MSNBC has a piece entitled, “The fine art of holiday tipping,” talking about gratuities customary in New York City for various people. I must say, it has never occured to me to tip most of the people on this list, let alone in the amounts indicated.
The only people I regularly tip are those who make very low wages with the expectation that they are bolstered by tips–waiters, taxi drivers, hotel bellmen, and the like. If I had nannies, housekeepers, and the like in my employ, I’m sure I’d give them a holiday bonus.
Why, for example, would I tip the person who gets paid to throw the paper on my driveway and whom I’ve never seen? The people who work for UPS and get paid to deliver packages? Trash collectors? Pet groomers?