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#344620 Gratuity charges, optional or mandatory in the US

Posted by kun1 on 17 March 2014 - 02:57 PM

They're hardly taking a "hit" you're making out these people are from a third world country living on the breadline. If every guest tips %15 that's $1100+ each for a weeks work. I wish I got that on top of my salary!

#344613 Gratuity charges, optional or mandatory in the US

Posted by kun1 on 17 March 2014 - 01:27 PM




Frankly I find your comment offensive that you (who have enough money to fly transcontinental and then drop $3K on a live aboard and dive with many thousands of dollars of gear) cannot afford to tip an extra 15%. But to the people taking care of you (who are probably just scraping by) that same amount of money is "nothing to the individual". It means a lot more to them than it does to you."


I find it offensive that you assume i have pulled the money for this trip off a money tree. I have been saving for a long time to go on this trip, long hours in work, night shifts and overtime!! So please don't assume what my circumstances are, the money means a lot to me as it does to them.


Another point that doesn't sit well with me is- if i provide a good service to a client i never get tipped, ever. However, i have to tip a waiter or a taxi driver?? Someone please tell me why i should, it's not an automatic right to be tipped. If they aren't earning enough, work more. That's what i do. I don't get handouts like many other services..


No doubt the service on this trip will be great and i will tip, i just don't like to be ask for it.

#344076 Gratuity charges, optional or mandatory in the US

Posted by kun1 on 04 March 2014 - 02:37 AM

I'm booked on to a trip, that leaves out of Florida. Speaking to friends i have heard that a 15-20% tip can be the norm for customer service in the US. 15%-20% on a $3000 trip is a hell of a lot of money to me when taking the total trip cost (international airfare and hotels) into account. Are these fee's a hidden cost in US culture that i should have budgeted for or is acceptable to just give what i can afford?


Here in the UK if someone asked  for a specific amount for a tip, i'd be offended, tell them to stop being so cheeky and probably leave less. 

#341487 Anilao Macro Video

Posted by kun1 on 06 January 2014 - 03:18 PM

Very nice.. These days i seem to find myself only watching half of these macro videos, but this kept me interested. Some really nice shots. What did you shoot it with - camera/lens/dioptres?


..Just read the setup in the vimeo description..

#319276 Posta Fibreno lake

Posted by kun1 on 28 October 2012 - 01:42 AM

Awesome Davide, very imaginative at the beginning. Can't wait to see more when the vis is crystal clear. Nice job.