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Old 07-16-2012, 10:49 AM   #16
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We have always put our cash under the housekeepers name card on the bathroom counter and they take it. I think most of them are taught not to read anything left laying around or really even look at items close enough to see what's written on them. They are under a tremendous amount of pressure to hurry up.
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Old 07-16-2012, 12:20 PM   #17
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Well, I think most hotel housekeepers would rather err on the side of caution when it comes to picking up money in a room. If they're not sure it's a tip for them, they're not going to touch it.

Remember as well, that many WDW housekeepers speak very limited English, and they may not be sure what "mousekeeping" means, especially if they're new to Disney. Or they may not be sure that fancily-folded money - or money in decorated envelopes - is for them.

OP, I know you want to add a little fun to the housekeepers' day by doing a treasure hunt, but I don't think that's going to work out the way you hoped. Housekeepers are on the clock. They need to get the rooms turned around as quickly as possible, as guests are (impatiently) waiting to get into them. Just as a restaurant server wouldn't be able to take time out from waiting on tables to do a treasure hunt for her tip, a housekeeper just does not have the time to be searching a room for their tip. Rather than making it more likely that they'll pick up your tip, I think it will pretty much ensure that they won't.

In the end, it's up to the housekeeper whether or not to accept your tip. I think if you've made it clear that it's for them, then you've done all you can. I usually just fold a slip of paper around the money and write "For the housekeeper - thank you!" on it.

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Old 07-16-2012, 07:03 PM   #18
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I don't mean for this to devolve into a "should you tip housekeeping" argument, but I've read several times here that housekeeping is not intended to be a tipped position. Sometimes posters say housekeepers could get in trouble if they were "caught" accepting tips. Maybe that's true and these housekeepers are sticklers for rules or desperately need the job, and don't want to jeopardize their income for a few extra dollars.

So ... maybe they really aren't "supposed to" accept tips and some of the housekeepers follow that rule. I'm not an insider. I don't know for sure.
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$5 per day as a rule, with a 'housekeeping-thank you!' note.

I'm sure it's okay for housekeeping to accept tips. Maybe not front desk and some other employees, but I doubt there is a rule forbidding HK from taking tips.

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Old 07-16-2012, 07:51 PM   #20
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In over 35 years of going to WDW I've never had any trouble getting housekeeping to accept a tip. As some others have remarked: keep it simple and don't get too cute. A lot of these housekeepers speak minimal English and probably read less. I put the tip in a folded piece of notepaper labelled: For Housekeeping. Thank you. And put it on a pillow on the bed, where it won't be overlooked.
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I tip per person per room per day and as of today, the Mousekeepers have taken the envelope that I leave. We will see what will happen in a few weeks..
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:36 PM   #22
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Is there always a card with the mousekeepers first name? If so, then I might make slips of paper to fold in half and have typed up "For our Mousekeeper ______, thank you for your hard work" or something like that and just put his/her name on the paper. This way it is folded over, $ kept together and it's more personal with the first name.

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