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Tipping Point.

I totally forgot what I wanted to ask you guys!

I have proper movers coming with all the crap I moved from Pittsburgh, but I'm also hiring a smaller, local company to move the stuff I have here, mainly because I'm going from a fourth floor walkup to a fourth floor walkup, and also because one of the things that needs carried up and down eight flights of stairs is an air conditioner.

The local movers are charging me $300. Highway robbery, but, like I said, I don't want to carry an air conditioner up and down that many stairs. Now here's my question: When I booked the company, the man told me tipping was encouraged (this is the complete opposite of the company I used for the big move, who explicitly told me "don't tip -- these guys are getting paid.")

So my question: How much do I tip? It's a $300 job, and I have no idea if there will be two guys or three guys or what. Do I just tip 10% or 20% and divide it equally among the guys? Hand the cash to one guy and be done with it? Or should everyone get a specific amount?

I'm clueless. Somebody tell me what to do.


Sep. 29th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
I'd give a nice Andrew Jackson to each of the three guys, preferably directly into their individual hands.

About the air conditioner, keep in mind they will likely have a utility dolly that can make moving a refrigerator no more challenging than a box of books.
Sep. 29th, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
Is your answer the same if there are two guys (or six guys)? I'm guessing there will be three, but I don't know for sure.
Sep. 29th, 2010 11:35 am (UTC)
Not necessarily. Twenty bucks each for six guys would be a bit much. Unlike restaurant tips, this isn't something you can easily estimate at 15 or 20%. My 20 dollar recommendation is more of a nice, round number.

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