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Do I tip the Direct tv guy?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Yoni, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. Yoni

    Yoni Friend of Leo's

    Jun 10, 2008
    Joliet, not the prison
    So we're getting direct tv today and the guy might not even need to go to the roof of the building because we already have a dish coming into our apartment. So really all he'll need to do is plug the box in and hand us a remote. Any thoughts?

  2. Brendan

    Brendan Tele-Meister

    Feb 21, 2004
    I vote no. It's customary for some types of service that typically pay minimum wage, but I've never heard of tipping cable / dish installers.

  3. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Friend of Leo's

    Jun 30, 2007
    Swanton Ohio
    :lol: Save yur loot and just give him a hug,like the TV comercial shows..:lol:

  4. castpolymer

    castpolymer Poster Extraordinaire

    May 27, 2008
    Edmond, Oklahoma
    My wife and I try to tip any service man ( or woman ) who comes to our home if the service is above average.

  5. maajka

    maajka TDPRI Member

    May 20, 2008
    Just offer him a beer

  6. jaimed

    jaimed Poster Extraordinaire

    Always Appreciated

    I have worked in the CATV, SAT-TV industry.

    A little appreciation is always a nice touch.

    You would be surprised what some installers would do for the customers that appreciate their efforts.

    Cold drink on a hot day=wrap the house in coax.


  7. gibsonjunkie

    gibsonjunkie Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 12, 2006
    Bloomfield, Connecticut
    Servicemen rarely get tips - so if you do tip him or her, they will really appreciate it. I was a plumber for 12 years and only got tipped a couple times.

  8. Chikpicker

    Chikpicker Tele-Meister

    Jun 23, 2008
    here they are basicly work for themselves...I guess its up to you when they get there what you feel like doing

  9. ednew

    ednew Tele-Holic

    Jun 25, 2003
    Whidbey Island, WA
    I had a DISH guy that spent most of the day (AM to evening) doing a tough install. I tipped him SIGNIFICANTLY.

    He worked his miracle after another team of lesser installers said it couldn't be done.

    It was worth it to us (and the guy, I'm sure) to reward him.


  10. Hockey Rocker

    Hockey Rocker Former Member

    Jun 18, 2007
    When in doubt, give a tip. Rarely have I ever felt that giving a tip was the wrong choice. Here in Jersey we don't pump our own gas and I always try to give the guy a couple of bucks unless he owns the place. They seem to appreciate it. In Europe you have to be careful about insulting someone, but that's about it. One time in China I had no change, no RMB, no Hong Kong dollars, nothing but American cash. I gave the bellman a ten dollar bill and my friend couldn't stop laughing. He swears the bellman quit working and took the rest of the week off.

    Basically anytime I look in someone's face and think they have a tough job, "there but for the grace of God go I", I leave a good tip. I get more pleasure from tipping than from contributing to most charities and I think the inverse is also true, in many cases.

  11. Telepatio

    Telepatio Tele-Meister

    Nov 30, 2006
    Louisville, KY
    I don't think it's really customary to tip the cable/dish guy. I recently had cable day...gave him some water....tried to tip him at the end of it and he refused.

  12. HOBBSTER01

    HOBBSTER01 Friend of Leo's

    Nov 23, 2007
    Ringgold, Ga.

  13. Yoni

    Yoni Friend of Leo's

    Jun 10, 2008
    Joliet, not the prison
    Yeah the guy needs to move the dish on the roof and then probably run a bunch of new cable into the apartment...I'm on the first floor of three floor residence hall so he'll be earning a tip, I just feel bad that all I took out was $10.

  14. vjf1968

    vjf1968 Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 9, 2008
    In a word "no". The only time I would ever tip is when the person in question went above and beyond the call of duty. Here in Philly most employees of Comcast get a lot perks like free cable, free internet , and free phone service as well as being paid decently. I guess what free stuff you get is based on where you are in the corporate structure. I don't know how things work for Direct TV but Comcast charges out the wazoo for services and the way I see it when I repairman comes out and fixes a problem than he was already compensated via his paycheck

  15. Sire

    Sire Tele-Meister

    Jul 26, 2008
    Central Wisconsin
    No, otherwise where does it stop? The mailman? The county road crew? The bank teller?

    Anyone would appreciate a tip, but if it's not in a customary position, I would never.

    Nobody ever tipped me for doing my job (which I chose).

  16. Flat357

    Flat357 Banned

    Aug 27, 2007
    If he wants a tip , tell him not to eat yellow snow .

  17. vinman

    vinman Tele-Meister

    Feb 8, 2008
    long island, ny
    years ago, I did service work on appliances. While raising a family of three, my tips got me my lunch or coffee during the day, etc. the odd thing was that I made my best amount of tips from the middle class in Queens and Nassau, NY. When I was assigned the north shore of Long Island (the elite), tips declined hugely. I guess that's how the rich stay rich.
    I tip everyone who does service for me. Occasionally, I tip the UPS guy, the garbage men, and I give my mailman the yearly holiday envelope. Not begrudgingly, but I remember. A buck for fedex or ups, breakfast for the garbage guys, etc. feels good and my packages arent thrown, my garbage isn't spilt and my mail is always dry, my regular waitresses and my massage therapist go the extra mile. LOL

  18. chet

    chet Banned

    Aug 30, 2004
    The Jersey Shore
    You tip the gas pumping guys? :rolleyes:
    We already pay way too much for gas as it is.

    The pizza places around here all have tip jars on the counter and want you to tip. They've gotten on my nerves and I've quit going to a couple of them. If they can't pay thier counter help enough then that's thier problem.

    I wouldn't tip the Direct TV guy either for a simple job.

  19. Yoni

    Yoni Friend of Leo's

    Jun 10, 2008
    Joliet, not the prison
    The guy was here 4 hours and did a really great job in a strange situation so he got a tip.

  20. sixstringbastard

    sixstringbastard Friend of Leo's

    Mar 21, 2003
    Pittsburgh PA
    The guy that installed ours is an independent contractor that owns the business. He got tipped when I choose him to sell me the service.

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