I learned something new today. When you stay at a hotel, you should tip your maid!
Of course, I haven’t stayed in a hotel in the States since before I had a job of my own, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that I didn’t know. The last time I stayed at a hotel was in another country, and it was a very expensive B&B. We made our own bed most days and tried to keep things tidy, since staying in another person’s home and knowing that your host is doing the cleaning feels different than a more impersonal hotel where the faceless, invisible maid fairy visits your room while you’re away.
Anyway, to get to the point, I was Stumbling and came across a “things the maid won’t tell you” article, written by a hotel maid. Apparently, a few people leave change as a tip. Yeah, pocket change. For cleaning their room, which is often a disaster because people are disgusting pigs. And the maid went on to say that she got verbal tips like, “your job builds character,” after the guest watched her clean every inch of the room. What the fuck? That’s not a tip, that’s a condescending comment from the mouth of an asshole.
If I ever stay in a hotel in the States again (which is unlikely), I will be sure to leave more than pocket change as a tip, perhaps with a little note to assure the maid that it is, in fact, for her. I hate seeing service workers get stiffed, and I do my best not to be one of “those assholes.”