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Skimming the Tip Pool

possible pitfalls of group gratuities

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British property billionaire Godfrey Bradman liked to tip upfront, saying do a good job, and there's the same again at the end. More often than not, the people he tipped took the money first proffered and disappeared from view, so it didn't always work.

The various cultures regarding tipping have been dealt with in Undercurrent from time to time, but a subscriber, who remains anonymous for obvious reasons (we'll call her Helen), wrote to us, concerned about the possibility of the group leader or organizer skimming the pooled tips. They collect the money, but the amount and the way they distribute it is often not disclosed.

She tells us she's used to traveling in a group of up to 40 people, and this results in a pooled tip amounting to as much as $8000. Is this too much?...


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