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Feb 2, 2008 01:09 PM

Do you Tip Your Butcher? [Moved from the Outer Boroughs board]

Sometimes my butcher goes out of his way to get me things, pound, cut up, debone, sells just bone, etc. I sometimes feel like I should tip him but don't want to insult either. Is that just part of being a good butcher? or do should I / do you tip?

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  1. no more than i would tip the cheese counter guy/girl or the person who grinds my coffee.

    1. I worked in a butcher shop for many years and was never tipped in the store. When I was young, my customers tipped me when I delivered orders to their homes.

      1. Another sign of our "overtipping" culture.

        Aside from people who "work for tips", tips should only be for extraordinary service (that is, out of the ordinary). Pounding, deboning, cutting up...those are all things that a BUTCHER should do. It is part of the trade, and it is one of the reasons you go to a full service butcher.

        1. Heavens, NO. You patronize the butcher. That's his reward for doing his job (and those things are all part of the job done well).

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          1. re: Karl S

            Since I have a longstanding 'human' relationship with my butcher, I bring him a small token of my gratitude for his extra efforts on my behalf after he completes my very large orders.

            1. re: dolores

              The butchers my family patronized growing up (and we had butchers in our extended family) would have been insulted by being tipped. What they wanted was our business and word of mouth. That's no less "human".

              1. re: Karl S

                My FIL was a butcher and would not have been insulted by a token of gratitude. My butcher is not insulted by my token of gratitude.

          2. No tip but a Christmas/Holiday gift if you are a regular.

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            1. re: KTinNYC

              KT, I agree. The holidays can get expensive, but I make/give gifts for all the "special" people who help me on a regular basis - butcher, paper delivery person, previous babysitters, dry cleaners, hair dresser, etc. I often make foodie gifts of decorated cookies or other delicacies or cash to those I know need it. Seems like a good investment in thanking the assistance of people who help make everyday life more pleasant.