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Bad tipper: Top travel journalist snubs driver

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On December - 26 - 2007

Scowling man Sometimes I get a little peeved at the behavior of some of my fellow travel journalists. A few can be downright thankless and crass. Take this recent incident for example.

A few weeks ago, I witnessed a very well-known travel journalist blatantly neglect to tip a bus driver. The journalist in question is also an on-air personality that shall remain nameless. Ironically this journalist recently had a segment on a popular show preaching their travel strategies that included being a courteous traveler with good manners.  Guess this person has all the tips for viewers but none for hospitality workers.

The ‘tip snub’ occurred at London’s Heathrow Airport, I along with many other journalists was invited by Cunard to cover the inaugural of the Queen Victoria. The morning following the ceremony a small group of journalists and cruise line public relations personnel boarded a small bus from Southampton to Heathrow. I tried to make polite conversation with this top travel writer (let’s refer to this person as TTW), but he/she couldn’t be bothered. I figured TTW just wasn’t a morning person and left it at that.

After the hour plus ride into Heathrow, I and TTW were the first to be dropped off at our respective airline terminals. The bus driver was a congenial British bloke who turned out to be very accommodating. The bus driver had no problem getting my bag out from the bus’ underside compartment; however, TTW’s bag was a big fat thing that became stuck. The poor driver had to crawl inside the compartment to get TTW’s bag out. After the bus driver got the bag out he brought it over to TTW who took the bag without a thank you. I quickly handed the driver a £5 note and he thanked me. I was waiting for TTW to do the same, but he/she didn’t. I was pretty surprised by the tip snub. After all, here is a person that is well-known and pretty much respected for their travel insight, but didn’t practice what they preached. 

Ah, but karma wasn’t so far off. As TTW turned to walk into the terminal his/her carry-on bag full of magazines spilled all over the sidewalk. As I bent down to help, TTW started mumbling something about the UK’s one carry-on rule and how inconvenient it is.  After the magazines were accounted for and back in the carry-on TTW then walked off, again, without a thank you.

I guess TTW doesn’t believe in the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” If more people followed this dictum the world would be a kinder and better place.

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4 Responses to “Bad tipper: Top travel journalist snubs driver”

  1. Roger says:

    There are folks like this in every industry. Can we take guesses as to who TTW is?

  2. anita says:

    Hi Roger!
    Sure. Why not!?


  3. Roger says:

    Well, if I had to guess, male, sort of looks like the guy in the photo but with a beard! I think we can all surmise!

  4. anita says:

    Hi Roger,
    Yes…and think more hair and not just on the head.



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