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Tipping Your Newspaper Carrier
updated: Dec 05, 2011, 8:41 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

For newspaper carriers, how much of a tip is recommended? With a year of perfect service delivery, it seems as if some recognition in the form of a tip and note is a nice gesture. What do Edhat readers think?

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 COMMENT 238178P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-05 08:49 AM

$10 or $20 is fine. Let your income be your guide.


 COMMENT 238180 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-05 08:51 AM

No tip for the one in our neighborhood on the Mesa, they swerve around way too fast and out of control while I walk my dog in the early a.m. Almost been iced by them a couple times as they aren't ever paying to attention and don't stop at the stop signs.


 COMMENT 238181P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-05 08:53 AM

Of course you could tip Edhat with a paid subscription, too. :-)


 COMMENT 238183P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-05 09:01 AM

$20 sounds about right for the newspaper delivery person...don't forget the other service people in your lives, especially in this economy. If you can afford gardeners, housekeepers, hairdressers, etc., you should tip them one weeks salary (theirs!) or the cost of one session...ho ho ho!!


 COMMENT 238193 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-05 09:20 AM

I get the paper one day a week. Should I tip 1/7 of $10 or $20?


 COMMENT 238201 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-05 09:33 AM

When I used to deliver newspapers as a kid thirty years ago, I delivered the newspaper to the customer's doorstep. When the delivery person starts putting my paper on my doorstep instead of speeding up my street and flinging it at the bottom of my driveway, I will gladly give him a healthy tip.


 COMMENT 238207P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-05 09:54 AM

How about a mailman who fails to get the mail in the right box on an ongoing basis. My neighbors are always delivering my mail that they found in their mailboxes and visa versa?

But he/she always gets the christmas card with return envelope included in the right box.

(Nearest major cross street. Turnpike and Calle Real.)


 COMMENT 238210P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-05 10:07 AM

Has the Grinch hijacked this thread?

Newspaper delivery persons are not making a ton of money, tipping them during they Holidays is a nice gesture and one they will likely remember.


 COMMENT 238214 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-05 10:12 AM

When I was but a wee lad delivering the local paper, the proximity of the paper to your front porch was in direct proportion to the amount of your Christmas tip. The one thing I could guarantee was that if you gave me no tip, your paper would almost always end up on your roof for the month of January. Merry Christmas!


 COMMENT 238218 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-05 10:29 AM

@207P: Your letter carrier should not be soliciting tips. They are well-paid workers, and they often make a little extra in overtime during the holiday season. In addition, Federal law limits gifts to a value less than $20, and specifies NO CASH GIFTS. Here is what the USPS website has to say:

"Gifts to Postal Service Employees

While many Postal Serviceā„¢ customers have traditionally thanked their letter carrier with gifts of cash during the holiday season, this practice puts our employees at risk of violating federal law. The Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch ("Standards"), specifies that Postal Service employees may not accept gifts from outside sources (including Postal Service customers) or gifts given to them because of their official positions. Postal Service employees are also prohibited from soliciting gifts from outside sources.

There are a number of exceptions and exclusions to the general gifts rule. Postal Service employees may accept the following items:

-Snacks and beverages that are not offered as part of a meal.
-Items with little intrinsic value (i.e., greeting cards, plaques, pens, coffee mugs, etc.).
-Perishable items (i.e., flowers, chocolates, cookies, etc.); if the items are clearly worth more than $20, employees should share them with others in the Postal Service workplace.
-Items with a market (retail) value of $20 or less.
-Gifts motivated solely because of a personal relationship.
-Gifts for which the employee has paid market (retail) value.
-Gifts paid for by the Postal Service.
-Postal Service employees may not accept cash - in any amount or form (bills, checks, money orders) - from an outside source."


 COMMENT 238223 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-05 10:54 AM

I always see my paperboy at the Carrillo onramp with a sign that says "Money for Xmas..."God Bless"

He ain't gettin' no tip from me!


 COMMENT 238229 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-05 11:22 AM

Gosh thanks Captain Haley! Where would we be without you!?? Sorry to re-steer your rant back to the point but, this is a paper delivery person, not a mail carrier. This is a paper delivery person, not a UPS employee. Oh no Captain. Oh no!!!! You had so much to say too!! Oooops. Never mind.


 COMMENT 238237P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-05 11:45 AM

Here is a good guide:


 COMMENT 238249P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-05 12:19 PM

I usually give our News-Press carrier a $20 tip. We pay the newspaper monthly by direct debit, and we have them take out an extra $2 per month for the carrier (which comes out to $24 a year, but is automatically taxable income).


 COMMENT 238254 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-05 12:32 PM

@229: My apologies. I was responding to 207P, who did ask about his letter carrier. Sorry to disturb you...


 COMMENT 238257 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-05 12:42 PM

um..... we have a speeding newspress delivery guy too... loud car stereo music at 5am.. loud muffler...

Even if I did want to tip him, how on earth would I catch him? He certainly doesn't stop at stop signs and there aren't any stop lights in my neighborhood....


 COMMENT 238283 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-05 02:21 PM

I think if you are paying $4/wk to get the Newspress delivered that you are paying about $3.98 too much. Cancel that rag and the issue of tipping the delivery person is moot.


 COMMENT 238312P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-05 03:40 PM

Thanks for answering my question Capt. I will print out you response and fold it up and put it in the return envelope that the mailman leaves for me with the Christmas card.


 COMMENT 238319 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-05 04:27 PM

How about "Stay in school so you don't have to deliver newspapers the rest of your life."


 COMMENT 238321 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-05 04:33 PM

I'm with 283, with the additional comment that the original poster asked about tipping NEWSpaper delivery people, and I don't think the News Press counts as a newspaper.

For the NYT and the LA Times, I give $20, despite the fact that my NYT sometimes doesn't show up until well after daybreak.


 COMMENT 238408 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-06 07:27 AM

Nothin wrong with delivering newspapers..not everybody needs college right away and we all now know its no guarantee of a job...I started off doing newspaper delivery as a kid and worked my up to route manager and supervisor and area foreman..made over $100K/yr at it before going off to school out here. then put myself thru school out here doing same for NewsPress.
Tips are a good idea if you like your paperboy/girl and appreciate the service. Usually amounts to about 1 month subscription price or $20 whichever is lower.


 COMMENT 238413 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-06 07:36 AM

In 1950 as an 11 year old when I delivered the News Press and had to collect in person from most customers monthly....Gee it must have been all of $1.25 or so... I was REALLY pleased when I got a tip of 25 or 50 cents when I collected in December. And once in a while I even got a DOLLAR!!! I think I had around 100 or more papers and never had a tip from those who had "office pay."

I had a bicycle route, of course, that included a private lane from Puesta del Sol to Mission Canyon and then up Mission Canyon to where it turned towards the Botanical Garden and back across Foothill to Alamar and then Paseo del Descanso back to Puesta del Sol.

I sure wouldn't want to deliver papers on a bicycle on those streets, particularly on Mission Canyon or Foothill these days!! When I quit it became a "car route."

Wonder if what I went through would be considered CHILD CRUELTY these days?


 COMMENT 238417P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-06 07:42 AM

We buy our guy a Trader Joes gift certificate for $25.00.
Anyone who has a job like this needs a break, the pay is not good, the hours are awful, and there is always someone who wants to complain.


 COMMENT 238437 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-06 08:09 AM

I appreciate the fact the paper is in my driveway before 6:30 usually. I think a lot of the delivery people probably have two jobs at least, and have to get up really early to deliver papers. I do send about five dollars each year in the card that's delivered with the paper. My son was a mail carrier and received nice money gifts he didn't solicit. Didn't know it wasn't allowed. I put a card w/cash out for my mail carrier at Christmas and try and catch the trash men. Of course, they aren't having to get out of their trucks now to empty the heavy trash.


 SBALAX agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-06 08:19 AM

We usually give the newspaper delivery person $20.00. This year we have really good service.

Until the Post Office changed the routes this summer we had a wonderful letter carrier. He always got a $25.00 Trader Joe's gift card along with a turkey sandwich at Thanksgiving, a bottle of cold water on hot days and cookies now and then. (Yes, Ron, I'm talking about you!)

Our current carrier is a pleasant person but may be dyslexic. Just about every day I end up doing my own delivery run to neighbors. He'll get our best wishes for the holiday.

I'd really like to tip the trash guys but there seem to be at least three different sets (Green waste, recycle, trash). What to do?


 COMMENT 238443P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-06 08:25 AM

Yes, I have wondered the same thing about the garbage men. Suggestions?


 COMMENT 238445 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-06 08:29 AM

Tipping your newspaper carrier has been a time honored tradition! Quit being a scrooge and tip the pizza guy, the flower delivery person, the guy who helps load the Xmas tree into your house or on top of your car! Spread some Xmas cheer, Scrooge!


 COMMENT 238468 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-06 09:10 AM

~413: yep! these days I am sure it would be considered child abuse...haha! My paper route was in downtown Washington, D.C. and I had to get up at 4am and walk a half mile in sub-zero temps to the corner where my RM would literally hurl a 50lb frozen bundle or two at me (I really think he was aiming ;) then go deliver over 100 papers to the doorsteps and apartments. The most dangerous part was actual collection time (sing it with me..."in the ghetto...")

~417P: I think you just described all jobs, everywhere :)

I do remember that adult folks like the postman and garbage collectors and milkman would get the gift of alcohol every Christmas. It was tradition!


 COMMENT 238488P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-06 10:04 AM

Which comes first -the good, timely service where they do not deliver to your door when you have requested a vacation hold or the tip?


 COMMENT 238528P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-06 11:47 AM

Re: the 3 sets of garbage collectors, I leave 3 separate
envelopes , 2 bills in each, taped to the inside of the garbage can lids. These guys do a hard day's work and certainly deserve something extra at Christmas.
Ditto for the paperboys, who are often adults getting up and driving around at awful hours before going to another job. Come on, folks, get a grip. If you can afford these services you can afford to tip the people who work hard to provide them. Also applies to others, e.g. gardeners, hairdressers,mailmen. Is Christmas really the time to be thinking up excuses not to help the people who help us? Not the spirit we talk about, seems to me. Don't mean to sound so preachy, but fair's fair.


 COMMENT 238537 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-06 12:09 PM

ALL tipping is for "especially" good service. It says more about the person doing the tipping than it does about the server. A tip should not be "required" to supplement a lower wage. The government should not be allowed to tax some occupations and not others for their "supposed" tips. And I agree that tipping for having newspaper flung out of a noisy (loud radio) car in the wee hours when people are trying to sleep is WRONG !


 IHEARTSB agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-06 01:34 PM

Wait, there are still people out there who get the SBNP delivered? You're kidding, right?


 COMMENT 238631 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-06 05:34 PM

That carrier is no longer an employee of our office...BTW!
And you tip because you want to, not because you have too. And we don't make a lot of money.....
The extra money made is due to overtime...I rather be home with my family!
Merry Christmas!


 COMMENT 238654 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-06 07:10 PM

tips are why servers work! without tips you might as well work at mcdonalds


 COMMENT 239213 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-08 11:56 AM

I have tipped the newspaper carrier on occasion when he would include a small christmas card with his address on it. (not too subtle a hint) However the one that serves us now will fly by in the early morning horns flinging the paper. Momentum and other conditions result in the paper winding up almost anywhere in the front yard or street. It is an unwelcome adventure in the chilly morning hours to locate the paper and bring it in particularly if it is rainy.
What I am inclined to do this year is to get a handful of change for the "tip" and then just before the carrier arrives, fling it into the driveway and the street and let the carrier hunt for it as I must do for my paper!


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