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<div style="font-style:italic;">no, they are paid well</div>
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plus we always go with the one man company guy, if he is getting 50$ an hour, I am not going to tip him, even if he is super nice lol I do offer them something to drink though.
 

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No, I would not tip a professional tradesperson
 

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S/he'd have to go way above and beyond. If it's a long call, we always offer something to eat or drink. When I was a little girl, the oil burner repairman hurt his head banging it against the cover (this thing was suspended from the ceiling over the washing machine) and my mother made him sit at the table for coffee and homemade cake on her good china. It was really sweet.
 

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We do offer beer to the electrician when he is done with his work. But he is sort of a family friend. I think we gave beer to the movers as well.
 

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I offer soda, water or coffee whenever anyone comes out but have never tipped.<br><br>
My DH, who is a tradesperson, is tipped quite often but he does custom work that can takes months on one job. He develops a special relationship with the homeowner and goes out of his way to please them. Usually the tip is not in money but in gift cards or food.
 

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Can't recall ever giving money.But I do remember giving the guys working on my septic a pizza and pops one time.I always offer drinks,but most decline.
 

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Can't imagine why . . . . they are paid well and they come in to do a service.<br><br>
I always offer them tea, coffee, or something else to drink, am friendly and polite, but that's it.
 

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This thread title made me think of cow tipping.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This thread title made me think of cow tipping.</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biglaugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="laugh"> I wasn't expecting that and almost spit my coffee out.<br><br>
But no, I don't tip the A/C guy, plumber, etc.
 

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Nope. Offering water on a hot day is thoughtful though.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"> Cow tipping...
 

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We did once. Our landlord didn't respond to a maintenance call (electric heat went out in the middle of Montana winter and we had a newborn). So, I called an electrician who came waaaaay after hours. I didn't want to go overnight without heat as it had been dipping to -20 degrees F at night. He refused to charge us, saying he'd take it up with the landlord, so we tipped him. I just assumed that I would pay the guy and then submit the bill to the landlord or withhold the amount from the rent. The electrician said that he knew our property management company and they were slimy PITAs, so he'd deal with them himself so that we can focus on our baby. I though that was deserving of a tip, especially since I didn't know if our landlord would actually ever pay him.
 

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Am I the only one who got the visual of her slipping some bills into the plumbers... umm... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/moon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="moon"> ?
 

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Wow, guess I'm alone here. Unless it's the owner of the company, yes, we tip all tradespeople who come to our house. Plumbers, electricians, HVAC, contractors, etc. Just yesterday we had a mini-barn put up and we tipped the guys who built it. These people always go the extra mile for us and we get a lot of things free that we wouldn't normally. Yesterday, they put a loft in the barn for free with leftover materials. It would have cost us $150 extra if we had ordered it. In the end, it cost us a $20 tip. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> ETA: They don't really make all that much when they're working for someone else... probably less than $30/hr.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">They don't really make all that much when they're working for someone else... probably less than $30/hr.</div>
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Wow. See my take on that is that it's a lot of money, especially compared with wait staff and others you *do* traditionally tip in America. I mean, if you make $25 an hour, that's not bad at all!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wow, guess I'm alone here. Unless it's the owner of the company, yes, we tip all tradespeople who come to our house. Plumbers, electricians, HVAC, contractors, etc. Just yesterday we had a mini-barn put up and we tipped the guys who built it. These people always go the extra mile for us and we get a lot of things free that we wouldn't normally. Yesterday, they put a loft in the barn for free with leftover materials. It would have cost us $150 extra if we had ordered it. In the end, it cost us a $20 tip. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> ETA: They don't really make all that much when they're working for someone else... probably less than $30/hr.</div>
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I just had an electrician at my house. He spent about $200-250 on supplies. My billed totaled $735 bucks. There was no way I could tip. Offered a drink, yes but give him extra no, he makes a full salary.
 
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