Tipping – A Great Fast Cash Investment
When “Bribery” isn’t a Dirty Word
In almost any situation, I’ve found that tipping is the best investment you can ever make, aside from investing time in filling out a cash advance loan application for emergency fast cash. Anyone who has ever spent time in a bar knows that a dollar drink is all the fuel needed to receive the quickest service on the most hectic of nights. I’ll even tell you about a great risk-free system that, when utilized, can score you complimentary upgrades, if, let’s say, you want a nicer hotel room.
I’m no maverick when it comes to experiencing the benefits of tipping, hence the reason I’m not a master of tipping etiquette. However, the insights I am about to give you can change your thinking about going beyond the call of duty, financially.
Create a Relationship with Tipping
You’re put ahead of any non-tippers, because when you tip someone, you develop a relationship with that service provider. A dollar at the bar or a few bucks for the attendant who brought your bags to the room will reap rewards. Give a tiny bit more than 10 to 15 percent on the restaurant bill. Remember, a tip almost always puts you ahead.
I used to work as a busboy and I would work shifts with a complimentary bar in the evenings. A guest’s waiter or waitress could go to the bar and get a drink on their behalf, or the guests could get it themselves. On that particular night, I made around $90 in tips inside of four or five hours. Oh, and my tips came from a whopping four people!
Sometimes That’s All it Takes
It wasn’t as if they drank like relapsing alcoholics; they were simply very generous people. One guest in particular gave me a $20 tip, and though he didn’t tip me again and I wasn’t his waiter, I sporadically stopped by his table every time I walked by. Yet another guest would constantly ask for drinks and then tip me $5 each time that I waited on them in an hour’s time span. Keep in mind that I was merely a busboy and not a waiter. I got a tingly feeling inside when a guest asked for five shot glasses of E&J and then handed me a $10 and $5 bill for the trouble. These are especially the people you go back to, to make sure they are 100 percent taken care of.
On the other end, my friends and I will traditionally go to a restaurant that is delightfully affordable and incredibly quick, transferring fast cash with the speed of a tornado. Since it’s so affordable, a 20 percent tip is always given, because the bill is always so low (an average of $7.50 for dinner per person). The result is that the wait staff knows us by name, is familiar with our orders and is quick to deliver them. In a half hour, we can easily enjoy our lunch and leave.
Relationships are Given Rewards
Often times, you are separated from the pack in a person’s mind once you create that relationship. Keep in mind that while you’re not a stranger, you are also not a friend. Therefore, when it comes time to decide which person to help, go with the one you are most familiar with.
Sometimes, Bribery isn’t Such a Scary Word
The truth of the matter is that you’re bribing someone to give you more favorable treatment. If you didn’t know, I’ll tell you that anyone who leaves a tip knows it’s both a present reward and a teaser for your future visit. Though it’s tradition to leave 10 to 15 percent on your bill, you should leave 20 percent when great service from someone you like or someone you know is delivered.
Invest in your Future – TIP!
The reason you leave a 20 percent tip is because it is an investment for the next time your visit that establishment. You’ve almost guaranteed great service on the next visit because you’ve noticed and rewarded great service from the past. Even when exhausted, I’d carry over a round of beers to a table because they were just so kind and giving to me.
Seems the gist of the tipping motto is: if you desire, say, a nicer hotel room, give the good old “$20 Trick” a go. To perform the trick, you put a folded $20 bill underneath your credit card inconspicuously, and slide it over to the front desk attendant. Ask if a complementary “upgrade” is available while you work the trick. In most cases, the $20 is returned to you if there aren’t any complementary “upgrades” available. Sometimes they may just keep the tip. Suck it up and keep it moving.
“The $20 Theory of Our Universe”
For those of you gawking at the $20 for a room upgrade technique, wait until you read about what Mikal Brooks wrote in a Cheaper Peeper article entitled “The $20 Theory of Our Universe.” When Mikal goes traveling, he packs a few twenties with him, and then finds out what he can get for it. He gets cheap car detailing, upgraded airplane seats (paying the customer and not the airline), and many other $20 “upgrade” techniques.
Hopefully I’ve convinced you or reinforced the notion that tipping is actually a good thing. In many ways, just like fast cash, a little can certainly go a long way. Your comments about tipping secrets and skills can also go a long way, so feel free to share.