Tipping using $2 bills?

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#21
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I wouldn't tip with a $2. We have been in countries where they would only take "big face" money, or wouldn't take old or worn looking bills. If your goal is to say thank you, give someone money you know they can use. Fresh, common greenbacks. JMHO.
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#22
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Originally posted by smeyer418
I always wonder whether people using two dollar bills are using that instead of a $5. In any case the crew is taught to say thank you for anything you give to your face. What they do after that is another story. Two dollar bills are not largely accepted. They are a novelty. If you are giving them to take home as a souvenir that is one thing but if you are really trying to reward them why make it more difficult for them. So one now and then is ok but if you are using them everymorning instead of a two singles or a five dollar tip that is something else.
The general rule is no coins and no 2 or 3 dollar bills(the one with Bill Clinton's picture on them)
I'm thinking the same. Crew members are told not to grumble in front of passengers. So just because they don't drop their smile, doesn't mean they're not thinking "oh, no, not these again."
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#23
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In the past we have used 2 dollar bills as tips rather than give two 1 dollar bills. We've also used them as currency in other countries. We would carry 50 to 100 of these during a cruise. We've never gotten strange looks. In fact, afterward, service improved... I always thought it was because they remembered us and were looking forward to a tip that was more than a dollar.

I have no idea why they are considered "bad luck." I'm not superstitious and nor have I ever had problems using this form of currency. No one has ever declined the bill as payment (in our out of country). :roll eyes:

Honestly, everyone should learn the currency.
#24
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Originally posted by mr green
In Canada we use 'Toonies', we lost our $2.00 bill years ago...
Yes but the difference is that our Toonie is still being minted today. Although still in circulation, the U.S. $2 bill has not been printed for many years.

OP, you asked and I wouldn't do it.
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Originally posted by Langley Cruisers
Yes but the difference is that our Toonie is still being minted today. Although still in circulation, the U.S. $2 bill has not been printed for many years.

OP, you asked and I wouldn't do it.
Hmmm. I'm not sure what you consider "many" years, but as far as I know, our $2 bills are still being printed. They just aren't printed as often as the more common denominations.

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OP:
I kind of like the $2 bills myself... but if it does make it more difficult for the crew to spend their tips, then I would shy away from using them and instead give them something else to make yourself "memorable", if that is what you're going for. Don't want to be memorable in the wrong way.
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#26
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I had a stack in my drawer and since they have no collector value in my lifetime, I took them onboard and used as room service tips. They loved em! money is money and come on, these people are not dumb. They know what money looks like and feels like. Period!
#27
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This thread is just like the people who want to give trinkets in addition....hopefully...to their tip in money. No matter what anyone says about not doing it, those who want to, will.
#28
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Originally posted by dreamr
Hmmm. I'm not sure what you consider "many" years, but as far as I know, our $2 bills are still being printed...
Sorry, "many" was perhaps not the best adjective to use. Sources online state the latest printing was 2008.
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#29
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According to wikipedia, the US $2 is still being printed. It is legal tender.

It seems goofy to me, that people won't use a certain bill denomination because of superstition or whatever. Break the cycle people, start using it! I'm sure a $2 tip is appreciated way more than a 1$ tip.

JMHO

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Hmmm, let me think about this, what would I rather receive?

A two dollar bill or a one dollar bill?

A five dollar bill or a ten dollar bill?

A fifty or a one hundred?

A two dollar bill is money, good ol' US of A greenback legal tender money.

I will be happy to take all that anyone would give to me.
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Originally posted by rdsqrl
Well, I'm trying to be polite . . . so I won't share my opinion of how I think it's silly posturing. Ooops.
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#32
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I don't 'get it' to play cutesy games with cash.
Why present a possible impediment for the person you are supposedly thanking.
Stewards could have a hard time with $2 bills as they are not in common usage and some could doubt they are authentic.

The crews are adult, very hard working people trying to earn a living.
I would greatly hesitate to play games with their money.

JMO....

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#33
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I use them all the time and have never had a problem. They loved them. I posted this about 2 years ago and Pam said they were not legal currency. How wrong she was. You have to remember that there is a Purser in the crew area and that is how they bank.
#34
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I put $2 bills in the same category as Sacagawea coins and Kennedy half-dollars: yeah, they're legal tender; but they're a pain to use. Some people don't think they're real, or don't want to accept them. Many (most?) stores don't have space in their cash registers for them. To me, they're more trouble than they're worth. Why, then, would I want to burden someone else with something that I'd rather not deal with myself?
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I remember reading a very credible post from a respected poster on this board that crew can have a hard time depositing old, dirty wrinkled currency and $2 bills though both are legal tender. The crew bank is particular about the currency they accept.

Since reading that post, we have been careful to use bills in decent condition and never to play games with their money.

As has been pointed out, they are trained to keep the smile in place and we have no way to know what they are thinking when handed currency that could give them a headache trying to use.

Of course, none of have ever had a problem giving that at tips, the possible problem comes to the person receiving it.

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Originally posted by bus man
I put $2 bills in the same category as Sacagawea coins and Kennedy half-dollars: yeah, they're legal tender; but they're a pain to use. Some people don't think they're real, or don't want to accept them. Many (most?) stores don't have space in their cash registers for them. To me, they're more trouble than they're worth. Why, then, would I want to burden someone else with something that I'd rather not deal with myself?

Yes, ^^ that.

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Just another little story.

My daughter bought a ticket at the train station, the machine gave her change in $1 coins (not sure if they were Sacagawea or the new President coins), but she put them in her purse.

I picked her up and we went to Disneyland. Parked the car and went inside the park. Overstayed our free time, so had to come up with cash for the extra parking. I didn't have enough cash, so she pulled those coins out of her purse.

The parking attendant looked at it, and then looked at me. I told her it was a dollar coin. She then went to the next parking station and showed it to the guy working there. She wasn't sure whether she could accept it or not. They conferred for maybe 10 minutes before another attendant finally came over and said, of course, it was a dollar. She then raised the arm and let me leave.

So not everyone even here in the US is familiar with our currency!

Keep your $2 bills as your own souvenir, don't give them as tips to anyone in counrty or out of country.
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At one of our staff training meetings we had prizes and some were $2 bills. Most of the younger people thought it was fake money.

They thought it was a joke.

Some people threw them away.

I picked up the $2's and replaced them with $1's and all were happy although they were getting half as much money.

My boss never likes to give up on a good idea and tried $1 coins the next training session. A slightly better result.

We now use Starbuck's gift cards for prizes and people are much happier.
#39
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A quick question, slightly off topic. 'When and why did the American $2.00 bill fall out of favor?' To a Canadian like myself a $2.00 bill used normally, might have saved the U.S. treasury a great deal of money in printing over the past 100 years or so.

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Originally posted by mr green
A quick question, slightly off topic. 'When and why did the American $2.00 bill fall out of favor?' To a Canadian like myself a $2.00 bill used normally, might have saved the U.S. treasury a great deal of money in printing over the past 100 years or so.

john

Honestly, I don't know why. It has been speculated that because the $2 bill is printed so infrequently, some people will hoard them (as a collector's item) instead of spend them. I'm guilty of this; I still have a $2 bill from its 1976 print run; I've never spent it, and probably never will. (I'm under no illusions that it's worth anything more than $2; I just don't want to get rid of it, as it seems like such a novelty.)

I would think that a $2 bill would make sense as a commonly used note, but for whatever reason, it just doesn't seem to happen.
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