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insanemagnet

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  1. Can someone tell me the truth about...
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    Question for Mods

    They are being a bit slow at the moment. Obviously must be lunch time in TripAdvisor HQ. They are just playing whack a mole as the truth about P&O's £40 million scam will pop up whenever any new person innocently asks about tipping.
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    Question for Mods

    That relates to discussing the deleted posts which the original thread was not about. The FAQ says "By agreeing to these rules, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-orientated, hateful, threatening, are in violation of our Community Rules of Participation or otherwise violate any laws." Some might think an optional service charge which is not passed on to staff is obscene, but I don't really think that is what that is intended for. By deleting an 'on topic' discussion, TripAdvisor (aka Cruise Critic) are falling foul of their own rules which say "Other than enforcing our Community Rules of Participation, the management and staff does not attempt to validate any information provided by participants."
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    Question for Mods

    No it doesn't. And if anyone wants to read what kicked it all off it is here - https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Ka2Xg9qOR2IJ:https://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php%3Ft%3D2629089%26goto%3Dnewpost+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk I wonder if the press would be interested about P&O's £40 million scam...
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    Question for Mods

    "If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever." 1984, George Orwell
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    Question for Mods

    The trouble is the £40 million scam is very much 'on topic'.
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    Question for Mods

    We broke the rules by exposing the truth behind the £40 million scam P&O is running, claiming to collect money as service charges for tips, when in fact the money is simply used to pay the wage bill and whether you pay the 'auto tips' makes no difference to the amount of money the staff receive. This website receives its funding from adverts from cruise lines (I don't see them as I run an ad blocker) so they decided to hide the truth rather than scare off the money. “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”
  8. “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.” ― George Orwell, 1984 Nice to know this forum has become pointless as the truth about P&O cruises can not be discussed here. Ah well it was good whilst it lasted.
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    Are tipping discussions now banned?

    What happens to this thread will provide the answer. If the moderators delete it or close it without answering then talking about the subject is prohibited.
  10. Now the truth is out (but that truth cannot be disclosed) are tipping discussions now banned on this forum? THIS IS A GENUINE QUESTION.
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    P&O Tipping Explained in Detail

    Never going to happen. All you will get is the usual "all the money from the service charge goes to the staff" and similar, which are clever because although they are literally true, people read them as saying something that is not true. No, there is probably some mileage still to wring out of the current system. Just wait for the cheerleaders to appear and dismiss all this as "opinion".
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    P&O Tipping Explained in Detail

    So in summary. 1. Whether a passenger pays the optional service charge or not has absolutely no impact on the amount of money the staff receive (or potentially receive). 2. The only thing that has an impact on the amount of money the staff receives from P&O is the CSQ; and if you don't tick "excellent" they lose out. 3. P&O have been giving 'politician's' answers when they say all the optional service charge money goes to staff; it does, but it is used to fund basic wages, and the good conduct and CSG bonuses (which are fixed amounts and don't depend on how much the passengers pay). 4. The increase in the optional service charge over the years hasn't benefited the staff by increasing pay, but has benefited P&O by increasing the subsidy of the pay bill. 5. Staff get to keep any cash tips. So the moral of the story would seem to be, opt out of the optional service charge, tick 'excellent' against everything, and tip in cash. No wonder the resident P&O cheerleader is keeping a low profile.
  13. "supposed exploitative contracts" - sounds like you are quite happy for the staff to be paid a pittance and having to put their hand out and hope.
  14. Not as desperate as P&O's cheerleader, who surprisingly has no facts only opinions.
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