Do You Tip the Paperboy? ["newspaper delivery person"]

  • Suetonius

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    Dec 06, 2013 7:31 PM GMT
    A local PBS radio show had an etiquette columnist on this morning, who suggested that everyone give an annual "tip" to the person who delivers newspapers, in the amount of between $100 and $200. If the paper route has 300 customers, that would mean their tips could total $30,000 to $60,000. Where I live, the proverbial paperboy is no longer (the high school kid of yore who traveled by bike). They have been replaced by independent business people, who contract with newspaper delivery companies to deliver papers in exchange for a fixed price per paper plus reimbursement of car expenses. Why should they get any "tip" at all, for performing the service for which they have contracted? (She also said we should tip garbage collectors, who, around here, are union or city employees with huge salaries and pensions, and outsized benefits, often getting paid more than some of the people they collect from.) Has the notion of required "tipping" gone totally off the deep end? Besides waiters, who do you tip?
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    Dec 06, 2013 7:52 PM GMT
    Paying to read a newspaper? Do people still do that? The best part of newspaper websites is the ill-informed comment section anyway.
  • Bunjamon

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    Dec 06, 2013 8:09 PM GMT
    I still tip servers/bartenders, cabbies, hair stylists, massage therapists (if I'm lucky enough to go to one!), airport shuttle drivers, cleaning staff in hotel rooms if I stay more than one night, etc. I've never lived somewhere with a paperboy so I was not even aware that anyone ever tipped them.

    Personally, I enjoy the European model where service is more or less included in the cost of whatever you're buying. Having worked in the service industry as well, having to rely on tips to make a decent wage sucks big time, too.

    (Btw, how would you tip a garbage collector? :shockicon_smile.gif
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    Dec 06, 2013 8:19 PM GMT
    There are two things I can't be bothered to do, yard work and housework.

    So I have a yard work guy who comes every other week. And I have a maid who comes every other week and gives my place a good cleaning; she even empties and cleans the fridge.

    At first I didn't like the idea of paying others to do what I knew I could do but I also know that I won't do these chores in a timely manner. I can afford to pay them and as a co-worker pointed out, consider it sharing the wealth.

    The current maid and gardener are very good and I'm really happy with them so I send them an extra check during December, and it's more than their usual payment so they can tell it's not a mistake.

    I now buzz my own hair. When I went to the local barber shop I tipped him heavily.

    I think it's important to tip people who do a good job and whose work is important to you.
  • Import

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    Dec 06, 2013 8:51 PM GMT
    Call me jewish, but I do not like this whole "tipping" thing....
    I mean it's getting ridiculous. You already have to pay for the service itself, isn't that enough? Like when I get my hair cut.... I'm already paying you to cut my hair.... im literally paying for the cut itself, why do I need to then tip u afterwards? Didn't I just fucking pay? Like, wtf? your job is to cut my hair. ... I paid x amount to have it cut, I'm not then going to pay above and beyond because the cut was extra extra good!
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    Dec 06, 2013 9:46 PM GMT
    Import saidCall me jewish, but I do not like this whole "tipping" thing....
    I mean it's getting ridiculous. You already have to pay for the service itself, isn't that enough? Like when I get my hair cut.... I'm already paying you to cut my hair.... im literally paying for the cut itself, why do I need to then tip u afterwards? Didn't I just fucking pay? Like, wtf? your job is to cut my hair. ... I paid x amount to have it cut, I'm not then going to pay above and beyond because the cut was extra extra good!


    But he will be doing it next time as well, and you can't see what he does to the back until it's too late icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 09, 2013 1:35 AM GMT
    Um, 100-200?!? IF you live on the Upper East Side or Jackson Hole perhaps. I tip $50 every year - but the person delivers two to me a day...
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    Dec 09, 2013 1:56 AM GMT
    Suetonius saidA local PBS radio show had an etiquette columnist on this morning, who suggested that everyone give an annual "tip" to the person who delivers newspapers, in the amount of ...

    Up until this point the post could've been written in 1971.

    Except I think you meant NPR since there's no PBS Radio that I'm aware of (Television yes, Radio no).
  • Apparition

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    Dec 09, 2013 4:27 AM GMT
    I can barely afford to PAY let alone tip. I make shit.