The geniuses at Marriott International announced that they will be the first partner in “The Envelope Please™” a wildly misguided initiative to encourage hotel guests to leave tips for hotel room attendants. Why are they geniuses then? Because the purpose of the campaign is to get guests to pay its workers instead of the company itself. Brilliant, right?! Hooray! Bonuses for whoever who thought that up!
Ostensibly “dedicated to making sure that the value of women is recognized and respected,” A Woman’s Nation should be ashamed of themselves for selling out their fellow females. Instead of battling the hotel chain to increase their worker’s pay, the AWN took the easy way out and created a bullshit PR campaign to guilt already-paying guests into tipping the hotel’s under-paid workers:
Hotel room attendants often go unnoticed, as they silently care for the millions of travelers who are on the road at any given time. Because hotel guests do not always see or interact with room attendants, their hard work is many times overlooked when it comes to tipping. The Envelope Please makes leaving them a gratuity simple and secure.
Hey, I feel for them. Their job can’t be much fun. But I don’t see why over-charged hotel guests should be asked to cough up even more money for what should be an included service: Of course I expect a clean room — that’s what I’m paying you for!! (If I wanted to stay in a dirty room, I could just stay home.)
Marriott’s gleeful PR release goes on to reassure everyone:
Beginning this week, Marriott International will place signature envelopes in more than 160,000 guest rooms at participating Marriott-managed hotels in the U.S. and Canada…
You bet they will…and happily! Otherwise, the increased labor costs would cut into Marriott’s $626 million in yearly profits. Arne Sorenson, the guy who suggests you leave between $1 and $5 a night for these poor ladies, makes $7 million a year…