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I worked at a large REI bike department for quite awhile - six mechanics and five work stations. There was a store policy of no booze on the premises, but I always brought in a 12-pack of good brews for them every once in awhile. They were friends and did a lot of free work and teaching for me, so we usually enjoyed the the brews together. There were a couple of regular customers who were very pleased with the work the mechs did, and they would often bring in treats to show their appreciation. One woman brought her bike in every year to get it tuned, and when she picked it up, she brougnt 2-3 pizzas for the bike shop staff. It was a nice touch. I think you need to know the staff pretty well to bring beers to them, but something like pastries or some other treats are always appreciated.
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