How far has tipping gone? Do you tip the gas attendant? I never thought of doing so. In the 'olden' days one would have the car filled up and the windshild cleaned. You paid - and no tipping.
These days you mostly pump your own gas (and do your own windshield cleaning). I do pump my own gas whenever possible. But once in a while I visit a gas station, where ther are no self-pumps. Just because, they do not have self-pumps, should I really bow over and thank the attendant for pumping gas in my car?
Just wondering how you all feel about this - Pingo
This is from the Globe's Sunday paper:
We recently went to a full-service gas station that had prices similar to a self-service station. The attendant pumped gas for us in the pouring rain. His service wasn't exceptional, but given he served us in the rain and the price was right, I thought he deserved a tip. Is it appropriate to give attendants at full-service gas stations tips? How about the postal person? My mother-in-law disagrees with me on both counts. P.F. / Nashua
It's not required to give gas station attendants a tip, but why not, if it's horrible out and you get to stay in your nice warm car because of their labors? Researchers have recently discovered that being socially rejected can make people feel literally physically cold. Perhaps social kindness can have a warming effect. Even if not, getting something nice and unexpected, even if it's a small thing, can be inordinately cheering.
One must take more care about cheering postal workers, though, as they are subject to rules about what they can accept. Cash is out, but you can give them small (valued under $20) gifts or cookies or some such.