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Do you tip the Safelite windshield replacement guy?

post #1 of 31
Thread Starter 

Not really sure of the protocol here. On the one hand the fella has brought a windshield to my residence, seems like something that would require a tip. But on the other hand there is a $25 fee for having them come to you instead of going to their shop, which to me sorts of nullifies a tip.

 

Need to know soon because he should be done in about an hour.

post #2 of 31

Came to my office.  Didn't tip.  There were two guys as well.

 

National call center actually mishandled the whole experience, not the guy's fault but no tip.

 

*EDIT*  Also this:

 

Jerry: How do you get all that wood in here?
Elaine: They deliver it.
Jerry: They deliver wood?
Elaine: Yeah.
Jerry: What da ya tip a "wood guy"?

post #3 of 31

I tip anyone who comes to my house to do a job. Unless that job is to arrest me.

post #4 of 31

I don't tip if there's already a charge for the delivery, unless it's like $2 or less.

post #5 of 31

Sounds like they are already charging you a $25 tip.

post #6 of 31

I only tip for anal.

post #7 of 31

My insurance pays for this, they've done it at my house and workplace. I've never tipped, nor paid any type of fee.

 

I feel like a cheap bastard now ...

post #8 of 31
Thread Starter 

Tipped a tenner. Dude was relatively quick, wasn't chatty, and didn't need to use my bathroom. All qualities I appreciate.

 

 

post #9 of 31

I tip with anything that involves some "craftsman" like ability or is just pleasant. Barber, waiter/waitress, door man if you ask him a question and he actually gives you an answer instead of being a shit bird, that sort of thing.  I'm generous with the whole tipping thing I suppose but I also like being tipped. I guess if the guy is upbeat and makes you feel good about having them do the job then tip. This street shop I worked at had this big mural of the Virgin Mary with flaming eyes snatching a handful of $100s with "Tip well or go to Hell." in massive script...it was kind of overkill.

 

Edit: Damn I was too slow. Ten is good.

post #10 of 31

It depends on where the money actually goes. Ask.

 

Example: Pizza delivery usually has a $2 delivery fee, but only part of that (usually half) actually goes to the poor schlub burning his own gas and car to drive it to you in the boondocks.

 

So, ask ahead of time to see where these "service/delivery" charges actually end up going to.

post #11 of 31

Moltisanti, do you also tip the tow truck guy?

 

I used to have a crappy car and had to use my AAA towing service a lot, and one guy kept telling me how this whole towing business for AAA didn't make him money and times were hard, etc. I still didn't tip him though ...

post #12 of 31
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Originally Posted by Moltisanti View Post

Tipped a tenner. Dude was relatively quick, wasn't chatty, and didn't need to use my bathroom. All qualities I appreciate.

 

 


Those three things would merit a tip in my book.

post #13 of 31

Do you guys tip those dudes in the bathroom that hand you towels and stuff?

post #14 of 31
Thread Starter 

I have tipped tow guys in the past, but that's mainly because the tows never cost anything because of AAA.

 

I guess my feeling for auto needs is if I don't have to go to a shop and wait in some lobby while Judge Mathis blares away then I'll go ahead and tip.

post #15 of 31

Wait, AAA is free? When I had it, I was paying around $90 a year for that "free".

post #16 of 31
Thread Starter 

Oh boo-hoo, so there is an annual fee. For all the discounts you get from them it's free.
 

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Originally Posted by neoolong View Post

Do you guys tip those dudes in the bathroom that hand you towels and stuff?


As soon as I go somewhere classy enough that has those guys around I'll let you know.

post #17 of 31

I'm seeing those guys pop up all over the place.  Even in pretty low-key, and not particularly classy, bars.

post #18 of 31

"Oh boo-hoo, so there is an annual fee. For all the discounts you get from them it's free."

 

Since when has being a promotion carrier been a service or good? Isn't that all profit from the get-go?

 

By this rationale, I should tip my Sunday newspaper for the coupons and tip my Kroger grocer for the weekly specials.

 

 

All of the AAA tow truck drivers that I have spoken to have told me that they are using company trucks and fuel. In other words, it's not their gas, vehicle, or insurance being burned to come out to see me. It's the company equipment. This is also why you see many tow trucks now with the GPS units, recording the trips, and monitoring their fuel and insurance liability for each truck.

 

The last time I had a tow (about a year ago), the driver's company contacted me a week after the tow and asked me what I thought of the experience. As I learned later on, after enough positive surveys, the driver would earn a monthly bonus. I thought that was a pretty good program.

 

I have nothing against AAA and tow truck drivers. In my experiences, I just don't see to where the individual is working on their own resources outside of the company to complete the job. If there was an exception, and there has been in my past, then I tip to help compensate for such expenses that the individual is shouldering for the company.

 

Having said all that, I actually like that you tip all the drivers. Times are tight and we have to pick and choose unfortunately, but there are worse crimes than throwing a little extra someone's way.

 


 


Edited by Agent Z - 8/19/11 at 11:44am
post #19 of 31
Thread Starter 

I'm not tipping the entity of AAA a dime. I'm tipping the guy driving the tow truck as a show of thanks.

post #20 of 31

I wish somebody would tip me every time I compiled a piece of code.

post #21 of 31
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Originally Posted by Moltisanti View Post

I'm not tipping the entity of AAA a dime. I'm tipping the guy driving the tow truck as a show of thanks.



Well, in all fairness, you paying an annual fee to AAA, which you might not even use every year, is their compensation to begin with....even as they apparently have you blinded by their 10% discounts, theme park coupons, cheap oil changes, and free continental breakfasts.

 

So, if you tip to show thanks to the individual worker, then where does it end? Do you tip the mail carrier who had to drive to your place to deliver your mail? Do you tip the UPS driver?

post #22 of 31

This thread has made it 20+ posts without a Buscemi quote. Would have lost that fucking bet.

post #23 of 31
Thread Starter 

I'll tip how I want. Cram it with gumballs.

post #24 of 31
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Originally Posted by Moltisanti View Post

I'll tip how I want. Cram it with gumballs.


I already gave you that blessing. With or without gumballs.

 

 

 

post #25 of 31

Hell, I'll tip the carhop at Sonic a buck and nobody else I know will tip those people.

 

I'm constantly astounded at the number of people who bring their car to a car wash and don't bother to throw a few bucks at the guy who just busted his hump to get your car dried before it spotted and took care of all the detail work.  Maybe I'm just extra conscious on that one because I washed cars in high school for extra spending money and realize what a difference 2-3 bucks a person really makes.

 

I've never EVER tipped the cleaning staff at a hotel.  My grandparents would be extremely disappointed in me as they were always good about that.  Something about never even looking the person in the eye helps me validate that they don't deserve a tip.

post #26 of 31
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Originally Posted by A-Pathetic View Post

Hell, I'll tip the carhop at Sonic a buck and nobody else I know will tip those people.

 

I'm constantly astounded at the number of people who bring their car to a car wash and don't bother to throw a few bucks at the guy who just busted his hump to get your car dried before it spotted and took care of all the detail work.  Maybe I'm just extra conscious on that one because I washed cars in high school for extra spending money and realize what a difference 2-3 bucks a person really makes.

 

I've never EVER tipped the cleaning staff at a hotel.  My grandparents would be extremely disappointed in me as they were always good about that.  Something about never even looking the person in the eye helps me validate that they don't deserve a tip.




I never thought to tip the cleaning staff at a hotel, but then I only move the bedsheets and don't recall ever staying more than a night at a time. Even then, I'm thinking that it's their job and they are supplied with everything by the hotel. If I was a rock star who torched the place beyond the pale, then I would reconsider. Many of these tipping scenarios are on a case-by-case basis.

 

So, I wouldn't tip the hotel staff to clean my room, but I do tip the guy detailing my car. I think because it's my car and there's an emotion attached to someone caring for something more personal and unique (like with Moltisanti tipping the tow truck driver for his car and his bad situation), I like to express a gratitude above and beyond the service bill. With the hotel staff, unless I dive-bombed the room, I don't feel that emotional attachment (because it's another room, like any other room, that they were going to clean anyway). This goes with or without seeing the workers in the morning while I am leaving.

post #27 of 31
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Originally Posted by A-Pathetic View Post

Hell, I'll tip the carhop at Sonic a buck and nobody else I know will tip those people.

 

I'm constantly astounded at the number of people who bring their car to a car wash and don't bother to throw a few bucks at the guy who just busted his hump to get your car dried before it spotted and took care of all the detail work.  Maybe I'm just extra conscious on that one because I washed cars in high school for extra spending money and realize what a difference 2-3 bucks a person really makes.

 

I've never EVER tipped the cleaning staff at a hotel.  My grandparents would be extremely disappointed in me as they were always good about that.  Something about never even looking the person in the eye helps me validate that they don't deserve a tip.


I will tip the first two but the only cleaning staff I have ever tipped have been on the cruise I went on.  Otherwise I usually ask that my room not be cleaned when I am traveling.

 

post #28 of 31

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Originally Posted by Agent Z View Post


I never thought to tip the cleaning staff at a hotel, but then I only move the bedsheets and don't recall ever staying more than a night at a time. Even then, I'm thinking that it's their job and they are supplied with everything by the hotel. If I was a rock star who torched the place beyond the pale, then I would reconsider. Many of these tipping scenarios are on a case-by-case basis.

 

So, I wouldn't tip the hotel staff to clean my room, but I do tip the guy detailing my car.


I was in India a few weeks ago, and man the cleaning staff really went above and beyond.

 

The grabbed all my PC crap cables and rolled them up and put them on the side, and then will put my shoes neatly in a corner with a nicely folded towel beneath them. Yeah, you don't see them cleaning in front of you, but they do put a lot of extra work and go unappreciated.

post #29 of 31
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Originally Posted by ElCapitanAmerica View Post


I was in India a few weeks ago, and man the cleaning staff really went above and beyond.

 

The grabbed all my PC crap cables and rolled them up and put them on the side, and then will put my shoes neatly in a corner with a nicely folded towel beneath them. Yeah, you don't see them cleaning in front of you, but they do put a lot of extra work and go unappreciated.


That's a good example of why these are a case-by-case basis. I'm referring to staying in a Days Inn for a night, getting under the sheets and maybe using the shower...then, I'm gone the next morning, leaving only a ruffled bed and some soap residue in the shower.

 

If I stayed longer than that, yeah, I'm probably tipping.

 

And if I see the staff going above and beyond during my stay, I'm tipping more.

 

Your cleaning crew sounds awesome, and my type of people.  smile.gif

 

post #30 of 31

Q. How much do you tip a cow?

 

A. All the way over.

post #31 of 31

I've worked in the food service industry. Just wanted to say screw you to the family 15 years back that brought their kid's massive birthday party along, rang up a $200 check, kept me busy for 2 hours (ketchup sure? ice cream coming up! spin the kid around for donkey-tail-pinnin!), and gave me a fiver. We weren't allowed to wait on other tables during that reserved time either. 2.5%!!! Well, atleast I made that $2 and change waiter hourly wage!

 

People feel the need to tip their manicurist, but not me after sweating my ass off outside in the FL humidity (covered head to toe in polyester) while drawing their entire whiny family's caricature. Jerks.

 

I can honestly say I've never felt the need to tip a repairman though. They're usually overpriced for housecalls anyway. And don't receive commission-based pay. As far as I know.

 

I generally tip food delivery guys just because I feel guilty over my laziness. Waitstaff? Always. I know what it's like to do that job and receive that below-minimum wage.

 

 

We’re lazy about our food. We have people deliver it to us. "Yeah, I like your food, uh, just not enough to go down there and get it.” And we’re getting lazier. It’s just a matter of time: “Yeah I want delivery, and I’m gonna need someone to feed me. No, no I’ll be in the tub. Yeah, key is under the mat.” Here’s something fun to do the next time you get delivery: treat the delivery guy like he’s your waiter. “Hey, thanks a lot. Can you do something about the music in here? And I could go for some more ice water.”

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