Does tipping really make a difference? Well in my experience yes definitely, I thought I have had my fair share of bad customer service or bad wait staff, little did I know when I was shortly to arrive in Paris my perception on tipping your waiter was about to change.
Does tipping really make a difference? Well in my experience yes definitely, I thought I have had my fair share of bad customer service or bad wait staff, little did I know when I was shortly to arrive in Paris my perception on tipping your waiter was about to change. After a very long flight, and even worse plane food I was starving, we reached the hotel I dropped my bags and the lady and I headed for a night out in Paris. When we first walked up to the restaurant I noticed a bit of a line and didn’t think anything of it, I did notice the hostess on her phone with little to no care of the people outside in the cold waiting to get in. We waited patiently and were brought to our table, the restaurant was very beautiful and had a bit of an Italian theme with meat hanging from the ceiling, and huge wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano stacked wall to wall on shelves. We threw our coats to the side and before we could sit down the waitress had brought two glasses of water and the menu’s for us, service was quick and she was very polite. Seemed to be a great start to dinner I thought to myself. After 20 minutes or so of looking at the menu and wondering where our waitress went I knew what I wanted to order. 35 minutes rolls around and I start to become annoyed, the wife could see by the look on my face that I was not a happy camper. She then leans over to my side of the table and whispers “there is no tipping in Paris so the service is horrible”. I thought at first awesome I don’t have to tip sweet, and then it dawned on me. I glanced around the room and saw a bunch of employees standing around chatting and customers waiting to be served. I guess the ideology is the food will come when it comes, and the wait staff doesn’t care about customer service because they are being paid the same regardless. I quickly shot out of my seat and set off to find my waitress, I found her chatting with a few of the employees in the back of the restaurant. I walked up grabbed her hand and slipped her a 20-euro bill, the look on her face was total confusion. I told her this is your tip in advance for being our waitress and I think we are ready to order. Her energy changed very quickly, she was kind, and courteous with a little more desire in her eyes, and personality in her step. To make a long story short after tipping we had a fabulous dinner with amazing service. Now I know everyone complains about having to tip I did it myself all the time, but if you see the service industry when we don’t have to tip, you wouldn’t think twice about tossing your wait staff a few bucks. Believe me.
Welcome to my first ever blog hope you like it feel free to comment if you have had a similar situation happen to yourself. It was a cold and winter day the season was gearing up for Christmas and all through the malls people were scurrying about trying to get their last minute shopping done .
Blog entry #1
Welcome to my first ever blog hope you like it feel free to comment if you have had a similar situation happen to yourself. It was a cold and winter day the season was gearing up for Christmas and all through the malls people were scurrying about trying to get their last minute shopping done . I was wearing a smile from ear to ear as I put the finishing touches on the girlfriends present. The bow was so big you could see it from space. I walked over to your local post office or should I say I skipped down to the post office gleaming with cheer. I asked the lovely lady behind the counter of the post office if she could help me send this package? She looked at the bow and agreed with a smile knowing it was for someone special. She proceeded to hand me a bill for a $180 dollars saying the package will be delivered in 5 days. My eye’s shot out of my head, so I opted out of the fast travel and decided to do the three month route for half the price $90 dollars no problem I thought . It would be spring when she got the package I thought haha as I chuckled to myself merry xmas haha. Three months rolled around and still no package. So I decided to call Canada post to figure out what was going on with the package I sent. I called customer service and was connected with the rudest customer service employee I have ever spoken with, not to make things worse but when I asked about my package and gave him my tracking number he had no idea what I was talking about. I just starred at the phone with amazement thinking am I really talking to Canada Post right now? And where if my package? After a brief moment, he puts me on hold for 15 minutes now I’m steaming mad. He says that he doesn’t know where my package is and he needs to open an investigation. He then apologises and say they will call me back with a result in 24 hrs. Ya five days go by no call of course. I call them back they then send me a letter via email stating they wont have an answer for another 30 – 60 days from the day I called. I am still waiting for my call from Canada Post. What bothers me is your Canada Post. Your not some fly by night small company your Canada Post you deal with everyone’s mail so tell me why you have not implicated a better way of tracking the package when it’s sent? I am so flabbergasted I can’t even think of a solution. If anyone has any ideas of a good solution for Canada Post please speak up or if you have had similar experiences please feel free to share.