Most Americans don't tip like people from NY
Most Americans don't bother with seasonal gratuities like handing over bills like these to lots of people during the holiday tipping season, but that's not an option in the real world, researchers say.
According to a new national survey, doormen, barbers, mail carriers, personal trainers, dog walkers and nannies are all on the receiving end of a cash-filled envelope from their fellow New Yorkers.
"You tip (them) because you see them every day," the New York Daily news quoted real estate lawyer and web columnist Ron Leshnower as saying.
"But you also tip to show them you appreciate what they do for you," Leshnower said.
And that's how it should be, though it can be especially tricky for doormen.
"In New York City, the lowest you go is USD 10 or USD 20," he said.
"Some luxury buildings you can go above a hundred. You should ask your neighbours to find out how much they give," he said.
Leshnower advised not to forget the mail carrier.
Postal workers aren't allowed to accept cash, but gifts or gift cards of up to 20 dollars are allowed and appreciated, he said.
"If you were to tip everyone you would go broke," Julyne Derrick, the beauty expert for About.com, said.
"This is only for people you see on a regular basis," she said.
Additionally, people who don't usually get tips like personal trainers or house cleaners should get a one-time Christmas bonus of twice their session pay.
As for the nanny, "give her up to a week's pay," she said.