"TIP, TIP, TIP! How to..." North America Local Custom Tip by Krystynn

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<b><u>TIP, TIP, TIP!</u></b>
<li> <b>How to jump queue at the bar/ restaurant</b>. <Br>

If you are in a crowded bar/ pub and people are waiting for their drinks and you suspect that the waiter/ bartender will take forever to come and serve you... TIP the bartender/ waitress up front and let them know that you will reward good service. :-)) Yeah, sometimes, money talks. And if you leave a generous tip, the restaurant/ bar will remember you - forever. So, if you intend to come back again and again in the near future, start by leaving an impressive tip. No, not necessarily US$11,000.... If you leave a generous tip of say US$10 for a US$20-$30 bill, they will remember you. This usually seems to help them be able to pick you out of a crowd and remember what you
are drinking too! If you do spend time waiting at the bar for your table, don?t forget to tip the bartender. The tip you leave at the table might not make it back to them. O.K.?</li>

<li> <b>How to get better service at a restaurant?</b>

If a long wait has gotten you upset, remember it?s NOT usually your waiter?s fault. If you waited a long time to be seated or served, chances are the restaurant is packed to the brim and all the service staff are working like mad dogs. Relax... No need to let little things like this upset you. You will be surprised to know how a little friendliness will improve the service! Remember, if you treat your waiter poorly, even the most professional waiter will have trouble rebounding and providing you with a pleasant dining experience. Remember, that?s why you waited in the first place. So, smile! And be extremely nice to your waiter. They do sometimes have a bad hair day - like you. :-))

However, if you feel your horrid waiter deserves no tip, then don?t leave one. Ask to speak with the restaurant manager. And you might like to leave a partial tip with them to pass it on to your server or busboy. If the others were helpful, you ought to reward their service. This also makes it VERY clear that you DO tip for good service and that your waiter has disappointed you terribly.

If your waiter has done an EXCELLENT job in serving you.... then you should TELL him/ her that you sincerely appreciated their excellent service so they will continue to take pride in their work. Later, you may wish to drop a little note (email?) to the restaurant manager. As with poor service, you should let a manager know when you have received excellent service. Managers need to recognize their strongest employees to encourage great customer service, telling them about YOUR experiences will help them to do this.

Then, remember to TIP accordingly. Hopefully, you'll feel that they deserve more than the standard 15% to 20% tip. If you plan on coming back, be sure to get the waiter?s name. This way you can request them next time and have another wonderful dining
experience. :-) </li>

<li> Likewise for chambermaids who clean your hotel room. ALWAYS leave a tip behind after your first night's stay. You'll be impressed how spanking clean your hotel room will be for the duration of your stay. :-)) Again, tip generously. This is my motto - They
(like you) are working to earn a living. <i>Do you like it when your boss appreciates your hard work and give you a huge bonus?</i> Most likely your answer is yes. This gives your morale a surprising boost and you'd work doubly hard. So I sincerely believe the same rule applies to other people in the service industry too. I don't believe in being harsh and make them work like slaves. I believe in using reverse pscyhology or offering monetary rewards/ incentives to make them work hard. We are, after all, only human. </li>
<b>I learnt all these important tips about treating a customer/ vendor/ client from my previous job with a huge American bank. They swear by the Six Sigma rules... We had to LEARN how some companies like McDonald's and Coca Cola have made IT. Our CEO wanted the Bank to be like Coca Cola... i.e. If a person were to think of hamburgers, inevitably McDonald's comes to mind (instead of Burger King). Talk about aerated drinks...Coca Cola comes to mind (instead of Pepsi). So, likewise... if we were to think 'banks' - it should be a bank who's motto is 'the Citi that never sleeps' and not other banks. If good service has been extended to us/ me, I will ALWAYS follow up with an email to their General Manager. Always. This method (believe me) works 200% of the time. If you treat people well, you'd find yourself getting the best tables in the restaurant without queuing, getting upgraded to business class on flights, getting invited to special movie premieres and getting invited to special events organized by the clubs and pubs (without even being a member) etc. </b>

So, dear VT friends, best of luck with this new 'philosophy'. :-))

<b><font color=crimson>Photo Below: San Diego - as seen from the plane!</b></font>

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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