I really don't get this at all. Everyone is there to do a job for which they get paid. Sing lead vox, tune guitars, push faders, load boxes, drive the damn bus. What makes the driver's job so significantly different that tipping is in order ?.(Actually I don't understand any aspect of tipping and think it is a loathesome practise)M
The answer is simple. After a few thousand miles the driver becomes more than a hired hand, and in many cases becomes one of the family. I don't care how much people make, treat me good and I'll treat you good. Some 15 years ago my band was hired to do a wedding. Now I don't do weddings usually, but this was a request from a friend who wanted blues and soul for music, plus the wedding was top notch and the reception was held at the top of the State Street building in Boston. We arrived, had our own room, fully comped bar, food, etc., first class all the way. About 3 hours into the gig, and just before the last set someone in the crowd decided they wanted us to play the "chicken" dance. I had the bartender bring me the largest glass they had, a huge goblet thing that could hold a quart, and told the guy that if he could fill the glass with $10 bills we could do the "chicken" dance, and the money would go to everyone else in the band. I never thought the glass would be filled, but it was. The band was tipped, and we did the song. We were paid over $3K for the gig, plus transportation costs and separate pay for the roadies to load in and out. The tip for playing a really stupid song for 300 drunks? Over $600. Proof positive that a tip can get you almost anything.
I've been touring for a long time, and never heard of tipping a driver out. It was explained to me that they didn't have to "straighten" the bus up, or change our sheets. I've always been told they get paid to change sheets. So why tip them? I don't get tipped?
Perhaps we can fix this with an amendment to the minimum wage legislation. Lets raise the minimum wage to $50 and hr, and force minimum wage workers to tip everybody else. JR
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