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Mommy Dearest: Do I Tip the Officer Who Installs Our Car Seat?

Mommy Dearest,

This weekend, I am having my baby-to-be's car seat installed by a police officer. Once the task is completed, should I tip him? I feel awkward not offering something for the service. What is the appropriate thank you?

— To Tip or Not To Tip?

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To Tip or Not To Tip,

Since police officers, firefighters and highway patrol officers are all considered public servants, my inkling was that a tip would be inappropriate, but I called the California Highway Patrol Office to inquire. The officer confirmed that installing car seats during the work shift is part of daily business and the job. Officers cannot accept monetary gratuities. That said, you should feel no obligation to offer anything, but something like a cookie or beverage would probably be alright as it's considered normal human interaction.

— Mommy Dearest

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