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How much should you tip to dig your car out of the snow?

By Teri Karush Rogers | January 21, 2011 - 7:30AM 

When the snow starts falling, some alternate-side-of-the-street parkers break rank and head to the nearest garage rather than deal with The Big Dig.  Others stay put and, if they don't feel like shoveling, recruit the super, porter, or other staffer to free their plowed-in car from its snow cave. But how much to to tip? If the snow is fresh, $20-$25 should do the trick for a medium-sized storm. Tip more in a snowpocalypse scenario like the one pictured, and double it if you dawdle until the snow has hardened into a dingy gray cinderblock vise around your vehicle.

Finding a willing staff member may not be so easy though.

"I would just tell someone no thank you," says BrickUnderground's anonymous doorman columnist, Openthedoor-man.  "For us doormen, it's kind of uncomfortable to shovel with our uniforms on. And to get really messy on top of not paying attention the door as far as who is walking in or out, I really don't think it's worth it. If I were to help, the car would have to be parked right out front where I was already shoveling."

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