The Marriott hotel chains are at it again. If past distributors of pornography and current owners of casinos aren’t enough, now they are admitting that they don’t pay their housekeepers enough and they want you and I to make up for their employee’s skimpy paychecks. Hey Marriotts, how about paying a living wage?
According to the CBCnews:
Marriott hotels are urging guests to leave tips for housekeepers in envelopes provided in their rooms.
More than 160,000 Marriott hotel rooms across Canada and the U.S. include special envelopes to encourage travelers to leave tips and thank-you notes for housekeeping staff.
The program is the brainchild of Maria Shriver’s foundation, A Woman’s Nation, created as a response to under-appreciated housekeeping staff who are often overlooked for tips because they have little contact with guests, according to the foundation’s site.
But it seems like the program is taking a lot of flack. According to Fischer McKay:
Tipping housekeepers is the right thing to do, but the envelopes are a tacit admission by the owners that they are not paying their employees enough.
And Michael Mombourquette:
Sounds like the hotel is looking for ways to avoid paying their staff a decent salary and benefits by telling them they’ll get tips.
Perhaps Maria should be concentrating her efforts on getting Marriott et al. to pay their employees a living wage. People who stay at a Marriott pay $200+/night to stay at their hotels, plus they charge for Internet service and serve overpriced food and booze. I’ll tip more, but don’t tell me the Marriotts can’t afford to pay their housekeepers more. But I forgot, they don’t have the income from pornography anymore.