What do we do? On Christmas night one of the employees in the apartment building where we live rang the door bell to ask why he was the only employee who had not received a holiday tip from us. We told him that we had written out his name on the envelope and sealed the cash into his envelope just as we had done with all the other employees. Following building tradition, we had hand delivered all the envelopes to the building superintendent. The doorman asked, “Did I do something wrong?” We tried to assure him that he had not done anything wrong. Stunned we wished him a Merry Christmas and he walked away.
–SZ, NY, NY
You have two options. Talk to the manager, which may be a complete waste of your time. Or simply give the employee a second tip. Next year make out individual checks or money orders to the people who service your building. Then at least you will have a record.
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