Comments: Question...

I'm a naturally wary person when workmen that I don't know have to come into my home. I offer coffee to those that I know well and those that I don't...well...they get the check and a polite thank you before being sent on their merry way.

The valet thing? Color me clueless. I'm totally out of my element with classy shit like that. If I had to pull an answer out of my ass, I'd say you should tip on the return because when the take the car, they technically haven't done anything worthy of tipping yet.

posted by Chablis on February 27, 2006 08:27 PM

I offer coffee and on the rare occasion where I am FORCED to valet, I tip on return only.

posted by Ronda on February 28, 2006 07:54 AM

If I happen to be home, I offer Budweiser, or a shot, regardless of the time of day. I want my vendors to be comfy with my condition. As for valet parking, tip only on return. Then accuse them of drag racing your SUV while you were dining. Works about half the time. Free parking.

posted by Velociman on February 28, 2006 10:32 PM

Offer coffee?...stupid men think it's an invitation.

posted by vk on March 3, 2006 07:54 PM

Back in the day, offering a workman something to drink was the RIGHT thing to do. We offered our carpet installers sodas or beer...we bought our movers lunch and sodas...I've offered my apartment maintenance man drinks. But that is with my husband or roommate home. Never alone, not these days. In fact, I won't have a workman come to my home, intentionally, without someone here with me. Some call it paranoid. I call it cautious.

As for the valet, you tip upon return.

posted by Dana on March 6, 2006 06:54 PM

If you offer 'em coffee, be prepared to let 'em use the bathroom. 'less you wannem pissin inna bushes.

posted by Barry on March 31, 2006 07:51 AM

Easy. I have no coffeemaker, due to my preference of caffiene in soda (Dr. Pepper please) or cocoa. The latter heated with hot water works! ;)

posted by Nancy on May 31, 2006 01:15 PM
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