Originally Posted by Thumping2
Why should you?
Why should you pay someone "extra" for doing a job they are already being paid to do?
Should we leave a "tip" in the mail box every day?
Should we hand the cashier at the super market a few extra bucks too?
Answer 1: Because it's the generally accepted custom for this type of service job. If you don't tip, you've effectively fucked over someone who by custom expects a tip for good service.
Answer 2: No, it's not generally accepted custom to tip the mail man.
Answer 3: See Answer 2.
It's America, you can be a cheap ass prick if you want. But, please don't spew bullshit rationalizations to justify it.
Now, I do agree the tipping bullshit can go too far. Here are a few that are borderline.
Garbage man. Some people give a tip around Christmas. I don't nor do my neighbors
Hotel maid. Generally no tip, unless I've made a mess in the room (e.g., spilled something).
House maid. She gets a generous tip before Christmas.
Hotel doorman hailing a cab. By custom, I give him a buck, but it annoys me. I can just as easily wave at the cabbie who's already sitting there.
What others are borderline?