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How much should I tip my maid?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Kent Wang, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. Kent Wang

    Kent Wang Well-Known Member

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    I've arranged to have her come over once a month. She's charging $45 for about two hours of work. The price is a bit high but I don't think she is an illegal. Should I tip her maybe $5 to make it an even $50?
     
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    Tip her? Why? You are paying her for a job, and a job that you think might be a bit high at that! Just get her something nice around the holiday season.

    Jon.
     
  3. Get Smart

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    I agree. I think *we're* too overly concerned about tipping everyone around us. A nice holiday gift is the best option, along with any other service folks you have personal contact with on a regular basis (gardeners, mailmen, etc)
     
  4. Margaret

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    I don't tip independent contractors -- it all goes to them anyway.

    I've arranged to have her come over once a month. She's charging $45 for about two hours of work. The price is a bit high but I don't think she is an illegal. Should I tip her maybe $5 to make it an even $50?

    Why not just ask for documentation?
     
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    Tipping isn't necessary in this situation. As others have noted, a holiday bonus is in order. We give a bonus of twice the regular fee to our housecleaner at Christmas/New Year's.
     
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    Why not just ask for documentation?

    I would personaly not care less; in the UK the law is such that it is not my problem, just theirs. I don't know about the US.
     
  7. Kent Wang

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    Thanks for the advice. I'll stiff her unless she performs some extraordinary service like cleaning up evidence of a murder.

    I have a friend who has a car wash service, which is similar to maid service -- he drives out to the client and cleans their car -- and he tells me that he gets tipped all the time.

    I don't care whether she is an illegal or not; I just suspect that an illegal would be much cheaper.
     
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    Thanks for the advice. I'll stiff her unless...


    That is not tip enough?
     
  9. imageWIS

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    I have a friend who has a car wash service, which is similar to maid service -- he drives out to the client and cleans their car -- and he tells me that he gets tipped all the time.


    That's different. Anything involving cars tend to involve tipping (valet, cleaning, etc...).

    Jon.
     
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    Thanks for the advice. I'll stiff her unless she performs some extraordinary service like cleaning up evidence of a murder.

    I have a friend who has a car wash service, which is similar to maid service -- he drives out to the client and cleans their car -- and he tells me that he gets tipped all the time.

    I don't care whether she is an illegal or not; I just suspect that an illegal would be much cheaper.

    Is that like car detailing?
     
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    Upon further consideration, if she is good looking you should tip her 3 inches. [​IMG]

    Jon.
     
  12. Kent Wang

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    Is that like car detailing?
    I believe that's what he calls it.
     
  13. Get Smart

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    Upon further consideration, if she is good looking you should tip her 3 inches. [​IMG]

    Jon.


    esp if she works in a french maid outfit. then give her all 4 inches.
     
  14. Kent Wang

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    Yes, I keep that extra inch in reserve and unleash it only for special occasions.

    I suppose she could be an illegal French maid.
     
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    I tip "service workers" whether it's called for or not, mainly because I've been there, and it does make a difference. Even if it doesn't make a significant difference to their bottom line, it makes people feel appreciated and is just a nice thing to do. If that person reciprocates with better service in the future, as sometimes happens, it's money well spent. If not, you're out $5-10 that would have just gone to the commemorative Mao trinket industry anyway.

    But yeah, I wouldn't do it out of any feeling of obligation, or out of some weird-ass desire to bond with the help. I just do it to help somebody else who's where I was at not too long ago. It's not like a moral imperative or anything.
     
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    I've arranged to have her come over once a month. She's charging $45 for about two hours of work. The price is a bit high but I don't think she is an illegal. Should I tip her maybe $5 to make it an even $50?

    I dunno, do you tip the illegal immigrant who mows your lawn??

    K
     
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    Yes, I keep that extra inch in reserve and unleash it only for special occasions.
    BWHAHAHAHAHAHA [​IMG] Jon.
     
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    Funny thing about gratuity etiquette, why not tip your maid if you'd tip your barber/manicurist?
     
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    If you're paying cash, just negotiate a fair payment. If you like, think of this as just including the tip in the regular payment. When you tip at the salon, you are basically giving the recipient income s/he may or may not report.
     
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    Funny thing about gratuity etiquette, why not tip your maid if you'd tip your barber/manicurist?

    Your barber or manicurist is usually an employee. The basic fee you pay goes to their employer and is distributed to them only indirectly; your tip to the barber is your personal expression of appreciation for his effort in the work he has performed specifically for you.

    If a maid is operating a a business as a self-employed independent contractor, she's performing a service for which she is being directly paid. She's obtensibly charging a fee that represents the full value of her work.
     

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