At the end of the move it is common practice to tip the moving crew for their efforts. It is anybody guesses where, when or how this practice began.
A normal tip is considered by the Industry to be $5.00 an hour per man.
Tipping is not a requirement for moving a person from one residence to another, but expected. It’s like tipping a waiter or waitress after you have finished a meal. It is not mandatory, but anticipated. In fact today most restaurants include a percentage of your total bill as a tip for their staff.
Whether it is right or wrong, it is part of the Moving Industry.
What’s not right about this practice is when a crew chief discusses the amount of a tip for the manpower either before, during or after the move has been completed.
In most cases it is intimidating to a customer regardless of when it is mentioned.