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Keep the Change: A Clueless Tipper's Quest to Become the Guru of the Gratuity Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 2, 2010
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Dublanica covers several, though certainly not all, service industries, including valets, bartenders, strippers, masseurs, cabbies, hotel workers, and, of course, waiters. In addition to interviews, he occasionally moonlights at these jobs, or at least observes them in their environment. Not only does this allow him to write off lap dances as research, it gives the book its meat, the many human interest stories. You'll learn about girls who serve fetishists in a sex dungeon in LA, and all the truly strange stuff in that world. You'll hear about the cab driver in Vegas and the two, totally broke kids who force him to let them off a few blocks from their destination, because otherwise their $10 won't cover both the fare and the tip. (He offers to take them anyway, but they insist). You'll learn about bathroom attendants, and why at least one of them does what she does. And, of course, you hear the Vegas stripper tales. These are what's best about the book: they let you see employees as people and understand their economic situation.Read more ›
In Keep the Change, the author tackles a similar subject, but with a wider view - instead of it being about (mostly) his own experiences, he broadens his horizons to include the world of tipping in general with some interesting anecdotes that are quite engrossing.
In fact, that is what I truly enjoy reading when I find myself with this type of book and, unfortunately, at times, the author manages to make his book sound more like some kind of dissertation paper on the subject matter - instead of relying on a good old formula that worked so well in the first book.
Where the first book made me feel like a voyeur, privy to some great stories, this second one makes me feel as though I am reading a research paper. This is not to say that there aren't some great tidbits, but overall, I have to admit to being a bit disappointed with this one.
I'm still looking forward to whatever Steve does next. But I'm really hoping its a work of straight fiction. His occasional flirts in that direction on waiterrant.net were very enjoyable; given the freedom of a full-length novel who knows how high he might soar.
This book is an entertaining look at the tipping across many professions. Some of the information was useful on people that I didn't think much about tipping, and some background on how some professions get paid coming and going. The author still has an entertaining writing style, and some humorous stories. The HUGE difference it is isn't his knowledge, it is asking others what they should be tipped. What do you think a bartender / masseuse / doorman is going to say when asked about tipping??? "Yes, I think you should tip people in my profession every time and you should tip them a LOT."
This is not rocket science. There is very little challenging the opinion that you should tip your Blackjack dealer, housekeeper, doorman x amount. I think some of the guidelines are crap. I don't need to tip 5 times as much on a $100 bottle of wine as a $20 bottle. I don't tip my masseuse except at Christmas (a double payment then). She is the owner and my "tip" is being a regular customer. I don't feel the need to tip my housekeeper in my hotel unless I am staying with the family for a few days. If I followed all the advice on everyone I should tip, I would have empty pockets at every turn when I am on vacation. I would prefer a more critical "pro and con" look at each category of tipping.
The author is clearly very passionate about this topic, but maybe a little too passionate. There are times that his entitlement mentality peeks through in his writing. For example: When someone talks about retribution for lousy tippers, he won't come right out and approve, but you still get an underlying sense of approval. This soured me on what is an otherwise outstanding book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The good: you'll learn all kinds of entertaining trivia about tipping across a dozen industries.
The bad: it's a catalogue of interviews with little or no critical... Read more
I've almost always been a reasonably good tipper, but after reading this book, I'm upping my game. I had little knowledge how essential tipping well is to those who work for tips... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Cynthia Engquistcindy
Funny well written and informative. If you liked easier rant you will love this.Published 9 months ago by Jessica
Interesting how tipping came about and who receives one and what is expected.Published 9 months ago by KlassyKat
I am hep to the tip. I usually tip 18 to 25%, but now thanks to Mr. Dublanica, I know what to do in all situations. Thanks!!! Everyone should read this book.Published 10 months ago by Robert Gallant
The book contains information about any tradesman or professional you might ever consider tipping, including perhaps, a few that you had never considered tipping. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Miller.
Having many friends throughout the years that worked in the food services industry. Steve is right on.... It's hard work, but then again.... Read morePublished 15 months ago by James Liaw