I'm curious what you fine folks think about tipping building staff if you rent an apartment unit in a building with a huge staff, especially now during COVID. I klnow I've asked about this before, years ago, but I'm looking for a fresh perspective, particularly amid COVID.
It's been a weird year. I'm doing decently, financially, and I feel like the building has (more or less) done really well to keep things going smoothly.
In years past I've only tipped the 3-4 doormen that I really interacted with but what I'm thinking is the folling tip breakdown, since COVID has been a mess for everyone:
- Daytime doorman that I know the best and who gets the brunt of incoming traffic and packages: $100
- The evening, night, and weekend day front desk doormen: $50 each ($150)
- Super: $50
- Seven cleaning staffers: $25 each ($175)
Is it very risky to give one doorman a higher tip than the other three? Would it be gauche to mention to him that I'm doing that because I feel like he personally helped me out significantly more (he helped me with a couple of things I won't get into here, like when I got locked out and he got me back into my unit without me incurring the lockout fee, and a couple of other things) than anyone else in the building?