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Ask what she paid? No class in coach!

By Trip Advisor / tripadvisor.com


Question: I'd like your thoughts on a conversation I overheard on a plane. A young woman was seated in front of me next to an older woman she didn't know. The younger woman was wearing a very cool outfit, including unusual over-the-knee boots. I'm by no means a fashionista myself, but they were obviously designer. At one point, the older woman started quizzing the younger one about the boots. Where did she get them? (Somewhere in New York.) Who made them? (Gucci.) How much did they cost? The young woman handled this rather well, I thought, by saying she had bought them at a sample sale last summer and couldn't remember. Isn't it rude to ask a stranger how much they paid for something?

Answer: It's rude to ask anyone how much he or she paid for something. I don't care if it's your best friend wearing the Gucci boots -- it's not polite to be nosy about her spending habits. I think the young woman in front of you handled her inquisitive seatmate perfectly. However, I have to say -- thigh-high boots on a plane? I pity whoever was behind her in the security line.

Q: I realize this is a stupid question, but I need to ask. If you stay in a hotel or take a cruise where housekeeping leaves towel animals for you, are you supposed to use the towels or not? My wife always puts the animals on the dresser or something because, in her words, "Someone took time to make them." But they're just towels, and I think it'd be better to use them rather than just leave them there -- after all, they're clean, and the hotel or cruise line is going to have to launder them anyway after our stay, so why not?

A: I wouldn't call it a stupid question, but it is the most amusing question I've received in a while. I'm with you. They're towels, they're clean and you might as well use them if the hotel's going to launder them anyway. Sure, someone spent time making a monkey or a swan out of them, but that same person spent time making your bed, too ... and I don't think anyone feels guilty about messing that up every night.

Email travel etiquette questions to Lesley Carlin at deartripadvisor@tripadvisor.com.

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serious wrote:
Animal towels is just that extra thing--a tip is in order, I would say!!!
on December 17,2012 | 05:45AM
Cliff12708 wrote:
He/She went through the trouble to impress you, A tip is aways a nice way to say "Thank you for thinking of me". Yes, some employees get built in tips which are collected and divided by the company but a little more is greatly appreciated. Most important is a nice word of thanks. Who did it? Leave a note on your pillow.
on December 17,2012 | 11:23AM
Cliff12708 wrote:
Asking someone how much they paid for something? NEVER!
on December 17,2012 | 11:26AM
lowtone123 wrote:
When I fly I dress as comfortably as possible and always wear slippers so they are easy to take on and off when passing through TSA security.
on December 18,2012 | 06:52AM
Kate53 wrote:
On a cruise several years ago, we hit it off well with our cabin attendant. He made towel animals for us five nights in a row, and they were amazing (not just the simple ones). We lined them up on the sofa and hung the monkey from the ceiling fixture. They were still there when we left the cabin to disembark. We definitely tipped him extra, not only for the towel animals but the good care he took of us, always making sure we had everything we needed, and more.
on December 19,2012 | 07:01AM
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