Re: A question about annual tips to service providers
From: Virgil Huston (
Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2017 21:33:00 -0800 (PST)
I don't think people do this much anymore, co-housing or not. When I
was a kid, we gave stuff to all the service workers, mailman, milkman,
garbage men, etc. Yeah, back then they were all men, too. Sometimes it
was a now politically incorrect six pack of beer, we actually knew
something about these folks, too. We also knew our neighbors and
didn't need co-housing for that. Times have changed. Nice to see
someone trying to keep it alive, but it is probably a lost cause.

On Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 12:18 AM, Muriel Kranowski <murielk [at]> wrote:
> One of my neighbors asked me to pose this query.
> Every December she announces a totally voluntary "tips" collection, and
> whatever she receives is given as a "Christmas bonus" tip to the workers
> who empty our dumpster and another set of workers who take away our
> recyclables. We're on a private road and have to arrange to have those
> done, so they are contracted to us, not to the town, which may or may not
> be relevant. The people who drive those trucks are performing a much-needed
> service for us whether their company works directly for us or for the town
> and we want to show our appreciation - at least those of us who respond to
> her annual appeal want to.
> This is not an official workshare task.This neighbor does it because she
> feels it is the right thing for us to do, but she is getting a bit burned
> out on the collecting-the-money part of it, and wonders how or if other
> communities handle this.
> Do any of you tip some of your hired workers in this way? If so, whom do
> you tip, and how are the funds generated? Ie, is it in your regular budget,
> or is it a charitable and voluntary effort as it has been here?
> Thanks!
>   Muriel at Shadowlake Village
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