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  • jrab

    I would like to share with my fellow Streetsblog readers this further expense of keeping a car in Manhattan: the necessity to tip the parking garage attendants.

    My local parent list-serve is buzzing this week with responses to this question:

    We recently got a car and it’s in a neighborhood garage. We use the car maybe once every other weekend. We are trying to figure out how much to tip for the holidays (we don’t tip when we pick up/return the car). The garage has 8 employees plus a manager. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

    Some responses:

    I use the car almost every day so you would probably give less but I gave $200 last year. I also don’t tip when I pick up/return.

    We tip every time in and out of the garage so that the exact person who retrieves/takes in our car gets the tip.

    We only use the car on the weekends and tip once a year $25-50 per attendant. The ones we see on the weekend get $50 everyone else $25.

    I use the car almost everyday in our garage of 4 employees and I wind up giving what amounts to about $1 per car use but I divide it according to # of hours each works and also give a lot more to one particular individual who is always so helpful to us.

    When I used to park my bike in the garage below my office building, I would bring a box of doughnuts for the employees every two weeks (on my payday). It seemed reasonable since I wasn’t paying to park there.

  • krstrois

    Also worth a read, about a report detailing the need for action in response to increasing downtown Brooklyn congestion:

  • Anonymous

    @85211970d034887d032f8c319f70adbb:disqus : that is instructive! I sometimes use a neighbor’s car and sometimes a Zipcar and I had no idea that I was expected to tip the garage attendants. Must be a cultural thing.

  • Bolwerk

    A killer drunk driver shouldn’t be treated any differently than a killer sober driver. That the two are treated differently helps people rationalize the majority of traffic casualties, which don’t involve alcohol, as “accidents.”