Wednesday, November 19, 2008

How Shtinkykat Became a Grinch

Holiday tipping etiquette suggests that I tip my newspaper delivery guy anywhere between $10-$20 this Christmas. But guess what? My newspaper delivery guy is going to get a big donut, a bagel, a big zippo from me this year.

I live on the second floor and my delivery guy tosses my newspaper from the center courtyard, over the balcony, to my front door. About a month ago, my newspaper guy hit my orchid and smashed the ceramic pot. It woke my neighbors and me and I had to clean up the mess at 3:30 a.m. Immediately after the accident, my orchid lost its blooms and has been slowly dying since. The delivery guy never left a message or apologized for the accident.

I can understand that this guy was scared for his job and was probably worried he would have to compensate me. But did this guy really think I wouldn't know it was him?

This guy is no different from any other "hit and run" driver and hence a slimeball. Quite frankly, he's lucky I never reported him to his employer. I consider that my tip for him. It's not about the money or the plant since I would've never asked for a penny had he 'fessed up. It's the principle.

Do you think I'm being petty? Or do you think the newspaper carrier doesn't deserve to be tipped either?


Sharon Rose said...

Hi there-I totally agree with you. He could have at least apologised, I wouldn't feel guilty either my dear!!

jpkittie said...

I am with you too --- an apology would have been nice.

but then again, I don't really tip my newspaper delivery either. There are many times that the ads are missing or the whole paper all together... (my newspaper is delivered into my paper box at the end of the drive)

MoneyMateKate said...

My father delivered newspapers at 4am for 10 years(long story... genius IQ, but ADD, PTSD, and a plethora of other acronyms). The money they make looks okay on the surface, but the amount of money spent on constant repairs to brakes and transmission plus the wear and tear on their shoulder cuffs from throwing (there's a very sad story there, but that's not the point of this story)...well, you might want to reconsider.

In fact, here's another reason you might want to reconsider: Tip Revenge. My dad was a FANTASTIC delivery guy. He could throw that paper perfectly out of the sunroof so that it would land leaning against your door. After Jan 5th, if the delivery guys didn't get a tip from you, they would enact Tip Revenge: that paper would land under your car, in a puddle, you name it, until the boss said "stop with the Tip Revenge, guys".

Just something to think about, even though I do truly believe your reasoning is just. As someone who has finally killed the only plant that managed to survive more than a month in her care, I feel for your orchid.

Miss M said...

How on earth would I give the tip to the newspaper guy, he throws the paper out of a moving car. Am I supposed to run after him? Half the time the paper explodes and blows all over the neighborhood. Sorry your pot got broken, I can't keep pretty plants alive for my life.

Shtinkykat said...

Hmmm. I'm always happy to get diverse point of views. Gives me some food for thought. Thanks for the input!

Miss M: Doesn't your newspaper guy stick an self-addressed envelope in your newspaper in December? That's how I've tipped my guy in the past.

Empress Juju said...

What's Christmas all about again?

It's totally up to you what you do, but it's worth $20 for me to feel like a member of the human race during the holidays.

I'm so grateful that I don't deliver newspapers, and that all my mistakes won't be held against me this Christmas!

Shtinkykat said...

Empress Juju: Destroying someone's property by accident is a mistake. Not acknowledging the mistake is intentional and there IS a difference. Secondly, a tip is paid for good service. I don't think destroying someone's property and not apologizing for it qualifies as good service. But either way, I'm still mulling my decision. Thanks for your comment.