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Old 12-09-2010, 08:34 AM
 
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Default Holiday Tips for Mail Man and Refuse Collectors

New Home owner for first time during the holiday season and would like to know what is the customary tip you give to your mailman and Refuse Collection team!

Or nice to hear your opinions on the subject. Anyone give wine/alcohol or is that not allowed anymore?
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Old 12-09-2010, 08:44 PM
 
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The post office does not allow cash gifts, per the regulations, but a small gift of nominal value is acceptable under the regulations. I give cookies/candy and something like a pair of gloves, so that the letter carrier does not get in trouble.

The garbage collectors, depends upon whether they are private or municipal. Municipal, there will be regulations, as it is in NYC, as to what can be accepted. For a private carrier, tips are generally acceptable, and we have always given $10-20 per member of the crew. You can also give each a small gift or restaurant gift card. The gift card has been something that we have done recently, in order to prevent problems if the company frowns upon cash tips.
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Old 12-09-2010, 09:12 PM
 
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can give mail carrier a gift card I think
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Old 12-10-2010, 04:33 PM
 
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we just moved to the US and I have the same question..... except my mail box is at the end of the street and I have never seen the mail man. Should I leave a tip ? and if so how ? do a put an envelope in the mail box addresses to the mail man ?? and ditto the rubbish guy. should I stick a card to the rubbish bin ??
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Old 12-10-2010, 05:10 PM
 
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we just moved to the US and I have the same question..... except my mail box is at the end of the street and I have never seen the mail man. Should I leave a tip ? and if so how ? do a put an envelope in the mail box addresses to the mail man ?? and ditto the rubbish guy. should I stick a card to the rubbish bin ??
Nah no one expects tips from people from Europe.
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Old 12-10-2010, 10:21 PM
 
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You can put the mail carrier's gift in the box and address it to them. For the refuse collector, it's a bit more tricky as you would not want it to get lost. If only they gave the self-addressed envelopes as some of the newspaper delivery guys do.

You could also call the main office of the trash company, find out their policy, and mail the gift to the collectors on your route if you don't know what time they will be to your house.
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Old 12-12-2010, 01:54 PM
 
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Garbage Pick Up:: I always think about leaving something but then realize it's a different crew all the time...If it was the same crew than yes but it seems pointless when the whole idea is to take care of the men taking care of you .. After all, isn't it their job anyway? I take the bags out of the cans for them so there's my tip 52 times a year.

Mail Carrier: This year its been mostly the same guy...Gift Card is good idea... Bottle of Wine... Little hand/feet warmers... L.E.D Flashlight... Box of milkbone treats for dogs on premises?
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:47 PM
 
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We have always given our mail carrier a check made out to "cash" for $25.00. It has never been refused and as far as I know he hasn't had any problem. Money is always the best gift in these cases ie supers, garbage collectors, mail carriers, beauticians, barbers, etc.
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Old 12-15-2010, 11:06 AM
 
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Technically, the post office personnel should not be accepting cash/cash value (gift cards -- didn't know that applied, too) as they are bound by the ethics of the Executive Branch. They are considered government employees, so the rules for holiday gifts are a bit different. If you give them something over $20, they are technically required to reimburse you, and perishable food items that are in excess are okay if they share with the branch office.
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Old 12-15-2010, 03:00 PM
 
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I know they technically aren't allowed to accept money, but they are also not supposed to visit with and check on elderly people on their routes and change their lightbulbs, etc. but frequently they do, and I'm grateful to the mailmen who always checked on my elderly family members. Sometimes it's ok to bend the rules.
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