Used to be common practice to Christmas tip the loaders around here, at least before the paint by numbers PAS loads and the constant carousel of short-term loaders. I've loaded over 25 years and my original drivers all tipped religiously. Of course, I also always reciprocated and bought candy, nuts, etc. for them as well. After those drivers retired, I don't think I've seen a tip in the last 10 years, though I still try to get some snacks at Christmas for my regular drivers. At 25+ years though, I obviously make enough compared to the new loaders that I do not need any gratuities, but an occasional Cold water or sports drink in summer would be greatly appreciated. As for load quality, I wouldn't tip me either! I could go years without a misload before PAS, and know that every address in my trucks would be in the same place every day. Now I have no clue what's on my trucks on any given day, let alone what trucks I'll even have each day. We don't read addresses anymore, just sequence numbers, and at 4 in the morning it takes a lot of coffee to keep the numbers from all looking the same. Now I'm lucky if I can go 4-5 days without misloading some poor rookie driver with some package in the next county. And for all it's supposed efficiency, my PPH rate has dropped from 230 down to 150. More flow, but that only leads to more damages/tape-ups, stacking out, missed scans, etc. PAS has been POS so far in our center! I also worked in the restaurant/bar business for years, and I can tell you that those that make less $$$$ do appreciate the gratuities if they've earned it. And loading, even with the new dummy system is far harder than bartending and a lot less fun, and now it even pays less! So, if you appreciate your loader, go ahead and show it. It doesn't have to be a lot, either. If your loader truly sucks though, don't sweat it; he'll probably be getting a promotion pretty soon anyways!