The government has dismissed claims that tips to a Norwich bowls club's staff could be classed as bribery.
Sprowston Parish Council asked members to stop their traditional Christmas gift of supermarket vouchers as it could breach the Bribery Act 2010.
A letter to members warning of the potential "law break" came with an invoice for the year's hire fees.
But A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: "A Christmas tip for ground staff would not constitute a bribe."
The letter to members said: "Whilst the good intent of some clubs to reward staff for their work is appreciated, with the introduction of The Bribery Act 2010, it is requested that this practice ceases as it places this employee in a difficult position.
"I am sure our members will understand and respect this."
But The Ministry of Justice spokesperson said gifts such as these would not fall under the Bribery Act.
- Correction 21 February, 2011: This story has been amended following information put forward by the Ministry of Justice.