Why everyone got upset about Marriott's plan to increase housekeepers' pay

And the award for worst PR backfire goes to...

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In an attempt to bolster the wages of hotel housekeepers, Marriott International has partnered with Maria Shriver's A Woman's Nation to launch a new tipping initiative. They're calling it "The Envelope Please" (because cleaning rooms has so much in common with winning an Oscar) and it will create a designated area for leaving gratuity in 160,000 rooms in the U.S. The conceit is that this will encourage hotel guests to tip housekeepers.

And boy, did Marriott ever step in it.

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