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« on: December 13, 2011, 07:51:06 PM »

Our mail carrier is pretty damn good - on days he's not working, it's obvious.  He's slightly weird, but cool.  He told me the other day that his last day is the 30th, and he's retiring (he's an older dude).  I sort of get the feeling he's fishing for retirement tips (or maybe he's just being his normal, personable self), but I also sort of think something is warranted because he really has been great.

What's appropriate in this situation?
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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2011, 07:59:21 PM »

Perhaps a modest gift card to an area restaurant, or if you are slightly aware of any interests or hobbies, Best Buy is typically a safe bet.  Another option would be baked goods of some sort.  My aunt sends us these every year, and while I'm not much of a sweets person, holy Tebow are they amazing.  If you have a nearby specialty place like a bakery or specialty food store, a small gift basket can brighten someone's day, especially if it was obviously made with them in mind.  Yet another option, if you do any kind of holiday baking, nothing is quite as personal has homemade baked goods you made yourself as a gift.  People seem to typically appreciate homemade baked gifts around the holidays. 

I'd stay away from stamps.   icon_wink
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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2011, 08:02:25 PM »

I think a gift card is a pretty good idea.
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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2011, 08:04:14 PM »

Quote from: gellar on December 13, 2011, 08:02:25 PM

I think a gift card is a pretty good idea.

Hell, if your grocery is anything like mine, there's an entire gift card display with everything from Best Buy to restaurants to online stores.  If something like Best Buy or a restaurant is too specific, Amazon isn't a bad idea, either. 
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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2011, 08:13:59 PM »

Quote from: gellar on December 13, 2011, 08:02:25 PM

I think a gift card is a pretty good idea.

Better than cash?  I honestly wouldn't know where to get him a card from...
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« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2011, 08:14:53 PM »

Quote from: kratz on December 13, 2011, 08:13:59 PM

Quote from: gellar on December 13, 2011, 08:02:25 PM

I think a gift card is a pretty good idea.

Better than cash?  I honestly wouldn't know where to get him a card from...

That's really your call, to be honest.  I personally have no issue giving holiday tips in cash, but some people are uncomfortable with it. 
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« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2011, 08:15:38 PM »

aren't there generic Visa gift cards that can be used anywhere?  at least then he wouldn't be tied into a particular choice.
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« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2011, 08:19:57 PM »

Hrm...

"postal workers are not allowed to accept cash or checks, they may accept small gifts that are purchased for no more than $20"
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« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2011, 08:21:46 PM »

It seems gift cards fall under that rule as well.
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« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2011, 08:25:56 PM »

Does he know about the yellow snow? Nevermind, of course he does.

As to the monetary tip thing: what are they going to do - fire him? :biggrin:

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« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2011, 11:49:56 PM »

I just don't want to be in an awkward position of him saying 'oh shit, I can't take that!'
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« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2011, 11:54:44 PM »

Quote from: kratz on December 13, 2011, 08:19:57 PM

Hrm...

"postal workers are not allowed to accept cash or checks, they may accept small gifts that are purchased for no more than $20"

once he retires he's no longer a postal worker!  icon_twisted
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« Reply #12 on: December 13, 2011, 11:59:35 PM »

SOme relevant federal regulations.
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« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2011, 12:05:18 AM »

we tipped our mail carrier with cash every X-mas when I was growing up and they never got in trouble.  I think it's one of those don't ask don't tell things.
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« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2011, 02:33:03 AM »

Quote from: CeeKay on December 14, 2011, 12:05:18 AM

I think it's one of those don't ask don't tell things.

We're not talking about your time in the military here.

To play devil's advocate for a moment, he's retiring from a federal government job, so to say the least, he's going to get a pretty decent retirement check for the rest of his life, in addition to social security.

I agree with others though maybe a small gift certificate to a restaurant wouldn't hurt.

Having said that I don't think I've ever even seen my mail carrier..
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« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2011, 02:39:47 AM »

my mail carrier is hot
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« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2011, 03:31:47 AM »

Quote from: Mr. Fed on December 13, 2011, 11:59:35 PM


You lost me at 2635.201.

Also, I don't think mail carriers are actually considered true government employees, are they?  Isn't it a state sponsored agency that isn't a government agency?  I seem to recall something about this on NPR... anyway, the $20 thing seems to crop up on every result of any search I do.
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« Reply #17 on: December 14, 2011, 03:34:48 AM »

"Screw him and give him a dollar."

That's what you tell your hot wife/girlfriend. Cooking him breakfast should be her idea.


People tip their carriers at Christmas, if they want to. It's not going to get anybody fired. At one point in time the PO was buying million dollar houses for relocating postmasters. Now, I think it's only half a million, max.



Ten or twenty bucks is appropriate, if the guy did a good job and you want to give him cash and a card.

In reference to the above poster, we are quasi-govermental. we pay into the same retirement plan as the rest of the g'vment, but we take no taxpayer's money to fund or operations - haven't for decades. The USPS receives no sponsorship of any sort from the states.  
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« Reply #18 on: December 14, 2011, 04:07:18 AM »

Quote from: kratz on December 14, 2011, 03:31:47 AM

Quote from: Mr. Fed on December 13, 2011, 11:59:35 PM


You lost me at 2635.201.

Also, I don't think mail carriers are actually considered true government employees, are they?  Isn't it a state sponsored agency that isn't a government agency?  I seem to recall something about this on NPR... anyway, the $20 thing seems to crop up on every result of any search I do.

That's totally a great point.  Tell you what -- instead of tipping him, try macing him.  See if you get charged with simple assault in state court or with assault on a federal employee in the course of his duties in federal court.  We'll wait here.
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« Reply #19 on: December 14, 2011, 01:55:00 PM »

It's a great way to help him use up that sick leave! I'd do it if I were you.



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« Reply #20 on: December 14, 2011, 03:21:26 PM »

You know--why not? Tip him. USPS is going broke.. fast. And it's, after all, a service. He's a service provider. Those people could sure use the extra money.. and they would probably deliver your mail faster.
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« Reply #21 on: December 14, 2011, 03:29:36 PM »

Tipping him for better future service is like putting new tires on a car going to the wreckers.
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« Reply #22 on: December 14, 2011, 06:53:58 PM »

$14 billion in the hole this year, I heard.
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« Reply #23 on: December 16, 2011, 03:47:56 AM »

Because we have to fund the next 75 years of retirees. No joke. If it weren't for that, we'd be breaking even. Roll Eyes
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