Here's what you thought about tipping your binman at Christmas in Cornwall

The question of whether or not to tip your binmen at Christmas time has divided Cornwall. We asked what the etiquette is surrounding Christmas tipping when it comes to refuse collectors – and you had some strong opinions. But while some people make a point of tipping every year, others don’t understand how or why you would hand over cash as a Christmas tip.

Some readers said they wouldn’t even consider tipping their binmen because of complaints over how their bins get collected but revealed they would give to their postmen or milkmen.

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Matt Petherbridge said on Cornwall Live’s Facebook page: “Never, ever tip binmen anymore. Lazy, slapdash excuses for manual workers. (I’m sure there’ll be the usual ‘Oooh they do such a hard job,’ comments).

Postman delivering mail

“Have witnessed them many times dropping trash whilst carrying it to the ash cart, and just leaving it where it falls, leaving anything which isn’t in a black bag, even where it’s perfectly obvious what it is, and that there’s no reason not to pitch it on the cart. “They’d rather leave it to blow around in the wind.

Slinging rubbish bins, bags and containers from across the road, in the general direction of the house it came from (that goes for the recycling wagon as well) so they’re left all over the street.

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“It’s not a particularly dirty, unpleasant, low paid job anymore, and the majority I see working, do little enough to earn an extra financial ‘Thank You’.” Tina Marie Howard said: “I always give the bin men a box of beer to share.”

Here's what you thought about tipping your binman at Christmas in CornwallIn the city binmen leave the Truro depot at 6.30am to start collecting rubbish by 7am

Owen Johnny Kent wrote: “My binmen take our neatly arranged wheelie bins, empty them then leave them all over the place blocking the pavement. They are also very loud.

I hear them swear frequently. I hear them moan if a bag is a bit heavy. Not what I would like to wake up to at 6.30am.”

Ann Heaps added: “Surely this is personal choice and a gesture to acknowledge good service?

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“We now have wheelie bins. We do 99% of the work. All our dustmen do is move the bin approximately six feet (sometimes less) from where we’ve put it outside our drive, to the lorry and back.

I no longer tip them! I’ve moved the bins 20 times further than them!” Karenza Powlesland commented: “We give the binmen a box of Celebrations every year.

And they always seem so appreciative.”

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April Mikosz said: “They get paid for doing their job so why tip?!”

In response to tipping postmen, Serena James posted: “I’ve given my postman a chocolate orange.” The topic has also been heavily debated on Mumsnet recently.

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One user wrote: “Absolutely NOT! We have a different postman every other week.

“As for the binmen???! My goodness they are crap. If our wheelie bin is too full, they don’t empty it (where’s the logic)…

“If you leave extra rubbish in black bags beside the wheelie bin they won’t touch them (they order a special pickup, which is actually the same truck and men, but three hours later)…

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“The old (80yrs old!) woman next door to me had new turf put down in her garden. The old turf was lying in rolls on her driveway. She ordered a special delivery to collect the turf, but when they arrived they told her they could only collect it if it was bagged!

She had to stand and bag the entire gardens worth of turf while they stood and watched.” Another wrote: “Tenner and a bottle of wine each for the binmen (we only have two) and the postlady. “Milkman used to get it too but the b*stard retired last week.”

A following comment said: “I wouldn’t mind tipping the bin men if I saw them, but that would be logistically quite hard to do since I’ll be at work when they do the collection.”

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