This situation occurred several months ago but for some reason it popped into my head again today, and I thought I might have posted about it before but I checked my posting history and it appears I did not. Im still wondering if I was rude, or at least uncouth so I thought Id check with eHellions.
I was traveling for business and my flight was delayed, so I was checking into my hotel somewhat late (about 9:30 or 10). I had a rolling suitcase in addition to my computer bag and purse, so when the desk clerk asked me if I would like assistance with the larger bag I said yes. I thought he would summon a bellman, but apparently due to the hour (and possibly the lack of other activity at the front desk), either bellmen were off duty or he just thought it more expedient to handle it himself. In any event, to my surprise he himself came out from behind the desk and took me to my room, bag in tow. (As it turns out, I was doubly glad for this service as my room was kind of hard to find in the configuration of the hotel and I would not have been happy dragging all my stuff around looking for it).
When we got there, I offered him a tip as I always would to a bellman, and he very graciously refused it. My question is whether it was rude of me to offer, given that I knew he was not actually a bellman but just providing a courtesy outside of his regular job. If it matters at all, this was a very young gentleman (early 20s I would say) and not a hotel manager. He was very nice about everything and did not act offended, but whenever someone refuses an offered tip I wonder if I was gauche in even offering. On the other hand, where tipping is concerned I prefer to err on the side of tipping. What say you, eHellions?