Christmas tipping for the postman, yard guy, newspaper boy, etc?

by restrangled 16 Replies latest jw friends

  • restrangled

    Do you tip these workers? I didn't know what to do. My Yard guy has been great, and I have given him a few tips throughout the year. Today was his last lawn day before Christmas. I asked several people and no one had an answer.

    He left a nice Card from his family, now I feel bad that I didn't give him a little extra.

    So do you tip all these people, and what percentage?


  • minimus

    Tell them times are tough and give them a few lottery tickets totaling 25 bucks per person and who knows? you might be giving them a great tip!

  • minimus

    I wouldn't give anything to the postman, BTW.

  • JWoods

    Wasn't this similar to what the English used to call Boxing Day?


    OUTLAW`s Christmas Tip:

    "Put sugar in your Christmas Tree water..


    The pine needles won`t fall off so fast"..

    What yard guy would`nt like that tip?..


  • restrangled

    Outlaw, hee hee hee

    Times are tough, so I didn't leave the tip.

    Our Newspaper company sent an insert letting us know who are delivery person was....and that they work very hard. It kind of ticked me off.


  • WTWizard

    I believe that it is illegal in some countries to tip the postman. As for the UPS driver, I would not tip any "delivery" guy that habitually has the sticker written up before coming to your door, runs to the door without your package but with the sticker, pastes the sticker to the door (with the truck still running), aims at the doorbell button, and then sprints back to the truck and speeds away.

  • blondie

    No tipping the postal worker.

    I tip the paper person....

    I don't tip my haidresser...she owns the shop.

    Yard guy? Why would I tip my husband, eh?

    If I frequent a restaurant on a regular basis and get the same server...I get a little gift for them.

    It all depends on the relationship and frequency you deal with someone who provides service. We had the same mechanic for several years and acknowledged that with a card/little gift. He would not take cash.

  • asilentone

    Well, my boss and all of his neighbors in a very wealthy community are giving a BIG money for Christmas to all of the Security Guards that guards the gated community 24 hours/7 days a week 365 days a year. They basically earn minimum wages and they drive very beat up and very old cars.

  • asilentone

    postman makes pretty good money, they do not really need the tip.

  • Doubtfully Yours
    Doubtfully Yours

    As a matter of fact, yes, I do tip my post person and my trash pick up people. It's my thanks for the year of service gift; nothing to do with the holidays.


  • zombie dub
    zombie dub

    you americans love to tip anything that moves don't you

  • tinker

    I have a cleaning business and some of my clients do tip me very nicely during the holiday season. The money is nice but the real gift is the expression of gratefullness of my hard work. I enjoy the work I do for them much more than the person I have worked for 25yrs+ and never, not once has he given me so much as a card and never even says Good Morning or Go to Hell. It's like I do not exist or beneath him to say thank you.

    IMO, if you appreciate the service you recieve from your paper delivery, yard guy, cleaning person then you should express it to them often. A card with or with out a small tip goes a long way toward motivating them to do a good joy.

    and maybe it's because my son had a paper route long ago and I found out what a hard job, 7 day wk, 365, rain or shine delivering newpaper is. I subscribe yearly and always add a 15% tip. And sometimes I leave a candy bar or can of pop out for the kid, just because.

  • hamsterbait

    I wouldn't tip the Rabbi, as he gets these all the year round.

    But seriously - Witlesses dont give seasonal tips nor do they contribute to Secret Santa funds. Nor do they contribute to charities, whilst grabbing every benefit for themselves.

    But they still expect their Christmas Bonus. I knew a witless woman who found herself another job, when Christmas came round, and her boss said - you dont believe in Christmas, so you wont want a Christmas bonus, will you?

    Why should they take when they dont contribute? Same with blood fractions.



  • beksbks

    Trash guys, Post man, Newspaper kid. Yep. A little cash or a box of candy.

    Wiki on Boxing Day


    The name derives from the Anglo-Saxon tradition giving seasonal gifts (in the form of a "Christmas box") to less wealthy people and slaves. [citation needed] In the United Kingdom this was later extended to various workpeople such as labourers, servants, tradespeople and postal workers. [citation needed]

    [edit] Public holiday

    Boxing Day is traditionally celebrated on 26 December, St. Stephen's Day, the day after Christmas Day. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] Unlike St. Stephen's Day, Boxing Day is a secular holiday and is not always on 26 December: the public holiday is generally moved to the following Monday if 26 December is a Saturday. If 25 December is a Saturday then both the Monday and Tuesday may be public holidays. However the date of observance of Boxing Day varies between countries.

    In Ireland—when it was part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland—the UK's Bank Holidays Act 1871 established the feast day of St Stephen as a non-moveable public holiday on 26 December. Since Partition, the name "Boxing Day" is used only by the authorities in Northern Ireland (which remained part of the United Kingdom). Their Boxing Day is a moveable public holiday in line with the rest of the United Kingdom.

    The Banking and Financial Dealings Act of 1971 established "Boxing Day" as a public holiday in Scotland. In the Australian state of South Australia, 26 December is a public holiday known as Proclamation Day.

  • keyser soze
    keyser soze

    Nope. If I had a paper carrier, I would tip them. I had a route when I was a kid and always got tips around Christmas.

  • Finally-Free

    I would only tip the paper carrier but I don't have one. I get my papers free at work.


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