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Old 07-17-2013, 09:48 AM
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... plastic, a paid evening with a cute call girl...
So maybe an S-TD or an STD for a TD?
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:55 AM
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I run multiple PDGA events a year and although the "tipping" idea is appreciated, I would suggest doing it indirectly - and ditch using the term "tipping", just consider it "supporting" the event/TD.

What I do is --- always have a CTP contest for a basket and a raffle. I think it allows the option to support the event, and TD, by participating in one of the two.

So, if someone offered a "tip", I would say thanks for the thought, but just ask them to use it in the CTP or raffle. It is win/win IMO - the TD raises some funds and the player knows they are supporting the event + has an opportunity to win something cool.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:20 AM
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I would be careful passing extra $$ to the TD.
what you see as a tip, others around could mistake to be some sort of bribe...
Yea, they're called paranoid.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:38 AM
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they honestly may prefer a couple 6 packs of some premium local brewed beer.
Actually this seems like the best way to show your appreciation, WHO CAN SAY NO TO SOME NICE BEERS???
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:00 AM
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Just the tip. Just for a second, to see how it feels.
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:05 AM
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Completely different beast. Waitstaff and others in the food & beverage industry as well as hair stylists, delivery people... earn a substantial part of their living from tips, and it's generally understood that a tip is par for the course. You show your appreciation (or lack thereof) for services rendered with your gratuity.

But personally, I can't imagine slipping a few bucks to the TD. For some reason, that just seems crass.
I like the idea of something else they'd appreciate in lieu of $$. Brew, plastic, a paid evening with a cute call girl... I can see these making a TD's day moreso than currency.


Thing is, most TD's are very into the game and fairly well connected with sources for good plastic. Chances are any plastic worth the few bucks you might slip them as a tip isn't going to put much of a smile on their face.
The TD might be a recovering alcoholic that is happily married or gay and just because he is a TD doesn't automatically mean he has a room full of plastic or a pocket full of cash.
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:05 AM
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Just the tip. Just for a second, to see how it feels.
I had to DQ someone just for that reason --- I told him we can only do that AFTER the event is over.
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:06 AM
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Honestly, I'd rather the guy just take $5 out of my entry fee, just like I wish industries where tipping is customary would just pay their employees a full wage and embed that expense in the price.
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:08 AM
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I run multiple PDGA events a year and although the "tipping" idea is appreciated, I would suggest doing it indirectly - and ditch using the term "tipping", just consider it "supporting" the event/TD.

What I do is --- always have a CTP contest for a basket and a raffle. I think it allows the option to support the event, and TD, by participating in one of the two.

So, if someone offered a "tip", I would say thanks for the thought, but just ask them to use it in the CTP or raffle. It is win/win IMO - the TD raises some funds and the player knows they are supporting the event + has an opportunity to win something cool.
Good idea, that way everyone is happy.
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:16 AM
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The best tips are when players volunteer to help out. Especially when, say, and out-of-town player, during the lunch break, offers to help check scorecards. Or lingers after the awards ceremony to help clean up, instead of hitting the road. Awesome.

Right behind that are the Thank Yous. Honestly, a cash tip is a nice idea, but if you just catch the TD in a quiet moment, or something like it, and tell him Thank You, that will go a long way. (It doesn't hurt to do the same to assistants, spotters, and everyone else involved, by the way).

Around here I see a lot of tips, in a roundabout way. Ams are paid in merch vouchers, which are seldom the exact amount of what the player wants. Some take their change in minis and other small items; some go over their voucher and pay a little extra in cash; but many will just say, "keep the $3." This is understood by the player and TD alike as a donation, a gesture of thanks---a tip, if you will.

That, and the support of things like buying a CFR disc, donating items for CTPs, and other ways players chip in, without actually paying a tip.

Tips sound fine but you'd sure hate for it to be expected, with some players handing over $5 bills and others feeling low if they don't.
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