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Old 10-02-2007, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I think I know kinda the etiquette of the "usual" people we tip -waitstaff, hairdressers etc. But guys, what about this-do you tip service people that come to your home? For example, people delivering furniture, carpet cleaners, etc. If so, how much?
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Old 10-02-2007, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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Thumbs up tipping for "special services" & attention

Yes, I tip some of the handyman type services or the “trades” that come and provide new carpeting, tile floor or the like. If they are skilled workmen in the trades who take extra time and trouble to make sure they don’t damage anything and provide the end product just like it should be ~ I’ll tip them when the work is completed.

How much? It normally isn’t over $20 per each worker. I figure it buys them lunch, or diner or maybe a few drinks, and I appreciate their attention to detail and doing a good job.

I also tip my barber just over 20~25 % for a haircut.

I have tipped a young lady who worked in a check cashing store $100 and I never met her until I drove 2hrs to get there. She was very good at going the extra mile to prevent fraud on another account of mine at a credit union. Making a long story short, I didn’t know her but knew she had prevented fraud on my account, the wife and I drove 2hr each way and gave her a $100 tip for going the extra mile and saving me a headache.
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Old 10-02-2007, 12:01 PM
 
Location: New England
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OK. Tipping will be a subject that is likely to drone on for pages and pages... everyone will have their own approach.

As far as service people who come into our home... ONLY for service above and beyond the call of duty. I figure I'm paying their employer market rate for whatever service is being provided, and presumably the worker is getting market rate for the work he is doing. (Unlike waiters who may be legally paid less than minimum wage because tipping is customary and expected). So, sorry to say.. furniture delivery guys... unless there's a compelling reason to tip, I don't do it. Same for the plumber, the electrician, the lawn guys... etc. Now, if they really go above and beyond... sure, I'll throw them something extra for that. But not for simply doing what they're being paid (and what I'm paying their employer) to do in the first place.
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Old 10-02-2007, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, TN
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We had a thread about this before, might help you a little....

//www.city-data.com/forum/other...o-you-tip.html
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Old 10-02-2007, 05:13 PM
 
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I just don't get tipping people who work a normal wage, meaning they don't depend on tips. Doesn't that mean that we all should be tipped for doing our normal jobs? I want to get tipped!! I do a great job, above and beyond sometimes and I don't get tipped.
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Old 10-02-2007, 05:14 PM
 
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OK. Tipping will be a subject that is likely to drone on for pages and pages... everyone will have their own approach.

As far as service people who come into our home... ONLY for service above and beyond the call of duty. I figure I'm paying their employer market rate for whatever service is being provided, and presumably the worker is getting market rate for the work he is doing. (Unlike waiters who may be legally paid less than minimum wage because tipping is customary and expected). So, sorry to say.. furniture delivery guys... unless there's a compelling reason to tip, I don't do it. Same for the plumber, the electrician, the lawn guys... etc. Now, if they really go above and beyond... sure, I'll throw them something extra for that. But not for simply doing what they're being paid (and what I'm paying their employer) to do in the first place.
I agree! See my post above.
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Old 10-02-2007, 05:18 PM
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I have tipped furniture deliverers in the past just because I appreciate them being careful and not bumping the furniture or scratching wood floors. It's not a given that they won't do that so I hope a little monetary incentive will help...
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Old 10-02-2007, 06:56 PM
 
Location: California
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I think I know kinda the etiquette of the "usual" people we tip -waitstaff, hairdressers etc. But guys, what about this-do you tip service people that come to your home? For example, people delivering furniture, carpet cleaners, etc. If so, how much?
Service people no way, you get an estimate and they do their job, For example, people delivering furniture, carpet cleaners, etc. If so, how much?
nope, i don't, they are paid to do a good job just like me, I don't get tipped for making electricity but everyone uses it.

Send your tips to me.
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Old 10-02-2007, 09:20 PM
 
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I think I know kinda the etiquette of the "usual" people we tip -waitstaff, hairdressers etc. But guys, what about this-do you tip service people that come to your home? For example, people delivering furniture, carpet cleaners, etc. If so, how much?
Kay, I am a good tipper for the usual people who are low paid, haed working, taking a lot of "stuff" from customers. However, most service people who come to my house usually have far more money than I do. Plumbers, chimney cleaners, repairmen, the list goes on
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Old 10-02-2007, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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Question Just wondering

If you don’t get good service from a waiter or waitress ~ should you demand 15~20% taken off of the bill?
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