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      New Members: Click Here   03/09/2017

      Hello. If you are a new member, and feel a bit apprehensive about posting in the "open" forums, or, just wish to get your "sea legs" prior to posting in the open forums, feel free to post anything you wish to talk about, in the Newbies Forum. No one will bother you, or give you any sort of grief. Everyone there is happy to help you get answers to your questions.


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  1. You're making my head hurt.
  2. You'd better inform the restaurants then because often times on the credit card slip it says "gratuity" next to a line that is blank. By your definition, that you insist upon, wouldn't the mandatory amount already be printed there?
  3. WTF??? If you just forgot to insert the "sarcasm" icon, well then OK. Otherwise your credibility just went down the shitter with that one.
  4. I could swear that I posted a link regarding server compensation saying that if they didn't receive enough tips combined with the reduced wage to make minimum wage the employer had to kick in more. So not tipping is not stealing from the server. Most server jobs are only worth minimum wage to begin with. I'd rather the owner pay them minimum wage or more if they like, raise the price of the food and be done with this tipping nonsense. The grocery checker provides more service and spends about as much time with me as a server and I don't tip them. In the US I often times tip but begrudgingly. You can tip all you want and as much as you want. I tipped often in the Philippines because it was truly appreciated and not "expected".
  5. I tend to agree with you but there are exceptions to the rule and I'm married to one of them. It doesn't matter where we are, my wife is the same sweet girl she has always been. In my wife's CFO class she met a girl that was preparing to go meet her fiance in the US. Her plan was to go there, get married, and then scout around for a younger and more handsome one.
  6. I never give compliments for someone doing what they're supposed to do in the first place, like get me there on time with my bag. If we arrive early and I don't have to wait 30 min for my bag to come down the carousel, then they get an atta boy. There are damned few nice and accommodating airline people and I thank them profusely when I happen to run across one. But most either fall into the robot or asshole category.
  7. I hear you and am the same way. But trust me when i tell you that some in the Philippines are masters of illusion and you'll never even see it coming.
  8. I don't like "service charges" either. I feel that if it's a mandatory part of the bill then just factor it into the price of the food. I don't like being nickel and dimed. Funny thing is that there is a service charge added to most room service food. I'm ok with that. But then usually after they get the food into your room they'll stand around waiting on a tip. WTF?
  9. And herein lies a good part of the solution to the problem - If the gate agents did their jobs and turned back all these human pack mules with as much crap as they can drag on board it would make a lot of things better.
  10. Yeah, that's what rizla said, blackmail or as you said "pay back". So cutting to the chase it's "give me money or I'll spit in your food." At least that's what several have said. That lowers my opinion of servers even further.
  11. I hope this is OK since I didn't use the quote option and change your content? I for the life of me do not understand the objection to tipping. I have no objection to tipping. Tip lavishly my good man! It is like when I go to the barber the fee is $7.50 but tipping is the norm. I haven't seen a $7.50 haircut in a good long while.Clearly states it is for chair time and barbers rent space. (All have low but standard rates) If I or my kids get a good cut they get a good tip. So you feel the need to reward them for something they should do anyway? However the same holds true for a bad cut equals bad tip. You also reward them for substandard performance, just not as much. What if no tipping just a straight $20 dollars do they have incentive to give me that great cut? Why should they need extra incentive to do a good job? My incentive to do a good job was so that I kept my job. I like the power of tipping to ensure quality service. I have tipped before, in fact most of my life. I've left small tips, medium tips, and large tips without ever noticing much difference in service. I can't begin to count the times I've ordered food, the server set it down and I never saw them again until they brought the check and asking me if everything was OK and would I like a drink refill .. and they expect a tip for that LOL
  12. I see many members giving dating and marriage advice to newbies. I was wondering how many of you followed your own advise when it came to things like: 1. Getting a copy of her birth certificate before you started dating. Or even just looked at her ID. She looked young, so yep. 2. Didn't take her to nice hotel and restaurant to show off. Nope 3. Getting a copy of a CENOMAR before getting serious. No need, see #8 4. Never, ever gave her any money. Nope 5. Didn't visit the family. I did and they were great. 6. Didn't spend any money on the family if you did visit them. Nope 7. Had unprotected sex. Yep, see #8 8. Only wanted a virgin. Never thought of the possibility but got one anyway. 9. Told her you would take her away back to your home country. Told her I wouldn't but I did. 10. Never took her back to your home country. She's in the US now. 11. Wouldn't date a Filipina with a child. I did briefly but knew it wasn't going anywhere because of that. 12. Wouldn't date a Filipina who had been married. I did but that was before I found out about the consequences. 13. Wouldn't date a Filipina who didn't have a good job. Preferred she didn't work. 14. Never, ever lied to her. Nope 15. Weren't still legally married to your wife back home. Nope 16. Didn't tell her your financial situation. Be it good, or bad. Told her everything when I thought the time was right. 17. Provide for her after your death and if not, did you tell her she would be on her own. Yep 18. Told her you couldn't have children or that you didn't want them. Yep 19. Had children just because she wanted them. Nope 20. Let relatives live with you. Nope ... but her sister is kind of hot so I might LOL
  13. Details seem to be a little sketchy at this point, but the gate attendant has been "removed from duty". And rightfully so imo. On the other hand the video doesn't show what happened leading up to this. It sounds like the lady with the kid refused to gate check her large stroller and that started it. The gate attendant was wrong but imo so was the lady. All of her whining and boo hooing will be good for her settlement though. Undoubtedly she's a native San Francisco snow flake. The more we see of this type of thing, the more it will embolden passengers to rebel against cabin crew and the more we will see of this type of thing - see how that works? If you have a beef, gripe, complaint, or problem, settle it at the counter before you get on board. Once you're onboard, sit down and STFU.
  14. Speaking of Manila, but I'd gladly pay extra pesos for Uber so I don't have to listen to "meter plus 100" "heavy traffic sir, 50p extra", "sir it's Christmas" (in Oct), and then they can't find my destination anyway. I despise Manila cabs.