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Hi, what amount are you guys tipping these days for all basic services in TJ (US dollars)?

In my past TJ trips, this is what I usually tipped:

- Hong Kong or other bar drink waiter, $1

- Front door guy who gives the ladies a robe, $1

- Hong Kong club chica after the deed, $5-10 depending on level of service, but sometimes nothing

- Hotel maid when leaving room, $2-3.

- TJ escort, $10-20 depending on service. High end escorts in the U.S. expect minimum of 20% tip if tips are given, but no way I am giving that in TJ.

- Taxi driver, nothing

- Food such as taco stands, nothing. Restaurants, maybe a couple of dollars

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This is about right on all levels.  For sit-down restaurants, generally 10% of the bill though they tend to expect 15-20% if it's a restaurant with lots of gringos as clients. I will say that I don't tip less than $1 or 20 pesos (a little over a dollar these days if you're not familiar with the exchange rates) ever in a sit-down though, even if the bill was only 70p or something.

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10 hours ago, Geting2Old said:

Hi, what amount are you guys tipping these days for all basic services in TJ (US dollars)?

In my past TJ trips, this is what I usually tipped:

- Hong Kong or other bar drink waiter, $1

- Front door guy who gives the ladies a robe, $1

- Hong Kong club chica after the deed, $5-10 depending on level of service, but sometimes nothing

- Hotel maid when leaving room, $2-3.

- TJ escort, $10-20 depending on service. High end escorts in the U.S. expect minimum of 20% tip if tips are given, but no way I am giving that in TJ.

- Taxi driver, nothing

- Food such as taco stands, nothing. Restaurants, maybe a couple of dollars

 

I agree with these ranges except restaurants.  10% minimum.

When I get good service - especially when accompanied with great attitude and a smile - I will over-tip.  20%+

 

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10 minutes ago, Sargon said:

I agree with these ranges except restaurants.  10% minimum.

When I get good service - especially when accompanied with great attitude and a smile - I will over-tip.  20%+

I just do 10%. I see lots of locals tipping nothing or very little.

Also keep in mind that waiters don't keep the tips. The tips are pooled for all the staff. 

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2 hours ago, Sargon said:

- Front door guy who gives the ladies a robe, $1

it's not a 'tip' when it's mandatory, jus sayin...

i've also seen folks tip the ppl who sell VIP cards, the desk staff at the hotel, the talacheros and parking lot attendants...

my point is pay what you feel is appropriate to who you feel has earned it

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2 hours ago, QuietGuy said:

I just do 10%. I see lots of locals tipping nothing or very little.

Also keep in mind that waiters don't keep the tips. The tips are pooled for all the staff. 

I am sure their are restaurants that pool tips but I know of many where they don't. 

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2 hours ago, QuietGuy said:

I just do 10%. I see lots of locals tipping nothing or very little.

Also keep in mind that waiters don't keep the tips. The tips are pooled for all the staff. 

Whether I tip or not, and how much , if I do tip , varies to much to say a specific amount or  percentage , but I have serious doubts regarding restaurants pooling waiters tips in TJ.  It’s a novel idea, but I am suspicious of it’s reality, on a large scale

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I never tip a %.  Now that said anyone with math skills can figure out the %.  I tip what I feel at the time.  I have tipped more than the bill on occasions.   Sometimes I am interviewing and if I tip 50% it may be less than $1 or less than 10 pesos.  I have on a number of occasions sat at a restaurant for an hour and conducted interviews and then pay a 35 peso bill with a $10 bill and said keep the change.  That is over 500% and no one goes to the store and says I am spending 20% at the store, they spend money.  In my situation I want to acknowledge that I took up space and time.  There is some value to that and I could care less if I am "over tipping".

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1 hour ago, dale said:

it's not a 'tip' when it's mandatory, jus sayin...

i've also seen folks tip the ppl who sell VIP cards, the desk staff at the hotel, the talacheros and parking lot attendants...

my point is pay what you feel is appropriate to who you feel has earned it

I agree: I have never liked the required $1 for the robe guy.  One time I tried to ignore him and he stood between me and the door with his hand out.  I tried to get around him as the chica had already gone past and he didn't budge, saying "dollar for the robe".  So I peeled off a dollar and he stepped aside.  That is not a tip, that is a fee.

I wouldn't tip anyone else that you mention.

The ones who really earn every dollar in tips is the cum boys who have to deal with the mess we leave behind.  I leave $2 minimum and if it is a real mess (like the threesome I had with a squirter who I lost track of how many times she soaked the bed!), I will leave more.  

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1 hour ago, sampson said:

I never tip a %.  Now that said anyone with math skills can figure out the %.  I tip what I feel at the time.  I have tipped more than the bill on occasions.   Sometimes I am interviewing and if I tip 50% it may be less than $1 or less than 10 pesos.  I have on a number of occasions sat at a restaurant for an hour and conducted interviews and then pay a 35 peso bill with a $10 bill and said keep the change.  That is over 500% and no one goes to the store and says I am spending 20% at the store, they spend money.  In my situation I want to acknowledge that I took up space and time.  There is some value to that and I could care less if I am "over tipping".

I couldn’t agree more with Sampson’s comments. I don’t tip based on cultural norms or concern about what the service provider (whether a taxi driver, waiter, or sexworker) might think of me.  At the end of the day, you have to live with yourself, not them. So do what you feel is right at the time.

Yesterday, I had dinner at El Museo. Two children approached me to sell Chiclets. I declined. My waiter, however, gave them money from his own pocket to buy hot dogs at the street cart on the corner.  They returned with huge hot dogs, beaming smiles ear to ear, the Chiclets forgotten, to thank the waiter. I gave him a huge tip to cover his service, the cost of the hot dogs, and for giving me a much needed lesson in kindness.  Likewise, with taxi drivers, I normally don’t tip, but if the driver is friendly and talkative and interesting I will always tip them for giving me a short glimpse into their lives. 

With sexworkers, I never tip unless they go way way beyond the call of duty or grossly undervalue their service, as when some chicas offer FS for 100-150 pesos. I will not take advantage of their desperation or ignorance just to save a few pesos. In my early TJ days I used to do that frequently, but I never ever felt good about myself afterward. It’s far easier, of course, to just live by preset rules on tipping, i.e., percentages, but it’s healthier for your soul to do what you feel is right in that moment.

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1 hour ago, Sargon said:

I have never liked the required $1 for the robe guy.  One time I tried to ignore him and he stood between me and the door with his hand out.  I tried to get around him as the chica had already gone past and he didn't budge, saying "dollar for the robe". 

 

I would have told him to Keep The Robe !!!   If $1 is required for the robe , then I don’t need no stinking robe !!  I wonder what happens if Chicas started losing business because of this silly robe thing.  Or if you brought your own robe for the Chica :bald_head:.  May sound crazy, but to me, so does this robe thingy.

just sayin

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3 hours ago, dale said:
6 hours ago, Sargon said:

- Front door guy who gives the ladies a robe, $1

it's not a 'tip' when it's mandatory, jus sayin...

Gold Palace guy insisted on $2 both time I used their hotel on my last trip. I tried to argue that $1 was standard but they wouldn't accept one dollar. I refuse to go back there a third time, even with a hottie texting me to come see her. I'm done with that place

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13 minutes ago, smoothburnn said:

If $1 is required for the robe , then I don’t need no stinking robe !!

I think the robe is required to maintain the illusion that the hotel is separate from the club. The girl can't go out in "public" without clothes, so they need a robe. It's a fiction, but one I can kind of understand.

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9 minutes ago, KCQuestor said:

guy insisted on $2

similar thing happened to me awhile back at tropical when i would take a girl to cascadas...

more recently one of the chavelas porteros asked for tip for the seguridad too...i just kept it moving...and used the other exit next trip upstairs...

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28 minutes ago, Haus said:

         Just the tip

Famous lies:

I'll only put the tip in

This won't hurt a bit

I promise I won't cum in your mouth

The check is in the mail

I'm from the government and I'm here to help

Honest officer, I was just trying to help the sheep get over the fence....

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1 hour ago, KCQuestor said:

Gold Palace guy insisted on $2 both time I used their hotel on my last trip. I tried to argue that $1 was standard but they wouldn't accept one dollar. I refuse to go back there a third time, even with a hottie texting me to come see her. I'm done with that place

I suppose that you can ask the chica to buy the robe.  I don't think it is unreasonable for them to wear a robe when on the street especially considering the way they tend to dress in those clubs.  As has been mentioned before they don't want ladies going to the room so they certainly will do anything they can to discourage it.   The locals for the most part  see the ladies after their shifts and never use Coahuila hotels.  I understand that is not practical for everyone.

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2 hours ago, KCQuestor said:

I think the robe is required to maintain the illusion that the hotel is separate from the club. The girl can't go out in "public" without clothes, so they need a robe. It's a fiction, but one I can kind of understand.

What happens if you produce your own robe

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1 hour ago, sampson said:

I don't think it is unreasonable for them to wear a robe when on the street especially considering the way they tend to dress in those clubs.  

Have you seen the way some SG dress out on the street 

I’m just sayin 

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35 minutes ago, smoothburnn said:

Have you seen the way some SG dress out on the street 

I’m just sayin 

But a bar girl can take the stance that they are cochina sg's and they are bar girls.   And believe it or not that is the way they see it.

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