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The thing with this though, as far as we know she's doing it for free.  You have not paid her anything.  You just walk in, grab your stuff from an employee that does not work for UPS and go.  It's not like going to the grocery store where you have already purchased something.

 

If you find out that she is being paid by UPS then perhaps you don't tip.  But to go into a business where you are not making a purchase to get a free service?  Ya, I think that's wrong.  Throw .25 or .50 in the jar.  It's not going to break you.

 

What will you do if she decides to no longer provide this service?

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@sidsmom wrote:



It's kinda/sorta like tipping the grocery store checkout person because they sold you a book of stamps.  Or asking for 'cash back' since the Bank Is closed.  It's not a tip-able service. 

 

Now....if you're tapping on the door the nano-second they close....or asking to use their dressing rooms to try on your freshly delivered Demin & Co. Hoodie, THEN maybe throw a buck in the jar.  If not, nope...they've agreed  to provide this service to you.  


I disagree.  It is nothing like tipping the grocery store checkout person because they sold you a book of stamps.

 

The OP did not buy anything from the store.  The store is providing a service by being a third party holding packages ordered elsewhere.

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Many years ago (before the UPS Stores existed) a local Ace Hardware by us provided shipping services (you could drop off your packages there).

 

There was a small 50 cent service charge which I happily paid so I didn't have to hunt down a large UPS facility to send something back.

 

I think it's a great program to drive more foot traffic into stores but I personally would leave a tip whenever I picked up a package.

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The dress shop employee  has to get your name and address,  look under the counter and find which one(s) are your package(s) and verify your identity by checking your driver's license. Then there are the people who give the employees a hard time if the package wasn't delivered or for having to wait in line while other people are paying for purchases.

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Many UPS Stores provide the same service and no one leaves a tip nor do they have a tip jar.  Also, any store has to be approved by UPS in order to be a drop off point.  I'm sure they would not approve of them accepting tips and may even refuse to drop packages off if they heard of it.  It's tacky, imo to see a tip jar.   The store benefits by the additional foot traffic which may generate interest in their goods.  

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@muttmom wrote:

@sidsmom wrote:



It's kinda/sorta like tipping the grocery store checkout person because they sold you a book of stamps.  Or asking for 'cash back' since the Bank Is closed.  It's not a tip-able service. 

 

Now....if you're tapping on the door the nano-second they close....or asking to use their dressing rooms to try on your freshly delivered Demin & Co. Hoodie, THEN maybe throw a buck in the jar.  If not, nope...they've agreed  to provide this service to you.  


 

The OP did not buy anything from the store.  The store is providing a service by being a third party holding packages ordered elsewhere.


You don't have to buy groceries to purchase stamps....or another example, gift cards.   Most grocery/convenience stores carry a multitude of gift cards for different retailers for purchase...with no surcharge.  They provide the convenience for me...and chances are I'll purchase other items in their store, even though it's not a requirement.  Cross-selling. 

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I think it's tacky to have your packages sent to a dress shop instead of just having them delivered to your home or office.

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I don't know.  I'm usually a tipper but not in this circumstance.  

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@sidsmom wrote:

@muttmom wrote:

@sidsmom wrote:



It's kinda/sorta like tipping the grocery store checkout person because they sold you a book of stamps.  Or asking for 'cash back' since the Bank Is closed.  It's not a tip-able service. 

 

Now....if you're tapping on the door the nano-second they close....or asking to use their dressing rooms to try on your freshly delivered Demin & Co. Hoodie, THEN maybe throw a buck in the jar.  If not, nope...they've agreed  to provide this service to you.  


 

The OP did not buy anything from the store.  The store is providing a service by being a third party holding packages ordered elsewhere.


You don't have to buy groceries to purchase stamps....or another example, gift cards.   Most grocery/convenience stores carry a multitude of gift cards for different retailers for purchase...with no surcharge.  They provide the convenience for me...and chances are I'll purchase other items in their store, even though it's not a requirement.  Cross-selling. 


You are comparing apples and oranges.

 

Whether you buy groceries, stamps, a gift card or whatever from the grocery checker, you are buying something.  The store is receiving payment from you for the goods you've purchased.

 

The OP is not paying anything to the store that is securing and holding her packages.

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@sidsmom wrote:

@muttmom wrote:

@sidsmom wrote:



It's kinda/sorta like tipping the grocery store checkout person because they sold you a book of stamps.  Or asking for 'cash back' since the Bank Is closed.  It's not a tip-able service. 

 

Now....if you're tapping on the door the nano-second they close....or asking to use their dressing rooms to try on your freshly delivered Demin & Co. Hoodie, THEN maybe throw a buck in the jar.  If not, nope...they've agreed  to provide this service to you.  


 

The OP did not buy anything from the store.  The store is providing a service by being a third party holding packages ordered elsewhere.


You don't have to buy groceries to purchase stamps....or another example, gift cards.   Most grocery/convenience stores carry a multitude of gift cards for different retailers for purchase...with no surcharge.  They provide the convenience for me...and chances are I'll purchase other items in their store, even though it's not a requirement.  Cross-selling. 


I just don't agree.  And come on, how many people are going to use a dress shop?  I think the OP probably has already made her mind up about whether or not she'll be tipping. There's a big difference between a grocery store and a small dress shop.