Tipping the Cyclone Bag Check Guy??

Saturday, July 12, 2008 4:13 PM

Hopman said:What about CP Ops? Then again, CP does a good job to begin with.

Yeah, Like grabbing by the shoulder and spinning you around and yelling you can't take that with you! But the lockers change machines don't work.


Honestly. I didn't see, use or tip the cyclone guys as I took nothing with me. Rob and Deb did take fanny packs which they were told they could not wear and used it. If they tipped, I don't know?

If you ask me, Its unnessessary as the way they hustle and carny you into rerides ect. I figure a percentage of the rides take is a portion of their pay. I may be wrong but your job is to load, unload and run the ride. Not advertise.

Cyclone Guy to a customer riding with me. "I BET I GET FOURTY DOLLARS FROM YA BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE STATION!"


Thursday, July 17, 2008 12:47 AM
Cyclone is over rated and I'm pretty sure You could get a STD just looking at some of the ride Ops.. Want to ride a great old coaster.. Take the Trip up to the Great Escape and ride the Comet!

No I don't have a kid, but I still want to ride!

Thursday, July 17, 2008 10:22 PM
I think we're talking New York here, and all bets are off. It's almost like a foreign country, and customs and practices are much different than, say, Ohio.

Plus, if you think the wage they pay the ride attendants will support them in a place like New York you're mistaken. Example: On my last trip we stayed mid-town, and one of the fantastic hotel employees I spoke with happened to live at Coney. (She told me how to get there) She worked all day at the front desk, then sold drink tickets at our dance till late night. Then she had to get on the train to the ass-end of Brooklyn (the hotel was full), catch some z's, take care of her kids, and come back to the hotel for another day. She was looking for a different place to live, too, trying to get her rent below $2000.00. 2000 bucks. And Coney is crap.

So let's not act like a bunch of yokels. If you ever have someone providing you a legitimate personal service and they do it well, offer them a tip. Especially in New York where everyone is just trying to make it.

Thursday, July 17, 2008 10:54 PM
I'm in Ohio and I am just trying to make it, what's the diff?

-Brent Kneebush

Thursday, July 17, 2008 11:36 PM
The difference is, if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere. If you can make it in Ohio, you can make it in, um, western Pennsylvania. Or maybe certain parts of Kentucky. Oh, and definitely the lower portion of Michigan . . . ;)

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Thursday, July 17, 2008 11:50 PM
Carrie M.'s avatar I actually think our culture is way too tip happy. What used to be a simple expression of appreciation for good service in some areas has become a supplement of the employee's compensation. It has really become backwards in some industries.

I think our willingness to take responsibility for providing people's wages/salary out of our own pockets in interesting, if not strange.

*** Edited 7/18/2008 8:22:17 PM UTC by Carrie M.***

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Friday, July 18, 2008 12:06 AM
^^^Hopefully you're making all the gratuities you deserve.

I'm in Ohio, too, and I'd say on the cost of living scale we have it pretty easy compared to a lot of places. I guess that would be the main diff.

Visiting New York is expensive, too. Everything there from meals to accomodations to entertainment costs more than you find most places. Plus you occasionally have to hand money to someone there that you wouldn't dream of handing it to here. (I have a friend here that actually didn't know it was kind and customary to tip the hotel room attendant-I'm sorry to report that's how a lot of people think here!)

Granted, the ride op thing will be unusual to most people no matter where they come from. But it's how the guys make their money there, and we should take it in the spirit and not feel extorted. While they weren't the kind of guys I felt like hugging, I felt well taken care of by all of them and I could see they had a sense of pride in their jobs and their ride. And the fact that my stuff stayed safe while I hung on for dear life made it worth the extra buck or two. *** Edited 7/18/2008 4:07:27 AM UTC by RCMAC***

Friday, July 18, 2008 3:41 PM
And minimum wage is what in NYC?

What I am getting at is that tips are expected when they should be just tips. You should only get them for good service.

-Brent Kneebush

Friday, July 18, 2008 4:45 PM

Richie Reflux: (raising lighter) BRAVO!
Amen! Funniest thing I've seen all week! 5 Stars! LMFAO!
Friday, July 18, 2008 4:58 PM
ChicagoCoasterCub's avatar Just for the record........I went to Coney yesterday, and I DID leave a dollar for watching my bag. The girls I went with were uncomfortable with doing so, and they actually let them take their purses on with them. yikes! I certainly didn't want to worry about holding onto my athletic bag during the ride!
Saturday, July 19, 2008 10:53 PM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar I never thought about tipping a ride op. I wouldn't have a problem with it. I will remember that if I ever make my way up to Coney.


Sunday, July 20, 2008 1:14 PM

MagnumsRevenge said:
And minimum wage is what in NYC?

What I am getting at is that tips are expected when they should be just tips. You should only get them for good service.

When you tip people, it's just gives the business the upper hand in paying their people less. They don't care because they just want the big money will pay people $3.45. How much does a haircut cost now but you still have to tip the person doing the hair? Good service, my butt. As I said before, you should tip everyone you come in contact than for giving you good service.

How about your car mechanics too? Do you tip them extra? Who shouldn't you tip them? If your lane is broken at the bowling alley, you call the counter, and they answer, and get the mechanic. Shouldn't that mechanic deserve a tip, or the counter person?

How about college kids start tipping the teachers, your Mcdonald's workers, your library worker, and the carnival people need your tips?

Do whatever you want, and than people will say a persons a jerk because they don't tip based on their $3.45 wage.

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