[QUOTE=gap639;222953]1.)My opinions (and they are my own). I think the whole chocolate as a gratuity thing is ridiculous. I am not sure why it bothers me so much, but I cringe every time I read it. It seems ... condescending in my eyes.[QUOTE]
We did this without prior planning on our trip in 2011, because I always bring Halloween candy on our November trips, but I'm not a chocolate person. After the Skittles and Starburst are gone, I've had Snickers, Godiva, Lindor, Ferrero Rocher, even some Twizzlers, etc., so we left them for the housekeepers and they loved it. Always a big smile and little special surprises were left for us here and there. I was a bartender for 4 years, and a bus boy and golf caddy in high school, so I would never go around handing out chocolates to other staff at the resort. Somehow, people got the wrong impression of this experience and made that into a bigger deal than it is. It's not ridiculous, when it's an unplanned, spontaneous, thoughtful thing to do, and it was received that way. It seems a little narrow-minded to assume that's condescending, especially, when you have not seen the conditions under which most of the staff live. It's not like they're walking in and out of office lobbies all day with big bowls of candy at every receptionist's desk.
"Brutalize me with music..."
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