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Tipping Carpenters ? #3388849
06/04/14 03:37 PM
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Lake Forest, CA
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My house had termite damaged, the repair(removed the damages and replaced with new wood and facial boards ...) costs about $6500 and $3200 for fumigation. The carpenters are working on the house repairing the damages as of now, they seems to work very hard.

I'm thinking about tipping them, my question is did anyone ever tip the workers repairing your house ? If you did, what is appropriate amount ?


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Re: Tipping Carpenters ? [Re: HTSS_TR] #3388865
06/04/14 03:46 PM
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Well, I don't really know, but a few cases of beer and/or something similar always made them happy over here.

Tipping them some extra money is nice too, but I wouldn't know how much is sensible..


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Re: Tipping Carpenters ? [Re: HTSS_TR] #3388889
06/04/14 04:09 PM
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As a self employed carpenter with 30+ employees if my customer wanted to do something extra then buy the guys a pizza at lunch.
If I ever found out my men accepted money from a customer I would fire them immediately.
Beer if fine too,on a Friday at quitting time and only provide enough for 2 for each man.


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Re: Tipping Carpenters ? [Re: HTSS_TR] #3388895
06/04/14 04:15 PM
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I occasionally get tips for working at a customers AC or installing, it's usually $10 or $20. Just a little statistic, there are people from all over the country here in Florida but ive noticed that people from New York tip almost always. I usually try to tip contractors who work at my house.


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Re: Tipping Carpenters ? [Re: HTSS_TR] #3388932
06/04/14 04:49 PM
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I always tip my mechanic who works on my vehicle. The shop owner knows that I tip them. Mechanics always resist but I insist.

Re: Tipping Carpenters ? [Re: Clevy] #3388940
06/04/14 04:55 PM
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out there
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Originally Posted By: Clevy

If I ever found out my men accepted money from a customer I would fire them immediately.


Why? If they did such a good job and the customer is that overjoyed with the work, why would you be upset if the customer gave them a few bucks?
I have done this several times, once on a roof job, and when a concrete delivery driver helped me by putting on boots and directing the chute a few times, i gave him a $20.

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Re: Tipping Carpenters ? [Re: HTSS_TR] #3388946
06/04/14 05:00 PM
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People have offered me tips for the work I do. I know they want to be nice, but quite frankly, it makes me feel very awkward. I get paid to do what I do and I take pride in doing what I do and feel good in a job well done, so a "tip" makes me feel like a servant or underling. But I'll say this as well . . . . . if the lady of the house offers me a good ole' southern home cooked meal for lunch complete with fried corn bread and sweet tea, I'm a ready freddy.


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Re: Tipping Carpenters ? [Re: HTSS_TR] #3388967
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A couple of years ago, I had a construction company of 8 guys put up a 40' X 50' metal shed for me. IIRC, it took them about two days. They were a very professional crew and their work was first rate. I first went to their boss and asked his if his crew liked beer and if had any recovering alcoholics on his crew. He told me that he did not have any problem drinkers. I then went to a liquor store that was located right next to their business and got 8 gift certificates for $16.50, the exact amount that the liquor store was selling a twelve pack of Bud Light, taxes included. When the crew was done, I had the foreman of the crew give each employee one of the gift certificates to each of his crew.
I bumped into one of the employees on the street about a month after that. He thanked me in person and was wondering if I needed any more construction work done....

Re: Tipping Carpenters ? [Re: HTSS_TR] #3388976
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I hate tipping period. For everything. Especially when the tip is "required" as more or less supporting the wages of the person or product. I would much rather the tip be incorporated into the cost of the product and make tipping what it was supposed to be - giving something in exchange for super good work. Having a tip jar on every counter or at the bottom of receipts just disgusts me.

Buying the guys some pizza for lunch sounds like a great way to reward their good work, especially for a job that does not require a tip.


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Re: Tipping Carpenters ? [Re: spasm3] #3388978
06/04/14 05:29 PM
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Saskatoon canada
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Originally Posted By: spasm3
Originally Posted By: Clevy

If I ever found out my men accepted money from a customer I would fire them immediately.


Why? If they did such a good job and the customer is that overjoyed with the work, why would you be upset if the customer gave them a few bucks?
I have done this several times, once on a roof job, and when a concrete delivery driver helped me by putting on boots and directing the chute a few times, i gave him a $20.



Because I am a professional and I pay my men very well already.
I've given a quote to the customer and that's what I expect to be paid,and from that I pay my men.
My customers and my men should not even speak to be honest,it's not professional and if my men will take money behind my back then there is no telling what they will do when I'm not looking therefore they don't belong on my crew or site.
If the customer wants to buy lunch or beer on Fridays I'm fine with that,as long as its only a couple each.
It's not ok to start throwing money around,I pay my men very well,every second Friday without fail,they WILL NOT accept money from a customer.
If the customer is so happy with their performance they can tell all their friends and give me a glowing referral.


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Re: Tipping Carpenters ? [Re: Clevy] #3388979
06/04/14 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted By: Clevy
As a self employed carpenter with 30+ employees if my customer wanted to do something extra then buy the guys a pizza at lunch.
If I ever found out my men accepted money from a customer I would fire them immediately.
Beer if fine too,on a Friday at quitting time and only provide enough for 2 for each man.
I don't think firing someone for accepting a tip would go over well with the Labour board.


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Re: Tipping Carpenters ? [Re: Kruse] #3388982
06/04/14 05:34 PM
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Saskatoon canada
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Originally Posted By: Kruse
A couple of years ago, I had a construction company of 8 guys put up a 40' X 50' metal shed for me. IIRC, it took them about two days. They were a very professional crew and their work was first rate. I first went to their boss and asked his if his crew liked beer and if had any recovering alcoholics on his crew. He told me that he did not have any problem drinkers. I then went to a liquor store that was located right next to their business and got 8 gift certificates for $16.50, the exact amount that the liquor store was selling a twelve pack of Bud Light, taxes included. When the crew was done, I had the foreman of the crew give each employee one of the gift certificates to each of his crew.
I bumped into one of the employees on the street about a month after that. He thanked me in person and was wondering if I needed any more construction work done....



This would be fine with me. It does make the guys feel appreciated but doesn't over-step boundaries.
I feel that my manpower is just that. They stink,they look a bit rough but the workmanship is of the highest quality and they get their money from me,not my employer.
It is about boundaries and there is a line that needs to be drawn and adhered to. I'm not comfortable with my customer handing out cash to my men,they are already being paid top rate and my customer is also paying top rate since I'm certain I'm not the cheapest price they got tendered.


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Re: Tipping Carpenters ? [Re: xxch4osxx] #3388989
06/04/14 05:39 PM
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Originally Posted By: xxch4osxx
Originally Posted By: Clevy
As a self employed carpenter with 30+ employees if my customer wanted to do something extra then buy the guys a pizza at lunch.
If I ever found out my men accepted money from a customer I would fire them immediately.
Beer if fine too,on a Friday at quitting time and only provide enough for 2 for each man.
I don't think firing someone for accepting a tip would go over well with the Labour board.


Pfffft.
The labour board is an effort in futility. They have absolutely no power whatsoever and they can't tell me how to run my business.
The labour board is a joke on the highest level and an utter waste of tax dollars.
I can run my business however I see fit and the labour board cannot do anything to change that.
That comment made me laugh. Like out loud.
Hilarious.
This ain't the union,and crying to some government agency for taking money behind your employers back really doesn't look good on the employee.
This isn't a restaurant,and my manpower aren't servers.
Your comment does tell me a lot about you though. When you've called the labour board did you get far?


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Re: Tipping Carpenters ? [Re: xxch4osxx] #3388994
06/04/14 05:46 PM
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Originally Posted By: xxch4osxx
I don't think firing someone for accepting a tip would go over well with the Labour board.

Why should they have a problem with it if he's made it clear he's got a no tip policy? Is there some regulation against that up there? It goes against the business owner's concept of professionalism and that should be that.

One could also argue that allowing tips could present a conflict of interest or undermine Clevy's authority. It is his ship and he should be allowed to run it as he sees fit.

Re: Tipping Carpenters ? [Re: HTSS_TR] #3389000
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My FIL is a carpenter and he just likes it best when you ooh and aww over the quality of his work. And stay out of his hair otherwise.

A few folks tried to tip me when I worked as a tire monkey. Felt weird. We weren't supposed to accept them, but the service writer forwarded them to me.

We got into pickles (no stock etc) where we'd wind up putting the spare on for free and the customer felt bad.

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