As the year winds down, a lot of people will be shelling out extra cash to tip the service workers in their lives, whether it’s their building super, cleaning person or even hairstylist. According to a Care.com survey, 87% of people give tips in December, with 9% saying the do so because they worry about how those service people will deal with them in the New Year if they don’t, and it seems those folks have a right to be worried.
Many people report that when they didn’t tip, or tipped very little, their service went down. One New Yorker notes their super was much slower to help out with repairs after they didn’t tip. Meanwhile one newspaper delivery person admits to throwing papers in bushes of people who didn’t tip, instead of delivering them to doorsteps.
The Care.com survey finds that 25% of people shell out more than $250 on tips, so what if you can’t afford to give? Experts suggest giving at least a heartfelt note of thanks, and informing the service worker why you can’t give, while one etiquette expert suggests maybe baking something to get on their good side.
Source: New York Post