Yeah, they are.....
A "thank you" and a very quiet tap & drop is all the noise that is called for.....anything louder is hustling....
On the Hoover Dam tour I took, I wasn't sure whether or not to tip the bus driver/tour guide. Among her spiel, she mentioned tips and a long list of people to tip, including her.
I think you're too strict on what you call a hustle. But as you are a dealer, I'll defer to your judgment. perhaps I'm more easy-going about delaer doings than most other palyers, I mean as far as what I mind them doing for tips.
A good friend of mine is a tour guide, who does the Hoover Dam tour about half the time. Off the job, you better have an hour to spare if you ask him about tipping etiquette of tour guides. On the job, he is strictly prohibited from answering the question with anything more than something vague like, "Yes, we are allowed to accept tips."
To make a long story short, I think he would be delighted to get a 10% tip.
I feel the same way, Nareed. I think it's just a louder "thank you". If it makes other people want to "ring the bell", so be it.
I suppose they could do the traditional Deli or Take Out Restaurant; put a ratty old jar on the table next to the pass line that says "Tips!" with a smiley face. (Or better "College Fund!")
I gave her $5, now I wonder if it should have been more. I don't recall now how much I paid for the tour three years ago... Now I'm going to feel bad until I dig up through Gmail how much it cost. I liked her. She was nice, had interesting things to say, and we even had a brief chat about chocolate over a smoke.
$5 is kind of chincy. For what it is worth, we Yanks have lower tipping expectations of our foreign guests. A 3-hour Hoover Dam tour probably would have been about $100, so a $10 tip would have been good.