First it was the Sunday paper, then the Daily Paper. Who else could be out there giving Christmas cards to their customers along the way? Well, there’s the mailman, but I wouldn’t expect that. Nope…it was from the garbage man.
Or, as it is on the cover of the envelope, “Your G-Man”. Of the three pieces of Christmas regalia that have been received here this year, this is probably even more impersonal than the one from the Sunday paper. This was a Christmas card (cover a drawing of Mr. and Mrs Claus; the greeting is “Best wishes for a dreamy Christmas & bright New Year.” And instead of signing the card, the name and address of the person has been stamped there. I would only guess that they had a lot of cards to fill in as I’ve heard reports of similar cards being received in the general area around here.
It’s pretty obvious what the motivation behind this is – they want gifts from their “customers”. They seem to forget that we pay their salaries and, quite frankly, they’re expected to do their job and have specific criteria for delivery/pickup, and do earn a salary from doing said job. I think they are expecting you to give tips, but they maybe should realize that there are a lot of people who don’t believe in tipping these folks or who don’t like to leave money just lying outside for them to pick up. If you’re interested, there’s even a Tipping Etiquette Guide that will tell you how much you should give these folks at Christmastime. They do advise you that you really only should – “Tip those who serve you all year long and whom you have a personal relationship with.”