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Do you make Christmas gifts to public employees, like the postman/postwoman? If so, how much? If so, do you think it is "expected"? If so, do you think you get better service because of it?<br><br>
I've read that US postal regulations say gifts may not be more than $20 in value and may not be in cash.<br><br>
Metro-Nashville (local government) picks up recycling once-a-month for people in certain districts (which includes me). Today I went down to the end of my driveway to retrieve my recycling cart and it had a printed note taped to it. (See attached pic.) Do you think Archie is just into the Christmas spirit? Or is he hoping for some sort of gift?<br><br>
How would you respond to Archie's note? (I've obscured part of his address in the pic, but the actual note has his full address.)<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.veggieboards.com/newvb/attachment.php?attachmentid=17219&d=1322325767" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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I always try to have something small for these people. Our family likes to give our mailman, our garbage men, and the police officer who patrols our area tins of cookies along with a card. We remember them and appreciate what they do for us, and we want them to know it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:">
 

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We always give something ($) to the postman/postwoman and the two trash collectors and we've been here 15 years. Last year was the first time the trash collectors left a card before hand, similar to what you received. I suppose it could be that they are just in the Christmas spirit, but it kind of feels like they are saying, "hey, Christmas is almost here, don't forget our gift"!<br>
If your recycling guy is separate from your trash collector, it seems like he's giving a hint. (Our trash/recycling is picked up by the same people.) I don't know, though. I'd hate to be misjudging his actions if hinting for a gift is not his intention.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>karenlovessnow</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3046086"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
If your recycling guy is separate from your trash collector, it seems like he's giving a hint. (Our trash/recycling is picked up by the same people.)</div>
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Both the trash and the recycling are picked up by the Public Works Department, or by some company they have sub-contracted the work to (like BFI or Waste Management). The trash is picked up once-a-week; the recycling is picked up once a month. But the trash and recycling are always picked up on the same day of the week. I'm pretty sure that separate trucks pick up the trash vs. the recycling (co-collection would be more efficient, but I just don't think they have that here). So I am pretty sure that Archie has nothing to do with picking up the trash.<br><br>
I'd be more inclined to give a Christmas gift to the trash guy/girl, since he/she comes once a week. But I have no idea who he or she might be.<br><br>
I am assuming that Archie works for the local government, but I can't really be sure. If he works for a private company, I would feel less inclined to give him anything.<br><br>
BTW, both the trash and the recycling carts are uniform, government-provided carts that are designed to be picked up by a mechanical arm that lifts the carts and empties them into the truck. So you basically just have one driver on the truck, who just works a mechanical lift.
 

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No, I never assume someone is Christian or celebrates Christmas, even, so I wouldn't give a card at all (nor do I celebrate Christian holidays myself).
 

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My husband is a mailman. It's nice when people leave cookies or thank you notes, but it isn't necessary and won't affect your service.
 

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I've thought about this because I'd give something to our mailman (if I'm on the ball), he's the same one we've had since we moved in three years ago and he's a heck of a nice guy. Once he brought us a box that had been delivered to the wrong house (by UPS, not USPS) and had been sitting on the porch (of the empty house) for ages. What a guy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smitten:"><br><br>
But I don't know what to leave even if I leave something. My dad used to leave booze for the mailman, but I would never do that. I don't know how I feel about cookies and I don't have the energy to put together much else (like make a potholder or something).<br><br>
So I'll probably just leave nothing.<br><br>
I don't know how to interpret Archie's card. Could easily just be a Christmas card to be friendly, but it's early for that and it has his address, so it could be a little hint hint. It's never occurred to me to give anything to garbage/recycling folk, since I pretty much never see them (so what am I going to do, leave a gift with the <i>garbage</i>? That just seems wrong). Plus I only consider a gift to the mailman because he's a guy I see regularly, he's very nice, and he's been the mailman for some time.
 

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I think he's just a holiday type person.
 

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yesss.....i give gifts to the mail-person, garbage people, recycle people, ups, fed ex, dhl.....its just the norm for me....my mail lady just had a baby and I made up a cute baby-basket full of goodies for her.....so I give gifts all year round not just the holidays.....I know its not a public employee but I also give a nice holiday gift to my pizza delivery guy....who I have gotten to know really well over the past few years....LOL<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Peace<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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