I’m really glad to see that Marriott is prompting its visitors to tip housekeeping. This is something I have been doing for more than a decade. Tipping doesn’t really solve the problem of income inequality or the sexist and racist assumptions about whose work has more value in our society. It is however a way for me to express my gratitude as an individual to people who may not be used to having their work appreciated or even noticed. I and my ancestors did similar work at one time. But even if you come from a long line of bluebloods, it’s possible to take a moment to stop and appreciate something you may take for granted. Imagine a world where no one took out the trash, vacuumed the floor, scrubbed the toilets, or made the bed. That’s not a world I want to live in.
If you’re staying at a Marriott-branded hotel this week you may notice a new addition to your guest room: An envelope encouraging you to tip the housekeeper. The gesture is part of a new initiative at the hotels to recognize the work that housekeepers often do behind the scenes.
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