New furniture day: do I tip?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by KokoTele, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. oramac7891

    oramac7891 Friend of Leo's

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    Just kidding, seriously though, if they do a great job, show up during the window of time, and are not rude, I would tip them a few bucks. Maybe not the 50 mentioned, but 15 bucks or so each.
     
  2. KokoTele

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    Babalooga, your comment made me decide not to tip, but then mal paso reminded me it is NYE so I was set to give them a tip. They were in and out in less than an hour and skeedaddled out of here before I could tip them.

    I felt bad until I found that they'd knocked a hunk off the veneer of one of the legs on the dresser. Now I have to call and figure out how to get that taken care of, and I'm less than happy. I'd have felt like a sucker if I had tipped them.

    GoodTexan, your comment about becoming known as a tipper reminded me of my brother. He's kind of a *****, and likes to flash money around. He always tips obscene amounts, expecting to have his ass kissed in return, and it rarely happens.

    About 5 years ago we were at a hotel in Chicago and he tipped the bell hop something like $50 to get his 3 bags out of the cab and inside for him. The bell hop tried to give him a ticket to give to the front desk to make sure our bags wound up in the right spot, but my brother ignored him and walked off to check in. All the way he gave me his lecture about how he likes to tip big so that people work harder for him.

    Two hours later, his bags finally arrived at our room, and I couldn't help but laugh my ass off. I'd carried my own bags and saved a few bucks. He's tried the same routine a few more times when I've been around, and it's never worked any better.

    I used to always do things like carry my own bags, thinking "Why should I give someone else money for something I can easily do myself," and because I was cheap. Since then I've had a change of heart and realized that most of those people I'd tip depend on it for their living, and it often only takes a few bucks to make someone's day a little better.
     
  3. castpolymer

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    Not expected, but I always tip for good service with that type of delivery.
     
  4. TheGoodTexan

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    Yeah... that's not me. That sounds more like an Al Capone mentality. Not what I was describing at all (and I don't think you were even implying that it was me). :D

    I'm not financially wealthy by American standards, and I never expect I will be. But I'm certainly not impoverished either. And although I don't consider it karma, but rather, something else entirely... I can prove that the more I freely give away, the more I receive in return. It's almost an immutable law in my life. Well, more accurately, it's a promise. So I love to test it... then watch it work. Call it private socialism.

    I'm also a big fan of anonymity.

    So to clarify my initial post, I hope I'm never seen as attempting to attract attention to myself because that is never my intent.
     
  5. Ben Bishop

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    I drove cab 15 years and thanked people who gave me the price of a take-out coffee. The last time I had furniture delivered they came up a flight of stairs, they were careful and cheerful and I gave them the price of a coffee and a good sandwich; $10 each. It doesn't have to be a lot, it has to be enough to be meaningful and it has to be from the heart. When I got a tip I looked 'em in the eye and thanked them. I do the same when I give one.
     
  6. sax4blues

    sax4blues Friend of Leo's

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    I think it's nice to tip these guys but not customary.

    There are some jobs like waiters who specifically get a lot of their income from the tips. For the mail person or waste hauler in our area he's a union guy probably making more than me and will have his city/union retirement that I will still be working to pay for when I'm 70, so I don't tip them.
     
  7. KokoTele

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    Nope :) Wasn't implying that at all. Glad we're on the same page :)

    In a related incident, I recently had horrible service at a local independent restaurant. Some of it was the waitress's fault, some of it wasn't. The difference between 15% and 25% was only a couple of bucks, so she got a pretty good tip anyway. She was really nice to us and I felt bad for her, though I wanted to write on one of the bills "Please don't make this your career."
     
  8. Voodoo Chile

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    I'm a tipper.
     
  9. vinman

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    I tip everyone. No, I'm not a millionaire, but I remember when I did service work.
    The funny thing was, I almost always got a tip from the middle class homes and hardly ever from the upper class homes.
     
  10. MrAstro

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    'Hey keep the tip", said the lepper to the hooker.:D
     
  11. TheGoodTexan

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    My Dad tips the wait staff just as well when he has poor service as he does when he has good service. He says, "Maybe they're having a bad day and this will encourage them."
     
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    Tip make there day,a little appreciation goes a long way. Besides being hard work think of all the disgruntled costomers they have to deal with you know never tippers.
     
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    Man, you guys can over think just about anything. ;)
     
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