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Old 11-11-2013, 03:07 PM   #1
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Default Tipping - Who do you tip?

Just wondering ... I'm involved in a "tipping" discussion where some people think everyone should be tipped (grocery clerk, gas attendant, mailman etc.) and others believe only waiters/waitresses/bartenders/hairdressers/groomers and paper carriers should be tipped. Who do you tip and why?
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I personally tip waiters/waitresses and my hairdresser. I shop at the commissary so I tip the baggers. I will tip hotel/motel maid, car attendant, taxi driver-just took one in August , Holly Cannoli are they expensive!

I have never tip paper carrier-I only receive Sunday delivery or mailman-
Why mailman????
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I think tipping expectations have gotten a little out of control.

To me, if you provide an extra physical service to make my life easier, exceed your basic job function, or your occupation dictates a lower salary based on the expectation of tips (below minimum wage), then yes. A grocery bagger? No, unless you load them in my car.

A mailman? Heck no. They get compensated handsomely with extremely generous benefits and retirements. Delivering mail is their main responsibility. Doesn't mean we can't show them some extra love on their birthday or holidays

I'm not loving the tip jar at the end of a food line trend. You're 18, get paid at or above min wage to make a sandwich, and provided no personal service. Umm, no.
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At the commissary baggers do not get a pay check. They work only for tips! They do load your car up too!
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I tip waiters/waitresses and my hairdresser. I tip taxi drivers only if I have luggage and they assist me with it. I do not subscribe to a newspaper these days; but when I did, I did not tip, though I gave something at the holidays.
As for the mailperson, I have left them a gift in my mailbox, clearly labeled "For the Mail Carrier", for the past three years (different small gift every year, like thing of chocolates, with a card attached that had a gc inside to a local coffee chain) for 2-3 weeks in December. The mail carrier has refused to take it every year and it has just sat there. So this year, I don't intend to bother.
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I tip waiters/waitresses and my hairdresser. I tip taxi drivers only if I have luggage and they assist me with it. I do not subscribe to a newspaper these days; but when I did, I did not tip, though I gave something at the holidays.
As for the mailperson, I have left them a gift in my mailbox, clearly labeled "For the Mail Carrier", for the past three years (different small gift every year, like thing of chocolates, with a card attached that had a gc inside to a local coffee chain) for 2-3 weeks in December. The mail carrier has refused to take it every year and it has just sat there. So this year, I don't intend to bother.
The postal service has rules about allowing their carriers and employees to accept gifts. Here is a link:

Tipguide.org - Tipping Etiquette Guidelines

Your carrier probably didn't want to potentially get in trouble for taking the nice gift that you left for them. I found this out when I tried to personally hand a gift to my mail carrier last year when she was delivering my mail.

I also tried to give a handmade journal to a friendly, helpful checker at my local Walmart market recently, and she said they are not allowed to take gifts from customers, and she didn't want to "get in trouble."

I can see that large amounts of cash would be suspect, but really - a handmade journal? I guess Walmart thinks folks will "bribe" the checkers to sneak stuff into your sack without ringing it up.

I had no idea that giving gifts might create problems for people.
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Thanks for the postal tip guidelines, Annette. I looked it over and it seems fair. I usually put a little bag of goodies (candies) in the mailbox on Christmas Eve. The only other tipping I do is waiter/waitress and hairdresser. But I tip them each time I go, not just at Christmas. If I got a newspaper, I would put a little goodie bag in for them as well.
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I think tipping expectations have gotten a little out of control.

To me, if you provide an extra physical service to make my life easier, exceed your basic job function, or your occupation dictates a lower salary based on the expectation of tips (below minimum wage), then yes. A grocery bagger? No, unless you load them in my car.

A mailman? Heck no. They get compensated handsomely with extremely generous benefits and retirements. Delivering mail is their main responsibility. Doesn't mean we can't show them some extra love on their birthday or holidays

I'm not loving the tip jar at the end of a food line trend. You're 18, get paid at or above min wage to make a sandwich, and provided no personal service. Umm, no.

I agree it's out of control. The one I think is interesting is at the Starbucks. It takes them 10 min. to punch in my order into their computer, repeat it back to me (God help me if I am getting more than one item!)..........and then the tip jar is sitting right there in front of me. Tip them for what? I don't get it. Umm. No.
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The postal service has rules about allowing their carriers and employees to accept gifts. Here is a link:

Tipguide.org - Tipping Etiquette Guidelines

Your carrier probably didn't want to potentially get in trouble for taking the nice gift that you left for them. I found this out when I tried to personally hand a gift to my mail carrier last year when she was delivering my mail.

I also tried to give a handmade journal to a friendly, helpful checker at my local Walmart market recently, and she said they are not allowed to take gifts from customers, and she didn't want to "get in trouble."

I can see that large amounts of cash would be suspect, but really - a handmade journal? I guess Walmart thinks folks will "bribe" the checkers to sneak stuff into your sack without ringing it up.

I had no idea that giving gifts might create problems for people.
Re: problems. I tried to give my UPS guy a $50 dinner card for a local, favorite restaurant. He delivers stuff to my door daily, re-arranges his schedule and gets to my house early if anything needs a signature (so I can get out the door and get to work), etc. etc. He told me he wasn't supposed to take any gifts. I eventually convinced him to take it. He deserves a bit extra!
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