I am about to make my yearly trek to NYC to go to Astroland and get my Nathan's and Cyclone fix. One question I have every year is this....should I tip the guy that is watching the bags a $1 or something? I feel real funny that I have to hand him my bag, he gives me a claim check. I do my thing for a few laps on the ride, and then when I get back he gives me my bag back. He -is- doing some work here. But yet, I dunno. I tip the coat check guy when I go out to a club, why wouldn't I tip this guy? Any thoughts?
If that's his job, why should you tip him? Than, you should tip all the people that check your harnesses at the amusement park because that's a service. Blah, blah, blah. Tipping is an excuse for the employers to give the people less money because it's called the tip credit law.
So, give those people 20% at a restaurant, and Red Lobster can pay those people $3.00 an hour. It is good business for Red Lobster, and all those restaurants. If a person does bad service, they should get fired. That should be how it is, but it's not, and the people at the establishments have to pay the workers.
Unlike an attendant who places something in a bin on a platfrom, this person actually takes and supervises your belongings to some extent. Since it's a bit more like a valet service with a claim check, which you would tip for anywhere else, so why not. I do and adding a dollar to a valuable service won't break your bank and tipping is good karma! But of course you don't have to, but if you feel like you should then you might as well.