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To tip or not to tip the garbage man: Advice from our street-parking friends in Brooklyn
Does anyone tip sanitation workers at the holidays? The talk over on Brownstoner is of two minds. Many think there's no need to tip. Picking up the trash is a free service, and technically tipping is not even allowed by Department of Sanitation.
Then again, getting in good with the people in your neighborhood may be a wise investment, especially since many of the folks who pick up your trash are also on snow-removal duty when winter weather hits, points out a commenter on Brownstoner.
A modest holiday gratuity ensures that the workers on his block "*never* bury my wife's small car," he explains.
Moreover, he says, “These guys are on the regular route, and can watch out for your home/cars in ways you never could, simply because you're not always around. A 20 spot, and sometimes a bottle of wine lets me wake up without having to sweep my sidewalk of all the stuff that spilled, nor do I chase my pails down the block and sometimes find the lids, etc."
Still on the fence?
"Ignore the tightwads," says another commenter. "The benefits outweigh the cost by a longshot.”