Nearly everybody (here in the U.S.) tips the waitress. After all, tipping in that context is a public event: people are watching. Loudon Wainwright even closes his concerts with a hilarious musical plea to do so.
But what about hotel housekeeping? Hey, nobody’s looking. Just as your peers won’t ever learn your questionable taste in pay-per-view movies, they’ll never know you forgot the nearly-invisible, often-considered-expendable souls who make the hospitality experience…the hospitality experience.
Philosophers (including the rabbis in the Talmud), say the greatest form of charity is charity given when nobody is looking, and when the recipient doesn’t even know who gave the donation.Gratuities aren’t exactly charity, but the same principle applies.
Tip your housekeeper.
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