I've just returned from a few days hind stalking with a mate in Scotland. On the contract from the Estate it said that "it is requested that the Licensee tips the Stalker a minimum of £50 per day/per person shooting" We thought this was a bit rich, dictating how much (and even that we should) tip.
I always assumed that tipping (for stalking or otherwise) was discretionary and at a level deemed appropriate by the person doing the tipping.
Anyway, we tipped the guy a total of £260 between us for three days. Bearing in mind this is tax-free and amounts to approx £300 if it were taxable, which I didn't think was a bad punt.
I've just had an email from him wondering why we only tipped him this amount?
I know that there was an amount stated in the contract and that these guys don't earn a fortune anyway, but am I on my own thinking that it's a bit strong to expect to be tipped and also to expect a certain amount?
Before anyone says I'm a tight **** I've nothing in principle against tipping, I always tip our keeper on our pheasant shoot, waiters in restaurants, etc and indeed other stalkers when I've been out with them. It's the principle of being told how much to tip that boils my piss.
Or maybe I've got it wrong? I'm sure you'll tell me!