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Tipping the workmen

We have been having the balcony concrete replaced with stone. Two guys working 4 days in this heat. They did a great job so we decided to tip the guys and give them some beers. Well the guy looked at us and I thought he was going to cry or hug us. Have we broken a rule and ruined it for all others?
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Old 26.08.2011, 17:16
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I don't think it's customary but I do it too.
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Old 26.08.2011, 17:19
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Beer? Beer?! Where's the bloody cash?
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Sorry but he accepted the beer and cash. All gone.
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Old 26.08.2011, 20:53
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Tipping workmen here is unusual and would be unexpected, but if you're pleased, then why not. We offer anybody who comes to our place a cup of coffee and it's nearly always accepted. We've found that indoor workers usually refuse alcohol but those working outside really appreciate a beer if it's hot. We have a guy who helps in the garden. We tip him at Christmas. He says we're the only ones who do.
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We have been having the balcony concrete replaced with stone. Two guys working 4 days in this heat. They did a great job so we decided to tip the guys and give them some beers. Well the guy looked at us and I thought he was going to cry or hug us. Have we broken a rule and ruined it for all others?
My partner is a Swiss electrician. He says that a few years ago this was customary, i.e. offering something to drink or even giving a tip at the end, and it is much appreciated as workmen usually have a bad salary in this country. But things have changed, and people don't really do it anymore, maybe because we've lost the meaning of being polite (re: offering a drink for example), so if you feel like tipping, by all means do.
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Re: Tipping the workmen

My mom always brought out a pot of coffee for workers (bored housewife).

I think you a god amoung people for this act. There is nothing a hardworking physical labourer loves more than a cold beer after a good days work in the summer.

Watch that one scene in Shawshank Redemption, it says it all. On that level, I miss my teen days framing houses.
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They did a great job so we decided to tip the guys and give them some beers. Well the guy looked at us and I thought he was going to cry or hug us.
Delightful, hopefully someone or something good will happen to you both

Keep spreading the happiness when you can
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Re: Tipping the workmen

If someone has done a great job with a smile on their face then I do tip.
When I moved house we were a quoted price that I thought was too low. The 3 guys were with us till 10pm at night!! I could see it was going to be a struggle so at lunch time I made them all stop and gave them lunch. They were so delighted that they stayed on without a moan till everything was sorted out. When they finally left I gave them all a good tip.
Roll forward 7 years and I moved again. I got the same firm and when they rolled up there were 2 of the guys from before who remembered me. They even took a door down to get a sofa in and nothing was too much trouble - they even moved all my statues and garden pots all over the garden till it was what I wanted
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