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ok, not sure where to put this, so I thought I would ask here.<br>
We have our paper delivered on Sat and Sunday.<br>
The route was taken over a couple of months ago by a lady, who introduced herself, and hoped that we would have a good summer.<br>
A couple of weeks ago she sent another flyer out that hoped that we were happy with her service and that her daughter was helping her too.<br>
Today in the plastic bag that the paper is delivered in she left a small envelope with " Many Thanks" on it and her name.<br>
I am assuming that this is for a tip?<br>
Now I am not american, but have lived here for 12 years, worked in the restaurant business for most of them as a minimum wage employee who replies on tips to make my living ( or I did before children ) so i do understand fully about the tipping procedures in this country. I tip our garbage men at Christmas, the person who delivers our mail, and I think that's about it, but I kind of feel a little hmmm, not sure of the word, but this I find a little too much. Am I wrong? I have no problem tipping at Christmas, but she has been delivering our paper since the start of the summer, 2x a wk??<br><br>
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We do also.<br><br>
We get the Sunday Globe only, and leave him $10 a month. And in the winter months, more. It's his job, and it is kind of like a waitress - except I think worse.<br><br>
My understanding from my paper route days...He makes X amount per paper delivered (like each paper cost $1, but he only has to pay 90 cents for it - so 10 cents automatic per paper delivered by him). And if he has 100 houses to deliver, he makes $10 a day, even if it takes him 2 hours.<br><br>
Not a job that I would ever want to do again.
 

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Never in my life have I tipped any of those people or known anyone IRL who does! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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I've tipped the newspaper deliverer at xmas, after months of daily delivery. I would ignore the tip envelope for this woman.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">ok, not sure where to put this, so I thought I would ask here.<br>
We have our paper delivered on Sat and Sunday.<br>
The route was taken over a couple of months ago by a lady, who introduced herself, and hoped that we would have a good summer.<br>
A couple of weeks ago she sent another flyer out that hoped that we were happy with her service and that her daughter was helping her too.<br>
Today in the plastic bag that the paper is delivered in she left a small envelope with " Many Thanks" on it and her name.<br>
I am assuming that this is for a tip?<br>
Now I am not american, but have lived here for 12 years, worked in the restaurant business for most of them as a minimum wage employee who replies on tips to make my living ( or I did before children ) so i do understand fully about the tipping procedures in this country. I tip our garbage men at Christmas, the person who delivers our mail, and I think that's about it, but I kind of feel a little hmmm, not sure of the word, but this I find a little too much. Am I wrong? I have no problem tipping at Christmas, but she has been delivering our paper since the start of the summer, 2x a wk??<br><br>
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OOO this question is RIGHT UP my alley LMAO<br>
I deliever the Cape Cod Time, The Boston Globe, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal (plus some others but I don't have any on my route)<br>
We all put out tip envelopes about once every 6 weeks or every three months. Only one person have I known to do it only at Christmas.<br>
A lot of people think that newspapers are delivered by kids and they usually aren't. I know they can't do the ones I do but there are some routes on the town papers that they allow kids to do. That could be why she said her DD was helping (to let ppl know she isn't 12 lol)<br>
Also, if you DON'T put out envelopes, there are ppl who complain- they don't like to tip through the company (btw- the globe takes a percentage). Most of the routes out of my warehouse are 300+ papers so it's easier to stick envelopes in all the bags, especially when you're bagging and driving.<br>
Anyway- she's just doing what we all do. We def depend on tips (for good service) just like waiters/waitresses, only we work 365 days a year- blizzards, floods, tornados lol (I did take off two to have the baby but had to find my own covereage and train her). They don't reimberse for miliage or gas or anything and obviously, it's our own cars/ins. Plus they make us buy those famncy shmancy bags LMAO<br>
As for the pay scale, it differs by publication, days delievered, town, route, whatever. About 15 cents per paper/per day though- on average.<br>
(I do realize that we chose this job- I'm not complaining- It's the only job I can get where I can take the kids and even stop to BF hahaha)<br>
FTR- Almost all of my customers tip, and some very well (one gave me 150 last xmas- he now gets his right to his door LOL)<br>
So- there's my novel. The amount (if any) is up to you- depending on if you like the service and what you feel comfortable with. I had on everyday customer that gave me a dollar every week and I loved it. That was almost my whole ice coffee every Sunday :)
 

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We don't get a newspaper now but when I was growing up my parents always did and they always tipped. They were the cheapest people on the face of the earth so if they tipped I'm guessing you should tip!
 

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I had a paper route when I was a kid, way back in the dark days of the 1980's, when we actually had to knock on folks' doors to collect the weekly bill for the paper (if they didn't just leave an envelope with payment stuck in the door for us). It was all kids delivering then, and it was expected that customers would leave a tip. We got paid close to nothing by the paper, so most of our payment was the tips. Like, if they paid $3 weekly for the paper, they might leave an extra 50 cents in the envelope. The people who left nothing were kind of jerks. I don't know what the norm is, now that it's adults and bills are paid directly to the publisher.<br><br>
Personally, I would probably leave $15 or so at the holidays once a year, rather than leave a tip regularly (especially since around here, the paper is thrown from the street, so the delivery person might never find the tip unless they knew to get out of the car to look for it.)
 

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I read all my papers online but my parents get the Patriot Ledger and the Sunday Globe. They got the Globe daily when I lived with them, mostly for me. We always tipped both carriers at least once a month. The Ledger in their neighborhood is usually, though not always, delivered by kids; the Globe by adults.
 

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Thanks for all the replies.<br>
I had no idea that people tipped on a weekly or monthly basis.<br>
It seems kind of strange to me, as greenbeene said, the paper is thrown from the road from a car, that really hardly stops moving, so how would they know to even look for it?<br>
I had a paper route in the 80's also, it actualy helped pay for my school trip to the US, and we were a bunch of kids, with huge paper bags delivering papers in the early am, we never evr got tipped, but we sure hated those Sunday papers!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks for all the replies.<br>
I had no idea that people tipped on a weekly or monthly basis.<br>
It seems kind of strange to me, as greenbeene said, the paper is thrown from the road from a car, that really hardly stops moving, so how would they know to even look for it?</div>
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You put the tip with the payment for the paper itself; they get it when they collect.<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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I think it's one of those things where customs differ in different countries/locales. It's like tipping waitstaff. Service is included in the charges in Europe but not in the US. Which CAN (not does!) mean that European servers get overtipped by American tourists and American servers get undertipped by European tourists when the tourists don't know the local customs.
 

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The paper takes the payment for the paper, not the actual delivery people.<br><br>
I am really aware of the way the tipping system works in the US, as in my op, I mentioned that I had worked in the restaurant industry here for 12 years, as an actual waitress in Orlando FL, the tourist capital of the world, where very few non US people tip.<br>
Oh the joys!!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I read all my papers online but my parents get the Patriot Ledger and the Sunday Globe. They got the Globe daily when I lived with them, mostly for me. We always tipped both carriers at least once a month. The Ledger in their neighborhood is usually, though not always, delivered by kids; the Globe by adults.</div>
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This reminds me of being a kid!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> My Dad always got the Ledger and the Globe and it was always kids back then that delivered it (way back to the 70s and 80s!)<br><br>
But I feel really bad now, because I used to get the paper delivered and I didn't realize you were supposed to tip. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: I will from now on!
 
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