To Feed Them Or Not… That Is The Question!

So, you have received orders and its time to get ready for that lovely PCS.  But you all have heard the stories and we all differ on opinions… do we feed the packers and movers… or not? Well, this is something that has been a debate for years, some military families do and some don’t.   There is no a right or wrong answer for this question, it all depends on how you truly feel about it… its personal preference really. 

Here are some examples of what you can do if you choose to provide something extra for the packers/movers.

A nice cold beverage – Ok, no matter where you are stationed moving heavy furniture can be a workout and it makes you tired! So, I always have a cooler on hand with bottled water, pop, juice, and sports drinks.  By giving the packers and movers something cold to drink I personally feel like it helps to speed things up a little, and it’s my way of saying hey… thanks for all your hard work.  You don’t have to have all of the things I listed, just have bottled water, or if you don’t want to go that far just have plastic cups with ice, and let them use the water out of the sink.  Kindness can go a long way… trust me!

Lunch… Pizza anyone? – We always order pizza when the packers and movers are there, as all of our food is gone by this time.  So, I always make it a point to ask if they want any.  I keep it really simple, pepperoni, cheese, and sausage.  I do not get fancy! I ask the pizza place to bring plates and napkins… BAM I just saved me money on paper items. I mean at this point the movers have been working for a few hours and they are more than likely tired so, why not take a break and I always talk to them… get to know them a little.  But, this is just me, I love to talk, and it’s a perfect opportunity to talk to the driver… ask any questions you may have about his/her trip, additional stops they are making, etc.

Alcohol is a HUGE NO NO!!! – OK, let’s get real for a minute.  We all know that sometimes when we are moving we may have a six-pack in our fridge but under no condition is it acceptable to offer the contracted packers/movers any form of alcohol.  If a mover/packer asks you or any family member if they can have a beer tell them no and call their supervisor and the TSP.  Trust me you do not want to be liable for anything like this.

Hopefully this will help you to decide if you want to give a little extra to the packers/movers during your next PCS.  Remember, this is not a requirement by any means and they are not expecting it.  It’s completely up to you, do not ever feel pressured to do so. 

Did you provide food or drinks to the packers/movers during your past PCS? What did you provide? We’d love to know… tell us in the comments section below.

Happy PCSing!!!

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2 thoughts on “To Feed Them Or Not… That Is The Question!”

  1. I always buy a case of water to have on hand for the packers. I will often times offer soft drinks or Gatorade at lunch time or tea just depends what I have on hand. I’ve always purchased lunch, what varies. I agree with the blogger 100% kindness goes a long way. Allow them to use your bathroom, offer at the very least water. I’ve heard horror stories from the movers as to how they’ve been treated just as often as I’ve heard horror stories from people having their stuff packed. If a person feels appreciated and valued they tend to work harder and care more about the quality of work they do.

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