Tips to aid the tippers this Christmas

Daily Echo: Tips to aid the tippers this Christmas Tips to aid the tippers this Christmas

IT is a Christmas tradition that can give low-paid workers a boost and leave us with a festive glow.

And it’s still the done thing to give a festive tip to the paper boy, postman, binman or window cleaner.

But the tradition of seasonal tipping has become complicated – with concerns over etiquette and even conmen.

Fraudsters in the county have already been exploiting generous residents – with one posing as a dustman to collect Christmas tips.

Residents in the Winchester area were warned earlier this month that a man wearing a hi-vis vest and claiming to work for the council’s waste contractors Biffa was knocking on doors saying it was his last collection before Christmas, before asking for money.

The council says it has told refuse collectors they face “stringent disciplinary action”, including dismissal, if they go round asking for tips – so the man was likely to be an opportunist preying on people’s generosity.

Hampshire Constabulary has advised that anyone who wants to give a tip should take a “common sense approach” to avoid giving money to conmen. A spokesperson said: “The advice is to give it to the person directly or drop it off at their place of work.

“If you know them personally write them a cheque or put the funds into some sort of format that cannot be used fraudulently by someone else.

“We’re advising a commonsense approach.

“It’s very generous of people to give tips at Christmas.

However, there are people out there that wouldn’t think twice about stealing an envelope of money left outside a front door – it’s easy pickings.”

Unions have said that low paid public sector workers are feeling the strain on their finances this Christmas – and tips are welcome.

Unison regional organiser Peter Terry said: “Refuse collectors haven’t had a pay rise for three years and in real terms their pay has fallen 20 per cent below what it was.

“They’re really feeling the pinch so if they get tips it’s very welcome.

“But we believe all public sector workers should be paid a decent salary for what they do, especially in the current economic climate.

“If people want to tip their refuse collector, school crossing patrol person, learning support assistant, dinner lady, then all these people are low paid and we wouldn’t stand in their way.

“With the kind of salaries these workers are getting it’s no wonder people feel they have to tip.”

But etiquette expert William Hanson has advised that, in fact, it is better manners to give people a present rather than money.

He said: “People do still tip, but what’s more common is to leave a bottle of wine and a Christmas card, rather than a specific amount of money.

“That way it feels more like you’re giving a present, rather than just giving money and it’s a great idea.

“This is the time of year when we think about other people – and sticking money in an envelope doesn’t require much thought – a present is a bit more personal.”

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11:12am Fri 21 Dec 12

Big Mac says...

Here's a tip; keep your hard earned cash, you might need it next year!
Here's a tip; keep your hard earned cash, you might need it next year! Big Mac
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11:18am Fri 21 Dec 12

Ted Rogers says...

I'll remember to tip them when they remember not to ignore my bin on collection day.

Just do your chosen jobs for your agreed salaries, that includes waiting staff as well.
I'll remember to tip them when they remember not to ignore my bin on collection day. Just do your chosen jobs for your agreed salaries, that includes waiting staff as well. Ted Rogers
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11:27am Fri 21 Dec 12

beiroot says...

Ted Rogers seems like a bundle of joy.Glad I'm not a member of his family.Eboneezer is alive and well!
Ted Rogers seems like a bundle of joy.Glad I'm not a member of his family.Eboneezer is alive and well! beiroot
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11:40am Fri 21 Dec 12

Subject48 says...

He does have a point?? I feel the same way when it comes to tipping. I dont expect to get extra money for doing a job im already paid to do... so why should anyone else?

Its not like the british work ethic is one of the worst Ive ever encountered or anything...
He does have a point?? I feel the same way when it comes to tipping. I dont expect to get extra money for doing a job im already paid to do... so why should anyone else? Its not like the british work ethic is one of the worst Ive ever encountered or anything... Subject48
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11:45am Fri 21 Dec 12

wossit says...

Here's a tip when you have emptied my bin don't leave it in the middle of my drive so when i come home in the rain i have to get out of the car and move the the bl*!dy thing to where i left it
Here's a tip when you have emptied my bin don't leave it in the middle of my drive so when i come home in the rain i have to get out of the car and move the the bl*!dy thing to where i left it wossit
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12:09pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Nicole23 says...

Heres a tip. Mentalist 1.20 at Ascot 3/1, put the house on it.
Heres a tip. Mentalist 1.20 at Ascot 3/1, put the house on it. Nicole23
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2:09pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Ted Rogers says...

beiroot wrote:
Ted Rogers seems like a bundle of joy.Glad I'm not a member of his family.Eboneezer is alive and well!
OK thicko, you keep giving your money away because you feel you have to.

I on the other hand choose to reward people who go out of their way or their job description.

Nothing to do with being a scrooge, more about believing that services that you already pay for, should be at a level that is acceptable.

My family are fantastic by the way, love me very much and will be enjoying another festive period.

As will my employees who will be spending their respective commisions based on the results achieved in the previous quarter - you see I pay them that; not our clients. My staff provide great service, which in turn results in client retention and increased spend, which increases the profitability of my business which allows me to pay them very good salaries that they are happy with.
Merry Christmas.
[quote][p][bold]beiroot[/bold] wrote: Ted Rogers seems like a bundle of joy.Glad I'm not a member of his family.Eboneezer is alive and well![/p][/quote]OK thicko, you keep giving your money away because you feel you have to. I on the other hand choose to reward people who go out of their way or their job description. Nothing to do with being a scrooge, more about believing that services that you already pay for, should be at a level that is acceptable. My family are fantastic by the way, love me very much and will be enjoying another festive period. As will my employees who will be spending their respective commisions based on the results achieved in the previous quarter - you see I pay them that; not our clients. My staff provide great service, which in turn results in client retention and increased spend, which increases the profitability of my business which allows me to pay them very good salaries that they are happy with. Merry Christmas. Ted Rogers
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2:47pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Dasal says...

Nicole23 wrote:
Heres a tip. Mentalist 1.20 at Ascot 3/1, put the house on it.
Heres a tip.

Don't give up the day job!!!

Happy "homeless" Xmas................
......
[quote][p][bold]Nicole23[/bold] wrote: Heres a tip. Mentalist 1.20 at Ascot 3/1, put the house on it.[/p][/quote]Heres a tip. Don't give up the day job!!! Happy "homeless" Xmas................ ...... Dasal
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4:18pm Fri 21 Dec 12

beiroot says...

Ted Rogers..Glad I'm not one of your clients.Do you refer to your clients as "Thicko's"?
Ted Rogers..Glad I'm not one of your clients.Do you refer to your clients as "Thicko's"? beiroot
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5:02pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Ted Rogers says...

beiroot wrote:
Ted Rogers..Glad I'm not one of your clients.Do you refer to your clients as "Thicko's"?
Oh I see, you can make derogatory remarks about me, but you expect courtesy in return.

Merry Christmas Thicko.
[quote][p][bold]beiroot[/bold] wrote: Ted Rogers..Glad I'm not one of your clients.Do you refer to your clients as "Thicko's"?[/p][/quote]Oh I see, you can make derogatory remarks about me, but you expect courtesy in return. Merry Christmas Thicko. Ted Rogers
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8:52pm Fri 21 Dec 12

loosehead says...

Here's a tip don't get conned by your unions into a Political strike & not emptying our bins off & on for a year.
I for one won't tip some one for just doing their job as I pay your wages any way
Here's a tip don't get conned by your unions into a Political strike & not emptying our bins off & on for a year. I for one won't tip some one for just doing their job as I pay your wages any way loosehead
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12:56am Sat 22 Dec 12

andysaints007 says...

Ted Rogers wrote:
beiroot wrote:
Ted Rogers seems like a bundle of joy.Glad I'm not a member of his family.Eboneezer is alive and well!
OK thicko, you keep giving your money away because you feel you have to.

I on the other hand choose to reward people who go out of their way or their job description.

Nothing to do with being a scrooge, more about believing that services that you already pay for, should be at a level that is acceptable.

My family are fantastic by the way, love me very much and will be enjoying another festive period.

As will my employees who will be spending their respective commisions based on the results achieved in the previous quarter - you see I pay them that; not our clients. My staff provide great service, which in turn results in client retention and increased spend, which increases the profitability of my business which allows me to pay them very good salaries that they are happy with.
Merry Christmas.
You forgot to mention that you are full of sh*t too !!
[quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beiroot[/bold] wrote: Ted Rogers seems like a bundle of joy.Glad I'm not a member of his family.Eboneezer is alive and well![/p][/quote]OK thicko, you keep giving your money away because you feel you have to. I on the other hand choose to reward people who go out of their way or their job description. Nothing to do with being a scrooge, more about believing that services that you already pay for, should be at a level that is acceptable. My family are fantastic by the way, love me very much and will be enjoying another festive period. As will my employees who will be spending their respective commisions based on the results achieved in the previous quarter - you see I pay them that; not our clients. My staff provide great service, which in turn results in client retention and increased spend, which increases the profitability of my business which allows me to pay them very good salaries that they are happy with. Merry Christmas.[/p][/quote]You forgot to mention that you are full of sh*t too !! andysaints007
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10:51am Sat 22 Dec 12

Ted Rogers says...

andysaints007 wrote:
Ted Rogers wrote:
beiroot wrote:
Ted Rogers seems like a bundle of joy.Glad I'm not a member of his family.Eboneezer is alive and well!
OK thicko, you keep giving your money away because you feel you have to.

I on the other hand choose to reward people who go out of their way or their job description.

Nothing to do with being a scrooge, more about believing that services that you already pay for, should be at a level that is acceptable.

My family are fantastic by the way, love me very much and will be enjoying another festive period.

As will my employees who will be spending their respective commisions based on the results achieved in the previous quarter - you see I pay them that; not our clients. My staff provide great service, which in turn results in client retention and increased spend, which increases the profitability of my business which allows me to pay them very good salaries that they are happy with.
Merry Christmas.
You forgot to mention that you are full of sh*t too !!
Moron.
[quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beiroot[/bold] wrote: Ted Rogers seems like a bundle of joy.Glad I'm not a member of his family.Eboneezer is alive and well![/p][/quote]OK thicko, you keep giving your money away because you feel you have to. I on the other hand choose to reward people who go out of their way or their job description. Nothing to do with being a scrooge, more about believing that services that you already pay for, should be at a level that is acceptable. My family are fantastic by the way, love me very much and will be enjoying another festive period. As will my employees who will be spending their respective commisions based on the results achieved in the previous quarter - you see I pay them that; not our clients. My staff provide great service, which in turn results in client retention and increased spend, which increases the profitability of my business which allows me to pay them very good salaries that they are happy with. Merry Christmas.[/p][/quote]You forgot to mention that you are full of sh*t too !![/p][/quote]Moron. Ted Rogers
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8:55pm Sat 22 Dec 12

Shoong says...

Here's my tip: just be grateful you have a job and don't take the pi**.
Here's my tip: just be grateful you have a job and don't take the pi**. Shoong
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5:16am Mon 31 Dec 12

Pikey-Biker says...

andysaints007 wrote:
Ted Rogers wrote:
beiroot wrote: Ted Rogers seems like a bundle of joy.Glad I'm not a member of his family.Eboneezer is alive and well!
OK thicko, you keep giving your money away because you feel you have to. I on the other hand choose to reward people who go out of their way or their job description. Nothing to do with being a scrooge, more about believing that services that you already pay for, should be at a level that is acceptable. My family are fantastic by the way, love me very much and will be enjoying another festive period. As will my employees who will be spending their respective commisions based on the results achieved in the previous quarter - you see I pay them that; not our clients. My staff provide great service, which in turn results in client retention and increased spend, which increases the profitability of my business which allows me to pay them very good salaries that they are happy with. Merry Christmas.
You forgot to mention that you are full of sh*t too !!
......pot calling the kettle black..again
[quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beiroot[/bold] wrote: Ted Rogers seems like a bundle of joy.Glad I'm not a member of his family.Eboneezer is alive and well![/p][/quote]OK thicko, you keep giving your money away because you feel you have to. I on the other hand choose to reward people who go out of their way or their job description. Nothing to do with being a scrooge, more about believing that services that you already pay for, should be at a level that is acceptable. My family are fantastic by the way, love me very much and will be enjoying another festive period. As will my employees who will be spending their respective commisions based on the results achieved in the previous quarter - you see I pay them that; not our clients. My staff provide great service, which in turn results in client retention and increased spend, which increases the profitability of my business which allows me to pay them very good salaries that they are happy with. Merry Christmas.[/p][/quote]You forgot to mention that you are full of sh*t too !![/p][/quote]......pot calling the kettle black..again Pikey-Biker
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