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Subject:  Re: Tipping Date:  6/4/2008  11:37 PM
Author:  zathrus1 Number:  8 of 65

One other note about tipping.

The average moving helper struggles through life. Movers tend to make $10-$15 per hour when they are working, but it is very seasonal work, and they have a hard time getting a full week's work in the best of times.

So - if you look at your life, and things are really going well for you, you might consider being generous. Seriously speaking, of all the things I've done in my life, I've never seen anything that compares to the difficulty of this job. It is grueling and relentless. Walking into the truck on a summer day can be like walking into an oven. Clearing out an attic is even worse. And you really haven't lived until you've hauled a triple wide dresser down a flight of stairs. So - use your judgement. Watch the crew and you can tell pretty quick if they are working hard, or just going through the motions. If they are giving you everything they have, and not complaining, consider what that takes. It's a hell of a way to make a living.

I may poke fun at some of my guys from time to time, but I have a lot of admiration for them. How they do what they do day after day is just beyond me.

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