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post #91 of 101

string thing

They did that in Teaneck New Jersey two years ago. They use a plastic and applied it to the utility poles .... without the permission of the power and light company.

Legal wrangles for a year or two, but the utility gave in and just let them do it.

I guess it beats people tripping over strings.

From a practical sense, not meant to derogate, I can't fathom how you can link salvation and adherence to orthodox law to a string tied to a knob or a light pole? One position seems to indicate that you are bound or "tied" to or within the home; the other, within the "community" .... safe behind the "walls of a holy city"???
post #92 of 101

It costs me about $500 every time I go skiing

At the end of every season, I demo skis looking for good deals. So, because the guy at the rental shop adjusts the bindings, I feel I have to tip him.

Then I go get a locker. The person who changes my dollar into quarters doesn't make dick. A buck for them will do. Then coffee, that's a buck.

Then there are the lift guys. These guys don't make much. I usually give them a buck each time I get on the lift. Two if they brush the show off the chair for me.

Lunch, $8.50 worth of dog food ground up between two buns definately deserves the remaining buck fifty. I just drop it in the jar at the cash register.

Afternoon lesson...forget the fact that this guy gets to take me all over the mountain for a living, $20 bucks.

More chair lift rides, and if you ever have something knocking at your back door and you enter the bathroom when the janitor is in there, give him $50! He makes minimum wage, he is skilled at what he does, and he flushes the toilets because people actually forget how.

I just shell out money because everyone who works the aveage job has a significant disadvange. Its too bad I'm not making dick either.

Oh, and then there are the apres ski drinks. Its very fashionable to tip cute cocktail waitresses about 30%.
post #93 of 101
You cheap bastid. Why don't you take care of the person that drives the shuttle bus??? Common, how much can s/he make driving for the local public school system Monday-Friday???
post #94 of 101
True. oops.
post #95 of 101
Actually I tip the one shuttle bus driver more than any of the barkeeps or binding turners at my mountain. And this supports my previous post that T.I.P.S. stands for To Insure Proper Service. He will wait when he sees my car pulling into the employee lot. Reverses route (employee lot first vs. guest lot first) when I'm going home at the end of the day and somehow my car is always in the first row he goes down. Thanks Jimbo, here's sumpin for ya!!
I remember a couple years ago a half dozen instructors were grousing in the pro room about the valet parkers getting more tips than the Instructors, I asked how many of them tipped the shuttle bus drivers and you shoulda seen the six slack jaws. What goes around comes around.
post #96 of 101
While I've never tipped the shuttle driver, I often have extra doughnuts and coffee when I get to the employee lot.
post #97 of 101
A few of us full time instructors have shelled out to tip some of the lifties, who have been very helpfull, espicially when we are loading children. I give them imported choclate too.

post #98 of 101

To Insure Performance

Do I tip instructors?? On occasion. Depends on the performance.
After reading here about the abysmal pay rates for full-cert instructors, and the effort they have had to put into achieving that status, I feel good about tipping.
When I see extra commitment and professionalism, I tip more.
For example, when I ski with Stu C or Skiswift at Stowe, their joy at my progress makes me want to reward them. Interestingly, neither of them seem motivated by tips, and seem somewhat reticent in accepting one.
On average, I would think that I tip $20 an hour for good performance, a basic $10 for average performance, and more than $20 for special performance.
This is only for private instruction.
When I took group lessons, I always felt that $10 was sufficient.
I read and hear too many people denigrating full-cert instructors, saying that some of the best instructors are not full cert. That may be, but for consumers of the product, full cert. is the closest to a guarantee of performance that we have.
post #99 of 101
Originally Posted by Ron White
A few of us full time instructors have shelled out to tip some of the lifties, who have been very helpfull, espicially when we are loading children. I give them imported choclate too.

Excellent RW.
It isn't so much the amount or the CA$H value, it is the fact that you did something extra to show you acknowledge they did something extra.
I also liked the extra coffee and donuts idea too.
post #100 of 101
I used to say:

"Before we start this lesson, I want to go over a bit of equipment....this is the binding....this is the tail of the ski, and this is what us instructors like after our great lesson! (pointing to tip of ski)"

Of course this was only with adult group lessons.
post #101 of 101
Originally Posted by gonzostrike
I would never accept a tip for any service I provided to anyone. ever.

sincere thanks, or seeing the impact of my services given, are reward enough for me and always have been.
Gonz, I call bullshit.

What were your bonuses for hours billed? A tip is a "bonus".
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