I’m wondering how other people feel about tip jars in places like sandwich shops, coffee houses, smoothie shops, bakeries, cleaners, etc. Personally, I don’t factor in the cost of a tip when I say I want to spend $10.00 on lunch for myself, or when I want to get an iced coffee. That being said, I usually never leave anything in these tip jars. Do you?
My argument against leaving money in tip jars is simple: You took that job at that wage, so live with it. Getting paid $7.25/hour at Subway is not the same as getting paid $2.13/hour at a restaurant. Waiters and waitresses work for tips and most people know this. A “sandwich artist” and a “barista” work for their hourly wage.
The argument I’m sure many behind the counters with the tip will be that minimum wage, or slightly over minimum wage, isn’t enough money to “pay the bills.” Well, when you took that job, at that wage, you should have thought about that. Either find a new job, one that pays more, or stop looking at me with disappointment or disgust because I didn’t tip you for doing your job.
I think what burns me up the most, is when it’s very clear when the owner, or family of the owner, is working at the place of business, and they still leave the tip jar out. Could you imagine going into Wal-Mart, buying $100 worth of goods and products, then tipping the shareholders? It’s absurd.
Let’s not forget about the uneasy (possibly paranoid) feeling I have at places I frequently visit where tip jars are present. For instance, I go to the smoothie shop below my gym as many as 6 days each week to buy an “energy drink”. There are young women who work there, maybe 18-21 years old who don’t provide me an ounce of service beyond taking my money and returning any due change. I’ve had to look at this tip jar for many years now, thinking these girls are disgusted by me and talk about me because I never leave any money in the tip jar. I see lots of pathetic guys throwing money in the tip jar, probably because they’re tipping the girls because some of them are cute, and they want to seem cool throwing a couple bucks around. But, I can look at a pretty woman at home. I just want these dingbats to get off their iphones when I approach the register, and provide prompt service, the service they’re being paid to provide.