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Discuss What ever happened to getting a tip and maybe even a cup of tea in the Tiling Forum area at TilersForums.co.uk.

  1. Balloo

    Balloo Active Member

    Location:
    Belfast
    When serving my time with mee oll mate desy ( God rest him ) , going back 15-20years ago we always got sandwiches cookies and tea , and nearly every job we got a tip .
    I've been thinking lately I've not had one in a very long time.
    I recently cancelled a family holiday we had planned , to tile 400 mt house the owners want to move in asap because they had a baby coming and lived in a caravan .
    I worked 16 hours a day usually started at 2-3 am to escape the heat .
    I think I carried 10 pallets of 1800 x250 planks tile and adhesive on my own , I complete the job in 5 weeks finished on Friday before the Saturday they moved in and they never even bothered to come and see me after completing .
    I even gave them a card and Campaign to celebrate there new home .
    I called them back weeks later to see how everything was and they text back . " fine "
    I think people in general have become unappreciating towards trades men because they hold resentment at what we earn and they think we are scum , from all the shows they watch on tv about cowboy builders.
    What do you guys think on this subject
     
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  2. Plan Tec Tiling

    Plan Tec Tiling Administrator Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Wimborne, Dorset
    I agree. It does seem that generally nowadays customers expect alot more for alot less. I tend to 'vet' my customees at the quote stage to avoid those types. Still happens every so often though.
     
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  3. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

    Location:
    Salisbury
    I never expect a tip . I charge for my work what I want therefore why should I get a tip i'm not a waiter
     
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  4. Balloo

    Balloo Active Member

    Location:
    Belfast
    A waiter serves your dinner .
    A tiler you meet every day for 5weeks , and a tiler who cleans all the mess and takes the trash to the dump , trash I don't own ! , im only paid to fix .
    The more you do the less respect youget and the more they expect .
    But this should never make you change your work ethic , rise above .
    Im only asking to see if you guys are seeing the same
     
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  5. impish

    impish Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Preston, Lancs
    As above - interview your customers before taking the work on.
    It's a society thing...people are becoming very "entitled" and unappreciative. Thankless.
    I find the people with less money, or those that are self-made, are the most appreciative.
    Younger generation think that the leased Audi they drive, makes them a better person than a tradesman in a van o_O
    (stereotype I know!)
     
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  6. hmtiling

    hmtiling Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    Location:
    Isle of Wight
    best tip I've ever had was on a council estate. Just did a job for a Baron and didn't even get offered a drink!
     
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  7. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen Metro specialist & forum entertainer! Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Gloucester
    What does it matter, as long as you get paid.........
    One thing I've learnt in this job is never take thing's personally...
    Saying that I won't even work a weekend to help out a customer ....(even a Friday is pushing it)....:)
    I certainly wouldn't be cancelling family holidays......lifes to short..!!
     
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  8. hmtiling

    hmtiling Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    Location:
    Isle of Wight
    A tip should never be expected but common courtesy doesn't seem too common any more
     
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  9. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen Metro specialist & forum entertainer! Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Gloucester
    Don't eat yellow snow was the best tip I ever had...:p
     
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  10. Balloo

    Balloo Active Member

    Location:
    Belfast
    A tip for not leaving a tip , like most trades
     
  11. pdc

    pdc Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    The only things I want from a customer at the end of a job is them to say they're happy ( elated is better..) and to be paid!
     
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  12. Adey1980

    Adey1980 Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Caerphilly
    I never expect a tip, all I ask the customer to do is to pay full balance and to leave a review on social media/website.
    I think a review/recommendation is worth more than a tip.
     
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  13. hmtiling

    hmtiling Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    Location:
    Isle of Wight
    I just want a bloody brew!
     
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  14. Andystiletiling

    Andystiletiling Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Burnley
    Been on a job for a builder at his home for three weeks, not had even the offer of a brew yet... Always take a two litre bottle of juice with me to work every day, last week I'd run out of juice by mid afternoon, asked him for a cold drink and he came back with a glass of luke warm tap water..."jeez can you spare it" ...BUT he pays immediately.
    Job before this was treated to brews all day long and jam and cream scones for afternoon tea but had to wait two weeks for money to go in the bank..
     
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  15. Balloo

    Balloo Active Member

    Location:
    Belfast
     
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