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Old 08-21-2010, 11:47 AM
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Everywhere I go I see these friggin tip jars on the counter of stores. Why should I tip someone for just doing their job? Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Rita's Water Ice, etc...? Is the employer not paying enough or is it just another hand-out! I NEVER put money into them but see plenty of people doing it!
Old 08-21-2010, 11:53 AM
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My daughter works @ an ice cream stand and does pretty good in
the tip dept. They split them up @ the end of each shift. I can
tell you that at her ice cream stand, the repeat customers who tip
will get a little extra next time around. The kids all remember and
will let each other know when a tipper is at the window.
Old 08-21-2010, 12:16 PM
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Places I frequent I leave a tip in the jar I know most of them, other ones where I am not there much depends on there attitude and service
Old 08-21-2010, 01:39 PM
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Geez, everyone is looking for a handout.
Just do your job, be happy you have one.
Wait staff and bartenders derive the majority of their pay through tips.
Ice cream stand and soda jerks get at least minimum wage.
I don't recall seeing a tip jar at any of my first minimum wage jobs.
I worked hard and was able to keep my job.
Don't like the pay?
Find a better job (ie: learn a trade).
Young and your first job?
We've all been there and made it through it without a begger's cup.
I made a buck forty an hour and walked 4 miles each way my first few jobs.
And I did it without a cell phone!
Old 08-21-2010, 01:53 PM
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No one is forcing you to tip. The employees are probably making minimum wage and tips help them out. Do you tip the deck hand at the gas pump?
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I think the problem the OP is addressing has more to do with the beggar concept than with whether circumstances deserve a tip or not.

I agree with him that having a tip jar on the counter is the same as your mutt staring at you while you're having BBQ; it makes you uncomfortable if you don't intend to give in to the begging.

If going to a store might make me uncomfortable, then I prefer to not go at all.
Old 08-21-2010, 02:33 PM
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Yeah, those water ice guys are probably making some serious bank!

I think it's appropriate in an establishment such as the ones you mentioned.They are making chump change and serving you your double mocha latte or whatever. Throw a couple of nickels their way if you like the service. Don't if you don't want to. Good servers can make your day just a little easier. Bad ones can make you miserable. A couple of extra bucks at the end of the day might keep a good one around.

I see this -> or , they get the change. I see this -> or feel like , they get zip.
Old 08-21-2010, 09:03 PM
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Do what I do. When they are distracted, open your trench coat & dump the contents of the tip jar into the leather sack strapped around your waste. I funded my past three vacations with all the cash I tipped myself with from various tip jars throughout the surrounding towns.

It does the young, hard working employees good, to give them a shot of the real world when their backs are turned. Firms them up for REAL LIFE!



















































































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Actually, I USUALLY drop a buck or two into the jar, in 99% of the places I visit that use them. UNLESS they really have a bad attitude, bad service, etc.
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I was up in the Tetons this summer at a remote general store at the south end of the park and there was a pricey coffee stand attended by some young ones apparently summer jobs with one of those "begger" cups on the counter right smack in front of your face at checkout.

I watched as others in front of me thru their change in or a bill and as they handed them their cup of coffee directed them to a spot just to the attendant's left with all the condiments allowing them to fuss with the covers and add cream/sugar.

I was contemplating a donation and what I would look like if I did not but after seeing some of the people ahead of me struggle with those lids and no offer of a little extra service in aiding them or "doing" something for there attempt to shake people down for some sort of a surcharge for their morning coffee I passed.

And sure enough as I was the last in line to be served at the time I was directed to a spot within a foot of where they poured the coffee add the lid with no offer of service while they chit chatted about the night before.

Even at McDonald's they ask how you like your coffee,put the lid on wish you a great day and do not try to shake you down.
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Originally Posted by osudaddy View Post
Do you tip the deck hand at the gas pump?
Nope, the only thing he does is run the credit card.
Once in a while he will grab the bow as I tie up.
But normally they just stand there as I nose in and tie up.

For the folks that actually do something, I tip too well....
Darn near 50% at times for a well served dinner.

As others mentioned above, I will not reward someone for acting like a robot and showing no human traits.
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The whole idea of tipping gives me the creeps. But, yes I do - gas attendants and waiters and very good tips for very good service - but as said above, it really bugs me when they say stuff like do you want change or they see a generous tip and just pocket it and scurry off to the next customer without even a thank you. In really cheap sit in and get served breakfast places where you can get a meal for as little as 3 bucks or so I make sure I leave at least 2 or 3 bucks per person regardless of the price. I also overtip ugly waitresses taht give good service knowing that most guys will be influenced by the legs or looks and such. Also overtip if the place is empty or if I see everyone else is elderly.

Those tip cups are really really tacky and I tip at the pizza place where I know the kids that work there and MAY tip at other counter take out type places - but not usually. I was much more generous back when I was pulling in the big bucks.....
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well-said, Grunt. Agreed that over-tipping to good service from less-than-beautiful people, in places that see a lot of cheap people, in places that serve cheap but good food (Mexican lunches around here). Conversely, 20-25% at a bar or a high-end restaurant might not be warranted if service is mediocre.

If somebody asks whether I want change back from my $20 for a $14 meal, or if a $14 lunch bill gets me a $1 and a $5 back as change...that is the signal that I'm being forced into a corner of either being a nice guy or a schmuck.

schmuck 'em, they'll get $1.

If somebody is going to blatantly ask me for money, let them at least have the common decency to call at dinnertime!
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We only tip them if they speak good english and they smile and or are courteous
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Originally Posted by bamaboy473 View Post
If somebody asks whether I want change back from my $20 for a $14 meal, or if a $14 lunch bill gets me a $1 and a $5 back as change
I ask them to explain their question and why wouldn't I want change back.
Then they get an attitude and take WAY too long bringing the change.
They are quick to bring back a credit card charge, but slow with cash.
They are hoping you get tired of waiting and just leave them with the change.
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I was having this discussion over in Europe with some other Americans and we couldn't figure out exactly when it started.

Used to be you held out for every last penny of your change. (and so did the clerk)
Then, those little "leave a penny, take a penny" things showed up.
Somewhere along the lines those turned into tip jars. (I'm sure at the end of the day they turned into that)
Now, someone would probably stab you if you tried to take $0.02 out of their tip jar.

But I wonder when the real jump changed. I'm inclined to blame someone like Starbucks, or some other chain that took what used to be a mundane service and made it "premium" but continued to pay their employees mundane rates.
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i don't mind dropping a couple bucks in the tip cup, but it does bother me when they don't thank you for it.
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Originally Posted by Flot View Post
Then, those little "leave a penny, take a penny" things showed up.
Somewhere along the lines those turned into tip jars. (I'm sure at the end of the day they turned into that)
Now, someone would probably stab you if you tried to take $0.02 out of their tip jar.
I have a little fastfood/counter service restaurant in Apex, I've had a "penny" cup for years. Just a small 6oz styro cup by the register. I have noticed more and more that lots of people these days tend to treat it like a tip cup. They will often drop their coin from their change in it and even wad up a dollar bill to make it fit in this little bitty cup. When I notice silver or a bill in it I will remove it from the cup and put aside for my cashier, as I have some customers that have no problem with using the silver as well as the pennies to pay.

The convenience store I stop at each day for cigs and a three musketeers bar removed their penny cup a while back as they said it "caused problems".

When I was in college thirty some years ago there was a sandwich shop called Sadlack's across the street from campus that had a tip jar with a sign that reminded folks that "Tipping is not a city in China".

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Why is it that most discussions about tipping turn into excuses not to tip? Now there is one thing you have to be careful about, In many places, if you are paying with cash, and you say, "Thank you", when the wait picks up your bill, that is considered a signal that you do not expect change.
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Actually, the sad thing is, is that tip jars replaced charitable contribution containers. I own a small quick service facility and raise well over $4,000 a year for childrens hospital in loose change alone! I'm up against other stores that allow their employees to use the tip jars. I pay well, but tell my employees they can accept a tip if given directly to them, however, if they want a begging cup, go elsewhere to work and make sure they report the earnings! It's tacky and un-professional to ask for tips when you're just doing your job! What's even worse is when they label it "college fund" or "beer money". They deserve a f-in slap!!!
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Originally Posted by sea nymph View Post
What's even worse is when they label it "college fund" or "beer money". They deserve a f-in slap!!!
I agree. I don't mind when it's kids making min. wage, and they're polite
and do a good job. But when it's a family owned Sub shop, and the only
employees are family, and none of them are kids, no way.

The Burger Stand on the way to the beach has been in business probably
since the 50's. Only open during the summer. The tip cups are controlled
by the owners. They save all of the tips from the season, and take the
employees (99% local kids) on a trip when they close for the season. The
owners make up any needed additional funds.

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