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Saturday, July 1. 2017
Jimmy Buffet, multi-multi-millionaire, once mentioned how rewarding it can be to discover a $5 bill in the pocket of some old jeans. Funny how that works. When my Dad would visit me at college, he would slip me a $50 - "walking around money." Small gestures and unexpected small rewards can mean a lot.
Our early Spring Cleaning has resulted in small hills of those black leaf bags filled with old magazines, old books, old clothing, household clutter, obsolete paperwork, lots of shredded old financial records and tax records, etc etc. Some fairly heavy, some not, but far beyond the usual.
We are required, more or less, to separate bags of theoretically-recyclable garbage from other garbage, but I believe it all ends up in a dump in West Virginia. Regardless, when we have large piles I always scotch-tape a $10 or a $20 to the pile.
To the sorts of people who say "He gets paid to do it anyway," I say "Bullshit." The piles of snow and ice do not make the job any easier. My theory is to always tip people who do personal work for you unless they are the owner of the business. When you give a tip, you make life better for a little while and you feel better too. Even if it's only beer money.
For some very occasional household jobs like rug cleaners, window-washers, or annual barn-cleaning crews, I will tip before the job begins. Try it sometime. I make a point to always have some $5s, $10s, and $20s in my pocket to show gratitude and to create small moments of good cheer and more positive helpers.
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Whenever I travel I make sure I have a pocketful of ones and fives, and I spread them around liberally to every porter, bellhop, skycap, or waitress I encounter. Every bump gets smoothed, every frown becomes a smile, the orders of fries are a tad bigger, we all laugh at one another's jokes, and life is just a bit nicer for a few moments. What a wonderful return on such a small investment.
In our previous home, we always tipped our trash collectors $10 at Christmas. One year, I didn't have small change, so gave them each a card with a $20 in it.
From then on, every week, they rolled our dumpster all the way back up to the house. Everyone else's was left out by the road. One day I overheard a conversation. The guy grabbing the cans was new, I guess, and he asked the driver "Is this 'the one' ?" The driver called out Yes and pointed at the driveway. And once more, the dumpster was left tidily sitting in its usual place.
They also got another $20 the next year. :-)
I remember being a kid and my uncles taping 20 dollar bills to the garbage bags full of empties after my grandfather's funeral. Plus my dad was a mailman and Christmas tips were a big deal. People mostly gave plates of cookies which we loved. that's why I always tip or gift my people -- the guy who cleans my classroom, the UPS guy, the mailman etc.
Tipping is "Old School ", when people appreciated and valued
the work of others. Very few people today tip, except in restaurants and only because it is expected.
As a renovator/landlord, I frequently put out unallowable stuff for the trash: broken up cabinets, toilets, etc. Each of the three-man crew gets $10 during those big pickups, which happens two or three times a a year.
Beliieve me, that $60 or $90 per year is cheaper that loading it up in the truck and taking it to the dump.
if those others do work above and beyond their job description, I'd gladly tip them (if it's done properly and was needed).
Sadly most people don't do that, they do the bare minimum their job description tells them to do, if that much, and then expect to be tipped for bothering to do anything at all.
That's our garbage collection services, our mail services, etc. etc., and every other of the government provided services (most of them performed by technically independent companies which without government granted monopoly positions wouldn't exist at all) and a lot of private services as well (including most restaurants).
People like that don't get a cent in tips, they don't deserve it.
Heck, our garbage collectors are being paid to not just take away the garbage but to spy on citizens by going through it as well. Ostensibly to detect "incorrectly sorted items in recycling bins" but I'd not be surprised if they make up reports on your purchase habits and take out any financial statements and other documents that might be of interest to "interested parties" as well.
I think it's weird that you have other people do that work. Are you crippled?
I also "insure promptness" And I over-tip breakfast waitresses. A $10 tab gets at least a 50% tip because they do just as much as a the ones in a fancy restaurant.
I did a lot of waitressing in my youth. Now I tip everyone all the time. A lot of people are only going through the motions of their jobs. If I find one who's on the ball, I like to reinforce the business deal, make sure we work together a lot more.
Yes, YES, and YES! To all of the above. PLUS, when you hire that kid who works somelwhere else (grocery, fast food, etc.) and you only have a few hours of work to be done around the place, make sure you pay in cash and that cash is an extra $5/hour. The return on that investment is so worth it !
You are 100% right about pre-tipping. We travel to Mexico annually and stay in rented condos including maid service. We were always told to tip the maid on leaving and did that for years.
For the last 5 years or so I have found the maid cleaning in other units and pre-tipped with a big smile and mangled Spanish. I didn't notice a huge change in quality, they were always good, but it was friendlier, better somehow.
I grew up in the country, where the only tipping was done at restaurants. Doorman? Tell me another one. Garbage collector? Drive it to the town dump or drop it in the till on the property. Or use the compost heap and meet a possum on occasion. Mailman? Pick it up at the PO. [As PO people are relatively well-paid, why tip?] Yard work? Do it yourself. Maid cleaning? Tell me another one.
Tipping is old school? Not in the countryside. Not where the theme is do-it-yourself.
When my new AC got installed, the company installing it neglected to remove the old AC. And when I tried their phone #, I got a "not in service." message.
The company installing the AC left some unused copper tubing, which I sold to a junk yard for $50.
When the HOA replaced some siding, I asked one of the workers if he could remove my old AC. He did so. No, I didn't tip him, but he was able to sell the old AC for scrap, so he made money on the deal.
I tipped the guy who emptied my septic tank. I figured if anybody deserved a tip, he did.
Paperman--delivers the WSJ up to my doorstep at 4:30 am and he gets $100 at Christmas.
Trash pickup--two guys on the truck most of the time. They wave to and honk the horn for my 2 year old grandson who loves garbage trucks--$100 at Christmas.
Lawn service--three guys and they do it all including spring and fall clean up and trimming--$100 at Christmas.
I do it because I can.
When I used to visit home during college break, my mom would take me aside a slip me some money and say "don't tell your father". Later on my dad would slip me some money and say "don't tell your mother". So I didn't tell, LOL.