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post #1 of 54 (permalink) Old 07-19-2007, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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Why don't we tip our IT service people?

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You tip the pizza man, you don't tip the Fed Ex driver. You tip the bartender at the pub, and you don't tip the McDonald's clerk; but you do tip the barrista at Starbuck's. The United States has ritualistic levels of tip etiquette, which admittedly don't exist other places in the world but, the question remains; Why don't we tip our IT service people?

You know just as well as we do, you couldn't function without your computer. You'd find yourself on the floor in a fetal position, crying and sulking if your PC were to decide to go AWOL at any particular moment. And, much like a herion user out for another fix, you'd wipe your tears and head to the nearest coffee shop with pay access machines to obsessively check your email. We understand, we'd do much the same thing ourselves. If your computer is that important to the fluid function of your day-to-day life, why wouldn't you slip the IT guy a little extra to make sure you get top priority next time you pick up the phone and scream Mayday?

Perhaps it's something in the way we view our IT guys. Nerdy, socially inept, awkward in ways your high school science teacher could have never achieved. Maybe it's time we took a fresh look at the value our IT service men and women make life a little easier; And, even if we don't offer them a tip.. maybe a hug wouldn't be so bad?
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because IT people actually make a wage they can live on.
+1. If the IT guys want to work for $4.30 an hour + tips, I'll tip them. Actually, I just fix my own computer at work but that's besides the point.
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At a fracking $90 an hour to mess around with a computer for hours on end for something that should take 1/2 the time I'm not tipping my IT guy anything! As far as I'm concerned he owes me!

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I bought mine lunch yesterday and we buy them beer every Friday - We do of course have a full stocked full size lounge with 7 Bar Stool, a Hightop 2 seat table and couches (along with a pool table) in our office that is open 24 x 7 so most of the time, they are in there helping themselves

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I bought mine lunch yesterday and we buy them beer every Friday - We do of course have a full stocked full size lounge with 7 Bar Stool, a Hightop 2 seat table and couches (along with a pool table) in our office that is open 24 x 7 so most of the time, they are in there helping themselves

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You looking for another network engineer? haha
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When all they tell me is to reboot????? They dont deserve sh*t.
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When all they tell me is to reboot????? They dont deserve sh*t.
haha, if that's all you needed why did you call your IT staff?

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When all they tell me is to reboot????? They dont deserve sh*t.
When you're too dumb to figure out to reboot on your own and have to call the help desk, they deserve the tip to not strangle you.
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because IT people actually make a wage they can live on.
Not all of us.

When did IT people get a nerdy, socially inept stereotype anyway? Most of the IT people I've encountered in the 8 years I've been in IT are pretty normal.

How do they expect me to react when I get their office and they're like, "Oh, the Geek Squad is here, hahahah!" I then press the power button on their monitor to turn it on and explain for the 3rd time this week that the monitor is not the computer. Oh, and for the 87th time, the hard drive is inside your computer. If you want me to move your hard drive to the other side of your desk, I'm going to open your computer case and take out the hard drive next time.

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Not all of us.

When did IT people get a nerdy, socially inept stereotype anyway? Most of the IT people I've encountered in the 8 years I've been in IT are pretty normal.

How do they expect me to react when I get their office and they're like, "Oh, the Geek Squad is here, hahahah!" I then press the power button on their monitor to turn it on and explain for the 3rd time this week that the monitor is not the computer. Oh, and for the 87th time, the hard drive is inside your computer. If you want me to move your hard drive to the other side of your desk, I'm going to open your computer case and take out the hard drive next time.

They couldn't care less about us when stuff is working fine and hate us when stuff goes down.
Sounds like the disdain goes both ways.

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Sounds like the disdain goes both ways.
You are correct sir.
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The cycle continues until one breaks it. It matters not who.
I don't get paid enough to break it. At my last job (Arthur J. Gallagher & Co in Itasca), I've met some of the biggest pieces of shit in my life. 95% of them can go fuck themselves and their computers.

But that's neither here nor there. I'm just a bitter bastard overall.
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I don't get paid enough to break it. At my last job (Arthur J. Gallagher & Co in Itasca), I've met some of the biggest pieces of shit in my life. 95% of them can go fuck themselves and their computers.

But that's neither here nor there. I'm just a bitter bastard overall.
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I don't tip mechnics, doctors, lawyers, etc...all who bill me at a very similar hourly rate as an IT guy.

Working for tips is different than expecting tips.
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When did IT people get a nerdy, socially inept stereotype anyway?

Not sure when this social stereotype came into play but if you look at all the NASA guys from the 70's than I'm sure you'd see the parallel. I get the pleasure of knowing that I'm in the top 5 people in the office when it comes to being fit & outgoing + the money doesn't hurt either.

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If they paid you guys $3 an hour I would tip.
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No it was just an amusing post.

To add to the "move my hard drive", I'm not sure if it's because they think they are cool or what...but back when I used to work help desk people would ask me to move their CPU's. "Can you move my CPU to the floor so I have more desk space?" "Sure, did you have other ideas of what to plug into the motherboard aside from the CPU in order to save space?"
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...one can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. flies = money
I'm a very self-aware person and can rest assured that I wasn't the problem. There were/are a multitude of issues at that place and I'm glad beyond words to be out of there after three years. The definitive dead-end job on so many levels.
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No it was just an amusing post.

To add to the "move my hard drive", I'm not sure if it's because they think they are cool or what...but back when I used to work help desk people would ask me to move their CPU's. "Can you move my CPU to the floor so I have more desk space?" "Sure, did you have other ideas of what to plug into the motherboard aside from the CPU in order to save space?"
My flucking boss (the senior network administrator of my department) calls computers CPUs!!! And he has all of my users calling them CPUs too. This man makes at least 2.5x what I make and he doesn't know where the CPU is? I hate that as much as calling them hard drives.

My predecessor made exactly $103,000 (it's a school district, so salaries are published) and called them CPUs too. She was the Technology Coordinator for the entire district.
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When you're too dumb to figure out to reboot on your own and have to call the help desk, they deserve the tip to not strangle you.
I always reboot before calling. My point is this is ALWAYS the junior help desk person's first response.
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I always reboot before calling. My point is this is ALWAYS the junior help desk person's first response.
Well the restart fixes 90% or more of the issues so why wouldn't he first have you do that? + most of the people that call aren't smart enough to restart their computer 1st with out someone telling them to do so. When you are an end user you fall in to the end user bucket, nothing personal but that’s one dumb bucket.

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