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Old 10-17-2008, 08:23 AM
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How much would you tip? I'm hiring 2 guys for 3 hours @ $50 per hour from a moving company. They are just helping me unload the 'heavy' stuff from the ABF trailer (fridge, washer/dryer, couch, etc). I'll probably unload the rest by myself. I don't think they will be working any more than the three hours, total. SHOULD I tip? What is the protocol?
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Old 10-17-2008, 09:12 AM
Location: Charlotte, NC
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If they do a good job, by all means give them a tip. A standard tip for good service in any industry is 15% of the total bill and outstanding service is 20% or more.
Yes, I tipped my moving guys because they did a great job!

Ask yourself....
1. Did they show up at the appointed time?
2. Did they handle your stuff with care?
3. Did they make the extra effort to pad or wrap up items so they wouldn't get scratched or dented?
4. Were they polite and professional?
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Old 10-17-2008, 11:51 AM
Location: Cosmic Consciousness
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Definitely tip if they provide good service! The previous poster's ideas are excellent and spot on.

Money you can always make more of, but it's pretty special to be helped to avoid strained muscles, broken fingers and toes, and so forth. I do think that assistance is worth rewarding.

A decent but not great job -- getting the stuff off the truck and into the residence and into the location you want the stuff, being surly or slow or too fast but fundamentally efficient, I'd give them $10 each. Following the previous poster's parameters, I'd give them $20 each.

Have a great move!
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Old 10-17-2008, 01:47 PM
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Tipping should be based on service above and beyond what is expected. If they simply do their job they deserve only the agreed sum. If they perform better than expected they deserve a tip. Tipping just for showing up is just wrong.
I would provide cold bottled water for them.
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Old 10-17-2008, 05:25 PM
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I had 4 guys for 4 hrs and I gave them $20.00 each. They did a great job and finished sooner than the estimated time, which saved me money.
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