't help me.



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Posted 06 March 2017 - 06:18 PM

If the SCA is very helpful going beyond, like making a doll out of a cloth napkin for my youngest granddaughter on her first trip, or checking in with me if I needed anything, etc. I will tip up to $20.  If The SCA is good, friendly, I tip $10.  If I have to get my carry on bag downstairs, I tip less since I have trouble with stairs when carrying a bag.  If I am making down my bed and putting up the bedding in the morning and the MIA SCA is only available to say goodbye with their hand out for a tip, they only get a letter written to Customer Service about being MIA. I will say that I find I am tipping every SCA over the past couple years, and many of those have been above average.  It seems like I am finding the SCA group to be better each year.


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Posted 06 March 2017 - 06:25 PM

Oh Christ...we haven't even finished bickering over the last thread asking about tipping. So before anyone starts doing that here too, let me recap for you. Tips are not required, but appreciated as always.

That being said, even though I work for Amtrak and know the struggles the sleeper attendants face, I only tip $5. Disclaimer: I'm only onboard for one night, and I don't require any extraordinary help.


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Posted 06 March 2017 - 06:32 PM

I think I always tip at least a $20 even if I don't ever need anything. (I usually don't, just want my bunk made up at the time I request) It would take serious intentional and outward hostility toward me to make me do anything less. I still tip bad waiters 20% because I don't like to penalize people for having a bad night. They still have rent to pay.



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Posted 06 March 2017 - 06:48 PM

I tip usually $5/night. I too don't require any special assistance. I might go above and beyond that if the SCA has gone above and beyond with their service. For lousy/non existent service, nothing. To repeat an earlier post, tipping is not required. It is appreciated however.

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 06:57 PM

let me get this out of the way first... I am a certified cheapskate.   :)  however..... what's the minimum amount of tip that I should leave so the sleeping car attendant doesn't realize that I'm a cheapskate?  (on the CONO) Thanks!

 
The funny thing about tipping is that a small tip can sometimes be perceived as being worse than no tip at all. If there's no tip then maybe the person was simply unaware that tipping was expected. If there's a tiny tip then it removes any chance of confusion and risks looking like an insult.
 

I think I always tip at least a $20 even if I don't ever need anything. (I usually don't, just want my bunk made up at the time I request) It would take serious intentional and outward hostility toward me to make me do anything less. I still tip bad waiters 20% because I don't like to penalize people for having a bad night. They still have rent to pay.


So you always tip. At least 20% or $20. Every single time. Even for service you know is bad. I don't even know what to say to that.

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 07:40 PM

 


I think I always tip at least a $20 even if I don't ever need anything. (I usually don't, just want my bunk made up at the time I request) It would take serious intentional and outward hostility toward me to make me do anything less. I still tip bad waiters 20% because I don't like to penalize people for having a bad night. They still have rent to pay.


So you always tip. At least 20% or $20. Every single time. Even for service you know is bad. I don't even know what to say to that.

 

 

Yes, because I make the same amount of money even when I have a bad day at work. I don't get penalized and have my pay cut. I hate American tipping culture and wish we'd move away from it. Leaves people's income in the hands of customers' whims way too much.



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Posted 06 March 2017 - 09:07 PM

Oh Christ...we haven't even finished bickering over the last thread asking about tipping.

Careful with those comments - wouldn't want our self-proclaimed Post Police to scold you!   :P



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Posted 06 March 2017 - 09:13 PM

Think of all the cash one has to carry to cover a long trip on Amtrak:

    Taxi driver getting to the station

    Red Cap assistance boarding

    SCA after trip

    SCA if a meal in the room

    DC Server - 4-6 meals on long trips

    Cafe - if snacks are purchased

    Red Cap assistance getting off the train.

 

Its like a high end hotel where everyone is expecting and working for your tip money by offering to assist you.

 

I am not saying these people do not deserve the tips, in fact some companies monitor employee tip percentage as a gauge as to how well they are doing in their job as compared to others working the route, etc. I will always tip because our culture is tip based, but agree it would be nice if you didn't have to carry so much cash to cover the tipping, if the fare included everything.


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Posted 06 March 2017 - 09:17 PM

Oh Christ...we haven't even finished bickering over the last thread asking about tipping.

Careful with those comments - wouldn't want our self-proclaimed Post Police to scold you!   :P


I know, people like this are the worst:


Here's a link to 22 threads on this enchanting subject:  http://discuss.amtra...h&fromMainBar=1  A search of this site will turn up 22 threads dealing with tipping.

 
 

Wish some kind soul would post links to the other 4 or 5 recent threads dealing with gratuities.  Same blather repeated every 6 months or so begins to wear thin after a while - but that's just me.  Carry on if you must.


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Posted 06 March 2017 - 09:25 PM

Cafe guy gets a tip too? It seems similar to the person who sells snacks at the movie theater. Never thought to tip that person. I was more in the middle, tip sometimes on the train but after seeing that everyone I see is looking for a tip, I am not so sure anymore. 


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Posted 06 March 2017 - 09:27 PM

Cafe guy gets a tip too? It seems similar to the person who sells snacks at the movie theater. Never thought to tip that person. I was more in the middle, tip sometimes on the train but after seeing that everyone I see is looking for a tip, I am not so sure anymore. 

I've seen tip jars on counters at many establishments where you walk up and order your food.  I rarely put a tip in those.


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Posted 06 March 2017 - 09:36 PM

let me get this out of the way first... I am a certified

cheapskate.   :)

 

I don't understand the point of the question. Why bother asking it?

 

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Edited by FormerOBS, 06 March 2017 - 09:36 PM.


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Posted 07 March 2017 - 12:20 AM

Are OBS railroad union members?


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Posted 07 March 2017 - 02:07 AM

Are OBS railroad union members?


All Amtrak employees, sans-management, are union. And even some management continue paying their dues so they can go back on the road if something happens to their job

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 09:46 AM

Are OBS railroad union members?

All Amtrak employees, sans-management, are union. And even some management continue paying their dues so they can go back on the road if something happens to their job

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