I hear you! Hehe. I know someone who’s husband is a mail carrier and she’s always telling me how he spends most of his afternoon at a bar or hanging out at a park (if it’s nice) once his route is done, cuz if he goes back to the office he’ll have to do more work. :doh
When I was living alone, I was in the habit of tipping my mail carrier (who I’d never eve seen, since I don’t get much mail and wasn’t home when it was delivered) and I would either give them home baked banana bread, or giftcards to Dunkin Donuts, etc in varioius denominations. I was (and still am) really pretty broke and I was actually giving way gift card that I’d received as gifts myself because I wanted to make a nice gesture.
My coworker then spent a few weeks ranting and raving about all these “jerks” who gave her husband baked goods or gift cards as tips and how really…all he wanted was cash. And that he expected more like $50 (and that the $20 is just a guideline you’re supposed to go above) and blah blah blah. And that steamed me since his base salary is still a LOT more $$$$ than I make for doing more work!! :!!!:
Of course, I KNOW that my coworker and her husband are NOT representative. But I was still pretty irked and I’ve not made an effort to tip my mysterious mail carrier since.
I think whatever you can do is great and should be appreciated. $40 seems very generous so I certainly don’t think it’s too little, and if you get a lot of packages and think he’s earned it, go for it!