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    Tipping Bike Messengers?

    My wife uses Bike Messengers for work on occasion. Today I asked her if she tips them. She said she does not, because it never crossed her mind that she should.

    Google search on the topic didn't really yield anything. Are tips accepted/common/expected by Bike Messengers?

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    Give an all purpose tip: Tell 'em, "Buy Low, Sell High."

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    Yes, you should, if they provide excellent service.

    If you are really unsure, messenger for a couple of months and then decide.
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    I would, as a cyclist, out of general principle...but that's me.
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    http://bikeforums.net/forumdisplay.php?f=178

    All the messengers/fakengers seem to hang out in ss/fg.

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    Yes, you must tip the messengers... so they can tip the bike mechanic. Who does the wrench tip??
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    Sneak up on them while they're in a track stand... then it's just like cow tipping.

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    Tip the messenger so they can bribe the dispatcher who really makes the money.

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    I was a messenger for 4 or 5 years and only received 2 or 3 tips. 99.9% of deliveries were to businesses and no tip was expected. On the very rare personal delivery is were the tips were given.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike
    Give an all purpose tip: Tell 'em, "Buy Low, Sell High."
    What if they're going to short?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiahh
    Yes, you must tip the messengers... so they can tip the bike mechanic. Who does the wrench tip??
    Waiter, bartender, paper boy, barber, etc.
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    Ive been given tips twice out of more than about 40,000 deliveries. Tips arent needed or expected, but they are always accepted of course

    Really, tips arent normal in the biz, we do just fine as it is. Most of us or companies charge for time and distance, the fee for fast service is already included. I charge $7 for 1/2hr service downtown to downtown and a run like that typically takes only 5-7 mins from pick to drop. I average about $35/hr when Im busy, not the $2.05/hr a waitress gets paid before tips.

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    I'm thinking that if you really like your bike messenger service, have food delivered for the messengers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by apclassic9
    I'm thinking that if you really like your bike messenger service, have food delivered for the messengers.
    they might not get the chance to eat it, Ive had to blow off lunches with clients all the time because of being too busy to stop and eat, yesterday it happened again matter of fact

    typical day means nonstop running around from about 8am to round 5pm often going as fast as you can, you dont get breaks if your a busy messenger

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    Quote Originally Posted by apclassic9
    I'm thinking that if you really like your bike messenger service, have food delivered for the messengers.
    Wouldn't the food delivery guy now have to chase the messenger around on a bike to deliver the food to him? Hilarious!

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    uh, 7:30 a.m. breakfast spread with munchies to go?
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    My husband worked at a cycle service in NYC in the early 80's. Breakfast, portable munchies, after-work brews. I've tripped over more than 1 overserved bike messenger.
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    Offering candies or a donut or the like from what the staff brought in that day is always appreciated. Hot coffee in winter and cold water in summer will always make it a pleasant stop.

    Even if they don't accept it for whatever reason, it's appreciated.

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    If you really like your bike messenger service simply use them at every opportunity, find new reasons & save yourself time. They'll deliver more than documents these days & are more cost effective than sending anyone out or going yourself to get something you don't have at hand. Every time you use them you can pat yourself on the back, you just helped relieve a tiny bit of congestion and pollution.

    Many of them see it that way and it's all the tip they need, to know you'd rather see it done on a bike than in a car.

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    You people are all sick. Obligatory tipping is a scourge of decent society.
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    See? Proof in point. Pedex comes in to confirm the reality.

    Do you ever question your attitudes to tipping? The fact that most seemed to think it's a good idea without even knowing how much a courier makes or what the norm is seems to indicate how well you've been programmed to tip by default.

    I just came back from 8 hours riding, I've had a big J, my head is barely functioning, and this thread is calling out to me.

    Please, someone come up with the argument that "there's no harm in it". Please.

    I despise tipping as the norm. I'm all over this thread like stink on a monkey.
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    ...good question....although isn't it kinda like tipping the FEDEX dude?
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    Quote Originally Posted by soze
    Offering candies or a donut or the like from what the staff brought in that day is always appreciated. Hot coffee in winter and cold water in summer will always make it a pleasant stop.

    Even if they don't accept it for whatever reason, it's appreciated.
    The firms in my building who use bike messengers always have portable food items at their reception desks for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slvoid
    Wouldn't the food delivery guy now have to chase the messenger around on a bike to deliver the food to him? Hilarious!
    hire a messenger to deliver the food?

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    Is bike messenger tipping anything like cow tipping? They wouldn't like that.

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