Would you tip this hotel housekeeper?


I recently spent a night at the Comfort Inn in Marietta, Ohio, where I found this envelope on my desk.

Our blogger Jason Cochran wrote an excellent piece last year posing the question, should you tip the housekeeper at a hotel? After receiving this envelope, I had a couple of additional thoughts on the issue, specifically about one-night stays.

1. Did the hotel management know of this plea? Note that this envelope makes no mention of the hotel, and could easily have been printed at home by an entrepreneurial room keeper. If I had left some money for Jackie, I would have given the manager the envelope to deliver.

2. Expecting guests to tip room staff is part of the very very annoying "baffle them with B.S." strategy other industries (the worst offender, airlines) have taken to disguise the true full price of their products. The quoted room price of $75 did not include local taxes (11%), nor did it include this tip. How far will this plague of atomizing charges spread?