I don’t understand why people tip garbage men and mail men

1 Dec

That’s their JOB why should you tip them??? That’s like tipping the bank teller for cashing your check or tipping the grocery lady for scanning your groceries. It’s ridiculous.

Why don’t we start tipping our electric meter reader then too? Or maybe tip the cable company for sending us cable tv every month.
Heres some more people who should be tipped:

-Doctors who care for you regularly
-Shrinks who see you each week
-All school teachers that teach your children (and of course all the lunch ladies too)
-All bus drivers who drive your kids
-Your dentist
-The UPS/Fed-ex guy
-The guy who delivers your oil (if you use it)
-Your pot dealer (if you have one)
-etc…

I hate it too when people at like say, a subway or deli or some other quick service food place put put a tip jar. For what??? Making my sandwich? Its your employers responsibility to pay you for that, not me!

Also, mailman and garbage men are paid relatively well, as compared to waiters who get like $5 an hour

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16 Responses to “I don’t understand why people tip garbage men and mail men”

  1. _oddity December 1, 2006 at 4:28 pm #

    tru tru

    • Anonymous December 1, 2006 at 4:31 pm #

      wow havent heard from you in a while! happy happy hanukkah

  2. _oddity December 1, 2006 at 4:46 pm #

    thanks! but i dont really celebrate….we celebrate x-mas more

  3. _oddity December 1, 2006 at 4:46 pm #

    (for the presents)

    • bboyneko December 1, 2006 at 4:52 pm #

      aww..you suck at being jewish. But then me celebrating xmas makes me suck at being atheist

  4. Anonymous December 1, 2006 at 6:00 pm #

    why?
    Why? Because no-one likes dealing with Trash.
    Obviously, they are paid to do it, but if you want to give them more, or not, its your right.
    TIPS stand for “To Insure Proper Service”. Tips were never orriginally meant to be sole source of income like it has become for waiters/waitresses and other service industry workers. THAT is the bullshit. It should not be that service industry type people don’t get paid anything but tips.
    Tips should be, at all points, an OPTIONAL ammount of money you give to someone to insure proper service.
    This could be to anyone, waiter, garbagemen, dentist, mechanic.
    But in any case it should be optional. Hence, by all means, dont tip your garbage men. But don’t be suprised if I occassionally tip mine, or anyone else does.
    And, it shouldn’t be that I’m expect to tip at least a certain ammount to waiters. If the service sucks, i shouldn’t have to tip. If its great, maybe i’ll drop 25%. Average? Maybe 7-10. But it should be optional.

    • bboyneko December 1, 2006 at 6:05 pm #

      Re: why?
      Wrong about what “tips” stands for. It is not an acronym.
      The Oxford English Dictionary states that it is derived from the English thieves’ slang word tip, meaning “to pass from one to another.” The notion of a stock tip or racing tip is from the same slang.
      The urban legend states that the word “tip” is an acronym for terms such as “to insure prompt service”, “to insure proper service”, “to improve performance”, and “to insure promptness”. However, this etymology contradicts the Oxford English Dictionary [3] and is probably an example of a backronym or apronym.
      You also set up a “straw man” argument. I was not attacking the right of people to leave extra money for their garbage man or mail man. I was attacking the actual custom. I don’t feel its needed. Especially for well-paid workers such as sanitation engineers or mail delivery personnel.
      You also said the garbage man deserves a tip because “no one likes dealing with trash.” Yes, but they are PAID already. Hardly anoyone enjoys their job, whether it be waiting tables, driving an entire bus full of noisy disobedient children to school or cleaning chicken droppings.
      But that’s why there is a salary. It’s the employers responsibility to pay their employees, not mine.

  5. bboyneko December 1, 2006 at 6:07 pm #

    Re: why?
    Wrong about what “tips” stands for. It is not an acronym.
    The Oxford English Dictionary states that it is derived from the English thieves’ slang word tip, meaning “to pass from one to another.” The notion of a stock tip or racing tip is from the same slang.
    The urban legend states that the word “tip” is an acronym for terms such as “to insure prompt service”, “to insure proper service”, “to improve performance”, and “to insure promptness”. However, this etymology contradicts the Oxford English Dictionary and is probably an example of a backronym or apronym.
    You also set up a “straw man” argument. I was not attacking the right of people to leave extra money for their garbage man or mail man. I was attacking the actual custom. I don’t feel its needed. Especially for well-paid workers such as sanitation engineers or mail delivery personnel.
    You also said the garbage man deserves a tip because “no one likes dealing with trash.” Yes, but they are PAID already. Hardly anyone enjoys their job, whether it be waiting tables, driving an entire bus full of noisy disobedient children to school or cleaning chicken droppings.
    But that’s why there is a salary. It’s the employers responsibility to pay their employees, not mine.

    • blackdave December 2, 2006 at 10:16 pm #

      Re: why?
      Perhaps it is an example of a backronym, but other than proof to the contrary, I thought that tips dated back to early english tea / coffee cafe’s where tea coffee became so cheap (something like a cent a cup) that to insure proper service, you were supposed to give extra money to your server.
      Let me look this up and re-post, but I wouldn’t at this point take your word over mine sans proof.

  6. dura_luxe December 2, 2006 at 1:06 am #

    I make a lot of money and have an awesome job, whereas people who made sandwiches for a living have shitty jobs. I tip them because I can. If I could make their employers pay them a decent wage, I’d do that too.

    • Anonymous December 2, 2006 at 2:16 am #

      that’s why i went to college, so I don’t have to make sammiches for a living

  7. yummystuff December 2, 2006 at 1:37 am #

    I agree

  8. dura_luxe December 2, 2006 at 2:22 am #

    And that’s why I tip people who work in sandwich shops. Because you don’t.

    • bboyneko December 2, 2006 at 2:24 am #

      if they want a better job they can get the proper training and do so. Give a man a fish feed him for a day, teach a man to fish feed him for a lifetime. If you keep giving them fishes they will never learn to fish.

      • dura_luxe December 2, 2006 at 2:58 am #

        You’re right. It’s just that easy.
        Once again, I give people good tips because I know that people like you don’t, and I like to help others.

  9. elyrie December 2, 2006 at 2:32 pm #

    I so agree!!
    Tipping is getting way outta hand in this country. I tip waitstaff but only because I HAVE to, otherwise I’ll feel completely ostracized by the company I’m with and the waitstaff will come after you. Of course I understand that they are living on tips. But I also feel that it is not right for the employers to pass the responsibility of paying for their waitstaff onto the customers. Pay them! Reflect the higher prices in the menu or something. I think this is a completely ridiculous practice.

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