Yesterday I had some work done at my house that was essentially a redo
of a service that was done poorly a month ago. I had the same service
performed last year, by a different company. Last year and yesterday,
the servicemen implied that a tip was warranted (the one from last
month couldn't get out of here fast enough; thus, the redo). Last
year, the guy performed an extra service and I got the impression that
the "tip" was a way for him to keep it under the table. Yesterday, I
was told there would be no charge for the service, since it was a redo,
but the guy said I should "feel free to offer a tip if you want to."
In both cases, I actually did think the service was worth a little
something extra, but it struck me as kind of an odd practice. Do you
think this is usual?
It would help to know exactly what the work was. But even so, it's pretty
tactless, and it puts you in an awkward situation. Maybe, along with the
monetary tip, you should tell him to find a job with a company that pays
The flip side: My experiences with my auto mechanic range from amazing to "I
must be dreaming". I tried to tip him once, after he discovered something
dangerous about a repair done by the car dealer. He said "I appreciate the
gesture, but I make good money here". I sent him flowers. He still laughs
Mischievous children will some times tip cows or pigs. It's not unheard
of in rural areas. This should be discouraged. It's bad for the livestock
and the kids will sometimes get lice. Tipping is a bad idea
No, I do not find it ususal. I do find it sleazy however. It is not
usual to tip tradesmen. Tipping is always optional unless you are
warned in advance. If the person asked or hinted for a tip then that
is highly unprofessional. If you were especially thankful for the
persons help you can of course offer money under any circumstance. If
you pay cash under the table for extra work that is not a tip but just
fair payment for serviced rendered.
I always tip waitresses close to 20%. I also tip my barber or stylist
sometimes. One time I tipped two guys $50 bucks each for helping me
move a large shed 250 miles to my new home. They were surprised since
they had been paid in advance. the guy said he had never recieved a
tip before. Those guys worked their ass off for me and got me out of a
I don't believe in tipping but coffee and food is always appreciated. That
way when I need a little something extra I'm not given a huge bill for it,
you'd be amazed what a cup of coffee can buy. I retinley send pizza to my
mechanics shop after a repair, I know they go way beyond what is asked and
usual do small repairs for free. The way I look at it is that the "service"
person will not get any benifits "financial" from me for the free service so
instead of paying their company I pay them with free lunch.
If you like your mechanic that much, do somebody else a favor and post the
shop's name here:
Based on the horror stories in car newsgroups, you might make someone's day,
at some point in the future, when they finally escape the evil clutch of the
I don't believe I have ever been asked for a tip. It would make me
very uncomfortable to hear something like that and I probably
wouldn't hire them again. Having said that, if the workmen are
courteous, do a good job and clean up adequately I'll usually throw
them a few dollars.
I had an engineered wood floor put in a few months ago. The two guys
that came by to do it didn't speak much English but worked very hard
late into the evening to get the job done. The floor looks great. I
made them some sandwiches in the middle of the day and brought them
some cold soft drinks. I gave them $10 each at the end.
I think you folks are right -- it's the fact that they asked outright
that's bugging me. The money was well earned. It's plumbing work, and
in the first case (last year), the guy did some drain cleaning for me
that was in no way associated with the job he was here to do.
Yesterday, the guy spent 4 hours finishing the job the previous
incompetent had spent 45 minutes working on (and called it finished).
So I don't resent tipping them, as I do believe there was "above and
beyond" effort. Just took me aback to be asked. Even those who DO
depend on tips, like waiters, don't generally tell you that to your
Anyone asking or mentioning a tip, even if I was reaching for my wallet
beforehand would get nothing. Its sleazy. And no one should
automatically tip a waitress/waiter regardless of the service, this
breeds poor habbits.
I would never ask or in any way do anything to make someone give me a tip.
Very poor taste. I have been tipped by customers. And very large amounts at
times. I appreciate the tips in money, coffee or just a simple card. I know
my customer appreciates what I have done. My mechanic won't take money, I
know he is a beer drinker so I bring him a couple of cases of beer every so
often. He does many things and services beyond what he has to and some
things he does not charge. He will some over to a job I am working on to
take my truck in for service as he knows I don't have the time to do this.
Locked me keys in the truck he is there within the hour. No charge. I get
gift certificates to restaurants also. I have nice customers who appreciate
me. But ask or hint, never. Bad taste.
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