Commissary Etiquette…help?!?

posted 3 years ago in Military
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@mrs_pugetsound:  I pushed my own cart, but always tipped a couple bucks.  I heard they didn’t get paid, either, but I separated in 2005.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Also, I started shopping at HEB in San Antonio, because compared to the commissary on Lackland, it was like entering heaven.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

This blows my mind simply because where I live in Florida the grocery stores and commissary have signs posted explicitly saying not to tip the baggers.  Apparently I need to pay attention to this when I shop in other states.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

At other grocery stores, I worked as a service clerk in high school we were told we could not accept tips if people gave them to us, same with my friends who worked at safeway and albertsons, I mean they still pocketed it if a nice person gave them a tip but it is in no way expected or required.

As a service clerk, you push carts to the front, janitorial duties, and restock get paid an hourly wage (minimum). I’ve been to commisaries before but I never had that problem but it was in San Diego?

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@mrs_pugetsound:  When we’ve gone we usually push our own carts but tip the person who takes our carts afterward.  At the bases I’ve been to they can’t ask for tips, but they don’t get paid that much and really appreciate the tips if you slip it to them quietly.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@renwoman:  +1 

They can’t ask for a tip but it is polite to give one. We also push our own carts but tip the baggers/ people that take the carts 🙂 

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@mrs_pugetsound:  At the commissary here in Newport, they work only off tips so we tip them. You are saving boatloads of cash by shopping at the commissary and giving them a few bucks is very customary.

 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

My mom hates how they pack the groceries in the car, so she’ll usually leave them a buck or two at checkout and then roll it out herself. 🙂

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@LilRhodyGem:  At Ft. Hood the baggers work only for tips, so even if they don’t take the groceries to the car I still tip a couple bucks. 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I feel so awkward with someone walking my groceries to my car… I pushed them/carried them all over the store so I think I can get them outside lol.  I get that it’s their job and it’s definitely nice for people who want/need it but I am not one of those people.  I specifically do not shop at places like Publix because it weirds me out to have them come to my car with me and makes me feel bad to say no thank you.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

I live in MI and we have no commissaries – well except for one that is a 6 hour round trip from my home…  We have no active duty bases at all.

When I go “down home” to OH (less than 10 miles from Wright Patterson AFB) I hit the commissary just because I can.  I have always known they work for tips only so I tip them a couple/three bucks and let them push my groceries to my cart (or pull it up front where they have a designated area).  You know, I’m a 53 you retired vet and some of those women could be my much older sister or very young mom.  If they want to do the job and engage in the physical activity, more power to them!  I got over feeling wierd about it decades ago.

Post # 16
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Helper bee

the baggers on my base don’t work for wages, just tips.  i know a few of them personally and they say on average they get between $3-5 a trip….i usually give them $2, more if i have a lot of things.  

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