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  • Best tip from a customer

    So, what's the biggest tip you've ever gotten from a customer?

    The best I've done so far is a $50 tip changing a hose bibb!

    I had to crawl under the house because the F*****G A*****E plumber who originally installed the frost free bibb didn't understand the concept of using a drop ear 90 to secure plumbing to the framing. The crawl was wet and miserable, of course, with zero clearance under the heating ducts, but I managed to squirm into the muddy corner of the house and get the bibb changed in about 30 minutes. The people felt sorry for me when I crawled out and my rain gear was covered with mud so they gave me a $50 cash tip.

    Not bad for a 30 minute job!

    I actually get cash tips fairly often, but this was the best!

    Douglas

    Last edited by Oregon Plumber; 06-04-2008, 01:42 AM.

  • #2
    Re: Best tip from a customer

    Lets see, what have a gotten for a tip? 2 chickens, a rabbit, a website, a few $50 tips, but most of them were only $20. Took a dog as a partial payment.
    Distractions are everywhere, don't lose sight of your dream.

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    • #3
      Re: Best tip from a customer

      I got 3 beans not long ago.
      I told him it was a bit much, he insisted, I refused...after the fistfight he held me down and forced me to take it.
      Well, maybe not quite that way, but I did get the 300, it was for a full stack replacement...I bent over backwards to keep him happy.

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      • #4
        Re: Best tip from a customer

        Originally posted by DuckButter View Post
        I got 3 beans not long ago.
        I told him it was a bit much, he insisted, I refused...after the fistfight he held me down and forced me to take it.
        Well, maybe not quite that way, but I did get the 300, it was for a full stack replacement...I bent over backwards to keep him happy.
        now your prices are a little more in line with mine. LOL
        Distractions are everywhere, don't lose sight of your dream.

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        • #5
          Re: Best tip from a customer

          I got 2 1/2" drills and a worm drive skil saw from one customer.

          Brent

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          • #6
            Re: Best tip from a customer

            Two that stand out.......1 $300.00
            2 two bottles of vicodin

            plenty of Bailey's, because they know I like it in my coffee
            The Other Rick

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            • #7
              Re: Best tip from a customer

              I think I gotta clarify, 3 beans = $300

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              • #8
                Re: Best tip from a customer

                A little over 30 years ago I got my only true tip. It was an envelope with two Franklins in it. I'd come out on a Saturday, after playing in a rugby game (before the party ). Guess he thought I'd gone the extra mile for him. Yesterday, a customer who was miffed I hadn't charged him for some repair work, gave me 4 bottles of wine (including a Silver Oak '03 Cab and a ZD Chard).

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                • #9
                  Re: Best tip from a customer

                  The best was 50, but normally around 20. Have a few that give 3 bottles of wine at a crack.
                  Almost forgot, I had a woman give me her late husbands brand new 24" ridgid pipe wrench.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Best tip from a customer

                    20.00, and I really didn't want it.

                    This has been a good week for me. Two customers have sent thank you notes and one customer called the owner and said what a fantastic job I had done.

                    It really made the owner happy, and I looked good.
                    Anyone can tear a man down, few can build one up.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Best tip from a customer

                      A Ridgid 4-s heavy duty pipe cutter for putting in a kitchen sink for a woman who was roughing in her basement!
                      A bottle of Stoli for shoveling out a 2' pit full of sewage.(Poop.)
                      A stack a cymbals for a drumset on a late night main line.
                      Rarely cash.Actually I turn it down.
                      I've had offers for "tips" from females that I quickly turn down.
                      (Think of the Child vulture in the old Bugs Bunny cartoons...'a nope a nope a nope haha nope)

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                      • #12
                        Re: Best tip from a customer

                        Originally posted by Jay Mpls View Post
                        A Ridgid 4-s heavy duty pipe cutter for putting in a kitchen sink for a woman who was roughing in her basement!
                        A bottle of Stoli for shoveling out a 2' pit full of sewage.(Poop.)
                        A stack a cymbals for a drumset on a late night main line.
                        Rarely cash.Actually I turn it down.
                        I've had offers for "tips" from females that I quickly turn down.
                        (Think of the Child vulture in the old Bugs Bunny cartoons...'a nope a nope a nope haha nope)

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                        • #13
                          Re: Best tip from a customer

                          When I was younger I used to get those kind of tips but as I march steadfastly twards old age it seems like all I get now is pie and coffee. could be worse I guess.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Best tip from a customer

                            Originally posted by NHMaster3015 View Post
                            When I was younger I used to get those kind of tips but as I march steadfastly twards old age it seems like all I get now is pie and coffee. could be worse I guess.
                            Your really getting old when you start to prefer the pie and coffee
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                            • #15
                              Re: Best tip from a customer

                              A nice collection of Jazz Lp's (Blue Note & Prestige). I'm heavily into music and have an audiophile/listening group that meets monthly. I figure that the purchase cost would be about $500 - 700 on ebay. Nice!

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