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Criticized for tip
An attendant is rude to a winner

Dear Aunt Bingo,

Thank you for addressing the situation with Amvets Post 66 in Illinois [where the players had become so aggressive that the post commander temporarily closed down Bingo]. This is a very special place for me. I was there that night and the crowd was brutal.

This is a subject that needs to be addressed all over the nation. Our veterans are very special and have been neglected too long. I volunteer at different places and I know from experience the abuse Bingo workers take just trying to raise money for the vets. I know for a fact that every dime these Bingos get goes to help veterans. I also know there are other games out there where they draw big money and give big prizes. The ones I am referring to are fairly small and struggle to make any money.

People seem to think that all the monies small Bingos earn is profit. Not so. They are not like big Bingo facilities that are better able to make big money and give big prizes. Players need to know that all the money they get goes right back to helping the veterans and charities.

Don’t beat up the volunteers! —KG, Mt. Prospect, Illinois


Dear KG,

I was glad to have the opportunity to address the situation that occurred at the post in the hopes that it would serve as a reminder that Bingo should be enjoyable for players and workers alike, and that the volunteers who give of their time do it for no other reason than to help those in need.

Of course there will be times when a string of bad luck makes a player crabby and frustrated, but it is not the Bingo workers’ fault. Let’s all try a little more to be appreciative and respectful of the Bingo workers. Without them, there would be no Bingo. —Aunt Bingo


Dear Aunt Bingo,

Something happened that I think should NEVER happen again. One of the Bingo attendants made me feel bad because I didn’t tip enough ($20).

I had just hit the coverall Bingo for $800. I was in seventh heaven. I play there a lot and have never hit such a large Bingo. I did not even know what I hit; I was just so excited that I had won.

I have spent so much money on Bingo but have only hit once in a while. I am 88 years old, live on Social Security and lost my husband last year, and still owe so much on his debts. I was so excited that I would be able to pay some money on his debts.

Now why am I criticized when I tip? And how do we know how much to tip…if we decide to tip at all? I wish they had a No Tipping policy, and no flack from the attendants when we don’t tip what they think we should tip.

Right now I love to play Bingo but will never play Bingo at this hall again. Instead of making me feel how lucky I am, I now feel badly. No one has ever made me feel this way before. Is there anything I should do? Someone should be told how badly they made me feel and that they have lost me as a Bingo player forever. I will not go back there again.

I would appreciate your answer, and tell me what I did wrong. —Upset Bingo Player, via email


Dear Upset,

It really is a shame that you were made to feel badly at Bingo. Winning any jackpot is fun, but winning a big pot truly is heaven. The last thing you want is for someone to come along and spoil the moment.

The fact that there is tipping tells me this is a for-profit hall. As such, this means that it is being operated not by volunteers, but by Bingo professionals. And browbeating a player to me is not being professional.

That said, you have to remember that tipping is an established part of the service profession, and most establishments have an accepted tipping rate. If you go to dinner, you are expected to tip your server 15-20% of the cost of the meal. So a $100 meal would have a tip of $20. When you have your hair done, you typically tip the stylist at the same rate.

Assuming that tipping at this gaming hall is similar, and you won $800, then a tip of 10% would be $80 and 5% would be $40. You tipped $20, or 2.5%, which does seem pretty low.

I know how hard it can be to suddenly win a lot of money and have someone there expecting to get a piece of it. But, like dining out, you have to have the mindset that tipping is going to be part of the “winning experience.” Look at it as sharing the joy! —Aunt Bingo

Share your views! Write to Aunt Bingo c/o the Bingo Bugle, P.O. Box 527, Vashon, Washington 98070, or email her at STENGL456@aol.com. Be sure to include your name and address (you can request that your name not be published), as typically she will not include anonymous letters in her columns.

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