Post # 1
Our garbage collector was awesome today and helped me get my car unstuck from a windrow.
It made me realize I didn’t even think about leaving a Christmas bonus. Is this something that is still done? Who does it go to? How do you get it to them?
The people I can think of:
Also, I would hope that the person who helped me out gets something, would it likely be the same person every week?
Post # 3
I’m hoping it isn’t the norm to leave something for all of these people. I would still like to do something for the help I got today though! Maybe some cookies or something? Is that weird for someone you don’t know well?
Post # 4
Flyer deliverer? I don’t like getting ad flyers, so I sure won’t be tipping them!
In most cities in the US it’s illegal to give garbage collectors and post men tips. BUT a lot of people do anyway. I usually give something nominal like $10 each for my postman, garbage men, and UPS guy, and a dozen homebacked cookies or so.
Post # 5
@CityBearBride: Do you just tape an envelop to the garbage can or something? I have no clue if it’s legal here or not, I googled quickly and didn’t see either way.
I like getting some of the flyers for the coupons! lol I would only tip them though if I found out it was something that most people did, I doubt it.
Post # 6
@AB Bride: I know a lot of people give gift cards out. Its a little softer than straight cash. And I am sure food gifts are always appreciated!
I have never met my garbage man or paper boy, so I won’t be tipping them. Also we have to pay extra for a private garbage service in my town home complex so I feel like they are already paid enough lol.
Post # 7
@AB Bride: when I was a paper carrier in Junior High people left me an envelope in the mailbox (I didn’t collect directly from a lot of people).
My mom used to leave a card for the mailman if she wasn’t going to be home – she always gave people clementines too, they’re kind of a Christmas tradition back home (being on an island on the east coast, tropical fruit used to be hard to come by and was considered a Christmas treat when my grandparents – and somewhat my dad – were young…)
The garbage man…I would guess it’s probably the same guys every week, most people who have jobs like that have routes that they always do. Is your garbage in a bin? Can you leave a card for them on your garbage can? Are you usually home when they come by? I would give it to them in person if you can. Same for the recycling guy.
Post # 8
We tip our Newpaper Delivery Person (it is an adult these days not a kid).
These guys & gals work hard… year round… and in the middle of the night no matter the weather.
And they work for very little money (minimum wage usually). They could use the money / break in life.
Postman or Garbage / Recycling they don’t get any Tip from us… they are all Unionized and work for the Gov’t essentially (Federal / Municipal) and make BIG BUCKS.
Flyer Person… well that Dude / Dudette changes constantly… that job tends to be kids in the neighbourhood, and people get bored very quickly evidently with the responsibility, the routine, and the need to get out there regularly delivering year round no matter the weather
Lol, all the more reason I am willing to Tip the Newspaper Delivery Person… as the song says… “They Work Hard For The Money”
Post # 9
@This Time Round: The garbage man doesn’t get paid to drive his truck back and forth to flatten the windrow left by the street blader and then pushing my car (forward and reverse) when I still get suck though!
I think I’ll do something for him, and try to catch him personally. With my neighbour’s 12 bags of garbage every week it gives me some time to run out there lol.
I’ll have to think about the recycling guy, maybe something small.
I don’t think I’ll bother with the others, and we don’t get a newspaper. The mailbox is just a superbox, so it’s not very personalized at all. Thanks for the advice!
Post # 10
This got me thinking. It’s my first year in an apartment with a super. Is it customary to give supers a monetary gift for the holidays?
Post # 11
To @AB Bride: Ya your Garbage Man sounds like he went “above and beyond” to help you… so some sort of “appreciation” might be nice at this the Christmas Season / Giving Season.
Lol, on the neighbour with all the trash… that should make it easier to “catch” the truck when it is outside your home.
Where I live, these guys are come and gone before you know it… and oftentimes in the early morning hours… Mr TTR & I have a bad habit of missing out at least once a month
(Won’t leave our Garbage out overnight… too many critters here… including HUGE Racoons)
Post # 12
@This Time Round: lol I wanna know if those neighbours give something!
Post # 13
@AB Bride: I don’t want those flyers, so no way would I tip for delivery of them! Just is more paper to recycle. Postal carriers sometimes have to follow rules on it, so call your post office to ask.
Post # 14
We don’t tip service workers… we don’t really get mail on a regular basis except our bills. Never even thoughtt o tip the garbage men.
Post # 15
I used to deliver newspapers (adult, 1am start, 7 days a week, every single day except christmas day ugh) and I would get the odd tip from customers who called the paper and had an extra payment processed on their usual method of payment and it would show up on my route/invoice list.