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Old December 4th, 2011, 05:16 PM
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This morning in the UK as it is coming up to Xmas, the subject of Xmas tips was raised, it has been stated by the "authorities" that they regard any tip in excess of 30 to be classed as a possible bribe & should be refused. I wonder what cruise lines think of that?? Only morally, as the ships are out of UK waters & are registered elsewhere.
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HMRC have enough to do apart from worrying about bribes

Possible bribe - get a life.

As a lot of Christmas tips are in cash - try and prove it

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I wonder if millions of Brits would consider it over generous if they received a Christmas "tip" of 30 pounds or less. Methinks there'd be more than a few executives cast from their 30th floor offices.
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I wonder if millions of Brits would consider it over generous if they received a Christmas "tip" of 30 pounds or less. Methinks there'd be more than a few executives cast from their 30th floor offices.
They were talking about people like the mailman & the garbage collectors. 30!! they'll be lucky... maybe 5 & that's so they don't spread the rubbish over your garden or "lose" your mail.
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How much does that translate in dollars?
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How much does that translate in dollars?
I always think 50% more so 30 about $45
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In this country at least, a "tip" is known also known as a gratuity and that covers an awful lot of ground. It might be more narrowed in the British Isles. The letter carriers in the US are forbidden to accept any form of gratuity as are law enforcement officers. That is often overlooked in sometimes ingenious forms. I give my paper delivery girl far more than most and when I took my neice and her husband to dinner at an exclusive restaurant, the tip was something over $65.00.

I've been called a lot of things in my life but "cheap" ain't been one of 'em.
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Here is a link to the report in the Mail on Sunday - so right-wing it makes George W. look socialist

It is not the HMRC - quelle surprise!

Royal Mail bribery warning: Postmen told Christmas tips could mean jail | Mail Online

Do I tip my postman - yes.

Will I stop - no!

Do folks forget the origin of Boxing Day?

Honest Scrooge is alive and well in parts of the UK.

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BTW - did I ever receive Christmas bonuses over $50 ? - guilty as charged.

It must be a slow newsday - some folk need to get a life - bah humbug.
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Annie,

I left a card and a check in the mailbox for my letter carrier. But she was sick that day and some (insert epithet of your choice) idiot who picked up that day's mail said in a voice loud enough to hear block away, when a bunch of them were gathered for lunch, "Here, you got a check from one of your deliveries!" She really got into trouble. So now, I have to get "slick."

I also give $40 to my newspaper deliverer as I live out in the county and while I give her a tip when it comes to pay the bill, she is never late and I've never missed a paper, even in the worst weather!

I think many of us have a tendency to sometimes forget the many people who service us and who make far less in many cases, than do we.
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I tip my Mail person every Christmas .
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Thanks Todd

I lie in wait for the postie and tip them in cash.

I have little caches of small bills in at least 3 currencies ,$ and Euros , accumulated over the year, hidden in different parts of the house for varying reasons Various rainy day/fun funds BTW I do use banks.

These little stashes come in very handy at this time of the year.

I would never write a cheque - too traceable.

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We collect our mail at the post office, so no tip there --- but I do lie in wait for the trash guys, and tip them. My across-the-street neighbor has for years been leaving a case of beer under a bag of "clean" trash; to my knowledge no passer-by has noticed it yet. Needless to say, it gets loaded into the cab of the truck.
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Never heard of anyone leaving a Check/cheque as a tip/gratuity, I thought these sums were "tax free cash"
The point of the thread was just to mention that anything over 30 is regarded as a bribe "officially" over here & should be declined.
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The point of the thread was just to mention that anything over 30 is regarded as a bribe "officially" over here & should be declined.
Tips over 30 ($50) are very common in the UK.

You have to be discreet esp when dealing with public servants.

So how would you describe as VIP packages to soccer matches, Wimbledon and Open Golf etc - corporate hospitality or bribes ?

BTW in addition to receiving cash tips in excess of the above amount, I have also received VIP packages to all of the above.

Bribe ? - I noticed a lot of public servants at these events too.

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