My sisters and I encountered housekeeping tip envelopes when we stayed at Best Western in Quebec City this summer. Although we declined services during our three-day stay, some of us left a little something before checking out. I agree with some comments on this article that if someone is being paid to make sure your room is clean or that your food is served as ordered, intact and on time, why is there an expectation to tip? Tip fatigue indeed!

National Post | News

For Edmontonian Jodi Costello, a night on the town is a flurry of mandatory monetary thank-yous: First, the cab driver gets a tip. Then the bartender during the wait for a table. Then the waitstaff when the cheque arrives.

On vacation, she tips the hotel housekeeping staff $3 to $5 a night — but only if the room is impeccable.

“When it’s just the basics, that’s the hotel’s job, I’m paying the hotel to stay there as it is. I don’t feel that I have to go above and beyond to make up somebody else’s wage when I’m there.”

It is what observers are calling tipping fatigue — when the act of giving a gratuity becomes more of a social expectation than incentive for performing better service.

Global hotelier Marriott Hotels and American journalist/activist Maria Shriver were criticized this week for their new The Envelope Please campaign. It encourages guests to…

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