Co-op bans holiday tipping

Teri Rogers Headshot - Floral
By Teri Karush Rogers  |
November 4, 2009 - 7:06AM

Bonuses may be back on Wall Street, but in a shot that will no doubt be heard around the city, one co-op board has apparently banned holiday tipping this year.

Here’s the celebratory post that appeared on yesterday afternoon:

SANTA CLAUS CAME EARLY!!! Just got a notice from our co-op board: ‘In response to past complaints about favoritism, and in light of the current recession that has dealt a significant blow to many of our shareholders, the board of directors of (XYZ Building) has implemented a strict "no tipping" policy for the building staff.’THANK YOU SANTA!!!”

Of course, as one commenter points out, favoritism can be prevented if residents contribute to a tip pool instead of doling out tips individually. 

So rather than stamping out special treatment, the primary motivation here seems to have been leaving more money in residents' pockets -- which in large buildings can easily be in the $1,000-$3,000 range per apartment.  

Is this the beginning of a trend?

UPDATE: We asked Lynn Whiting, director of management at The Argo Corporation, to weigh in on the no-tipping policy. She did not mince words:

"This is very uncommon and I am not aware of any building that instituted a policy such as this.    I totally disagree with this policy.  The staff looks forward to receiving holiday tips each year and residents enjoy recognizing their building staff for their service throughout the year.  Holiday tips are a boost to the morale and as well as the pocket and it would be very demoralizing to take this away.  Also, from a practical standpoint, this is not a policy that Board can enforce.    If someone wants to tip the staff…… they will do it."

Read the complete post here.

Related links:

Stiffed again! Doorman blasts bad tippers

Teri Rogers Headshot - Floral

Teri Karush Rogers

Founder & Publisher

Founder and publisher Teri Karush Rogers launched Brick Underground in 2009. As a freelance journalist, she had previously covered New York City real estate for The New York Times. Teri has been featured as an expert on New York City residential real estate by The New York Times, New York Daily News, amNew York, NBC Nightly News, The Real Deal, Business Insider, the Huffington Post, and NY1 News, among others. Teri earned a BA in journalism and a law degree from New York University.

Brick Underground articles occasionally include the expertise of, or information about, advertising partners when relevant to the story. We will never promote an advertiser's product without making the relationship clear to our readers.