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Old 12-14-2019, 05:59 AM
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Do you give holiday tips/gifts to the people who help you?


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Old 12-14-2019, 06:04 AM
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I give a monetary gift in Christmas cards to these people who enhance the quality of my life:
*our spectacular mail carrier
*my personal trainer
*Merry Maids (the 2 young women who clean my house 2x a month)
*the building gardener and his wife who cleans the common areas
*a big one to the property managers who rent and care for the old house I inherited from my parents

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Old 12-14-2019, 06:30 AM
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i tip:
The mail carrier
The newspaper deliverer
I double my tip for my hairdresser and manicurist
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Old 12-14-2019, 06:44 AM
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I tip many of the same as PP:
*mail carrier
*newspaper delivery person
*hair stylist
*water delivery person

New for us- This year we put a basket of snacks on a table by our front door with a note of gratitude to the delivery people encouraging them to have a few snacks on us. I saw the idea on the news and thought it was perfect since we get quite a few packages delivered.
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Old 12-14-2019, 07:22 AM
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I tip my hairdresser .

Not really a tip but I give a doctor I see frequently a Starbucks card because I was told he likes it.

I thought it was illegal to give cash to mail carriers, but you can give other gifts under $20. Did that change?


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Old 12-14-2019, 07:35 AM
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Of course youíre correct legally:
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Under federal regulations, mail carriers are permitted to accept a gift worth $20 or less from a customer per occasion, such as Christmas. However, cash and cash equivalents, such as checks or gift cards that can be exchanged for cash, must never be accepted in any amount.
BUT my mail carrier goes above an beyond her job description, so Iíll think of my more-than-$20 as a gift to that part of her. Please donít report meósheís really a gem.
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Old 12-14-2019, 07:35 AM
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Newspaper $20
Hairdresser $20 and bottle of wine
Nail tech $20
Mail delivery cookies
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Old 12-14-2019, 08:04 AM
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Case of beer to the sanitation workers. money to the mail carrier.
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Old 12-14-2019, 08:14 AM
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OOH! Thanks, Amiga. My first year to have a trainer. Wouldn't have crossed my mind.

I tip my hairdresser
I also tip my mechanic
I don't receive a newspaper and get my mail at the post office (I live within blocks from it)
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Old 12-14-2019, 08:36 AM
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I used to tip my housekeeping team with Target gift card.

Tipped out mailman for the first time ever. We tend to be the surplus route and havenít had a consistent one for years. New one is young, personable and gets the job done before 6:00 pm. Gave him a gift card.

Sometimes IĎlol over tip a waiter or nail technician just because itís the holidays.


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Old 12-14-2019, 09:22 AM
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I will tip my hair dresser and the gal that does my massages.
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Old 12-14-2019, 09:29 AM
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I would tip the mail carrier since I get lots of packages, but I am on the alternate route which means I don't have the same carrier.
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Old 12-14-2019, 10:01 AM
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I gave a larger tip to my hairdresser last week. Also gave an extra $25 to the ladies who clean my house, and an extra $10 to our exterminator who comes monthly.
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Old 12-14-2019, 10:03 AM
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This year I will not tip my mail carrier. I always tipped my favorite mail carrier. She was awesome, went above and beyond, would check up on the elderly on the block, etc. She had to retire early this year because of health problems. So we got the most unpleasant carrier instead. He will not return my greetings when I happen to see him approaching my curbside mailbox, he takes it as a personal affront if I give him a letter to mail, he will not get out of his truck when he has to deliver a package but will just place it on top of the mailbox (where it is likely to be stolen by an opportunist), and he often puts several neighbors' mail in one mailbox for us to sort out ourselves. I think he hates his job and the customers.

I will tip:
my hair stylist
my once-a-month cleaning lady
my once-a-month gardener
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Old 12-14-2019, 10:18 AM
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I had a wonderful mail carrier for years. He transferred when they built a new development next to me. It added 150 houses to his route but they refused to allow him extra time to complete the route.

My new carrier is a thorn in my side. Iíve had many problems but each time I complain it gets worse. Things like mail not delivered ( on Tuesday when all the grocery ads come) or my mail sent to wrong house. Often he will dump a huge stack of the same ad through my mail slot.

This is result of an ongoing battle about my mailbox. I have a mail slot that goes through my door so mail gets directly into my house. So he has to get out of the truck and walk to my door. About once a month he will leave a note that I am welcome to put a mailbox on the curb. Iím not doing that. All the other houses have curb boxes but my house was built in 1949 and Iím grandfathered in to allow door delivery.
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Old 12-14-2019, 10:24 AM
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I tip my gardener. I will give an extra tip to my regular postmates girl this year because she was so helpful when I was recuperating from surgery and ordering often.

I would like to tip my trash guys but Iím not sure how since they come so early I donít know if the regular guys or a sub is working.
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Old 12-14-2019, 11:02 AM
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Do you give holiday tips/gifts to the people who help you?
My list of people who help me is pretty much limited to my husband and my aide at school.

I get my aide a honking huge jug of Crown from Costco and my husband gets the unlimited joy and wonder of living with me.
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Old 12-14-2019, 11:44 AM
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.....my husband gets the unlimited joy and wonder of living with me.
You just made my good day even better.
Iím sure DH felt the same about me.
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Old 12-14-2019, 12:13 PM
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I am right there with you! Bah-humbug to the mail carrier.
For the past two years we decided not to tip our mail carrier. She sometimes doesn't stop at our box, and then the next day we get so much mail left it is rubber banded together. I have found other neighbor's mail in my box and felt I needed to walk around and put it in the right boxes, I found my mail on the street-our mailbox is on the road so when she tried to place it in the box from her truck, she misses and drops it on the street, and then somehow she picked up our outgoing mail, which was payment of bills and none of it was received by the addressees. Of course we didn't know this happened until we were slapped with overdue charges on all the bills. We did manage to get some of the removed, but not all.
So, Krampus for her!
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Old 12-14-2019, 12:33 PM
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Dog groomer
Hairdresser
Cleaning ladies

Iím giving the groomer less this year since she is no longer in a retail shop, instead she works out of her home. I pay her a ton during the year for boarding too.
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Old 12-14-2019, 07:22 PM
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Yes....

Mail Carrier
Newspaper delivery
Hairdresser
Nail tech
and I leave treats out for our sanitation workers

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Old 12-15-2019, 06:39 AM
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I don't get mail delivery (and from the sound of some of your experiences, I'm probably better off), but I LOVE my postmistress at my local post office.

She knows mine and my husband's PO box numbers by heart, and knows my street address because even though I don't get home delivery, sometimes mail and/or packages come addressed to my street address. (That's a vent for another topic - but why oh why must some mail have a street address even if you don't get home delivery???).

I didn't know about the rule, but I always give her a bottle of something nice.
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