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How Do You Cope with a Pushy Bellhop?

You walk into a hotel with a couple of suitcases, fully intending to bring them up to your room yourself. But a bellhop in the lobby, eager to help (and, well, eager to get a tip), leaps forward and grabs your bags. How do you react?

In a recent interview with manners maven Lizzie Post (great-great-granddaughter of Emily), we touched on the topic of hotel tipping, including what to give a bellhop who’s stored your bags for the day. But we didn’t get a chance to chat about what to do when someone forcefully offers a service that you don’t actually want.

So we want to hear from you, our well-traveled readers: how would you respond to an overly enthusiastic bellhop?

A. Just let him take the bags and give him a tip — it’s not worth making a scene.

B. Let him take the bags but don’t tip. You didn’t ask for the service, and you don’t want to reward pushy behavior.

C. Politely but firmly say, “No, thanks, I’ll carry them myself,” and wait for him to drop the bags.

D. Make a mad lunge for the bags and start an impromptu game of tug-of-war, with onlookers in the lobby taking bets on who will win.

Vote or suggest your own response in the comments!

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