'Not a chance in hell' Kent's furious response to tipping binmen at Christmas

As we head towards Christmas, some people feel its only right to leave a tip for the postman or binmen. But not everyone is convinced. Yesterday (December 4), Kent Live revealed the official etiquette on tipping during the festive season – and how much you should give.

Our poll showed the Kent opinion on whether you should leave a tip was split straight down the middle, with a slight lean towards “should”. We found 41 per cent of readers think you should tip your binmen at Christmas. But an almost-equal 45 per cent of readers said you shouldn’t leave a tip.

However the vote went slightly in the binmen’s favour with the remaining 14 per cent of readers opting for “I’d like to leave them a tip but I can’t afford it”. And the comments came in thick and fast.

Should you tip your binmen at Christmas? Here’s what you said

‘Not a chance in hell’

Those against leaving an extra few quid out for the people who clear their rubbish seemed to have a common theme.

Duncan Holloway said: “Tip for what? They forget to empty my bin most of the time.” Michael Martin wrote: “A tip is a gift for somebody doing a good job.

But when the binmen leave the bins in the middle of the footpath blocking people using wheelchairs and pushchairs they do not deserve a tip. “Gone are the days of people going the extra mile and welcome to the days of ‘i shall only do the bear minimum’. So nope no tip from me.”

Lukas Lucas wrote: “I would tip the binmen if they cleaned up their mess or went over and above. They don’t though.” Lisa Lomas wrote: “I don’t and never will.

Back in the day when binmen really did work, going around the back, through the garage yard, up dads garden, chucking the bin over his shoulder, walking all the way back to the cart, then returning the empty bin (back where he found it in the garden not half way down the f******* road!) then getting the neighbours bin and doing the walk all over again. THEN I would tip them. “To wheel something to the back of the lorry, push a button, then the dump the bin wherever they see fit?

Not a chance in hell!” Dennis Gillett wrote: “When they put my bin back in the same spot where they found it, when they don’t leave a trail of litter behind the truck after emptying the bin and when they don’t block the road when they don’t need to. I will tip them.”

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Honor Gassler seemed incredibly pleased with the dustmen in his area, and wrote: “I love my bin men, helpful, cheery and polite. Always helpful.

Yes my bin men will be tipped.” Shelley Allerton had a pretty fair reason for not leaving any money, she wrote: “Can’t afford to tip them as I’m saving up for a new bin after they broke mine.” Sharon Swandale said: “Our bin men are great- come up the path of you forget the bin, always say hello and let us pass, definitely worth a tip.”

Krysta Griffiths said: “We don’t tip. We give them cookies!” Pam Jones goes above and beyond the standard Christmas tip.

She said: “In summer months I alway put a jug of squash out on my wall for them to help themselves. “Plus cakes. They do a difficult job and I for one appreciate it.

I also make them tea or coffee when its blooming cold. Yes, I tip at Christmas.” Mandy Dunn added: “Yes I do, in Aylesford I have to say I think my bin men are the best, and also my two local posties, they all deserve a little treat.

They work hard in all weathers and I appreciate that.” Keren Watson said: “I tip the bin men. Admit I didn’t even think about postman.

Will be doing both this year.” (Dear Keren’s postman – you’re welcome)

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And then the others…

Paul Fox sounds like he’s upset about more than just not-tipping the binmen… He wrote: “Everyone expects perfection these days and the world just isn’t the same place anymore. People have 101 “politically correct” reasons not to tip.

“Have you ever wondered why the binmen don’t carry the bins from in and out of the gardens anymore? Probably because people don’t have manners and don’t occasionally tip anymore. “They already have a thankless, tiring job to do anyway so why would they go out of their way for people these days?

“When I was in my early teens our family interacted more with the postman, milkman and bin men and people spoke in those days. “Imagine how a fiver would make each of those workers feel if we all still did that? Maybe a little more respect and happiness would be restored to our world.

“I know it won’t happen but just thought I’d stick my thoughts in.”

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