Monday, April 14, 2008

Heads or Tails- Tip


I would like to share a story about giving tips, like tip for a waiter, for a taxi driver or anything you give tips to. By the way, do you give tips?

Before my story, is it true that in Canada, it is mandatory to give tips? How about in US?

I give tips and very generous about it when I was still single. But now that I have a family of my own, I am somehow not much into it already. Anyways, I have nothing against about giving tips because my sister once worked for a restaurant and a part of their earnings come from tips.

I think giving tips should be voluntary.

So, here is my story…Are you thinking that it will not come? LOL! Actually, I sort of forgot about it...He, he.

It was a day before our payday, you know what that means, right? I was almost broke and what’s left in my budget was only what to spend for the next day like transportation and lunch. The bank opens at 1pm. It was actually our salary to be credited by 1pm. So, we were about to go home and being in the night shift, it meant that we had to rush to be able to catch the last Metro Train ride. There were no jeepneys passing by so we decided to take a cab. The MRT station is actually a 3- 5 minute walk from our office so you can imagine how near it is. But, it was already 935PM and the last trip is 937PM. So, the cab driver put the meter down and it read P30.00. It was not moving until we reached the station, then it read P32.50. I was happy because I had an exact amount (almost) of P33.00. Therefore, I paid him P33.00 and he said that I should pay P40.00. But, I do not have any coins anymore. What I had was a hundred bucks. So, I pleaded and told him to consider it next time because our money was just enough for the exact fare. He mumbled that we should have taken a tricycle instead. My companion said that I should had obliged and paid P40. I did not know what came to me but I was just not in the mood to give a tip that day.

So, there it was. What do you think?

7 comments:

MAGGIE AT COFFEESHOPMAFIA said...

You are right tips should be voluntary and based on quality of service.

Hootin' Anni said...

Here it's voluntary!! [and the 'rule' tho not enforced is 15% of the total bill/fare] For me, I tip good if the work/service is great! It'll then exceed the 15 per cent...but if the service is poor...no, I DON'T tip or sometimes I leave a penny to show my distaste in how everything was served.

Great HoT post.

Picturing of Life said...

that was not good driver....

Will you visit my “tip“ Thanks

Laane said...

he told you to pay a tip of 7 dollar?
He has guts!

Welcome at my heads or tails:

:: here::

Have a great day!

Simply Shannon said...

Giving tips should be voluntary. I usually give a 15% tip depending on the service.

Please visit my blog to see my Tips :)

tumblewords said...

Yup. Sometimes you feel like a tip and sometimes you don't! Grin. I don't like to pay 'expected' tips, either.

Misty Dawn said...

I'm a strong believer that tips should be voluntary, and I can't blame you for not being in the mood to give a tip that day.