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Old 03-18-2008, 02:21 PM   #16
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Yes we did. He did a job above and beyond what the average guy would have done.
I gotta know, what did he do that was extra? Give you free channels?
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Old 03-18-2008, 02:24 PM   #17
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To tip or not to tip? I've been thinking. If it's something I can do myself but have someone else do for me (ie delivering pizza, carrying my bags), I'll tip them. If it's something I can't do (installing cable, delivering a package/furniture), I'm not going to tip. Although, tipping my hairstylist/spa person, doesn't really fit in to that.
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Old 03-18-2008, 02:36 PM   #18
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tipping is out of control. i would never even think to tip the installer. the tipping everyone mentality needs to end here. who is with me?
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Old 03-18-2008, 02:37 PM   #19
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considering DH threw that last DirectTV installers we had here out of the house, no we don't tip. They did however VERY strongly hint that they expected a tip and would fudge my invoice if I did tip them.

Of course DH tossed them after a few crude remarks they made about me.
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Old 03-18-2008, 03:17 PM   #20
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considering DH threw that last DirectTV installers we had here out of the house, no we don't tip. They did however VERY strongly hint that they expected a tip and would fudge my invoice if I did tip them.

Of course DH tossed them after a few crude remarks they made about me.
The installers said something crude about you? That stinks. What would make them do something like that? I would have been peeved enough to toss em out too.


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Old 03-18-2008, 09:37 PM   #21
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The installers said something crude about you? That stinks. What would make them do something like that? I would have been peeved enough to toss em out too.


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I think I'd get banned if I posted what they said. They didn't like my attitude and that I was making the decisions about the install. The asked me several times "shouldn't I call my husband" because I wanted things wired a certain way.

I wanted them to run the lines through the attic rather than just stringing them along the house and drilling a hole though the stucco. They just didn't want to do the extra work. They wanted to take the easy way out even though I was paying the extra directTv fee to have it wired through the walls.

They didn't like that I wouldn't let them do short-cuts and that I didn't jump at their suggestion that I should give them cash.

After several hours DH got home from work and they still weren't finished with the install. They made several comments to HIM about me and my attitude. He threw them out and finished the stuff on his own.
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Old 03-18-2008, 09:49 PM   #22
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Nope, I've never tipped anyone like that. I would never think to tip the cable/DishTV guy, the plumber, electrician or landscapers etc. I'll give them cold drinks or whatever but that's it. I do tip anyone who delivers appliances or furniture though - or pizza or chinese food for that matter!
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Old 03-18-2008, 10:10 PM   #23
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OMG, NO!! The guy was a jerk and completely screwed up. He drilled a hole in my wall for the cable even after I showed him where the other line was in the basement. Somehow his one hole on the outside of my house made TWO holes inside my house. He drilled these hole in FRONT of the TV, so you saw them as you came intot he room (instead of hiding it back BEHIND the TV) He never tacked down the cable line outside the house, just left it hung loose from the dish down into my yard.
It was a nightmare!!
I had to force his manager to come out in the dark to inspect what he did.
Then I had to wait for another guy to come, and they screwed that up and the guy never came. I was ready to cancel and throw all their equipment into the street for them to come by and pick up. DH took over after that!! We finally had a very nice man come out and spend the WHOLE day with us to fix the problems.
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Old 03-18-2008, 10:22 PM   #24
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DH has tipped the cable guy, I probably wouldn't though.

We had FIOS installed a few months ago and we didn't tip. One of the guys is friends with DH. Plus DH did most of the work for them before they even showed up and he helped them with the job. We did buy them lunch though.
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Old 03-18-2008, 10:31 PM   #25
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tipping is out of control. i would never even think to tip the installer. the tipping everyone mentality needs to end here. who is with me?

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Old 03-19-2008, 12:44 AM   #26
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I was a teacher and I waited for a parent to tell me, "Thanks for teaching my child to read. Here's $5.00" Never happened.

I never even thought of tipping our Dish Network guy.

I agree, it's out of control.

Just remembered, the room mothers in my dc's preschool asked everyone to contribute $20 CASH for the teachers at Christmas. That was sort of like a tip. I should have chosen better room mothers!
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Old 03-19-2008, 12:56 AM   #27
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I usually do tip service people. Just a habit, I guess.
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Old 03-19-2008, 02:39 PM   #28
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Old 03-19-2008, 02:45 PM   #29
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Let's see - they showed up four hours late (I was given a window of between 1 and 4 pm and they showed up at 8 pm), put holes in my roof, threw the old dish into my neighbors pool, and left a bunch of wires hanging...no I didn't tip them.
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Old 03-19-2008, 03:05 PM   #30
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The tipping thing is out of control. I tip waitresses and bartenders only. We did tip mousekeeping at WDW.

But that's it. I don't tip the mailman, my hairdresser, my babysitter, or anyone else.
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