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Dear Ms. Demeanor,
The good news: Our building is now wired for FiOS. The bad news: The FiOS guy has to spend the day in my apartment installing it. Do I tip him?
Some neighbors are forking out $20.00.
Dear Roadrunner Refugee,
Ah New York... The song should go, "If you can make it here, you'll be tipping everywhere."
A tip is lovely, of course, and I think necessary when someone has gone above and beyond (such as drilling through built-ins to install cable). For a routine matter performed by a someone with whom you do not and will not have an ongoing relationship, it is really up to you.
Just FYI - In some circles it IS customary to tip one's etiquette columnist.
Shackled to Time Warner,
Ms. Demeanor is channeled by a longtime Manhattan vertical dweller and real-estate voyeur who writes under the pen name Jamie Lauren Sutton. She is here to commiserate, calm and correct. Please email your quandaries to firstname.lastname@example.org and put "Dear Ms. Demeanor" in the subject line.