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 They have been replaced by independent business people, who contract with newspaper delivery companies to deliver papers in exchange for a fixed price per paper plus reimbursement of car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?