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Holiday Tipping

by A. Letkemann

The holiday season brings hordes of tip collectors, many of whom will be descending on our residences to solicit tips, sell calendars or other knick knacks for services they perceive as having been delivered over the previous year. By edict of the Mairie de Paris, door-to-door solicitations of this sort are not permitted.

If you feel that the mailman, garbage collectors, pompiers, etc. have earned a gratuity, then it is recommended that you contact your building concierge to contribute with the other residents.

However, you can give an annual tip to your concierge if you wish. The amount should depend on the level of services provided and your satisfaction with the services (perhaps around 50€ or more). If you feel comfortable doing so, you could ask your French neighbors how much they recommend. It is also customary to tip household help at this time of year, but again this is optional. Around one month’s salary is a common amount.

Heather Stimmler-Hall, who writes the Secrets of Paris blog, has a slightly different take on holiday tipping.  Check out what she has to say on this topic.  And then do your own calculus about whom to tip and how much.

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Taxi!!

If you’ve ever taken a taxi, you probably think you know the drill in Paris.  Well, sort of.  Like everything else, the folkways and legalities of traveling by taxi in Paris may be just a bit different than those in your home town.  Fortunately, Heather Stimmler Hall, longtime Paris resident and author of both the blog, Secrets of Paris, and the Naughty Paris, has all the details in her informative post: What You Don’t Know about Paris Taxis.

One thing that Heather mentions but bears repeating is that, if you call a taxi to pick you up, the driver is allowed to begin the meter from his point of departure, not from where he picks you up.  Heather mentions that this may be as much as 5 euros; I’ve seen it as high as 16 euros.    Moral of the story:  if you have the ability to get to a taxi stand and you are confident that taxis will be there, do so.

Resources

Listing of all taxi stands in Paris