Baggers in Grocery Stores
Replies: 46 - Last Post: Jan 5, 2012 5:22 PM Last Post By: hardnosethehigh...
Dec 28, 2011 7:41 AM
Farmacias Guadalajara; more like a convenience store with the drug counter at the back. I was in the Pátzcuaro store yesterday, and the aisles there are narrow and it might be easy to shoplift.
On the other hand, at the Farmacias de Ahorros, everything is behind the counter. I was in one of those yesterday also.
EDIT: Wal Mart Mexico farmacias also have open aisles with products arrayed. However, I don't think I've carried a bag into the store, so I can't say if one is required to check it. I think probably so.
Edited by: Anonimo
Dec 28, 2011 1:00 PM
16I have been tipping the baggers for years and will continue to do so. I normally follow the lead of my Mexican friends and they are often generous in their tips. I see a mix of both seniors and school kids where I shop. One of my Mexican teacher friends told me a bagger at a busy location is often a very sought after job. If you look at the volume of 2 to 5 pesos tips they can get in a shift, they are paid much better than many salaried employees.
Last year at Christmas, I put a folded 50 peso note in the hand of the little girl who often bags my groceries at Mega. She quietly tucked it away with a gracias and a big smile. Now she always tries to get my attention to get me into her line. She alway gets 5 and this year another 50 at Christmas.
Dec 28, 2011 3:16 PM
17Bill did so good on another thread and now this. Sigh.
A few years ago, a Mexico City newspaper had an article on the baggers. In good stores, yes, the kids have to show good school work and stay out of trouble. Contrary to what Bill said, it is considered a great catch for students who get bagger jobs.
Also, the newspaper said often the baggers get more money a week than their fathers do.
I usually give the loose change, sometimes a 5 peso coin, depends.
Dec 28, 2011 4:36 PM
18Oh goody! I had my first opportunity since learning about tipping baggers to tip today. And it was the old guy (maybe even older than me!) at the Pitico who has packed my own cloth bag for me several times without a tip (before I knew) and he looked very surprised and pleased.
I feel so much better. Just hope I have that lovely old couple next time I'm at Soriana, but what are the chances?
Dec 29, 2011 11:57 AM
19Interesting responses to this post. Yes, unless somebody tells you, I think most newbies to Mexico don't know to tip the baggers. I learned by chance as well.
When I lived in DF, half the baggers were young, half old. In the beginning I tipped (2 pesos). But after numerous givings and no 'gracias' (the old folks are the worst for this) in return, I stopped. A tip is not req'd and I don't see a point in giving money if the person can't at least say thanks. In fact, I started taking the tips back when they didn't. In addition, there's something seriously wrong when a foreign store (Wallyworld) can establish itself in a country, charge the same as in the U.S. or higher for items, get tax breaks, have cheaper bills and overhead costs, and still not pay the baggers! While I respect a foreign company for keeping with the culture, I can't justify what WW has done. The CEOs are making more money in Mexico and other countries than the U.S., and we're supposed to tip the baggers? Which by the way is not their title. We should get this straight; they are called "voluntarios". Well, if they're volunteers, why am I forced to financially supporting them?
The baggers on the whole can make more money than the store employed cashiers as the wages are very low in the stores.
Yes, I was told this as well.
The redondo here goes to a stated charity which changes either every month or several months, depending on how long they run it for.
***Everyone I've ever spoken to about this tells me that money goes for the store's taxes. With as corrupt as the country is (certainly DF), I don't doubt it. I've also been told the same in regards to the Red Cross drives and other charities. As for the cashiers asking if you want to round it up, half do and half don't. I complain direct to the store manager when they steal my money and don't ask. And I make the store give me back that peso or three.
That's my 2 cents worth. Given, not stolen. ;)
Dec 29, 2011 12:39 PM
20I think it was at a supermercado in Hermosillo where I saw the baggers came on shift in sort of a parade, singing the store's theme song. Really gets your attention.
Dec 30, 2011 8:15 AM
21Wow after 20 some years of visiting in Yucatan I have never had a bagger not say thanks but that is Yucatan mostly and from my trips to the D. F. I have found lots of folks their to be ruder than other places in Mexico. Most often when I transit thru the airport there. I have always found folks to be polite and gracious except in the D.F.
Dec 30, 2011 8:46 AM
Dec 30, 2011 6:53 PM
23The gracias thing might be cultural. I recall many times I've given tips in Mexico and they take it like you're leaving them a used kleenex.
Well, maybe not that bad, but you know what I mean. No gratitude.
Dec 30, 2011 8:56 PM
24I personally never know for sure what the tipping expectations are but the kids in the grocery stores do get my my small change and waiters get a tip and you should leave something for the maid....Does anybody here have a guideline for tipping in Mexico?I do know it varies in different countries.
I personally grew up in a world where tipping was something you did for good service and you choose the amount to tip.Now you can see a tip added to your bill and are obligated to pay it.I never go back to those places but ,yes .the bagger gets a tip,as well as others .........
Edited by: tanglefoot
Dec 31, 2011 12:29 AM
25I am often guided by what my Mexican friends do tip wise. They do always tip the grocery baggers as well as the the guy who helps you park. They usually think I tip too much in restaurants. My best friend , who put herself through college as a waitress, is more generous. The Mexicans I know, never tip a taxi driver.
Dec 31, 2011 2:47 AM
26Participating in this discussion encouraged me to be a bit more generous when tipping baggers and the parking lot guy. I had a relatively big purchase on Thursday at Bodega Aurrerá, and I gave the bagger lad a little more dinerito than normal.
Our van was parked on the far side of the lot, and I don't like running the shopping cart across the rough pavement, but a parking attendant picked up all my bags and walked them to our vehicle. I gave him (hold on tight!) $5 pesos.
After the Holiday Season, I'll undoubtedly revert to being a codo.
Dec 31, 2011 7:21 AM
Dec 31, 2011 7:36 AM
28#23..too bad you were not arrested for robbery when you took your tip back, which likely never happened except in your
#2 & 17 What can I say to someone who lives in a dream world besides"wake up!(loser)
#1 and the others who understand the way of life in Mexico, 5 pesos seems fair. If you can afford internet to follow this subject, you can afford 5 pesos.
Dec 31, 2011 7:48 AM
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