Is it customary to tip the cable guy?

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  1. gwlam12

    gwlam12 Diamond Member

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    I don't know what's expected nowadays. I'm getting old.
     
  2. KK

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    only if she's hot and offers free services.
     
  3. MikeyIs4Dcats

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    no, unless he does something special and doesn't charge you.
     
  4. AgaBoogaBoo

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    Soon enough, we'll be tipping at Mcdonald's :p
     
  5. thepd7

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    Not that I have ever heard of.

    edit: with the obvious exception if they give you stuff for free as mentioned above.
     
  6. DivideBYZero

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    Do you tip the Postman?
     
  7. Captante

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    If he just does the standard install I wouldn't bother ... only tip him if he goes above & beyond whats to be expected.
     
  8. ungsunghero

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    I'd offer him a drink, at most, unless he has to do some hardcore wiring (installing wires through the wall, for example).
     
  9. Sentinel

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    I wouldn't, they are doing their job- not providing you with something other than what they get paid to do.
     
  10. Mo0o

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    They're paid based on the assumption that they dont get tips, so no, i dont tip them
     
  11. Rubycon

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    Some folks may do that so they leave these out of the line. ;)
     
  12. Dessert Tears

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  13. mercanucaribe

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    They don't take tips. I told the cable guy he could keep the pen I lent him one time, but he said "No, it could be considered a tip".
     
  14. ch33zw1z

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    tip the cable guy? lol...
     
  15. IamElectro

    IamElectro Golden Member

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    Why would you tip a person that is already making 15 - 20 per hour?
     
  16. mobobuff

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    Unless he goes out of his way to do something for you, I wouldn't think so. If it's a standard installation, he'll be happy enough with his regular pay. If it's a service call and he's there for a long time, you might want to consider a tip. If he helps you out with your sound system or something similar, something he didn't HAVE to do. Yeah you should probably consider a tip.
     
  17. jupiter57

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    Dude!
    This is ATOT!
    You tip no one, anywhere, anytime, for anything!
    Especially Waitresses and Pizza Delivery folks.

    Personally, I will tip just about anyone if: they go above & beyond what is required, they are exceptionally efficient at what they do, or if the do an extra good job.
     
  18. miri

    miri Diamond Member

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    no, im pretty sure they get paid more than $2.13 a hour from their employer

     
  19. Praetor

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    Yeah, a little over 10x that amount, actually. ;)
     
  20. WTT0001

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    Well, As a satellite installer I can tell you that we appreciate tips, by the time we pay for gas and supplies most are making around minimum wage, sometimes less depending on gas prices:(

    WTT
     
  21. SparkyJJO

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    Tipping the cable guy is not nice! If the cows don't like it, why would he?

    :p
     
  22. amdhunter

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    <-- was a Southern Manhattan NYC Time Warner Cable tech for 5 years

    Before 9/11 I used to average ~100/day in tips, after 9/11, less than that in a week. I miss those days. Yes, it's nice to tip a cable guy, but it isn't necessary. I used to hate when I went the extra mile for some people and didn't get a single penny though. Many people will act like they are gonna tip you, and then stiff you...lol
     
  23. RU482

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    How does that differ from waiters?
     
  24. lupi

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    lol ;)
     
  25. Pacfanweb

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    Funny. But you know waiters aren't paid solely by the restaurant to do what they do. Most of their income comes from tips.