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  • Options abound for tipping your newspaper carrier

  • 'Tis the season for giving. How do I give my paper carrier a holiday gift if I never see them? They work in darkness and are rarely seen ... just like Santa Claus.
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  • 'Tis the season for giving. How do I give my paper carrier a holiday gift if I never see them? They work in darkness and are rarely seen ... just like Santa Claus.
    — Anne W., by email
    Anne, we really like your reference to Santa Claus — but what about us SYA elves slaving away at the North Pole, coming up with the gift of knowledge on a regular basis? Don't we merit at least an extra lump of coal so the color of our fingers doesn't match the blue in our little pointy hats?
    Oh, right, you were asking about the newspaper carriers, for whom it is said neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. Or is that the mail carrier?
    At any rate, we really do have an answer for you. Ed Rose, the Muted Trumpet's operations director, tells us there are several options for tipping your carrier:
    • You can add a tip on your bill. Below the line where you're asked to write in the amount you're paying toward your subscription, there's a line next to the notation "Carrier Gratuity (Optional)."
    • You also can call the MT's customer service line (1-800-258-6041) to request your carrier's address for tip purposes. The call center forwards these requests back to the local office and they'll contact you with the information.
    • Since some carriers don't want to give out their address, the good folks in the MT office sometimes ask readers to mail the tips (payable to the carrier) to the office for distribution.
    Ed didn't include this idea, but you could always hide in the bushes at 4 a.m. (or whatever gawdawful hour your carrier generally arrives) and then jump out with your tip in hand. We suggest you bring a hand warmer to keep your own fingers thawed and some bandages in case your carrier turns out to have a black belt in some martial art.
    Happy holidays, Anne!
    Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by e-mail to youasked@mailtribune.com. We're sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.
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