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Life...in general / Re: Should I tip the catsitter?
« Last post by jpcher on Yesterday at 04:25:05 PM »
On the main page, the title of this topic is abbreviated to "should I tip the cat..."

And the first thing I thought of when I read this was cow tipping. Trying to figure out if a cat would put up with that. ;D



Like with all tipping, in my opinion, it is up to you. A tip is a gift or an extra bonus for a job well done. If you like the service she gives you (and it sounds like you do) then by all means tip.

I always tipped my babysitters. ;)
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I have never tipped at a hotel and never will with the exception being if I make a special request such as extra blankets or left a mess for some reason.  I've just never made a special request yet and I don't leave messes.  As long as your friend picks up after himself I don't think he needs to give it another thought even though the staff expects to be tipped.  Their expectations are not his problem, they really aren't.  Giving me dry towels and making up the bed, emptying the wastebaskets, to me does not warrant a tip.  A maid can literally clean my room daily in 4 minutes or less and I consider that the cost of doing business for the hotel and part of the price I pay for the room.

The fact that staff are making it obvious they expect tips is in and of itself a big problem.  Your friend needs to remember that just because someone expects something doesn't mean they are deserving of it or that he is obligated to meet their expectation.
Somebody delivered a package to his room. I would say that DOES fall into the special request category, even if you don't regularly tip.
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I'm not a troop leader and these are not troop level events. I'm a manager of a Service Unit which is a group of troops in the same geographic area. Our function is the manage the troops to make sure they're well taken care of, make sure new girls are assigned a troop, to distribute product sales info to troops, and do do Service Unit events. So we're not in a position to "end" troops and there is no "ending" a Service Unit. Meeting with the parents will be very difficult since there are about 200 of them. We do have a email list of all members but few respond to it.

Most of the volunteers are Leaders, since they are the ones to attend our monthly Service Unit meeting. We do have the meetings open to all parents of girls, but few attend. It almost seems like in this day and age (and I'm only 37 so it feels silly saying this) that no one wants to do anything if work is involved. Its all me, me, me. 
I'm working up a "welcome back" letter to all of our leaders stating that its imperative that they come to the Aug start of year meeting. Its there I want to discuss the volunteer issue.  The volunteer hours is a good idea so I'll have to think of how to implement that, but I'm wondering if parents just won't have their daughters attend events if it means they have to work at all. Most of these events have a cost (to cover food and supplies) so to ask them to pay AND volunteer will be a challenge.

How about raising the price to cover paid staff members, so no (or fewer) volunteers would be needed?

I'm not in a position to hire anyone. I'm a volunteer. Also, I think paying someone even a "donation" is discouraged by our council.
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The animal shelter had a sale on.

I originally intended to adopt one of two female cats (one was 13, one 15, but neither was really good with other animals) and, well...

His name is Gwydion. ;D

He is beautiful!
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I'm not a troop leader and these are not troop level events. I'm a manager of a Service Unit which is a group of troops in the same geographic area. Our function is the manage the troops to make sure they're well taken care of, make sure new girls are assigned a troop, to distribute product sales info to troops, and do do Service Unit events. So we're not in a position to "end" troops and there is no "ending" a Service Unit. Meeting with the parents will be very difficult since there are about 200 of them. We do have a email list of all members but few respond to it.

Most of the volunteers are Leaders, since they are the ones to attend our monthly Service Unit meeting. We do have the meetings open to all parents of girls, but few attend. It almost seems like in this day and age (and I'm only 37 so it feels silly saying this) that no one wants to do anything if work is involved. Its all me, me, me. 
I'm working up a "welcome back" letter to all of our leaders stating that its imperative that they come to the Aug start of year meeting. Its there I want to discuss the volunteer issue.  The volunteer hours is a good idea so I'll have to think of how to implement that, but I'm wondering if parents just won't have their daughters attend events if it means they have to work at all. Most of these events have a cost (to cover food and supplies) so to ask them to pay AND volunteer will be a challenge.

How about raising the price to cover paid staff members, so no (or fewer) volunteers would be needed?
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Family and Children / Re: Birds and Unsupervised 4 yr old.
« Last post by Kiwipinball on Yesterday at 04:01:52 PM »
That is a brilliant product! And it could easily be saved once the problem is gone and used other places/times/homes. I think that's the perfect solution.
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Life...in general / Re: Should I tip the catsitter?
« Last post by HannahGrace on Yesterday at 03:59:11 PM »
I always leave a tip for my cat sitters. I appreciate the peace of mind I have, since I've been lucky enough to find great cat sitters, and I think it's a nice thing to do.
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Since your leaders won't back you up if you insist on X number of hours per parent I would send out a letter stating that if events do not have X numbers of volunteer in place by the dates specified that events will start being cancelled.  Then cancel them.  Remind parents when notifying them of the next event that the last event had to be cancelled due to their lack of volunteering and that it would be a shame for that to be repeated because it's sending extremely hurtful messages to the troop.  If this doesn't work I would consider ending the troop.  You get to the point where it's just not worth it.  Parents can be an absolute nightmare to work with.

You might also want to consider adding something like, "if X number of events are cancelled due to lack of volunteers, there will be no more events planned for the rest of the year."

These suggestions right here are excellent advice. During your meeting, lay out very clearly what has been happening re: lack of assistance, what needs to happen to meet volunteer requirements, and what will happen if those needs are not met. Email this to everyone on your contact list, including all the parents.

I used to be a Girl Guide and I can remember at least one event being cancelled due to lack of volunteers. In fact, my troupe eventually disbanded because one of the leaders had to go on maternity leave and no one was willing to step up and cover her position (temporarily!) for the six months she would be absent.
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Life...in general / Re: Should I tip the catsitter?
« Last post by Miss Understood on Yesterday at 03:54:50 PM »
Hi Jocelyn - I do not have a trust issue with this petsitter.  She sends me a text every day I am gone with a report on how they are doing and a cute picture.  OK, she doesn't have them holding a newspaper so theoretically she could take all the pictures day 1 but I do not think she is doing that - the girls are always well-cared for when I get back.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Silly things that have made you happy recently
« Last post by Liliane on Yesterday at 03:53:49 PM »
The animal shelter had a sale on.

I originally intended to adopt one of two female cats (one was 13, one 15, but neither was really good with other animals) and, well...



His name is Gwydion. ;D
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