From the article: Tipping in Hawaii
You've read my suggestions on whom to tip when visiting Hawaii and how much to tip. Did I leave someone out? Were my amounts too high or too low in a particular area? Share your tipping suggestions with our readers. Share Your Opinion
- When I was young and dating my wife, the standard for tipping was 10%. To now tip even 15% is usually ludicrous. When it comes to the service industry I consider them inflation proof. Example: a meal that used to cost $2.50 received $0.25 tip (10%), that same meal is now $5.00 and tip is $0.50. A 100% cost of living raise, I do not get that kind of raise even over a 10 year period. Ba humbug, 10%, if really great service 15%, poor service expect less to none!
- —Guest Oldtimer
- Tipping is ok in certain circumstances, but in Hawaii it is way over the top. Businesses are reaping huge profits on the expense of their employees and customers. Meals are far more expensive on a $ for $ basis without putting the exchange rate conversion into it. If restaurants can pay a good wage to their staff here in Australia, they can do it in Hawaii and USA. We pay more for our food in the supermarkets than in the USA, so that just shows that food in general is so much cheaper to cook and serve patrons in restaurants than OZ. Plus room service is not paid a decent wage in the USA although the hotels charge a fortune for a room per night more than in OZ. I am not talking about cheap franchised motels as they are a cheap stay for travelling around like we have done on 2 occasions. If a waiting staff serves just 4 tables an hour , the bill is $150 the service charge is 20 % that is $30 per table $120 per hour. Wish I could earn that much money. Not $26 per hour as a bank teller.
- —Guest taffygirl46
- Thank you, John, for your excellent tipping guide. I completely agree with everything you've shared, with one exception. $2/day for the housekeeping staff is not enough. Think of it--these folks make the bed (or beds), dust the furniture, empty the trash, clean the toilets and shower and sink, re-stock toiletries and bottled water, and leave the room in pristine condition for the guest's return later in the day. My general tipping rule for housekeepers is $30/week, but I will tip $50/week for really exceptional and friendly service.
Thanks for the tipping guide
- I tip for good restaurant service no matter which country that I'm in. I'm surprised by the amount and extent of tipping here in Hawaii, especially the minimum 15% for poor service and a few dollars for flagging a cab. However I'm in Hawaii and so I follow the laws, customs, traditions and etiquette of the country and that includes tipping. My wife and I are here on holiday and we are having a fantastic time, the level of service has been excellent and everyone has been very helpful and friendly. We are tipping according to the guidelines, this has added an expense to the holiday that we would rather not have, but we are in Hawaii and it's the correct thing to do. We are loving the holiday and loving the service (a lot better than we get back home). Do the right thing and tip.
- —Guest Australian Tommy
- I paid for a helicopter tour for my family while we were on holiday. The two-hour trip cost about $1000 for the four of us and at the end, the pilot had the cheek to ask for a tip!
- —Guest thelb4
- I am Australian, and it is true that tipping within our country is rare, unless service goes above and beyond in a particularly good restaurant or hotel. I do not understand people who travel to the USA/Hawaii and refuse to tip because we don't here. If you cannot afford to cover your hotel, your food, your entertainment, and your tips - you can't afford to go! Don't complain that tips eat into your spending money, that's a hopeless excuse. It should be a cost that you consider like all the others. People in the hospitality industry have very tough jobs, long hours, and their wages are low because there is an expectation that they will earn tips. These people need to be tipped for doing their job. If they do it poorly, tip them less, if they are outstanding, tip them more. Either way, these people must be tipped, regardless of how things are done in Australia. How terrible that Aussies have a reputation for not tipping, I'm embarrassed. Do the right thing people!!
- —Guest Fred
Wheelchair at airport
- I get a wheelchair at the airport, and tip the person that brings it and takes me to the gate.
- —Guest Randy
- I think that the general reason for giving any kind of tip is to say thank you for good service. It should not be expected by the person giving the service. I always tip very well to those who give good service but give nothing to someone who gives bad service. I will not book or go anywhere that adds in an automatic tip period. I as the customer should decide if and how much I tip. That is one of the many problems in our country now days. People expecting something for doing their jobs.
- —Guest Bob
To Those Who Don't Tip...
- First off, no I don't tip my lawyer or doctor, but they don't get minimum wage OR stand on their feet all shift. We were just in Hawaii and I could NOT believe how few of the people tipped the servers. We had some GREAT service, as did those around us. So, since Discover is giving 5% cash back at restaurants, I tipped double my usual 20% most meals and, on my last morning, gave $10-$20 cash to the 4 people who took the best care of us. I'm FAR from rich, but we saved for 15 years for this trip and tipping made me happy!
- If tipping is in order to GET good service then it is done backwards. We should tip before we are served. Since we don't I can't see how tipping is a bribe to get servers to do a good job. Why not pay servers better? - This has a negative cascading effect for servers. Higher wages means the restaurant can only afford to hirer fewer servers so the quality of their work diminishes and/or servers hours are cut to keep everyone employed but with fewer hours. Fewer hours, harder work, and diminished quality isn't a good thing for anyone. Restaurants actually have a very slim profit margin. In some restaurants the tips are divided with all the service staff. And there are more people not leaving tips than you might think and, yes, in the US the wait staff must declare a certain dollar amount of taxes whether they make them or not. I do not tip to this dollar level but I do tip. It's an act of character - stingy or gracious.
- —Guest almondroca
Tips are good, but confusing.
- Hey I'm 21, and I've been saving for half a year in a service industry job to visit Hawaii. I'm scared that I won't have enough money to stay fed while I'm there, let alone tip 20%. Who are you guys to say that I'm being a terrible person for already deciding to be a solid 10-15% tipper because that's GENUINELY all my budget can handle. Unless I'd like to starve, which I don't. I'm happy to tip restaurants and tip jars and people who make a great drink - but having to tip housekeepers and tour guides and shuttle drivers... damn, I just don't have enough time to save up for all of this. Let alone have a stress free holiday whilst worrying about it. Have a bit of leniency for tourists like me.
- —Guest nicole
The unreasonableness of tipping
- I would like to respond to the rationales advanced by others in why we must tip: 1. So you don't get hot soup spilled on your pants - well, there are mechanisms in place to prevent it from happening even if you don't give tip. For example, sue for damage, vicarious liability, or less dramatic, not going back. Business owners have incentive to ensure top quality service be sure they want repeat business. Same model works in every other industry so why can it not work in service industry? 2. Go somewhere else for your holiday - I bet the Hawaiians won't really want that. Would they prefer to lose 100% of the money over losing 13% tip? Our Hawaii holiday cost us $3000. Would Hawaiians like us to spend zero of this money in Hawaii and spend it in Thailand instead? 3. Minimum wage theory - The U.S.A. runs on a supply and demand free market system and a democracy system. If people really think the minim wage is too low, they can: a) stop supplying labor and b) vote for higher minimum wage.
- —Guest Daniel
- I work in Hawaii and I get paid $7.50 an hour and have been told by many Australians that in Australia people get paid anywhere from $20-$30 an hour for the same work. Many Australians come here, and treat us like we are less than human and stupid as well. (Thanks guys - makes us feel so happy to serve you.) We kiss your asses, bend over backwards, and go the extra mile to make your vacation nice. We don't get to go on vacation. We don't even make enough money to survive on two jobs! So when you show up flaunting all your money and behaving as if you are so superior to us lowly scum. No wonder your service sucks there when you treat people like crap they don't want to be nice to you. But here we are nice anyway we know you wont tip because you are Australian! We already know you won't tip - the moment we hear that accent. When we go the extra mile to make your vacation a great experience, we already know you won't tip!
- —Guest Underpaid
Tipping culture ensures decent service
- I don't understand the opinions of the other Aussies in response to this article. Considering the extremely poor levels of service we experience at home, I actually wish that the service industries worldwide would all work under a tips based system. This would make the wait staff who don't have to put in any special effort into their work think twice before providing the poor standards they I generally experience in countries where a minimum wage + tips is the normal way of earning a living. I mean it's not that hard to be attentive and friendly to customers, who after all are the reason they are in a job in the first place. And I have worked for over twenty years in the service and retail in Australia before people make any assertions that I don't know what I am talking about.
- —Guest Furns
- Every American believes that the USA is the worlds best country. How is this possible when someone has to rely on tips to survive? Why not just move to India and become a beggar? Because that's what it is essentially is - begging. Why should people work hard and save their money to go on holidays just to give it away to people who were doing their job. You say tipping is taxable income. I say rubbish. I'm sure everybody is declaring their cash money. That's why the US is 15 billion dollars in debt. I say do your job. If you do it well enough you might get a tip. If not than don't expect anything. Nobody can force you to tip, it's not a written law and if you're forced to give a tip, report it to the authorities. Hopefully the police don't rely on a $1 or $2 to survive.
- —Guest michael
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