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There seems to be a minhag (or at least what appears to be a minhag) that children who deliver mishloach manos are given a small sum of money by the recepient.

Is this an actual minhag?

And if so, what is the reason for it?

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Children? I think any messenger who works for you to deliver things deserves to be paid. – Double AA Mar 11 '12 at 1:38
@DoubleAA, by the sender, sure -- you're basically hiring someone to make your deliveries. I understand the question to be asking about tips from the recipients (which I haven't heard before). – Monica Cellio Mar 11 '12 at 1:59
Training to be a shnurer? – avi Mar 11 '12 at 8:00

I saw somewhere (will add in where later) that the purpose is that since we make them messengers to deliver, and we are relying on them to do their jobs, however they are Ketanim, therefore we pay them and that assures us that they will fulfill the job.

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Why would the receipient pay them? Shouldn't the sender pay them? – avi Mar 11 '12 at 14:49
If the sender pays them then they might get distracted and not deliver, however if the receiver pays them they will make sure to deliver in order to get paid. – Gershon Gold Mar 11 '12 at 14:59
Pay them after the delivery, like you pay most people... Seems weird to make the person getting the gift to pay for getting a gift. :) – avi Mar 11 '12 at 15:07

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