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It may be "cracy" but it is a cultural norm in this country. We had a dear young friend in Northern Virginia with a MBA. She tended bar at a great restaurant in the burbs of DC because she made twice as much there than she would in an entry level management position in one of the many corporations headquartered in the area. Plus, based upon my own experiences in the corporate world, I am certain that she had a lot more fun.It is indeed the truth, but keep in mind a good restaurant worker in America can make a healthy living. $3 an hour, 40 hours a week is $120. They might make $1000 in tips on a Friday night in a high quality restaurant. There are bartenders in America making $80 a week in wages but they are making $3000 a week in tips.
Sorry sir, this is an "cracy story".
This must bring an modern sociaty in problems, in many problems.
Two - of many - the tax and the heath care. Nobody knows exatly the income, the workers will take many "directly in their own pockets"
Now I understand Obama mutch better....
Your story with the sable
(Costs normaly 6.000 and you payed 1,500 directly, plus..., if I understand you correctly).
This sounds for me more like an oriental-basar...
The PH can offer this, change the prices on his will?
What ist with the outfitter? Your agent in America? The tax? And the community?
This "kind of "buisness"" brings mutch more problems - specially for the next clients and the workers witch see this and want to do this (buisness directly and on their own) also -...
I will not support sutch methods...
You may indeed have all the political wisdom and insight in the world, but I guarantee you that Obama tips very well when he and Michelle have dinner out whether in Chicago, Honolulu or Martha's Vineyard. You should as well should decide to eat more than once at the same restaurant in our country.
And by the way, we travel in Europe extensively. I always tip there as well - doing everything I can to undermine European culture one meal or hotel porter at a time.
With respect to hunting, It has been my observation that there are actually two Namibias - one which caters to North Americans (with a heavy dose of US citizens) and one which caters primarily to Europeans. The former set of outfitters tend to be of Boer extraction and the others of German. Obviously, this is a broad generality and there is significant overlap, but the business models of those supporting primarily a US clientele are like all others in Africa where tips form an important part of the income stream.As stated before, I look at total prices for safari, including extra costs. Either I can afford, or I cannot - then I pass.
I am also professional where in the line of work , I was to more then 60 countries in the world, 5 continents (different cultures and social norms) and I have never been tipped.
I see it exactly, Mark.
You are often in Nam. This is not the typical american-safari-land (nothing against americans, I have many freinds there and was over 10 times there an buisness and holidays) and so they dont have that problem there.
The worker get payed an on high level (for african standarts).
Treat fair and they are mostely saticefied (I speak often with them).
And mostly the farmer ist the outfitter, the camp-chief and the Ph in one person.
This make it mutch easyer.
I have told this story before, but as I was getting ready to head home from one hunt, I was chatting with a couple of the PH's and they mentioned a pair of Danes were due in about the time I left. I asked who would be guiding them. Both laughed and the youngest/newest raised his hand. "I get the Europeans."