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Old 11-09-2008, 06:44 PM   #21
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A couple were discussing holiday tips for the people who cut their hair, cleaned their house, walked their dog. the list grew longer, and finally it came down to the mailman. the husband, a real cheapskate, had had enough and said
"**** the mailman, give him 2 bucks".
the next day the mailman rang the doorbell with a package. wife answered the door in a negligee and proceeded to invite him in and cook him breakfast. then she crooked her finger and invited him upstairs. yadda yadda yadda...when it was all over, she handed the mailman 2 crisp dollar bills. the guy left shaking his head.
that night at dinner, the husband asked the wife if she took care of all the tips. she went down the list, and finally got to the mailman. she told him the whole story. he got angrier and angrier...and she stammered... "oh, oh, honey, i did exactly what you said to do...but breakfast was my idea."
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Old 11-10-2008, 02:32 AM   #22
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I wouldn't tip a carpet cleaner. There are a few services that are tradionally tipped, but I don't think carpet cleaning should be one of them.
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Old 11-10-2008, 06:24 AM   #23
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As much as we on this board complain and rant about taxes (now seen as "redistribution of wealth") I would think this would be obvious. When you tip (excluding the so called "traditional" things) are you not increasing your price and therefore "redistributing the wealth" (taxing) yourself? If you want to "help" someone there are many, many, good causes that could actually use your contribution(s) to accomplish something for some needy person(s).
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When you tip (excluding the so called "traditional" things) are you not increasing your price and therefore "redistributing the wealth" (taxing) yourself? If you want to "help" someone there are many, many, good causes that could actually use your contribution(s) to accomplish something for some needy person(s).
No, a tip is not at a like "taxing" yourself, since taxes are not voluntary. You've hit on the very reason why I do tip generously for many things (hotel room housekeeping, restaurants (especially diners and low-cost eateries, etc.)). The people working these jobs are really working, providing me and society a valuable service. I appreciate hard work and am glad to reward it directly. Tax money seized from me and given to an individual who did not earn it does not reward hard work. Just the opposite.
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Old 11-10-2008, 09:22 PM   #25
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If they do a good job, I reward them with repeat business and referrals. Isn't that enough for a business?

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