The Salty Waitress Salty Waitress is The Takeout’s advice column from a real-life waitress that will teach you how not to behave like a garbage person while dining out—and maybe in real life. Dear Salty, I travel a lot for business and recently got assigned to a client in a podunk town with hardly any non-fast-food restaurants. The last two trips there, I’ve just ended up ordering hotel room service because it’s easy and the food was pretty decent. I’m wondering how much I’m supposed to tip on room service delivery, though. Should I tip like a normal restaurant (20 percent) or like a pizza delivery where you just give the delivery guy a few bucks? My company’s dinner per diem is $40 so I usually end up ordering about that much food—should I tip $8 or just a few bucks in cash? Thanks, Hey Guy, I can see how this tipping situation could be tricky. On one hand, yeah, it’s food from the hotel’s restaurant delivered by a … [Read more...] about Ask The Salty Waitress: How much should I tip on hotel room service?
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Vroom-vroom service! A new hotel that opened last week south of Seattle features a zippy little robot that will roam the halls and make deliveries to rooms. “Hazel, the Relay robot” is a staff member at the Hotel Interurban, a 185-room boutique hotel in Tukwila, Wash., a few miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. A product of robot manufacturer Savioke, Hazel is the first such hotel robot in Washington state. She’ll deliver items such as sundries or the morning newspaper, and the autonomous bot can also assist room service staff by bringing up a sandwich or cup of coffee to guests. Hazel was still going through some training on Tuesday at the hotel and was expected to get her “uniform” on Thursday. The Interurban touts other tech-related features, including a custom-built canopy at the entrance of the hotel, comprising 60 solar panels that produce enough electricity for almost all first-floor operations. The solar panels have a life … [Read more...] about New hotel south of Seattle features a robot that makes room-service deliveries
Download logo The Select Committee on Social Services has decried the unreasonably long process it takes to make appointments, procure equipment and service health facilities in the Free State Province. This according to the committee leads to poor service delivery. The committee has over the past two days been visiting healthcare facilities to assess the implementation of interventions as proposed by the National Council of Provinces during the Taking Parliament to the People programme in 2017. The committee expressed its disappointment in the long process to appoint a maintenance officer at clinic level as the department of health needed approval from the Provincial Treasury first. This arduous process has a direct link to the poor service delivery people are subjected to on the ground. For example, the NCOP recommended that operational managers at clinics be appointed within a reasonable time. “We were informed that the Mangaung Metro District is doing badly in terms of … [Read more...] about South Africa: Red Tape Impacting Negatively on Service Delivery
By the end of this year I will have spent more than half of it traveling, most often staying in hotel rooms. So, I’ve developed a bit of a… routine. One of the first things I do when I check into a hotel room, after I immediately drink all the free water bottles (flight dehydration is real!), is fill out the door hanger for room service breakfast in the morning, requesting it arrive roughly an hour before I need to leave the hotel in the morning. I do it first because I’m probably going to be out late and I don’t want to run the risk of forgetting to fill it out later. There was a time where I considered ordering room service anything as a luxury that only rich lazy people did, but it’s become a staple for me for a number of reasons: A Food Alarm Clock While you can certainly answer the door in your PJs to collect your room service, it’s not something I’m going to do. I don’t need to be in full makeup ready to walk out the door to deal … [Read more...] about Why You Should Always Order Room Service Breakfast on Business Trips
Many Vietnamese believe in giving "backdoor" money to receive better public services, according to results of a United Nations survey on public policies and services in Vietnam released in Hanoi Thursday. The survey, conducted by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), was the largest of its kind in Vietnam, according to Jairo Acuña-Alfaro, UNDP policy advisor on public administration reform and anti-corruption. It found significant parts of the population are willing to pay such "bonuses," especially for medical services. More than half of the survey respondents said "envelops" are necessary for examination and treatment at public hospitals, while 31 percent admitted to actually paying the money, which ranged from VND5,000 a time to 30 million (US$1,500) a year. Alfaro said the survey estimates that backdoor money paid by Vietnamese for medical services totals more than $4 million a year. Meanwhile, 17 percent of the survey respondents said they gave an average … [Read more...] about Vietnamese unhappy with public service delivery: UN survey