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An Empty Stocking for Garbage Workers

Consumer Reports has released its annual survey on holiday tipping, and, again, garbage collectors rank at the bottom as the least-tipped service-provider.

December 6, 2012
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At this rate, garbage collectors might be happy getting a lump of coal.

Consumer Reports has released its annual survey on holiday tipping, and, again, garbage collectors rank at the bottom as the least-tipped service-provider.

Only 7 percent of Americans give their collection workers cash, check or a gift card, and only 3 percent gave them a holiday gift. In other words, 90 percent of Americans give nothing to their garbage collectors, according to the survey, which polled 2,028 adults via phone.

Last year's survey showed 88 percent of Americans leaving nothing for their garbage workers.

The tips from those 10 percent who remember collection workers averaged a $20 value, according to the survey.

Housecleaners were the providers tipped most often, with 53 percent of Americans giving them cash, check or gift card, and 15 percent giving them a gift. Average total value of their tips was $50.

Teachers (47 percent tipped) and hairdressers (46 percent) were also among the most tipped.

After garbage collectors, the least-tipped service providers included mail carriers (21 percent) and lawn-care workers (25 percent).

The survey also revealed that about a quarter of Americans don't tip at all, ever.

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