I don't generally consider "cheap" much of an insult
"Lazy" is an insult.
When a sailor complains about yard rates to do a job he was either to lazy to do, to lazy to learn the skills to do, or had other priorities that were more important to him, then he is cheap and lazy. He just doesn't see it that way.
So either do the job yourself or pay the ticket. I never have a problem paying for work I can't do; I just paid a fair lick for a dodger, for though I have many skills, that sort of sewing project was beyond my skill set.
Yes, occasionally it is an equipment thing, tools that are too much to buy. I can't justify my own travel lift. So pay the ticket, because they aren't cheap, and fix everything you can while you have the chance.
Tipping? I would really rather it was just added into the service, the workers were paid better, and I could show gratitude with sincere words. I held many jobs as a younger man were tipping was occasionally appropriate. I honestly preferred sincere words and found the whole business distasteful, as though I would not have done as well if a tip were not expected. Of course, I had no problem with annual bonuses!
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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