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Tip, tip hooray! Your holiday tipping dilemmas solved

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For New Yorkers who live in staffed apartment buildings, tipping is a fact of life this time of year, and one we've covered intimately at BrickUnderground. As we continue our Holiday Week coverage, peruse some of our best stories on the ins and outs of tipping:

ON THE ETHICS OF TIPPING:

WHO DESERVES A TIP?

  • Doormen and supers? Definitely. 
  • The porter? Also definitely. If you have a doorman, he'll be front and center, but porters work behind the scenes. 
  • Amenity staff? Sure. If you use perks like the gym or pool, consider a $10 gift card or voucher.
  • The mailman? Federal law prohibits mail carriers from accepting cash or anything worth more than $20, but many customers give small cash gifts or a gift card.
  • The garbage  man? This one depends on your general feelings about tipping.

LOGISTICS

  • Consider three tenets of tipping:  Keep a list (to avoid tipping twice, forgetting to tip, or accidentally tipping less than last year). Tip all staff members in the building (though you can always play favorites). Pay in cash (if possible).
  • Need to tip staff members you never see? We've got solutions for that.
  • If you're in a large building, it might save a lot of hassle to start a tipping pool

EMPLOYEE EXPECTATIONS:

Related:

BrickUnderground's 2014 Holiday Tipping Guide

Take BrickUnderground's 2014 Holiday Tipping Poll 

 

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