You Oughta Tip the Bellhop

Tipping can be good for you (Search “altruism is good for your health,” and find out why.) And no matter how tough “the economy” is, if you are staying in a hotel that’s nice enough to have bellhops, you should always tip, even if you only have one bag. The bottom line: You can afford nice sheets and a fluffy white robe, so the assumption is you can part with a few dollars for small acts that make your stay a little bit nicer.

Ah, the tip. It has become a sort of social barometer. If you’re out to dinner with someone new, for instance, and they either don’t tip, complain about having to tip, or toss a quarter on the table and call it good enough, that doesn’t bode well for a future 1st anniversary gift or kindness in general.

And how people tip says a lot about their social grooming and character. Someone who makes a show of the tip is most likely battling some nasty form of low self esteem or worse, while the person who tips way too much simply because they’re “not a numbers person” may be less than competent with finances.

Of course, you can go overboard trying to “read” someone by how they tip (we all have our bad days), but if you want to navigate social and work-related scenes smoothly, it’s best to keep a few things in mind. For the purposes of this article, we’ll focus on the bellhop, your veritable welcoming committee and “connection extraordinaire.” They carry and cart your bags and then perform myriad behind-the-scenes tasks to ensure your comfort. When you have problems or need extra help, the bellhop is your best ally, especially if you treat him – or her – fairly.

While you might be tipping the bellhop randomly, just because “it’s done,” there are standards and guidelines for tipping that will make you aware and ensure you handle tipping seamlessly.


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