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Uncertainty wrote me:

I took delivery of a new couch today.  I didn’t know “standard” delivery for this company meant leaving it on the porch!  I just opened the door and the delivery guys carried it right inside, but then mentioned they weren’t supposed to.  I was so shocked that delivery didn’t mean “inside the house” I guess I kind of forgot myself.  Should I have tipped them?  Actually, it wouldn’t matter because I didn’t have any cash at all, but should I have planned to tip them?


I don’t know what you’re going to do with no cash.  I guess you could smirk and leaning up against the wall say: “Sorry, guys – all I got is whiskey and blow-jobs; which would you prefer?”  Then they’ll be so shocked you won’t have to worry about it.  They’ll trade on that story for the rest of their lives.

No, you don’t have to tip appliance and furniture delivery persons, but you can if you like, and it’s certainly welcome.  Since they pointed out that they did you a favor by actually delivering your couch as opposed to dropping it off in the parking lot, one might guess they were fishing a bit.

Imagine going fishing and pulling up a bottle of whiskey!

Guess what else you might catch.


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