11 People You Aren’t Tipping, but Should Be
The argument against tipping is often, “Hey, you don’t need to tip. He’s just doing his job!” But since you’re reading this, you’re probably not a dick. Just because someone gets paid to do a job doesn’t mean it’s not a nice thing to give them a little extra — especially if their jobs are tough and they’ve shown they deserve it by not stealing all your electronics. Here are 11 people you don’t tip, but probably should. To save you the anxiety when it’s time to hand over the money, we even talked to people in each industry to see how much you should give ’em.
The ultimate guide to tipping everyone
FedEx guy delivering a huge package
FedEx employees have great jobs! They have a salary and benefits, and everything! And salaried employees like that shouldn’t get tipped, right? Well, like the diaper brand you’re going to be buying for yourself in 40 years, it depends. For most packages, no. But I’ve definitely had huge, heavy boxes shipped to me via FedEx that were carried up four flights by a heroic delivery person. In the summer, they deserve even more.
So, how much?$5-$10. It’s enough to buy a beer and some Icy Hot at the end of the day.
Parking lot worker at home improvement store
People buy big boxes from big-box stores — boxes holding stuff like air conditioners, minifridges, and other modern cooling devices. So when the people working the lot at The Home Depot or Lowe’s load something like a 60lb lawnmower in your truck, they deserve a few bucks.
So, how much?They average about $10 an hour, so with a $10 tip, you might just make their day. And when’s the last time you made someone’s day? Other than your mom the one time a year you remember to call her.
The Enterprise employee who picks you up in a rental car
When a cab driver drives me 40ft, I tip them $1. When a bartender cracks open my beer, that’s at least a buck. So when an Enterprise agent/former NCAA athlete (if the commercials are to be believed) picks me up at my hotel, or friend’s house, or wherever, and drives me to Enterprise for 10-15 minutes, that person deserves some cash. There are specials at Enterprise where you can rent a car for a weekend for only $10 a day, so another few bucks isn’t going to break the bank. Based on the Enterprise employees we spoke to, they receive tips so rarely that you’ll likely get a surprised, happy driver out of the deal.
So, how much?$1-$5
AAA guy fixing your flat tire
Sure, you pay a yearly membership for AAA, so you feel like you already paid the guy fixing your flat! But, based on my research, AAA pays a local tow company to come and tow your car. AAA doesn’t care if you tip, because they subcontract out the job, and they’re getting their cut either way. They’re paying the driver — but not much after taxes and fees.
So, how much?I talked to a local tow company, which said $5-$10 is much appreciated. Sounds like the least you can give to have someone bust their ass for you on the side of a highway at 2am.
What the hell does that karaoke guy do anyway? They just key in the song into the computer and kick people off when they’ve sung enough, right? Wrong. They deserve to be tipped solely on the basis that they’ve had to listen to inebriated women cry-sing Adele’s “Someone Like You” for the last few years. And that is a fate I would not wish on my worst enemy (you know what you did, Tyler).
So, how much?A karaoke bartender I spoke to said you should tip based on how much fun you had, and that $10-$20 will do the trick at the end of the night.
Your apartment super
Your sink is clogged with hair. Again. Get a haircut, hippie. Instead of spending $10 on a bottle of Drano, you can save money by getting your super to stop by and snake the drain, and then tip them. If something goes horribly wrong around your apartment, no matter the time of day, the super will fix what needs to be fixed. They’re basically ER doctors that make house calls. And an incredible service like that deserves a tip. Especially if you drag them out of bed.
So, how much?$5-$10 per job
Appliance delivery guy
Whether it’s a new washer/dryer, dishwasher, air conditioning unit, or fridge — if some poor dude or dudes have to lug an enormous, heavy box up some stairs and into your place, you need to tip them. Even if you don’t have to climb steps up to your place, carrying things is difficult work. That’s Sisyphus-level drudgery. And it deserves some cash on the side because of the effort involved. Sometimes people don’t tip these types of delivery guys because they were charged a delivery fee. Getting pizza driven to your doorstep also has a delivery fee, but that doesn’t mean you don’t tip the pizza guy, right?
So, how much?A Sears appliance worker I spoke to said anywhere between $10-$20 will show your gratitude.
What is a good tip for the mattress delivery guys?
They have to haul out my old king sized mattress and box-spring and move in a twin. The old bed is insanely heavy and my room is very far from where they will be parking. Is ten dollars per person reasonable?
edit :: and it is raining.
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What is a good tip for the delivery guys? Hmm… I guess: “Exercise regularly so you don’t throw your back out with all that heavy lifting.”
But yes I think 10 dollars per person is very reasonable considering the delivery and service is often built into the price.
Agreed. Since you suggested the amount, it’s probably what you are comfortable with paying and thought would be appropriate. After all, it’s a tip. Both should be happy when giving something extra.
Yes – that sounds very reasonable and what I would give.
I would go with the $10 a guy.
I also tip furniture delivery peops $10. each and offer something cold to drink.
@Neizvestnaya :: Good idea. I will toss some wine coolers in the fridge.
No no, no. Don’t give them anything alcoholic. They are on the job and that includes driving a truck. They can be fired. Go with water or pop. Please!
(and $10 each)
@worriedguy is right. (And Happy New Year to you, bubbeleh.)
Shanah Tovah, my shana maidellah.
I think $10 each is reasonable.
I was joking about the booze.
I figured it would be hard for two guys two move it. I was a bit concerned when one guy showed up. And the dude was barely over five feet tall. He picked it up like it was nothing. Now I feel like a complete wimp. But I kicked him a twenty.
Ten dollars sounds about right to me, but I have never even though to tip mattress delivery people. Now to piggy back off this question… We are having a mattress delivered on Friday. They have to remove and replace a king size mattress, box spring, and frame. Is $10 each enough in that case?
When I first read it, my mind was thinking of how to tell them the best ways to get the product through the house….then duh….
GEEEZ, You just paid $1000 or so for a good mattress, $75 or so for delivery, haven’t you given enough.
inspite of that:
$10 is good…
@SuperMouse Me neither! I’m really a fairly generous tipper when I tip but it never occurred to me that I should have tipped the mattress delivery guys. Now I kind of feel bad because maybe they thought I was cheap! 🙂 I am clueless about these things. I may have to ask a question about this matter in order to educate myself.
@blueiiznh :: The mattress and box spring were only $200. That included delivery and removal of the old one.
@johnpowell Well… knowing that makes all the difference in the world. I certainly would have tipped the guy, probably $10 each, just like you’re thinking. If the mattress, box spring, delivery, and hauling off the old mattress and springs only cost you $200, those delivery guys can’t be making much at all.
@lillycoyote :: The amazing part is that they make them to order at a factory across town. It was cheap and they made it to what firmness I wanted and what fabric I wanted. Pretty awesome and my money didn’t go to China.
I’ve never paid delivery people before – never even thought of it & never heard of anyone else tipping. I bought a mattress this summer and paid over $1000 plus a $70 delivery fee. It’s getting a little ridiculous with tips.
@johnpowell Thatispretty cool that the mattresses are made to order at a factory just across town. And not only are you not sending your money to China, but you don’t have to worry about what might be in the mattress, or used in it’s manufacturing. Ever since the scandals of several years ago, about tainted Chinese products, it’s always in the back of my mind: ”Who the hell really knows for sure what’s in any of this stuff?” when I buy something from China and a mattress is something you spend a lot of time on over the course of it’s life.
Do You Tip a Mattress Delivery Person?
You don’t have to tip the Mattress Delivery Guy, just as you don’t have to tip the waitress serving your food.
But you should.
Not tipping the mattress delivery guy is not as bad as not tipping your waitress, but you get the point.
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How Much Should You Tip The Mattress Delivery Guy?
If you’re going to leave a tip for the guy(s) delivering your mattress, it depends on what they have to go through to get your mattress to the place you want.
Ultimately, what you give as a tip is up to you.Tipping in the $5 to $20 range is standard depending on what they have to do.
For example, if all they are doing is placing the new mattress on the first level of a home or apartment, then I would say $5 will do for each person.
If they have to go upstairs, then I would say $10 per person is fair especially if it’s a Queen or King mattress.
If they have to go up many flights of stairs, remove the old mattress, or go out of their way to get the mattress to you, then give them each $20. Especially if they go above and beyond to get you your new mattress.
If you have the extra cash, then feel free to share the love with more money, but overall I consider these good numbers for tips. Mattresses can be cumbersome and removing old mattresses can be nasty even if you’re a clean person. When you get stairs involved, it becomes harder and more dangerous, so please give them tips.
When NOT To Give a Tip
Like I’ve said before, giving a tip to the guy delivering your mattress is up to you. So if you have a terrible experience with the delivery people,then your tip should reflect that.
Don’t confuse a bad experience at the mattress store, since the delivery guy has nothing to do with that. Don’t let warranty issues keep you from tipping too, I go over if mattress warranties are worth it here.
If the delivery guy is rude, then I would not give them a tip, but chances of them being rude are very rare. Just be nice to them, and they’ll be nice to you.
I would give at least $5 to them since they are helping you and making your life a bit easier. If you have more for them to do then give them more of a tip, it is that simple.
Tip the Mailman Or UPS/Fedex Driver?
If you bought a mattress online, which you should since they’re so much more affordable, I still think you should give the mailman or UPS/FedEx driver a tip. A $5 tip is more than enough for them, and the only reason is that these mattresses can be heavy (some up to 100lbs!).
If the driver is willing to take the bed into your home or even in your bedroom (not many will), then give them $10 to $20 tip.They just helped you a lot by doing this.
One More Thing…
Since you have a new mattress, it would be wise to protect your new investment as much as possible. One of the best ways to protect your mattress and also help keep the warranty intact is to get a Mattress Protector.
I know what you’re thinking, and no, mattress protectors are not those plastic vinyl things that sleep hot anymore. They have come a long way from the old style of mattress protectors.
I like using the SafeRest Waterproof Mattress Protector for my bed. It blocks all types of liquids, even my glass of milk before bed spills that I sometimes have. To prove how great this thing is I spilled soda on it to prove it stops liquids.
There are many Mattress Protectors to choose from, and they’re worth the cost. I’ve seen many people get turned down for warranty items on their bed due to them spilling soda on their mattress and it leaving a stain causing them to deny their claim.
It’s always a good idea to get a mattress protector for your new mattress.
Tips to Prepare for Your Mattress Delivery
You are officially one step closer to sleeping happy! With your new mattress on its way, here’s a few tips to make sure your Mattress Firm mattress delivery is quick and easy.
How to Prepare for Your Quick and Easy Mattress Delivery
- Schedule Your Delivery:Make sure a person over 18 years or older will be home during the pre-determined delivery window to receive your Mattress Firm delivery. We will call you before to confirm your delivery details. You can also track your delivery online.
- We Make it Easy for You:Mattress Firm will move your old used mattress wherever you would like in your home, or we can take it away.
- Make it Easy for Us:Clear a path from your front door to your bedroom. Move any furniture and breakables to make way for your new mattress.
- Keep Pets Happy:Make sure any pets are in a safe and happy place during the delivery and set up of your new mattress.
We will roll out the red carpet, wear our blue booties to protect your floors and give you our famous white glove treatment. The only thing left to do is enjoy your perfect bed!
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Do you tip mattress delivery folks? If so, how much?
Do you tip mattress delivery folks? If so, how much?
Yes, and depends on your home situation. Usually 2 guys delivering. Are they setting up a bed frame and/or removing an old mattress? How big is the bed? When we had our king size bed delivered (with frame also set up) to our 3rd floor walk up, we tipped the 2 guys $20 each.
You tip everyone.
$5 and an offer of a cold drink
You’re a cheap asshole, no offense. That’s sliiiightly more than you should be tipping the pizza guy and he’s not carrying a massive and expensive mattress into your house up a bunch of stairs.
I’m sort of wondering the same thing.
I mean, I know you’re supposed to but I’m already paying $99 for Sleepy’s to bring my mattress four blocks and throw it on my bed. Then another $20 if I want them to take my old mattress away. I live in an elevator building. I don’t want to give $20 because then I’ll have to give both guys $20. $10 each?