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Tipping Removal Men?

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HootShoot Wed 10-Jul-13 17:35:05

Should we and if so how much?

We're paying just shy of a grand to do a fragile pack and move. The guys are great and have done half the house so far and will be finishing and moving us into our new place tomorrow. We have provided soft drinks, biscuits and bacon and sausage sarnie for the morning. Do most people tip too.

thegraduand Fri 12-Jul-13 18:27:03

Ours were ace, tipped them a tennner each and bought lots of cold drinks when we arrived at the new house as it was hot and there were lots of stairs. Glad we tipped as ended up having a big row with the company about the final bill, but at least the lads on day got extra money

VivaLeBeaver Thu 11-Jul-13 17:44:55

Ours we fab. We moved ten years ago in a heat wave in August. It was over 30degrees. I think they'd underestimated how much stuff we had as the quote was less than half of others.

I kept them supplied in cold drinks and dh gave them both £20. Though one of them was the owner of the firm so was probably more well off than us. grin

Crutchlow35 Thu 11-Jul-13 17:27:38

I gave ours a case of bud each. They were delighted.

PerilsAsinger Thu 11-Jul-13 11:31:29

Mmm I've never tipped removal men - I just don't understand why you would when they are paid by their employer (who was paid by me).

nemno Thu 11-Jul-13 10:34:56

I think I tipped £20 each 4 years ago.

Jan49 Thu 11-Jul-13 09:48:43

When I moved this year and last year, the removers were great. I was going to write and thank them afterwards and praise their work, but I received a questionnaire from (I think) BAR so I completed that instead, and I think the comments get passed on to the company.

HootShoot Thu 11-Jul-13 07:04:09

I know what you mean 1ggle. I don't tip hairdressers or taxis because I think I pay enough. Ido tip at restaurants if I've had good service.

It has been so hot, like you say specialsubject. I think removal men are one of the category that deserves tipping. It's bloody hard work shifting the contents of house to another, and if their polite and look after your belongings I think they deserve a thanks.

1gglePiggle Wed 10-Jul-13 23:38:24

I hate the whole issue of tipping. Why are some jobs worth tipping more than others. I'd much rather tip a caring nurse for example than an expensive taxi driver.

specialsubject Wed 10-Jul-13 22:21:50

If you are happy with the job, a tip of £20 or so each would be good, especially given how hot it is.

Jan49 Wed 10-Jul-13 21:55:41

I've never tipped removal men. But I always offer them drinks and snacks. If everyone starts tipping them, then they'll come to expect it so I wish people wouldn't.

WithManyTots Wed 10-Jul-13 20:38:06

.. "All Day Big Breakfast and a mug of tea at Morrisons for everyone I take it"? Never seen a removal van emptied so fast afterwards.....

TwentiethCenturyGirl Wed 10-Jul-13 20:20:08

We gave ours £50 in May. They cost about £300 to do the move (bargain!) and were brilliant - nothing was too much trouble.

TheSurgeonsMate Wed 10-Jul-13 20:05:02

I had it all worked out on the basis of a tenner each, and then as the day wore on other vans pulled up when easier jobs had finished and by five o'clock I had ten men. Had to make an excuse to nip to the cash point and get more money so I had £100 and they seemed to appreciate it.

You have to tip in a restaurant, really, I also tip taxi drivers unless I was unhappy for some reason. I am unsure about hairdressers, but I don't go to a very conventional salon so I just ignore the issue. The one I find a bit tricky is bellboys because I never have cash to hand, I've just arrived with a ton of luggage. So I haven't tried it often and don't really know what's expected.

HootShoot Wed 10-Jul-13 19:55:34

Thanks everyone. We have two guys, so based on all your feedback I think we'll give them £40 smile

valiumredhead Wed 10-Jul-13 19:51:49

6 years ago we gave each man a tenner for a drink. Would probably make it 20 now.

dippymother Wed 10-Jul-13 19:43:20

We gave our three removal men £50 in April - wasn't sure if it was the thing to do, but they were great, only moved 10 miles away so all completed in one day.

Yama Wed 10-Jul-13 19:37:02

Last ntime we moved, we tipped £10 to each guy.

morethanpotatoprints Wed 10-Jul-13 19:33:57

I have never tipped anybody who was being paid to do a job, I find it bizarre, not in a judgemental way, because its each to their own. It just never occurs to me, otherwise anybody who did their job would be entitled in my eyes and i'd be skint. grin
I do leave a little bit of change in restaurant if service has been exceptional.

rcs19 Wed 10-Jul-13 19:29:25

We moved last year and gave the two removal men £20 each, and bought them fish and chips. We only moved 6 miles down the road so it was all done in a day.

BirdyArms Wed 10-Jul-13 19:26:44

I don't know. When we moved I gave them £40 which was all that I had, I hadn't thought about it in advance, and I think they were probably a bit disappointed by that. We had 3 men and they were great, I would have given them at least £20 each if I'd been more organised.

HootShoot Wed 10-Jul-13 19:22:58

Feels like it! It was the cheapest of four qoutes!

1gglePiggle Wed 10-Jul-13 18:52:43

I wouldn't, sounds like you've paid enough!

HootShoot Wed 10-Jul-13 18:30:09

I wouldn't have thought of it either Cointreau except I have a vague memory of my Mum tipping when we moved. Mmmn, I think I need some more opinions before I part with £100!

CointreauVersial Wed 10-Jul-13 18:06:20

Bloody hell, I've never tipped. Never occurred to me.

I was such a ball of stress I barely offered them a cup of tea.

ParkerTheThief Wed 10-Jul-13 18:00:10

I don't know, but it was all the cash I had! They seemed very pleased.

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