The Tip Jar

Every food establishment should have a tip jar. There’s no reason not to. I go to Johnny’s Hots for lunch at least once a week and the employees are all female and do a great job with what can be a hectic crowd. Sometimes the line can be 20 deep with people shouting out orders and these ladies nail it day after day. Yet there’s no tip jar to give them anything extra. Believe it or not there are generous people who will tip people based on what is perceived as hard work. This one girl can see me standing 4 people deep and ask me what I want so she can prepare it ahead of time. I would be happy to throw a dollar or two her way if they had the option. Also, the girl at Dunkin Donuts didn’t charge me for a doughnut today and I said she undercharged me. She said don’t worry about it. This kindness deserves kindness in return. People sometimes wonder why bartenders hook me up with good deals at bars and it’s not because they like my personality. It’s because if they take care of me, I take care of them. Meaning if they are undercharge me for 10 beers, I’m more apt to give them a better tip. Last Friday I ordered 6 shots @ 2 bucks a shot from the attractive shot girl and gave her a 20 and told her to keep the tip. She won’t forget that I’m generous and easy money so she’ll most likely treat me nice. Of course this can be perceived as buying friendships and maybe it is but look at the converse side of penny pinching. If you don’t tip at all, the employee knows your a cheapskate and won’t think you are worth their while. I’ve spent money so carelessly over my lifetime that giving people additional income for whatever reason I deem necessary is probably well spent on my part. Bottomline, there are people who tip and there’s no reason not to have a tip jar to help your employees.