Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Mr. Manners (aka Julian Ayrs)...proper etiquette for Maids! Class & discretion please!

When a maid in Las Vegas uttered up a nasty rant on Fox 5 News one day, lamenting the fact  guests often failed to leave a tip on the night-table when they departed for parts unknown, Mr. Manners was inclined to spring into action.

Based on the maid's assumption that Vegas was a "tipping" town, the irate service industry worker proceeded to growl that if tourists were not inclined to reward the house-maids for turning-the-sheets down and supplying fresh  towels (and what-have-you) that the out-of-towners should take a hike.

"If you're not going to tip, don't come to Las Vegas," the bitchy broad yelled angrily into the phone.

For starters, tips are discretionary, my dear!

Notwithstanding, a token of appreciation ($$$) is usually based on quality of service, professional skill, friendliness, attitude, and-so-forth and-so-on.

At classy hotels, the staff discreetly place a welcome card on the night table, which ably informs that guest  - in a subtle but tasteful way - that tips are usually appreciated thank-you-very-much.

Bellowing hateful indignation on a local news outlet - is not only rude and insulting behaviour for an alleged professional - but also smacks of a glaring case of bad manners.

Hanging around at check-out, looking for all-the-world like a beggar, doesn't curry much favor either.

A top-notch maid (or butler) is keen on proper etiquette, after all.

For instance, a maid that barges in the room - without knocking or announcing herself - commits the ultimate sin when it comes to a guest's right to privacy.

In the same vein, it is also a no-no to touch a guest's personal possessions (even though they may be casually scattered about-the-room). 

The patron is on holiday, after all, and shouldn't be forced to "tidy up" every time a maid approaches their suite with duster and mop in hand, nor should they be subjected to such an intrusion from the get-go.

Clean around the guest's personal effects - and it goes without saying - no snooping Miss!

If a guest is in the room when a maid intends to sweep through, it is generally common courtesy for the worker to ask if he or she should perhaps return later at a more convenient time.

In the event the patron gives the go-ahead, it is usually good manners for the tourist to exit the suite, and allow the maid to perform their duties with someone breathing down their neck.

By the way, observing this simple rule may deter accusations of "rape" being fired off out-of-the-blue, one day.

On that note, a maid should always maintain a professional distance and avoid personal overtures.

A maid that gossips about the guests and their private habits to nosy fellow employees should be let go.

What happens in a suite, should remain in the suite.

Unless the guest is bad boy Charlie Sheen partying-hearty and disrupting the peace and calm.

In the final analysis?

When "the help" know their station in life, all will run smoothly.

For that, the maid may be duly rewarded, at the discretion of the guest.

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