Are you serious?! "Tipping" is out of control

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

Wow… yes. -_-

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m not going to tip everyone on that list but some people do go above and beyond. My UPS guy has walked through my backyard in 18 inches of snow to leave a package in my sunroom. My dry cleaner on rainy days will call me to arrange delivery when I’m home (often not til 8pm). But my garbage guys? No, they like to toss my garbage can covers into the street.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

OP, I agree. This has gotten too crazy. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

@IzzyBear:  I agree it has gotten out of control. Like a PP said, if they go above and beyond I will tip because I WANT to not because I’m “supposed to”.

And I’ll be damned if I ever tip my postal worker. He won’t even come to my porch (3 ft from the sidewalk) to pick up outgoing mail unless I have mail to be dropped off. I’ve called about that and they say “he doesn’t have to”. Ok… and I got my bills late with red ink on them saying they were dropped off because two weeks ago there was some snow on my steps (3 steps). What happened to “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night…” ?

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Huh?  That article is about holiday tipping.  It’s not like you’re expected to tip every single time someone picks up your trash or delivers the mail.  It’s just a nice token of appreciation, and I don’t think most of those workers expect the tips.  My Mom has been holiday tipping the cleaning lady, newspaper deliveryman and postman since the 80s.  This is not a new development.  If you don’t want to give out holiday tips then don’t do it – it’s nowhere near the same as stiffing a waiter/waitress on their tip.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I don’t like how she called them tips.  It’s not really a tip, but a gift around the hollidays is something my mom always did for my day care providers and teachers up until middle school.  They really get NSFW all for pay, but yet take care of other people’s children all day long.  Not something that should be taken lightly. 

I don’t agree with everyone on that list, it is a nice guide if any of these people do go above and beyond for you. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

@IzzyBear:  LOL! My SO’s mailman always leaves the mailbox doors open! with mail in them or not! You drive down the street and see every house has the mailbox door open lol

Post # 12
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Helper bee

It seems like guide is more for if you want to tip someone in a certain industry but aren’t sure of the guidelines. For instance: the postal worker who is always super friendly with you and remembers your name, the garbage man who regularly goes out of his/her way to help you, etc. Not mandatory, but if you want to learn the etiquette, there it is.

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@IzzyBear:  Yes, it is insane. In Ontario, servers make minimum wage, the same as anyone who works at McDonald’s or in retail. Food prices are also way more expensive than in the US to accommodate paying them more than the $4 or whatever the US gives. By the server logic, we’d have to tip everyone who makes less money than we do. Yeah…that’ll happen. I went to school to get my job to provide for my family – not for everyone else. 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@IzzyBear:  Yes. Who on earth tips their trainer at the gym? They already get paid decent to work out all day.

Also, I noticed that apparently 10-15% tipping is old school now, and the new norm is 20% and up. Um, I’m not cheapskate by any means, but I thought I was being generous by giving 20% tips (and b/c it’s easier to do the math on it after a couple cocktails, lol). The things you know…

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@MrsStayPuft:  Oh. I didn’t read the article. I went by the OP. Holidays gifts I can understand. I thought it was a regular thing.  Everyone at my dog’s daycare and school will be getting a gift, so will his vet, and so will our cleaning lady. That’s just something my mom taught me to do 😛

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