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#221 Scubysnaps

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Posted 01 February 2011 - 11:03 PM

To all those I may have offended with my replies to this post...My apologies!

As you can tell this is sore subject with me...refer to the "tipping scene" in the movie Reservoir Dogs...a classic!

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 01:10 AM

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 10:00 AM

This can be kind of fun to post to. :P I can only speak for myself and what i know happens on the DD. Everyone thinks we have the dream job, well just remember that you get to go home after a week or so and that YOU ARE A GUEST!
Anytime you want t swap places with me let me know.

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PS...whats a wanker ??????

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 10:30 AM

This can be kind of fun to post to. :) I can only speak for myself and what i know happens on the DD. Everyone thinks we have the dream job, well just remember that you get to go home after a week or so and that YOU ARE A GUEST!
Anytime you want t swap places with me let me know.

Cheers and remember to keep you hand inside the ride at all times!

PS...whats a wanker ??????

Let me translate that into English for you - A wanker wanks i.e. a jerk-off.
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Posted 03 February 2011 - 12:09 PM

This can be kind of fun to post to. :) I can only speak for myself and what i know happens on the DD. Everyone thinks we have the dream job, well just remember that you get to go home after a week or so and that YOU ARE A GUEST!
Anytime you want t swap places with me let me know.

Cheers and remember to keep you hand inside the ride at all times!

PS...whats a wanker ??????


If I may be so bold as to say that a 'guest' (an often inappropriately used description which incorrectly infers an 'invitation') is, in fact, a CLIENT. I trust such clarification is well taken...
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Posted 03 February 2011 - 12:44 PM

"wanker"

A person who thinks they always deserve a tip for doing a job they are actually paid to do ... :) Just kidding folks

I think tipping can get out of hand (excuse the pun) do we need to tip everybody... Checkout lady/man at the local store, cinema attendant, barman/woman, milkperson, farmer who supplies the shop with your tomatoes!!??? the list goes on and on... They all do a job and service we need... Lets start paying everyone 10/15/20 percent...

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 12:59 PM

People,
Please keep on topic. There is another thread where the Dolphin Dream vs JASA debate is ongoing, let's not convolute this thread any further.

I dont Drew, it was just an example and one which is highlighted in recent posts, where a premium rate has been charged, surely if Jim charges such a high rate he should pay his staff a high rate also?

How do you know he doesn't pay them well? The expertise of his crew comes from training and experience. I seriously doubt they are getting minimum wage. Skilled experts cost more. It's the same for going to a haute cuisine restaurant and getting much better service/atmosphere/expert advice (eg. Sommeliers etc)/better ingredients, than a street hawker. A higher wage/tip is expected for higher skilled workers.
In the dive industry, it's the same thing. A DM guide who is an excellent spotter should technically demand a better salary than someone who merely makes sure the people aren't drowning and get back on the boat. About the comment regarding paying a DM more than a local doctor, coming from places where a snot-nosed 26 year old who steals his friend's idea to start a company that's worth $50billion, or where someone, by virtue of being born from a certain family, gets a huge state allowance while normal citizens are way below the poverty line, I think it's pretty tough to defend that line of thought on further analysis.

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 01:41 PM

errr Drew! The tipping subject originally changed into the tipping one , and was diverted here, so the flavour was still there as both were discussed together there, sorry.....us English and tips eh, bac on topic....we should never be remnded to tip, as said if a service is served more than well, then tips will be given...well in my case anyway, if I'm reminded to tip then I get offended, maybe we should start another thread...can we not be reminded to tip then your tip might have been even higher.
TIPS ironacally was invented by an Englishman :), and actually given before or during service "To Insure Prompt Service" something like that anyway, cant remeber where I heard it, not off mr Google either
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Posted 03 February 2011 - 04:16 PM

I was just wondering with all this expert knowledge of what that dive industry pays for a deck hand on a dive boat in the US for a US passport carrying person, how many of you have worked on one???

Do you think that we have medical ?
retirement?
paid vacation ?
profit sharing ?
Do you think we get a christmas bonus ?
Do you think we are covered when we have to go in the water to do a rescue cuz you have been drinking or have been hand feeding the sharks or just diving over your head and being stupid?

What you pay for on a dive trip is...
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Posted 03 February 2011 - 05:33 PM

But don't you live the life of Riley in a tropical setting and get paid an executive salary? All the beer you can drink and an endless supply of dive groupie chicks trying to score with the Big Kahuna? And don't forget the tan and the intellectual conversation you get to share with your guests! :)

Maybe you should be tipping the guests?

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I was just wondering with all this expert knowledge of what that dive industry pays for a deck hand on a dive boat in the US for a US passport carrying person, how many of you have worked on one???

Do you think that we have medical ?
retirement?
paid vacation ?
profit sharing ?
Do you think we get a christmas bonus ?
Do you think we are covered when we have to go in the water to do a rescue cuz you have been drinking or have been hand feeding the sharks or just diving over your head and being stupid?

What you pay for on a dive trip is...
Transportation (on a sea worthy ship with a licensed capt.) and accommodations (hot food, clean bathrooms, ect,ect) Note: we are not responsible for the weather of if WILD ANIMALS do not appear on time.


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Posted 03 February 2011 - 06:27 PM

But don't you live the life of Riley in a tropical setting and get paid an executive salary? All the beer you can drink and an endless supply of dive groupie chicks trying to score with the Big Kahuna? And don't forget the tan and the intellectual conversation you get to share with your guests! :)

Maybe you should be tipping the guests?

Mike


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Posted 03 February 2011 - 08:40 PM

Now now mates, let's chill....

Tips being discussed are of a world view and the US is one of the most expensive places to live. You guys that work here have a harder time of it because let's face it, having a roof over your head and a bowl of soup costs 10+ times or more than a dive guide in the Indo Pacific, Red Sea or Caribbean. I think this is why we in the US are so generous when tipping. Things like medical in most of the world are covered yet here in the States we are expected to pay our way (don't get me started, our system sucks!). Anyway, tipping is the topic and my 2 cents is that it is your choice as a paying client to tip what you feel is appropriate for service rendered. I have been plenty of places where a "guilt trip" is put on us with a percentage of the trip cost being suggested as proper tip. I give for the most part to the folks that earned/deserve it and always something for the folks behind the scenes that keep the ship afloat.

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 09:09 PM

I should add that one of my professional actor/waiter friends reminded me a few weeks ago that the Fair Labor Act in the US allows workers who receive more than $20 a week in tips to be paid LESS than minimal wage. Fortunately for him, he's in CA which doesn't allow this wage penalty but in NY where he worked before, his employer, a higher end restaurant, legally retained parts of the minimum wage for the bus boy staff because they were getting more than $20 from their split of the tips from waiters and Maitre D'.
Tipping is tied to the largesse and income of the client, the employers who want to keep costs down for maximum profit and the local culture. It's not so easy to just say 20%.

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 04:18 AM

At least in the US, like Drew says, tipping is so vigorously defended by those depending on it, because their employees have found ways to have laws enacted that allow them to pay way below minimum wage. Instead, those employers depend on their customers to actually pay their employees salaries. Devious.

I mean, bigkahuna, dont you think you should get medical, and paid vacation, and a bonus? Instead you now have to get angry at people that dont tip, while those that feel forced to tip aren't happy either. Ive never understood these tipping dynamics, I see only negatives, except for employers.
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Posted 19 July 2011 - 02:12 AM

Wow, i have just stumbled onto this post & read the whole thing! Amazing opinions here.

So i thought i would add my view to keep the post alive!

Coming from australia, we definately do not have a tipping culture & to be honest, if i was asked for a tip i would be highly offended & just wouldn't give one & i would never be back either. I can't believe that these guys are expecting a tip for doing the job that they are paid for, which by the way i would already be paying them there wages as a CLIENT & not a guest! It is not my problem if you are not happy with your work conditions! Change them if you don't like them.

At the end of the day you are being paid for a customer service job & if you don't do your job well then you should be sacked, alternatively, if you do it well you should be rewarded by your employer. A tip is a tip & i would never supplement someones wages as seems to be the expectation here.

The service would have to be stellar & well above what is commonly expected in order to recieve a tip & even then it would be a tip, say $50-$100 for both my wife & I.

I think the best tip i could give someone is my return business & word of mouth. I have now been to fiji 4 times & dived with the same operator on every occasion as the service is exactly what it should be, smiles, a great crew who are friendly, good pricing & safety is paramount. These guys have never even mentioned the word tip & i have never offered one either. I like to think that our 4 trips there & the fact that i am now organising another trip next year with a group of friends is better than a tip for them. This way i know that everyone is getting something out of my money & the dive operators actually put money back into several villages which is a big plus for me.

So for all you guys who think you are owed a tip just because you are working, think again. If i like you i may come back & therefor keep you in a job longterm. Maybe you should appreciate what you have & not what you don't have.

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 01:13 PM

Yea Steve - I still read it for laughs!

There is probably a PHD thesis in here someplace.....

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 01:30 PM

Hey steve, I'm just trying to keep the dream alive mate!

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 01:51 PM

Don't get me started you bunch of cheap ass W*#+@$!...... :)

Just kidding girls...don't get your panties in wad !!

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 02:14 PM

Wow, i have just stumbled onto this post & read the whole thing! Amazing opinions here.

So i thought i would add my view to keep the post alive!

Coming from australia, we definately do not have a tipping culture & to be honest, if i was asked for a tip i would be highly offended & just wouldn't give one & i would never be back either. I can't believe that these guys are expecting a tip for doing the job that they are paid for, which by the way i would already be paying them there wages as a CLIENT & not a guest! It is not my problem if you are not happy with your work conditions! Change them if you don't like them.

At the end of the day you are being paid for a customer service job & if you don't do your job well then you should be sacked, alternatively, if you do it well you should be rewarded by your employer. A tip is a tip & i would never supplement someones wages as seems to be the expectation here.

The service would have to be stellar & well above what is commonly expected in order to recieve a tip & even then it would be a tip, say $50-$100 for both my wife & I.

I think the best tip i could give someone is my return business & word of mouth. I have now been to fiji 4 times & dived with the same operator on every occasion as the service is exactly what it should be, smiles, a great crew who are friendly, good pricing & safety is paramount. These guys have never even mentioned the word tip & i have never offered one either. I like to think that our 4 trips there & the fact that i am now organising another trip next year with a group of friends is better than a tip for them. This way i know that everyone is getting something out of my money & the dive operators actually put money back into several villages which is a big plus for me.

So for all you guys who think you are owed a tip just because you are working, think again. If i like you i may come back & therefor keep you in a job longterm. Maybe you should appreciate what you have & not what you don't have.

Cheers Pete.


What a great way to think. A returning customer is the best tip a business could ever wish for.

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