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35 Tip Jars Designed to Make You Give More

Posted By: on June 10, 2009
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I’ll admit, I rarely tip unless I don’t feel like carrying around the 14 cents that the barista gives me. It’s not because I don’t want to, I just haven’t been given the proper incentive. Here are 35 tip jars with uummph that deserve your spare change.

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469 Responses to “35 Tip Jars Designed to Make You Give More”

  1. Dave says:

    Favorite is "give us the money, Lebowski"

  2. Dave says:

    Favorite is “give us the money, Lebowski”

  3. Kevin says:

    I only tip when a tip is due. Making me a coffee does not earn you a tip. Making me a sandwich does not earn you a tip. Waiting on my table does earn you a tip. I'm not a cheap bastard. I just don't give money away because someone asks for it.

  4. Kevin says:

    I only tip when a tip is due. Making me a coffee does not earn you a tip. Making me a sandwich does not earn you a tip. Waiting on my table does earn you a tip. I’m not a cheap bastard. I just don’t give money away because someone asks for it.

  5. Bad Kevin says:

    Kevin: yes you are.

  6. Bad Kevin says:

    Kevin: yes you are.

  7. Megan says:

    I tip out of sympathy for people who have to put up with cheap entitled bastards.

  8. Megan says:

    I tip out of sympathy for people who have to put up with cheap entitled bastards.

  9. Jason says:

    I agree with Kevin. Why tip the local starbucks employees when you dont tip at mcdonalds? I bet the people working at mcdonalds work harder than the ones at starbucks!

  10. Jason says:

    I agree with Kevin. Why tip the local starbucks employees when you dont tip at mcdonalds? I bet the people working at mcdonalds work harder than the ones at starbucks!

  11. Dustin says:

    nope, you're a cheap bastard.

    Those baristas make shit for money and deal with assholes all day, what's 14 cents?

  12. Dustin says:

    nope, you’re a cheap bastard.
    Those baristas make shit for money and deal with assholes all day, what’s 14 cents?

  13. wilford brimley says:

    having worked as a waiter through college, I no longer tip them, because even though they could use the money, they didn't do anything to earn it. I always thought it was a really complex job to keep track of orders, get food to the table, and clean up, but it's a joke of a job that any high school dropout can do. Guess what, the salary stinks because you're not doing anything skillful that could not be done by any of the millions of unemployed and uneducated.

    I still tip repairmen though when they do their job well. but I think they have some level of skill that many people do not have. I would tip my doctor if he had a jar.

  14. wilford brimley says:

    having worked as a waiter through college, I no longer tip them, because even though they could use the money, they didn’t do anything to earn it. I always thought it was a really complex job to keep track of orders, get food to the table, and clean up, but it’s a joke of a job that any high school dropout can do. Guess what, the salary stinks because you’re not doing anything skillful that could not be done by any of the millions of unemployed and uneducated.

    I still tip repairmen though when they do their job well. but I think they have some level of skill that many people do not have. I would tip my doctor if he had a jar.

  15. Matthew says:

    Cheap bastard!

  16. Matthew says:

    Cheap bastard!

  17. Bubba says:

    No, you're a cheap selfish bastard

  18. Bubba says:

    No, you’re a cheap selfish bastard

  19. Shayne says:

    I don't tip because society says I have to. Alright, I mean I'll tip if somebody really deserves it, but I mean this tipping automatically, it's for the birds.

  20. Shayne says:

    I don’t tip because society says I have to. Alright, I mean I’ll tip if somebody really deserves it, but I mean this tipping automatically, it’s for the birds.

  21. (ex)barista says:

    Depends on what you order. If you just get a plain drip coffee? You're right, that doesn't require a tip. If you order, say, a tall, extra-foam latte with 1/4 whole milk and 3/4 skim milk heated to 165 degrees? That does.

    Most baristas don't expect you to tip for a routine order…only when you start treating a cafe like a full-service restaurant (ordering for a huge group of people in the middle of the morning rush) or ordering a drink with ridiculous specifications.

  22. (ex)barista says:

    Depends on what you order. If you just get a plain drip coffee? You’re right, that doesn’t require a tip. If you order, say, a tall, extra-foam latte with 1/4 whole milk and 3/4 skim milk heated to 165 degrees? That does.

    Most baristas don’t expect you to tip for a routine order…only when you start treating a cafe like a full-service restaurant (ordering for a huge group of people in the middle of the morning rush) or ordering a drink with ridiculous specifications.

  23. BeyondRandom says:

    wish I would have thought of some of these when I was a Barista! lol

  24. BeyondRandom says:

    wish I would have thought of some of these when I was a Barista! lol

  25. feckineejit says:

    I don't tip someone who gets paid to make me a cup of coffee. why should I also pay the wages of the employee? I'm not an employer, just a thirsty dude.

  26. feckineejit says:

    I don’t tip someone who gets paid to make me a cup of coffee. why should I also pay the wages of the employee? I’m not an employer, just a thirsty dude.

  27. Jessica says:

    Um sorry Kevin but you are a perfect example of a cheap bastard.

  28. Jessica says:

    Um sorry Kevin but you are a perfect example of a cheap bastard.

  29. Normal People says:

    Kevin has obviously never worked behind a counter and is quite obviously a cheap bastard! (and an asshole for rallying against tipping on a tipjar themed wesite)

  30. Normal People says:

    Kevin has obviously never worked behind a counter and is quite obviously a cheap bastard! (and an asshole for rallying against tipping on a tipjar themed wesite)

  31. Chason says:

    @Kevin

    Really? Have you ever worked as a waiter? You do know that in many places, waiters get paid less than minimum wage because it is assumed that they will receive tips! You can tell the true nature of a person by whether or not they tip.

  32. Chason says:

    @Kevin

    Really? Have you ever worked as a waiter? You do know that in many places, waiters get paid less than minimum wage because it is assumed that they will receive tips! You can tell the true nature of a person by whether or not they tip.

  33. abby says:

    The person making your coffee or your sandwich is usually doing more work than the one waiting your table. Typically, the wait staff writes down your order and brings your drinks. They don't make your food and half the time they don't bring it to your table so why do they deserve a tip more than someone who makes your coffee or sandwich?

    With that said, I like the one about needing money for Kung-Fu lessons to rescue their kidnapped barista.

  34. abby says:

    The person making your coffee or your sandwich is usually doing more work than the one waiting your table. Typically, the wait staff writes down your order and brings your drinks. They don’t make your food and half the time they don’t bring it to your table so why do they deserve a tip more than someone who makes your coffee or sandwich?

    With that said, I like the one about needing money for Kung-Fu lessons to rescue their kidnapped barista.

  35. Anonymouse says:

    @Chason – No one forces anyone to work as a waiter. They may take the job on the off chance that people are feeling nice and WANT to give them tips, most likely due to a tremendous effort on the part of the employee, but tipping just because a person does a job? Hell, most people deal with shit at work, get paid nothing, and don't have the societal expectations of getting tipped. If folks want a guaranteed way to earn more, DON'T TAKE A JOB THAT PAYS $2.13 an hour!

    That being said, I usually tip frequently, but I HATE being TOLD that I MUST tip. That's not a tip – that's a service charge.

  36. Anonymouse says:

    @Chason – No one forces anyone to work as a waiter. They may take the job on the off chance that people are feeling nice and WANT to give them tips, most likely due to a tremendous effort on the part of the employee, but tipping just because a person does a job? Hell, most people deal with shit at work, get paid nothing, and don’t have the societal expectations of getting tipped. If folks want a guaranteed way to earn more, DON’T TAKE A JOB THAT PAYS $2.13 an hour!

    That being said, I usually tip frequently, but I HATE being TOLD that I MUST tip. That’s not a tip – that’s a service charge.

  37. Cole says:

    All you people calling that Kevin guy a cheap bastard need to stfu, ive been working behind a counter since I was 16 and I think I have the authority to say NO WE DO NOT DESERVE TIPS, yes tips happen and im grateful when they do come but grow the fuck up, and do a job that takes actual skill or brain power.

  38. Cole says:

    All you people calling that Kevin guy a cheap bastard need to stfu, ive been working behind a counter since I was 16 and I think I have the authority to say NO WE DO NOT DESERVE TIPS, yes tips happen and im grateful when they do come but grow the fuck up, and do a job that takes actual skill or brain power.

  39. skitzo says:

    Here's my "tip" for getting over on dates and not participating in the ridiculous ritual of tipping people for doing their job.

    When out with a lady and the bill comes grab the customer copy and write a big ass (50%+) tip on it in full view of your date. Make it obvious, Should I leave $40 or $50? Then on the restaurant copy write the word NONE in the tip line (make sure you write NONE and not 0 since some scumbag waiter may put a 1 in front of it taking off with your loot).

    When you leave feign forgetting something back at the table and do the old switch-a-roo with the real restaurant copy with no tip on it. Taa-Dah!

    Another good scheme for getting great service and strong drinks at a bar is to pay with bills just over price of the drink e.g. $10 for a $6 drink. When the change comes stack it in front of yourself not so far out that the bar tender would dare reach in and take it, but far enough out that he'll think it's for him. Let this stack grow all night and watch that chump snap to and pour those drinks right quick (you may even get a freebie or two) at the end of the night pick up your change and leave.

  40. skitzo says:

    Here’s my “tip” for getting over on dates and not participating in the ridiculous ritual of tipping people for doing their job.

    When out with a lady and the bill comes grab the customer copy and write a big ass (50%+) tip on it in full view of your date. Make it obvious, Should I leave $40 or $50? Then on the restaurant copy write the word NONE in the tip line (make sure you write NONE and not 0 since some scumbag waiter may put a 1 in front of it taking off with your loot).

    When you leave feign forgetting something back at the table and do the old switch-a-roo with the real restaurant copy with no tip on it. Taa-Dah!

    Another good scheme for getting great service and strong drinks at a bar is to pay with bills just over price of the drink e.g. $10 for a $6 drink. When the change comes stack it in front of yourself not so far out that the bar tender would dare reach in and take it, but far enough out that he’ll think it’s for him. Let this stack grow all night and watch that chump snap to and pour those drinks right quick (you may even get a freebie or two) at the end of the night pick up your change and leave.

  41. Frankso says:

    @kevin is correct. When someone is simply doing their job and they are not a waitress they don't deserve a tip. That's what wages are for. If they make you smile, do their job well, or otherwise go out of their way then sure they deserve a tip. Wages for people at coffee/t-shirt/sandwich are not designed around tips.

    Leaving 14 cents from your change for a barista is not a tip. That's just keeping your pockets uncluttered.

  42. Frankso says:

    @kevin is correct. When someone is simply doing their job and they are not a waitress they don’t deserve a tip. That’s what wages are for. If they make you smile, do their job well, or otherwise go out of their way then sure they deserve a tip. Wages for people at coffee/t-shirt/sandwich are not designed around tips.

    Leaving 14 cents from your change for a barista is not a tip. That’s just keeping your pockets uncluttered.

  43. Charlie says:

    1) I am not responsible for people's poor educational and career choices.

    2) I am a mechanical engineer and I spent four years in Africa building easily sustained wind turbines and foot-pumped wells to give power and clean water to people with nothing.

    You think I give a fuck about your tips when you grew up in a country with this much opportunity?

  44. Charlie says:

    1) I am not responsible for people’s poor educational and career choices.

    2) I am a mechanical engineer and I spent four years in Africa building easily sustained wind turbines and foot-pumped wells to give power and clean water to people with nothing.

    You think I give a fuck about your tips when you grew up in a country with this much opportunity?

  45. Rebecca says:

    I agree with Kevin. However some of those tip jars could induce me to throw in a quarter and dime and maybe some pennies although I prefer to toss those on the ground for people to find.

  46. Rebecca says:

    I agree with Kevin. However some of those tip jars could induce me to throw in a quarter and dime and maybe some pennies although I prefer to toss those on the ground for people to find.

  47. Pterodactyl says:

    Nice to see people going for the easy put down, calling someone cheap just because they don't tip everywhere they go.

    Tipping (when it's assumed / mandatory, like it is in much of the service industry) is only beneficial to employers. It allows them to pass costs onto the consumer without actually having to incorporate it into their prices; thus maintaining an illusion that your meal / coffee / whatever is cheaper than it actually is, making you more likely to buy it. It's like a hidden sales tax, where you're constantly guilted into throwing more money in to compensate for a businesses terrible pay. Here's a thought: wouldn't it be nice to be able to buy something at exactly the price that was displayed on the sign, without having to figure out all the additional charges?

    Caveat: not tipping servers (where tipping is built into their compensation already) is pretty low, because a. they depend on that pay and b. you aren't going to change the system by refusing to tip — it just makes you a jerk. However, refusing to tip where employees are _not_ paid assuming tips as an extra — like fast food workers, etc is perfectly fine; the onus is on the employer to pay a decent wage. Encouraging more mandatory tipping just makes pricing more skewed and irrelevant. I'm all for baristas / clerks / whatever making a decent wage (I make minimum wage working in a grocery store; I do not get tips, despite dealing with some pretty awful customers on a regular basis), but lobbying the public to tip more is a poor solution. Better solution: find out which places pay their employees well, and frequent those establishments only.

  48. Pterodactyl says:

    Nice to see people going for the easy put down, calling someone cheap just because they don’t tip everywhere they go.

    Tipping (when it’s assumed / mandatory, like it is in much of the service industry) is only beneficial to employers. It allows them to pass costs onto the consumer without actually having to incorporate it into their prices; thus maintaining an illusion that your meal / coffee / whatever is cheaper than it actually is, making you more likely to buy it. It’s like a hidden sales tax, where you’re constantly guilted into throwing more money in to compensate for a businesses terrible pay. Here’s a thought: wouldn’t it be nice to be able to buy something at exactly the price that was displayed on the sign, without having to figure out all the additional charges?

    Caveat: not tipping servers (where tipping is built into their compensation already) is pretty low, because a. they depend on that pay and b. you aren’t going to change the system by refusing to tip — it just makes you a jerk. However, refusing to tip where employees are _not_ paid assuming tips as an extra — like fast food workers, etc is perfectly fine; the onus is on the employer to pay a decent wage. Encouraging more mandatory tipping just makes pricing more skewed and irrelevant. I’m all for baristas / clerks / whatever making a decent wage (I make minimum wage working in a grocery store; I do not get tips, despite dealing with some pretty awful customers on a regular basis), but lobbying the public to tip more is a poor solution. Better solution: find out which places pay their employees well, and frequent those establishments only.

  49. Travis says:

    "entitled bastards?" seriously, I mean, isn't it just crazy that someone might think of themselves as entitled to do what they wish with the money that they've earned? (hope you recognized the sarcasm, although I am a little worried that you may not have, Megan). No offense, but you come off as someone who is tipping with your parents' or someone else's money. Not everyone buying a cup of coffee is automatically rich.

    And I'm totally down with tipping, it's something I'm entitled to do (and do do quite often), or not do, depending on the quality of service I receive.

  50. Travis says:

    “entitled bastards?” seriously, I mean, isn’t it just crazy that someone might think of themselves as entitled to do what they wish with the money that they’ve earned? (hope you recognized the sarcasm, although I am a little worried that you may not have, Megan). No offense, but you come off as someone who is tipping with your parents’ or someone else’s money. Not everyone buying a cup of coffee is automatically rich.

    And I’m totally down with tipping, it’s something I’m entitled to do (and do do quite often), or not do, depending on the quality of service I receive.

  51. mark says:

    Kevin

    Yes you are a cheap bastard, and yes when somebody in the food service does something for you, yes they did earn their tip. Ask them what they get per hour in pay if you don't get it yet. You are a loser

  52. mark says:

    Kevin

    Yes you are a cheap bastard, and yes when somebody in the food service does something for you, yes they did earn their tip. Ask them what they get per hour in pay if you don’t get it yet. You are a loser

  53. Steven says:

    Y'all keep jumping on Kevin, but the way I see it, he isn't being cheap. He didn't say he never tips, simply that he tips only when the person has earned it. All of us perceive different jobs as requiring different amounts of skill, therefore when one job is worthy of a tip it doesn't mean that all jobs are worthy. If I walked up to asked you for money even though I haven't done anything to deserve it can I call you cheap when you don't give it me.

  54. Steven says:

    Y’all keep jumping on Kevin, but the way I see it, he isn’t being cheap. He didn’t say he never tips, simply that he tips only when the person has earned it. All of us perceive different jobs as requiring different amounts of skill, therefore when one job is worthy of a tip it doesn’t mean that all jobs are worthy. If I walked up to asked you for money even though I haven’t done anything to deserve it can I call you cheap when you don’t give it me.

  55. Civilized Human says:

    I don't have much money or time to donate to charity, so I try to over-tip when I can to help people in very low paying jobs get by. I have a hard enough time paying the bills as a single, middle class, college graduate living a frugal life. I can only imagine how people making less than $10/hr can keep their families afloat.

    Next time a pizza delivery man comes to your house or an elderly person bags your 5 items at a grocery store etc, try tipping generously. You might make someone's day a little brighter and feel good about it too.

  56. Civilized Human says:

    I don’t have much money or time to donate to charity, so I try to over-tip when I can to help people in very low paying jobs get by. I have a hard enough time paying the bills as a single, middle class, college graduate living a frugal life. I can only imagine how people making less than $10/hr can keep their families afloat.

    Next time a pizza delivery man comes to your house or an elderly person bags your 5 items at a grocery store etc, try tipping generously. You might make someone’s day a little brighter and feel good about it too.

  57. Wolf says:

    I agree with Kevin. I find it funny how everyone calls him a selfish bastard, or an entitled schmuck. The ironic thing is that arent you being exactly the same when you demand tips? You feel "entitled" to a tip because you placed my cup under the fountain and hit a button.

    You dont tip at McDonalds, you dont tip at any fast food place. And despite what you may think Starbucks is fast food. I dont feel obligated to tip people unless they deserve it. Its like if I came over to your house to clean your gutters and did only half of them. Would you pay me? No you wouldnt. Likewise if the service is bad I am not gonna tip you.

    Oh go ahead say I am a cheap bastard. I dont see myself as one because I tip generously when I do tip. I just dont believe in giving undeserving people money for no reason other than a bunch of people say that I should.

  58. Wolf says:

    I agree with Kevin. I find it funny how everyone calls him a selfish bastard, or an entitled schmuck. The ironic thing is that arent you being exactly the same when you demand tips? You feel “entitled” to a tip because you placed my cup under the fountain and hit a button.

    You dont tip at McDonalds, you dont tip at any fast food place. And despite what you may think Starbucks is fast food. I dont feel obligated to tip people unless they deserve it. Its like if I came over to your house to clean your gutters and did only half of them. Would you pay me? No you wouldnt. Likewise if the service is bad I am not gonna tip you.

    Oh go ahead say I am a cheap bastard. I dont see myself as one because I tip generously when I do tip. I just dont believe in giving undeserving people money for no reason other than a bunch of people say that I should.

  59. DM says:

    @Chason

    That's exactly the attitude the owner of the restaurant/food establishment would like us to have, that way WE the customers subsidize their shitty wage and keep more profit in his pockets.

  60. DM says:

    @Chason

    That’s exactly the attitude the owner of the restaurant/food establishment would like us to have, that way WE the customers subsidize their shitty wage and keep more profit in his pockets.

  61. Kristen says:

    Jason –

    I'm a barista at a cafe in a bookstore. I make shit pay and have to worry about: keeping tables clean, restocking, washing dishes, making sure we don't run out of anything, brewing coffee, making drinks, preparing food, baking, cleaning up messes both employee and customer-made, scrubbing the floor, scrubbing sinks, cleaning out the refrigerator, putting away massive food shipments, training new employees, taking out trash and many other odd jobs.

    On top of that, our cafe isn't even allowed to have a tip jar. And I have to deal with some of the most rude, selfish, immature idiots that walk the planet all the while keeping a smile on my face.

    Don't ever say we don't work hard. Why don't you apply for a job at your local Starbucks and see just how horrible it really is?

  62. Kristen says:

    Jason –

    I’m a barista at a cafe in a bookstore. I make shit pay and have to worry about: keeping tables clean, restocking, washing dishes, making sure we don’t run out of anything, brewing coffee, making drinks, preparing food, baking, cleaning up messes both employee and customer-made, scrubbing the floor, scrubbing sinks, cleaning out the refrigerator, putting away massive food shipments, training new employees, taking out trash and many other odd jobs.

    On top of that, our cafe isn’t even allowed to have a tip jar. And I have to deal with some of the most rude, selfish, immature idiots that walk the planet all the while keeping a smile on my face.

    Don’t ever say we don’t work hard. Why don’t you apply for a job at your local Starbucks and see just how horrible it really is?

  63. Dwight says:

    Why tip someone for a job I’m capable of doing myself? I can deliver food. I can drive a taxi. I can, and do, cut my own hair. I did however, tip my urologist, because I am unable to pulverize my own kidney stones.

  64. Dwight says:

    Why tip someone for a job I’m capable of doing myself? I can deliver food. I can drive a taxi. I can, and do, cut my own hair. I did however, tip my urologist, because I am unable to pulverize my own kidney stones.

  65. Ethril says:

    At Starbucks they aren't really doing anything, to be honest. They press a button, and bam, a really shitty, burnt tasting latte. They still deserve a tip, though, because they get paid shit.

    But I'd just love for you to go to a real coffee shop and show that attitude openly. They'll demonstrate to you just how badly they can make your latte by not giving a damn. Of course, if you're not a douche, it'll be really damned good because a surprising amount of skill and care goes into it. All the way from the owner's choice of roaster/beans, to a proper fresh grind that times right, to getting that perfect tamp. That's not even touching the whole milk steaming process. It does take awhile to get a perfect microfoam down, you know.

  66. Ethril says:

    At Starbucks they aren’t really doing anything, to be honest. They press a button, and bam, a really shitty, burnt tasting latte. They still deserve a tip, though, because they get paid shit.

    But I’d just love for you to go to a real coffee shop and show that attitude openly. They’ll demonstrate to you just how badly they can make your latte by not giving a damn. Of course, if you’re not a douche, it’ll be really damned good because a surprising amount of skill and care goes into it. All the way from the owner’s choice of roaster/beans, to a proper fresh grind that times right, to getting that perfect tamp. That’s not even touching the whole milk steaming process. It does take awhile to get a perfect microfoam down, you know.

  67. CallMeACheapBastardI says:

    Chason – Soooo some how it is my responsibility to make up for a flawed system that underpays its employees because assumptions are made about my willing to throw away MY money? That's a bit self righteous. If you don't want a crappy job that makes you rely on the gullibility of others and has a risk of being underpaid then go get a better job! I'm a cheap bastard because you have a sh***y job? Sorry, I don't get it or feel any sympathy.

  68. CallMeACheapBastardICanTakeIt says:

    Chason – Soooo some how it is my responsibility to make up for a flawed system that underpays its employees because assumptions are made about my willing to throw away MY money? That’s a bit self righteous. If you don’t want a crappy job that makes you rely on the gullibility of others and has a risk of being underpaid then go get a better job! I’m a cheap bastard because you have a sh***y job? Sorry, I don’t get it or feel any sympathy.

  69. With Kevin says:

    First of all, AWESOME collection! =D

    Secondly, I'm with Kevin on this one. I worked 4 years in college as a waiter, and tipping at a restaurant is NOT the same as tipping at starbucks! Virtually any place you go there is a service offered to you. Should I tip my mechanic for doing my oil change or the cashier at Wal-Mart for double bagging my milk… I mean if I'm going to tip everyone who provides me with service, I'll be running out of money pretty quick. If I know a certain job is BASED on tipping (e.g. server, food delivery) I would tip and tip well… otherwise, it is what it is.

    @Chason

    If you really think you can read people through their tipping habits, good luck understanding life! oh, and btw, your statement is only true in the USA.. everywhere is in the world, servers get a paycheck.

  70. With Kevin says:

    First of all, AWESOME collection! =D

    Secondly, I’m with Kevin on this one. I worked 4 years in college as a waiter, and tipping at a restaurant is NOT the same as tipping at starbucks! Virtually any place you go there is a service offered to you. Should I tip my mechanic for doing my oil change or the cashier at Wal-Mart for double bagging my milk… I mean if I’m going to tip everyone who provides me with service, I’ll be running out of money pretty quick. If I know a certain job is BASED on tipping (e.g. server, food delivery) I would tip and tip well… otherwise, it is what it is.

    @Chason

    If you really think you can read people through their tipping habits, good luck understanding life! oh, and btw, your statement is only true in the USA.. everywhere is in the world, servers get a paycheck.

  71. Happy Tipper says:

    Kevin, if you weren't afraid of being considered a cheap bastard, you probably wouldn't have felt the need to say you're not.

    People who don't tip come across as cheap. Period. Why doesn't matter.

    When I can afford to, I tip well and never have to feel bad or defensive about it.

  72. Happy Tipper says:

    Kevin, if you weren’t afraid of being considered a cheap bastard, you probably wouldn’t have felt the need to say you’re not.

    People who don’t tip come across as cheap. Period. Why doesn’t matter.

    When I can afford to, I tip well and never have to feel bad or defensive about it.

  73. Jeff says:

    at allgood the tip jar at one of the food stands read; "tips for gas". With gas crossed out and replaced with "drugs", and under that was added "drugs are tips too"

  74. Jeff says:

    at allgood the tip jar at one of the food stands read; “tips for gas”. With gas crossed out and replaced with “drugs”, and under that was added “drugs are tips too”

  75. Dave F says:

    Tipping is bad for the economy, the labor pool, and for service. Every job should have an adequate living wage, every product sold and service rendered should account for that. Keeping such products and services artificially low (by giving less than minimum wage) is unacceptable. Tipping leaves it to the vagaries of the customer, economy, location, etc. etc. I'd rather have prices adjusted appropriately.

  76. Dave F says:

    Tipping is bad for the economy, the labor pool, and for service. Every job should have an adequate living wage, every product sold and service rendered should account for that. Keeping such products and services artificially low (by giving less than minimum wage) is unacceptable. Tipping leaves it to the vagaries of the customer, economy, location, etc. etc. I’d rather have prices adjusted appropriately.

  77. Chris says:

    Megan

    The fact that they think they *deserve* a tip makes them the ones with entitlement problems.

  78. Chris says:

    Megan

    The fact that they think they *deserve* a tip makes them the ones with entitlement problems.

  79. Andrew says:

    People who tip are reinforcing the negative behaviour of employers and making it acceptable to underpay employees. If not tipping causes just one person to resign on the grounds that their pay is inadequate for the job then I consider my work done.

    As a customer I pay the advertised price for my goods. That price should factor in all overheads, including wages. Underpaying people in order to better compete with more efficient retailers on the understanding that there is a misguided social convention suggesting the customer should volunteer to pay more to compensate is morally bankrupt and you should refuse to give your custom to anyone that partakes in it.

    Begging for tips, as these photos show, is even worse.

  80. Andrew says:

    People who tip are reinforcing the negative behaviour of employers and making it acceptable to underpay employees. If not tipping causes just one person to resign on the grounds that their pay is inadequate for the job then I consider my work done.

    As a customer I pay the advertised price for my goods. That price should factor in all overheads, including wages. Underpaying people in order to better compete with more efficient retailers on the understanding that there is a misguided social convention suggesting the customer should volunteer to pay more to compensate is morally bankrupt and you should refuse to give your custom to anyone that partakes in it.

    Begging for tips, as these photos show, is even worse.

  81. Cynoclast says:

    If you don't like the shitty wages, don't work for companies that pay shitty wages, if you can't get a better job, tough fucking luck. The world is full of competition, you either step up, or get stepped on.

    Secondly tips are a cheap cop-out on the employer's part to pay you less. A good service industry worker will do such a good job they end up making shitloads of money despite the shitty wages. A lazy one will act like a beggar and put out a tip jar with some banal slogan on it.

    The problem is, monkeys can do the job as well as most people so there's no competition for people in these jobs.

    If you take my order into a computer, then carry a plate of food to my table when it's done, you don't get a fucking tip. My 6 year old niece can do that.

    If you take my order of a plain black coffee into a cash register, then pour coffee into a cup, put a lid on it, and hand it to me, you don't get a fucking tip, my autistic step brother can do that.

    If you work someplace where those are your primary responsibilities, do something above and beyond to deserve a tip, you entitled brats.

    That said, when eating at a restaurant, I tip rather well (~20% on average), especially if the service is noteworthy in a good way. And at a bar, I tip exceedingly well because I've learned that doing so makes me get drinks ahead of people. Bartenders that pay attention to that, make decent conversation, or do something beyond taking my money and handing me a glass get tips in excess of 50% most times.

    But a fucking counter-job worker where you do nothing but stand around pushing buttons most of the time? Give me a fucking break. Work for your money like I do.

  82. Cynoclast says:

    If you don’t like the shitty wages, don’t work for companies that pay shitty wages, if you can’t get a better job, tough fucking luck. The world is full of competition, you either step up, or get stepped on.

    Secondly tips are a cheap cop-out on the employer’s part to pay you less. A good service industry worker will do such a good job they end up making shitloads of money despite the shitty wages. A lazy one will act like a beggar and put out a tip jar with some banal slogan on it.

    The problem is, monkeys can do the job as well as most people so there’s no competition for people in these jobs.

    If you take my order into a computer, then carry a plate of food to my table when it’s done, you don’t get a fucking tip. My 6 year old niece can do that.

    If you take my order of a plain black coffee into a cash register, then pour coffee into a cup, put a lid on it, and hand it to me, you don’t get a fucking tip, my autistic step brother can do that.

    If you work someplace where those are your primary responsibilities, do something above and beyond to deserve a tip, you entitled brats.

    That said, when eating at a restaurant, I tip rather well (~20% on average), especially if the service is noteworthy in a good way. And at a bar, I tip exceedingly well because I’ve learned that doing so makes me get drinks ahead of people. Bartenders that pay attention to that, make decent conversation, or do something beyond taking my money and handing me a glass get tips in excess of 50% most times.

    But a fucking counter-job worker where you do nothing but stand around pushing buttons most of the time? Give me a fucking break. Work for your money like I do.

  83. Not Cheap says:

    Kevin, waiters and waitresses only earn $2.50 an hour. They are busy people, Kevin, and busy people tend to get moody after working for hours on end in a busy restaurant, trying to remember all of the meals and attempting to get the food out as fast as they can.

    Here you come, Kevin. That's you. Waltzing into the restaurant, ordering up a big meal. A hamburger perhaps. Boy, you're hungry. Can't wait to eat that hamburger, eh, Kevin?

    Filled up, you leave the restaurant full of satisfaction. The hapless waitress goes to the table and looks at the money. No tip. There she goes, into the back of the kitchen. Do you see her, Kevin? Boy, she looks mad. But that doesn't matter to you, Kevin, does it? While you're at home, watching your favorite TV show, she's talking to all of the other waitresses and cooks about that cheap bastard named Kevin.

    They won't forget you, oh don't you worry, Kevin. Word will spread about that 'cheap bastard' sitting down at table 15, getting ready to eat his hearty meal.

    You'd better tip the waitresses, Kevin, or next time you come to their restaurant, they may hide their payback in the bun of your hamburger, or in your fries, or in your drink. You'd be amazed at how well saliva and phlegm mixes in with other liquids, and how dandruff so much resembles sea salt. It may look like plain 'ole ketchup, but, dear Kevin, it's far from Heinz.

    Sincerely, restaurant worker.

  84. Not Cheap says:

    Kevin, waiters and waitresses only earn $2.50 an hour. They are busy people, Kevin, and busy people tend to get moody after working for hours on end in a busy restaurant, trying to remember all of the meals and attempting to get the food out as fast as they can.

    Here you come, Kevin. That’s you. Waltzing into the restaurant, ordering up a big meal. A hamburger perhaps. Boy, you’re hungry. Can’t wait to eat that hamburger, eh, Kevin?

    Filled up, you leave the restaurant full of satisfaction. The hapless waitress goes to the table and looks at the money. No tip. There she goes, into the back of the kitchen. Do you see her, Kevin? Boy, she looks mad. But that doesn’t matter to you, Kevin, does it? While you’re at home, watching your favorite TV show, she’s talking to all of the other waitresses and cooks about that cheap bastard named Kevin.

    They won’t forget you, oh don’t you worry, Kevin. Word will spread about that ‘cheap bastard’ sitting down at table 15, getting ready to eat his hearty meal.
    You’d better tip the waitresses, Kevin, or next time you come to their restaurant, they may hide their payback in the bun of your hamburger, or in your fries, or in your drink. You’d be amazed at how well saliva and phlegm mixes in with other liquids, and how dandruff so much resembles sea salt. It may look like plain ‘ole ketchup, but, dear Kevin, it’s far from Heinz.

    Sincerely, restaurant worker.

  85. HM says:

    @everyone dissing Kevin

    Not tipping (at least in this case) doesn't in any way make you a cheap bastard. There are plenty of cultures/societies where tipping itself is considered offensive, which is also where people get paid properly. If all you whiners about "non-tippers being cheap bastards" actually go out and change labour laws, you wouldn't have to resort to name-calling to disprove a point.

  86. HM says:

    @everyone dissing Kevin

    Not tipping (at least in this case) doesn’t in any way make you a cheap bastard. There are plenty of cultures/societies where tipping itself is considered offensive, which is also where people get paid properly. If all you whiners about “non-tippers being cheap bastards” actually go out and change labour laws, you wouldn’t have to resort to name-calling to disprove a point.

  87. f#a# says:

    That Lance Bass one is my favorite coffee shop in Denver, Stella's!

    http://www.stellascoffee.com/

  88. f#a# says:

    That Lance Bass one is my favorite coffee shop in Denver, Stella's!

    http://www.stellascoffee.com/

  89. Ben says:

    @Chason

    Kevin said he tips waiters.

    "Making me a sandwich does not earn you a tip. Waiting on my table does earn you a tip."

  90. Ben says:

    @Chason

    Kevin said he tips waiters.

    “Making me a sandwich does not earn you a tip. Waiting on my table does earn you a tip.”

  91. Jason says:

    I don't like the way the tipping system is set up. I want my waiters and baristas and sandwich makers and what not to make a fair wage and I only have to tip if they really do a great job. Unfortunately thats not the system we have so I tip whether they are great or just average. I can't fix the system so why make the poor waiter pay for it.

  92. Jason says:

    I don’t like the way the tipping system is set up. I want my waiters and baristas and sandwich makers and what not to make a fair wage and I only have to tip if they really do a great job. Unfortunately thats not the system we have so I tip whether they are great or just average. I can’t fix the system so why make the poor waiter pay for it.

  93. Adrian says:

    Expected tipping is a ridiculous antiquated unfair system, Americans sure like to cling to thier old fasioned idiotic ideals. (Religion, Imperial units, Guns)

  94. Adrian says:

    Expected tipping is a ridiculous antiquated unfair system, Americans sure like to cling to thier old fasioned idiotic ideals. (Religion, Imperial units, Guns)

  95. Clark says:

    Why should I tip a waiter if they don't do a tip-worthy job? If I tip someone it is because they deserve it. Before you say it, no I am not a cheap bastard, I simply want service that deserves a tip before I am willing to spend extra money for something I have already gotten.

  96. Clark says:

    Why should I tip a waiter if they don’t do a tip-worthy job? If I tip someone it is because they deserve it. Before you say it, no I am not a cheap bastard, I simply want service that deserves a tip before I am willing to spend extra money for something I have already gotten.

  97. barfbarffart says:

    who cares about kevin. listen to that guy who posted as "wilford brimley". What a fucking jerk. $3.25 an hour with out tips is ridiculous. If you don't wat to tip stay home!

  98. barfbarffart says:

    who cares about kevin. listen to that guy who posted as “wilford brimley”. What a fucking jerk. $3.25 an hour with out tips is ridiculous. If you don’t wat to tip stay home!

  99. Really??? says:

    Two words for all of ripping on Kevin: "Reservoir Dogs". It's amazing that people who post on topcultured aren't as cultured as they think they are.

  100. Really??? says:

    Two words for all of ripping on Kevin: “Reservoir Dogs”. It’s amazing that people who post on topcultured aren’t as cultured as they think they are.

  101. Aaron says:

    My simple solution:

    If you do not make minimum wage because you are expected to receive tips, then I will tip you. (Usually 15-20% for good service, down to 10% for sub par service.)

    If you make at least minimum wage, then I will absolutely not tip you unless you go above and beyond. Funny tip jar? Might make it happen. Complicated order? That'll do. Otherwise, you're getting paid by your employer and not me.

  102. Aaron says:

    My simple solution:

    If you do not make minimum wage because you are expected to receive tips, then I will tip you. (Usually 15-20% for good service, down to 10% for sub par service.)

    If you make at least minimum wage, then I will absolutely not tip you unless you go above and beyond. Funny tip jar? Might make it happen. Complicated order? That’ll do. Otherwise, you’re getting paid by your employer and not me.

  103. Matt says:

    You tip when a tip is deserved. Making me coffee doesn't deserve a tip. Bringing my food, refilling my cup, parking my car, etc deserves a tip.

    I find it repulsive there's tip jars everywhere.

  104. Matt says:

    You tip when a tip is deserved. Making me coffee doesn’t deserve a tip. Bringing my food, refilling my cup, parking my car, etc deserves a tip.

    I find it repulsive there’s tip jars everywhere.

  105. speaking for everyon says:

    dear kevin,

    i think everyone here can agree that you basically suck as a person and should probably just stick to making your own coffee and eating at home you penny pinching douche.

  106. speaking for everyone in the world says:

    dear kevin,

    i think everyone here can agree that you basically suck as a person and should probably just stick to making your own coffee and eating at home you penny pinching douche.

  107. del says:

    In Kevin's defense, he did say "waiting on a table DOES earn you a tip." So, he does tip waiters, and reserves his non-tipping for baristas, cooks, and counter people.

    That makes sense to me. Cooks and baristas get paid minimum wage; waiters and waitresses usually do not. The reason cooks and baristas get paid minimum wage is because there is no expectation of a tip; it's more of a slender hope. The reason waiters do is because only cheap bastards wouldn't tip them. I think Kevin is entirely reasonable.

    Tipping everyone regardless of whether there's an expectation of it or not means you'll tip your baristas, your grocer, your butcher, your cashiers at Target, your UPS guy, your local cop, and possibly your judge. Tipping judges leads to bribery charges and going to jail. So, don't overdo it.

  108. del says:

    In Kevin’s defense, he did say “waiting on a table DOES earn you a tip.” So, he does tip waiters, and reserves his non-tipping for baristas, cooks, and counter people.

    That makes sense to me. Cooks and baristas get paid minimum wage; waiters and waitresses usually do not. The reason cooks and baristas get paid minimum wage is because there is no expectation of a tip; it’s more of a slender hope. The reason waiters do is because only cheap bastards wouldn’t tip them. I think Kevin is entirely reasonable.

    Tipping everyone regardless of whether there’s an expectation of it or not means you’ll tip your baristas, your grocer, your butcher, your cashiers at Target, your UPS guy, your local cop, and possibly your judge. Tipping judges leads to bribery charges and going to jail. So, don’t overdo it.

  109. sr says:

    I always thought that those cans and jars are for charity. I did not know they used the money to buy plastic dolls, drugs or condoms. I would rather spend my money on poor kids in some other nation than feeding over feed people here. If you feel u r underpaid, get another job or work 2 jobs. Be smart, earn more so even you can help some who is really in need of help. And yes I did work as a waiter, behind the counter and cleaned toilets. Just think smart.

    :) Peace.

  110. sr says:

    I always thought that those cans and jars are for charity. I did not know they used the money to buy plastic dolls, drugs or condoms. I would rather spend my money on poor kids in some other nation than feeding over feed people here. If you feel u r underpaid, get another job or work 2 jobs. Be smart, earn more so even you can help some who is really in need of help. And yes I did work as a waiter, behind the counter and cleaned toilets. Just think smart.
    :) Peace.

  111. Mr. White says:

    @Mr Pink

    Waitressing is the number one occupation for female non-college graduates in this country. It's the one job basically, any woman can get and make a living on. The reason is because of their tips.

  112. Mr. White says:

    @Mr Pink
    Waitressing is the number one occupation for female non-college graduates in this country. It’s the one job basically, any woman can get and make a living on. The reason is because of their tips.

  113. Around the block mor says:

    Kevin is correct. Tips should be primarily for table service, or complicated bar service. (You don't tip the checkout person at Wal-Mart…) I've been a waiter and a barista, and let me tell you, most waitrons have no clue what they are doing, much less do they think of their job as a professional skill or craft that should be honed to perfection. Think about it – the fact that you don't HAVE to tip is what gives meaning to tipping. Getting a tip means "Job well done". If everyone had to tip, the tip would have no meaning. Sure, in some places it's legal to pay less than minimum if tips are expected, but if you don't like it, find a better job. Or, shut up, be better than everyone else at what you do, and earn beaucoup bucks. It's much easier to rationalize and say, "Hey, that guy didn't leave a tip, he must be cheap," than to say, "I didn't deserve a tip cause I was slow and pathetic at my job." If you've got mad skills, then find a way to let them show, and nobody will deny you a tip. If you are killing time until a better job opportunity comes along, and couldn't give a crap less, that will show and you won't get tips. If your coffee grinder and espresso machine are filthy, and there are fruit flies hanging around, and you don't have a clue how to tamp with the correct pressure, people will notice and ask themselves why exactly you think you deserve a tip. On the other hand, if everything sparkles, place smells clean, and you can pull a ristretto with 4 feet of crema, then your tip jar will overflow.

  114. Around the block more than once says:

    Kevin is correct. Tips should be primarily for table service, or complicated bar service. (You don’t tip the checkout person at Wal-Mart…) I’ve been a waiter and a barista, and let me tell you, most waitrons have no clue what they are doing, much less do they think of their job as a professional skill or craft that should be honed to perfection. Think about it – the fact that you don’t HAVE to tip is what gives meaning to tipping. Getting a tip means “Job well done”. If everyone had to tip, the tip would have no meaning. Sure, in some places it’s legal to pay less than minimum if tips are expected, but if you don’t like it, find a better job. Or, shut up, be better than everyone else at what you do, and earn beaucoup bucks. It’s much easier to rationalize and say, “Hey, that guy didn’t leave a tip, he must be cheap,” than to say, “I didn’t deserve a tip cause I was slow and pathetic at my job.” If you’ve got mad skills, then find a way to let them show, and nobody will deny you a tip. If you are killing time until a better job opportunity comes along, and couldn’t give a crap less, that will show and you won’t get tips. If your coffee grinder and espresso machine are filthy, and there are fruit flies hanging around, and you don’t have a clue how to tamp with the correct pressure, people will notice and ask themselves why exactly you think you deserve a tip. On the other hand, if everything sparkles, place smells clean, and you can pull a ristretto with 4 feet of crema, then your tip jar will overflow.

  115. justin says:

    If you really care about people being underpaid, sort out the minimum wage issue as a society.

    Forcing workers to rely on some fuzzy sense of obligation or charity for doing an honest day's work is not a sensible system of payment.

    A tip that is expected to be paid is not a tip. It just amounts to a hidden employee tax on prices, with out-of-towners and overseas folk trying to second guess the correct etiquette for every situation.

    I suppose pointing out the absurdity of the current system gives you an opportunity to publicly declare your generosity and 'solidarity' with the downtrodden.

    That's yawn-worthy and doesn't change the fact the 'tipping culture' sucks balls.

  116. justin says:

    If you really care about people being underpaid, sort out the minimum wage issue as a society.

    Forcing workers to rely on some fuzzy sense of obligation or charity for doing an honest day’s work is not a sensible system of payment.

    A tip that is expected to be paid is not a tip. It just amounts to a hidden employee tax on prices, with out-of-towners and overseas folk trying to second guess the correct etiquette for every situation.

    I suppose pointing out the absurdity of the current system gives you an opportunity to publicly declare your generosity and ‘solidarity’ with the downtrodden.

    That’s yawn-worthy and doesn’t change the fact the ‘tipping culture’ sucks balls.

  117. Thomas says:

    I don't think "Kevin" is a cheap bastard. The whole point of a TIP (read: not a fee/charge) is to reward the waiter/barista for excellent service. If the person doesn't smile, doesn't greet me, gets my order wrong, is slow, etc, then they don't deserve a tip. Sorry, but holding the job in itself isn't enough to earn a tip. If a waiter gets paid less than minimum with the expectation of receiving tips to supplement their income, then they should EARN their tips and not expect them by delivering barely adequate/poor service.

  118. Thomas says:

    I don’t think “Kevin” is a cheap bastard. The whole point of a TIP (read: not a fee/charge) is to reward the waiter/barista for excellent service. If the person doesn’t smile, doesn’t greet me, gets my order wrong, is slow, etc, then they don’t deserve a tip. Sorry, but holding the job in itself isn’t enough to earn a tip. If a waiter gets paid less than minimum with the expectation of receiving tips to supplement their income, then they should EARN their tips and not expect them by delivering barely adequate/poor service.

  119. Cozell says:

    The complicated part of the service industry is not taking orders or managing tables, its putting up with peoples shitty orders and trying to accommodate them with out even getting to be yourself for hours on end day after day. Sure when your a custy you just walk in, get what you want, and then leave but the person who serves you has been giving everybody what they want all day. A job like that doesn't deserve minimum wage. so leave a tip for havin people serve your every need to your exact specifications or go to the grocery store

  120. Cozell says:

    The complicated part of the service industry is not taking orders or managing tables, its putting up with peoples shitty orders and trying to accommodate them with out even getting to be yourself for hours on end day after day. Sure when your a custy you just walk in, get what you want, and then leave but the person who serves you has been giving everybody what they want all day. A job like that doesn’t deserve minimum wage. so leave a tip for havin people serve your every need to your exact specifications or go to the grocery store

  121. Steve says:

    I tip EVERY time, here's why:

    In my state people that work food service jobs are taxed on 8% of their gross sales to account for tips.

    On a $3.00 drink, your server pays the tax on $0.25 for your dring whether you tipped them a quarter or not.

    Unless the service is totally unacceptable, no one deserves to PAY for me to eat.

  122. Steve says:

    I tip EVERY time, here’s why:

    In my state people that work food service jobs are taxed on 8% of their gross sales to account for tips.

    On a $3.00 drink, your server pays the tax on $0.25 for your dring whether you tipped them a quarter or not.

    Unless the service is totally unacceptable, no one deserves to PAY for me to eat.

  123. Haha says:

    This has turned into a hate thread. I wish, when provided with good service, people would tip. Nobody expects anybody to shake the contents of their bank account into a tip jar, but at the same time, a small tip shows appreciation and helps ensure the continuation of good service. You don't ever tip, no matter what? Then to make sure you receive the bare minimum of customer service, you had better not continually return to the same places. Why would anyone go above and beyond for people who don't show that it matters to them either way?

  124. Haha says:

    This has turned into a hate thread. I wish, when provided with good service, people would tip. Nobody expects anybody to shake the contents of their bank account into a tip jar, but at the same time, a small tip shows appreciation and helps ensure the continuation of good service. You don’t ever tip, no matter what? Then to make sure you receive the bare minimum of customer service, you had better not continually return to the same places. Why would anyone go above and beyond for people who don’t show that it matters to them either way?

  125. Annie Dillon says:

    If that's true about your tipping habits . . . . DUMB-FUCKER!! You should burn at the stake that should be running through your dumb-geek torso . . . by the way, how was your day today. Dum, Da, Dum, Dum, DUUUUUUMMMMMM.

  126. Annie Dillon says:

    If that’s true about your tipping habits . . . . DUMB-FUCKER!! You should burn at the stake that should be running through your dumb-geek torso . . . by the way, how was your day today. Dum, Da, Dum, Dum, DUUUUUUMMMMMM.

  127. I am a barista says:

    Tipping is of course purely voluntary. That said, it is pretty awesome when someone throws a buck into the tip jar, because we are at the bottom rung of the socio-economic ladder, and most people who can afford a $4 latte can afford to throw their change or a dollar into the tip jar. If you can't, no sweat, you are still paying my wages one way or another. But the company only cares about people who buy a drink, while I care about people who tip. Most people who tip get an extra shot of espresso in their drink or a free upsize or something.

  128. I am a barista says:

    Tipping is of course purely voluntary. That said, it is pretty awesome when someone throws a buck into the tip jar, because we are at the bottom rung of the socio-economic ladder, and most people who can afford a $4 latte can afford to throw their change or a dollar into the tip jar. If you can’t, no sweat, you are still paying my wages one way or another. But the company only cares about people who buy a drink, while I care about people who tip. Most people who tip get an extra shot of espresso in their drink or a free upsize or something.

  129. GET A REAL JOB says:

    Don't expect people to just give hard earned money to you because you decided to actually do your job.

    Going to treat a customer poorly because they didn't pay you extra for doing what you are expected to do?

    "Oh look at me, I did my job the way I am supposed to…give me a bonus!"

    Fuck you.

    Get a better education and get a better job then. Stupid motherfuckers.

  130. GET A REAL JOB says:

    Don’t expect people to just give hard earned money to you because you decided to actually do your job.

    Going to treat a customer poorly because they didn’t pay you extra for doing what you are expected to do?

    “Oh look at me, I did my job the way I am supposed to…give me a bonus!”

    Fuck you.

    Get a better education and get a better job then. Stupid motherfuckers.

  131. forseriously says:

    The ignorance posted here is simply ghastly. Why should one tip if a server doesn't do an "extraordinary" job? Former servers no longer tipping other people serving in restaurants (wilford brimley/troll) because it's not skilled labor? Which is an absolute lie because anyone who's ever been condemned to any job in the service industry very well knows that it's difficult work and should be appreciated by all.

    I'll concede that minimum wage workers may be tipped if you're feeling mighty philanthropic for the day. But not tipping "real" service industry employees – servers, bartenders, valets, bellhops etc, for shame. You're a nightmare of a human being and everyone who will ever have the misfortune of serving you will harbor an infernal hatred toward you, and rightfully so. If you can't afford gratuity for any kind of service, then don't fucking utilize that service. Eat at home, park your own car, and carry your own bags you cheap miserable prick.

  132. forseriously says:

    The ignorance posted here is simply ghastly. Why should one tip if a server doesn’t do an “extraordinary” job? Former servers no longer tipping other people serving in restaurants (wilford brimley/troll) because it’s not skilled labor? Which is an absolute lie because anyone who’s ever been condemned to any job in the service industry very well knows that it’s difficult work and should be appreciated by all.

    I’ll concede that minimum wage workers may be tipped if you’re feeling mighty philanthropic for the day. But not tipping “real” service industry employees – servers, bartenders, valets, bellhops etc, for shame. You’re a nightmare of a human being and everyone who will ever have the misfortune of serving you will harbor an infernal hatred toward you, and rightfully so. If you can’t afford gratuity for any kind of service, then don’t fucking utilize that service. Eat at home, park your own car, and carry your own bags you cheap miserable prick.

  133. Philip says:

    To reiterate again as someone has already done, Kevin said that he does in fact tip waitstaff (verb in caps for emphasis):

    "Waiting on my table DOES earn you a tip."

  134. Philip says:

    To reiterate again as someone has already done, Kevin said that he does in fact tip waitstaff (verb in caps for emphasis):

    “Waiting on my table DOES earn you a tip.”

  135. @Shayne says:

    awesome.

  136. @Shayne says:

    awesome.

  137. todd says:

    kevin said it right. he tips someone waiting on his table. the starbucks people and others who make minimum wage, no tips for you. the tipping system for waiters/waitresses gives them incentive to do a good job. on a fixed salary why would they care to give good service?

  138. todd says:

    kevin said it right. he tips someone waiting on his table. the starbucks people and others who make minimum wage, no tips for you. the tipping system for waiters/waitresses gives them incentive to do a good job. on a fixed salary why would they care to give good service?

  139. jt says:

    Having to tip is a disgrace. In the civilized world we tip for recognition of exceptional service. In USA its akin to panhandling or begging. Greedy businesses externalizing their true labor costs by not paying a fair wage. Say no to 3rd world practices!

  140. jt says:

    Having to tip is a disgrace. In the civilized world we tip for recognition of exceptional service. In USA its akin to panhandling or begging. Greedy businesses externalizing their true labor costs by not paying a fair wage. Say no to 3rd world practices!

  141. Bill says:

    I have to agree with Kevin. If a waiter/waitress/barista/whatever doesn't like the wages set forth by the employer they can easily work elsewhere. If they enjoy their job and do it well they should be tipped adequately. The reason why most restaurant employees are paid so low hourly is two-fold: 1) cuts back the costs of the restaurant providing cheaper services. 2) creates incentive to do a better job. The whole must-tip thing is bullshit. I do, however, tip the typical 15% at restaurants if they meet my expectations. Other than that? Earn it. I have to earn my money.

  142. Bill says:

    I have to agree with Kevin. If a waiter/waitress/barista/whatever doesn’t like the wages set forth by the employer they can easily work elsewhere. If they enjoy their job and do it well they should be tipped adequately. The reason why most restaurant employees are paid so low hourly is two-fold: 1) cuts back the costs of the restaurant providing cheaper services. 2) creates incentive to do a better job. The whole must-tip thing is bullshit. I do, however, tip the typical 15% at restaurants if they meet my expectations. Other than that? Earn it. I have to earn my money.

  143. Kacey says:

    @ Dave F.

    You mention that tipping is bad for the economy but promote living wages. You do understand that living wages are ALSO bad for the economy because it increases the labor pool because more people WANT jobs and since there are less jobs to go around (check supply and demand curves) which creates a shortage in the job market AND an inefficient economy.

  144. Kacey says:

    @ Dave F.

    You mention that tipping is bad for the economy but promote living wages. You do understand that living wages are ALSO bad for the economy because it increases the labor pool because more people WANT jobs and since there are less jobs to go around (check supply and demand curves) which creates a shortage in the job market AND an inefficient economy.

  145. Tan The Man says:

    Ninjas and unicorns are awesome.

  146. Tan The Man says:

    Ninjas and unicorns are awesome.

  147. Keith says:

    @speaking for everyone in the world..

    No, everyone here does NOT agree that Kevin sucks. His points are valid, and held by many. Because a person takes a job that depends on tips, doesn't mean that that person should provide sub-par service, in anticipation of those tips, and then complain on sites like this when not received. How about this. How about YOU go to Dunkin Donuts, and order coffee YOUR way, only to get it served up the way THEY want it. And then having them try again 4 times, with attitude each time because they don't understand that regular coffee isn't HALF MILK, HALF COFFEE. so, afte rthe 4th time you take your coffee, which is no longer sweet enough, because they kept pouring some out to add more instead of starting from scratch like you asked them too. So now you have a coffee that you SETTLED for because you don't have any more time to waste first thing in the morning, and the server has been talking about you back and forth to the coworkers, sure that you don't speak the language. NOW. Just how much of a tip are YOU prepared to leave?

  148. Keith says:

    @speaking for everyone in the world..

    No, everyone here does NOT agree that Kevin sucks. His points are valid, and held by many. Because a person takes a job that depends on tips, doesn’t mean that that person should provide sub-par service, in anticipation of those tips, and then complain on sites like this when not received. How about this. How about YOU go to Dunkin Donuts, and order coffee YOUR way, only to get it served up the way THEY want it. And then having them try again 4 times, with attitude each time because they don’t understand that regular coffee isn’t HALF MILK, HALF COFFEE. so, afte rthe 4th time you take your coffee, which is no longer sweet enough, because they kept pouring some out to add more instead of starting from scratch like you asked them too. So now you have a coffee that you SETTLED for because you don’t have any more time to waste first thing in the morning, and the server has been talking about you back and forth to the coworkers, sure that you don’t speak the language. NOW. Just how much of a tip are YOU prepared to leave?

  149. KiwiAussie says:

    In Australia/New Zealand tipping is not expected, but you know what… people tip all the time for *GOOD* and *EXCELLENT* service.

    I'll tip if I get good service in a club or restaurant or give the pizza guy a tip if it arrives hot and fast.

    But tipping for sub-par service? Because you feel obligated? Come on give me a break. Bartenders, waiters, etc know that they can just do their job and walk out with a paycheck and maybe a few dollars in tips from tourists and the like. But those who put in the effort to earn their tips get rewarded appropriately.

  150. KiwiAussie says:

    In Australia/New Zealand tipping is not expected, but you know what… people tip all the time for *GOOD* and *EXCELLENT* service.

    I’ll tip if I get good service in a club or restaurant or give the pizza guy a tip if it arrives hot and fast.

    But tipping for sub-par service? Because you feel obligated? Come on give me a break. Bartenders, waiters, etc know that they can just do their job and walk out with a paycheck and maybe a few dollars in tips from tourists and the like. But those who put in the effort to earn their tips get rewarded appropriately.

  151. Kate says:

    Many people have stated that people who don't like poor wages should get a better job. But what about people who are working to pay for college so they can get a better paying job? How are you supposed to work your way up if you can't afford food or rent?

  152. Kate says:

    Many people have stated that people who don’t like poor wages should get a better job. But what about people who are working to pay for college so they can get a better paying job? How are you supposed to work your way up if you can’t afford food or rent?

  153. Dan says:

    I agree with Kevin and all the others that say why should I pay the wages of the employer. The reason the wages are so low is because the employer knows that the employee is expecting tips to make money. Tip well if people do a good job and not just there job thats what they signed up for. I worked for years at a privately owned computer store making low wages and busting my n*t helping customers. Sometimes spending hours explaining things to them, I got a tip twice in six years. I worked way harder then someone who pours coffee, lugging peoples computers in and out of the store, pretty much giving free private computer lessons. Ill I expected at the end of the day was my pay check and the rate agreed upon by the employer and I.

  154. Dan says:

    I agree with Kevin and all the others that say why should I pay the wages of the employer. The reason the wages are so low is because the employer knows that the employee is expecting tips to make money. Tip well if people do a good job and not just there job thats what they signed up for. I worked for years at a privately owned computer store making low wages and busting my n*t helping customers. Sometimes spending hours explaining things to them, I got a tip twice in six years. I worked way harder then someone who pours coffee, lugging peoples computers in and out of the store, pretty much giving free private computer lessons. Ill I expected at the end of the day was my pay check and the rate agreed upon by the employer and I.

  155. John Games says:

    Nice collection of pics. Poor Lance Bass is never going to get to space.

  156. John Games says:

    Nice collection of pics. Poor Lance Bass is never going to get to space.

  157. Moooo says:

    Ya dude… total agreement. Your really a douchebag.

  158. Moooo says:

    Ya dude… total agreement. Your really a douchebag.

  159. Cory says:

    Tips encourage better service if you don't care about service don't tip. And on another note i build hospitals for sick and dying children and nobody has ever thought to tip me WHY cause i don't have to deal with asshole guests and put on the pretty fake smile that helps you enjoy your meal/drink or whatever it may be.

  160. Cory says:

    Tips encourage better service if you don’t care about service don’t tip. And on another note i build hospitals for sick and dying children and nobody has ever thought to tip me WHY cause i don’t have to deal with asshole guests and put on the pretty fake smile that helps you enjoy your meal/drink or whatever it may be.

  161. Joe says:

    Kevin is awesome, Mark is a looser.

  162. Joe says:

    Kevin is awesome, Mark is a looser.

  163. Rachel says:

    I am a waitress in a restaurant, and have been for many years. I know what it takes to earn a decent tip, even from people who don't normally do so (not bragging just trying to make a point). I'm damn good at my job and because of that, I am now the manager of a restaurant, about to become GM! So don't give up! I do agree though, a tip is earned not assumed…what happens when you assume? You make an ass out of u and me :)

  164. Rachel says:

    I am a waitress in a restaurant, and have been for many years. I know what it takes to earn a decent tip, even from people who don’t normally do so (not bragging just trying to make a point). I’m damn good at my job and because of that, I am now the manager of a restaurant, about to become GM! So don’t give up! I do agree though, a tip is earned not assumed…what happens when you assume? You make an ass out of u and me :)

  165. Kevin is right. says:

    If I sit at a table for an hour while you bring me food and drink, I pay you for the experience. When you reach over the counter to hand me a paper cup filled with coffee, I pay the listed price.

    Like Bill Maher said, "You're not waiting on me, I'm waiting on you."

  166. Kevin is right. says:

    If I sit at a table for an hour while you bring me food and drink, I pay you for the experience. When you reach over the counter to hand me a paper cup filled with coffee, I pay the listed price.

    Like Bill Maher said, “You’re not waiting on me, I’m waiting on you.”

  167. chazwazzer says:

    Fine, if you guys are so keen on making sure the people that make $2.50/hour end up making minimum wage through the use of tips, then I suggest tips based on the minutes they spend serving you. If a waiter/waitress spends 2 minutes taking an order, 3 minutes brining an order out, and 1 minute to stop by and say "is everything alright", then I suggest they get the difference between the hourly wage they get and the hourly wage they SHOULD be getting, according to those those wish to see them paid more.

    Minimum wage is currently $6.55, but let's say we're going for the $7.25 wage as of July 2009. $7.25-$2.50 = $4.75. According to many of you, they are entitled to $4.75 per hour MORE since they don't make that as a base wage. Given 6 minutes of service (time someone next time, it's probably less), they should get 47 cents as a tip so that they can earn their minimum wage. So fine, the argument that they earn less than minimum wage is accepted, and I will start tipping 47 cents, since they are 'entitled' to such wages, according to some.

  168. chazwazzer says:

    Fine, if you guys are so keen on making sure the people that make $2.50/hour end up making minimum wage through the use of tips, then I suggest tips based on the minutes they spend serving you. If a waiter/waitress spends 2 minutes taking an order, 3 minutes brining an order out, and 1 minute to stop by and say “is everything alright”, then I suggest they get the difference between the hourly wage they get and the hourly wage they SHOULD be getting, according to those those wish to see them paid more.

    Minimum wage is currently $6.55, but let’s say we’re going for the $7.25 wage as of July 2009. $7.25-$2.50 = $4.75. According to many of you, they are entitled to $4.75 per hour MORE since they don’t make that as a base wage. Given 6 minutes of service (time someone next time, it’s probably less), they should get 47 cents as a tip so that they can earn their minimum wage. So fine, the argument that they earn less than minimum wage is accepted, and I will start tipping 47 cents, since they are ‘entitled’ to such wages, according to some.

  169. Mishkan says:

    I recognize a few those from Amy's Ice Cream in Austin, TX. I even used to know the Walt mentioned in one. We used to have fun with the tip jars.

  170. Mishkan says:

    I recognize a few those from Amy’s Ice Cream in Austin, TX. I even used to know the Walt mentioned in one. We used to have fun with the tip jars.

  171. IMSA12 says:

    I don't see any of the pictures in this article demanding a tip, regardless of service. They are just pictures of tip jars.

    I do see a lot of asinine posters here who seem to think that not forking over a quarter or two at a walk-up counter is a rationalization for everything from refusing to support a flawed economic model to motivating the lazy-ass slime who do these jobs to improve their circumstances to become rich and famous like the rest of us.

    Some of these posters apparently will tip someone who parks their car (an awesome challenge, I'm sure), others generously tip bartenders (so they have someone who will actually talk to them, and pop'em an extra can of Bud Light), but it's beyond them to tip just out of plain old kindness.

    I lost my job, a professional position that paid over $50K/YR last July, and I can't get even work at the local KwikTrip. But when I go to pick up a nicely made pizza at Papa Murphy's, or enjoy a few well-poured drinks down at Cully's, I tip as well as I can, because they do a good job, and I can't afford to be a wanker. If you wanna be a wanker, so be it. Enjoy your existence: no one else does.

  172. IMSA12 says:

    I don’t see any of the pictures in this article demanding a tip, regardless of service. They are just pictures of tip jars.

    I do see a lot of asinine posters here who seem to think that not forking over a quarter or two at a walk-up counter is a rationalization for everything from refusing to support a flawed economic model to motivating the lazy-ass slime who do these jobs to improve their circumstances to become rich and famous like the rest of us.

    Some of these posters apparently will tip someone who parks their car (an awesome challenge, I’m sure), others generously tip bartenders (so they have someone who will actually talk to them, and pop’em an extra can of Bud Light), but it’s beyond them to tip just out of plain old kindness.

    I lost my job, a professional position that paid over $50K/YR last July, and I can’t get even work at the local KwikTrip. But when I go to pick up a nicely made pizza at Papa Murphy’s, or enjoy a few well-poured drinks down at Cully’s, I tip as well as I can, because they do a good job, and I can’t afford to be a wanker. If you wanna be a wanker, so be it. Enjoy your existence: no one else does.

  173. I tip waiters/baristas if they make me feel extra good about going to their coffee shop/restaurant/whatever. If they for instance make me laugh, are extra charming, or are extremely attractive then I tip.

    I also leave tips in jars that call me sexy.

  174. I tip waiters/baristas if they make me feel extra good about going to their coffee shop/restaurant/whatever. If they for instance make me laugh, are extra charming, or are extremely attractive then I tip.

    I also leave tips in jars that call me sexy.

  175. asdf says:

    Just putting in my 2 cents, excuse the pun. But tips are important for students that can't get full-time jobs because they go to school fulltime and have to pay for it themselves!

    On top of that, I feel really bad for people working at shit jobs that do all this and pay rent!

  176. asdf says:

    Just putting in my 2 cents, excuse the pun. But tips are important for students that can’t get full-time jobs because they go to school fulltime and have to pay for it themselves!
    On top of that, I feel really bad for people working at shit jobs that do all this and pay rent!

  177. Andrew says:

    Bill – "They can easily work elsewhere"? Have you recently tried getting a job in Oregon , or anywhere else for that matter?

    I'll put it this way, plain and simple:

    TIPS PAY FOR COLLEGE.

    And yes, if you are a regular, and a good tipper, I will go far out of my way for you. It helps if you're polite, too. And if you are a regular, and a no-tipper, I might leave with three pizza deliveries, and take the other two before you, to have a better chance of getting a tip from those people. I'm not going to provide you with bad service, you just might be lower on my priority list.

    Having said that, I just got promoted and won't be relying on tips anymore. Thank god.

  178. Andrew says:

    Bill – “They can easily work elsewhere”? Have you recently tried getting a job in Oregon , or anywhere else for that matter?

    I’ll put it this way, plain and simple:

    TIPS PAY FOR COLLEGE.

    And yes, if you are a regular, and a good tipper, I will go far out of my way for you. It helps if you’re polite, too. And if you are a regular, and a no-tipper, I might leave with three pizza deliveries, and take the other two before you, to have a better chance of getting a tip from those people. I’m not going to provide you with bad service, you just might be lower on my priority list.

    Having said that, I just got promoted and won’t be relying on tips anymore. Thank god.

  179. Andrew says:

    @Keith

    Sounds like someone had a bad Dunkin' Donuts experience. How about we don't take it out on everyone else, mmkay?

  180. Andrew says:

    @Keith

    Sounds like someone had a bad Dunkin’ Donuts experience. How about we don’t take it out on everyone else, mmkay?

  181. Steven says:

    Wow, seems to be two extreme sides on this one, not to mention Kevin is now the most popular guy on this page.

    But really, this is starting to get out of hand people, you pick one or two words out of someones comment and then no matter what they are the devil-incarnate. For those who are against Kevin, please just take a moment to read the full comments, of not only him but also those who agree with him, and fully understand what they are trying to convey. You just might find that we are simply trying to think logically it what it means to tip and what is deserving of a tip.

    If I go to a restaurant and they guy taking my order at least seems friendly and doesn't screw up my order I will tip him. If I have a mechanic work on my car and I know they weren't trying to screw me over every step of the way, I will make sure I tip. However, when I go to Starbucks I simply make sure I know what I want and act polite so as not to cause them additional stress, but unless the service there was over the top, I probably won't tip.

  182. Steven says:

    Wow, seems to be two extreme sides on this one, not to mention Kevin is now the most popular guy on this page.

    But really, this is starting to get out of hand people, you pick one or two words out of someones comment and then no matter what they are the devil-incarnate. For those who are against Kevin, please just take a moment to read the full comments, of not only him but also those who agree with him, and fully understand what they are trying to convey. You just might find that we are simply trying to think logically it what it means to tip and what is deserving of a tip.

    If I go to a restaurant and they guy taking my order at least seems friendly and doesn’t screw up my order I will tip him. If I have a mechanic work on my car and I know they weren’t trying to screw me over every step of the way, I will make sure I tip. However, when I go to Starbucks I simply make sure I know what I want and act polite so as not to cause them additional stress, but unless the service there was over the top, I probably won’t tip.

  183. Steve says:

    I gotta say I am seeing Tip Jars pop up everywhere. What's next, Tip Jars at Fast Food joints…Tip Jars at gas pumps, etc…?

    Not to mention the guys asking me for cash at the ATM and then again when I stop at 7/11 and then again when stopped at a light and then again when pumping gas. I think you should get a daily wristband so people will quit asking me for free money the rest of that day!!

    Don't even get me started with that guy in the White Coat at Whole Foods Market. I go there 6 days a week and he hold his can out with puppy dog eyes EVERY time…it gets old after awhile and I have started going to Trader Joe's.

    Don't get me wrong, I always tip over 20% at nice restaurants…tip could be as high as $50 or more at some nice places here in LA if I have a date and I have no problem with that…but I hate that guy at Whole Foods!!

  184. Steve says:

    I gotta say I am seeing Tip Jars pop up everywhere. What’s next, Tip Jars at Fast Food joints…Tip Jars at gas pumps, etc…?

    Not to mention the guys asking me for cash at the ATM and then again when I stop at 7/11 and then again when stopped at a light and then again when pumping gas. I think you should get a daily wristband so people will quit asking me for free money the rest of that day!!

    Don’t even get me started with that guy in the White Coat at Whole Foods Market. I go there 6 days a week and he hold his can out with puppy dog eyes EVERY time…it gets old after awhile and I have started going to Trader Joe’s.

    Don’t get me wrong, I always tip over 20% at nice restaurants…tip could be as high as $50 or more at some nice places here in LA if I have a date and I have no problem with that…but I hate that guy at Whole Foods!!

  185. Blaine says:

    I work for tips to get through college. If you have a job making more than $50k a year and I am serving you ice cream for minimum wage I consider it rather rude for you to "never tip"

  186. Blaine says:

    I work for tips to get through college. If you have a job making more than $50k a year and I am serving you ice cream for minimum wage I consider it rather rude for you to “never tip”

  187. yes says:

    Kevin is entirely correct. There's barely any skill in making a cup of coffee, it's not my problem if the employer doesn't pay a wage the employee would consider reasonable, so for both of these reasons I never tip in coffee shops.

    Bar staff don't deserve any extra money just for pouring liquid either. Do I tip the checkout girl for putting objects into a bag? No. Same principle.

    In fact I don't tip by default anywhere but restaurants, and then I forget the tip if it's shitty service.

    I'd rather give spare change to a hobo than tip jars, at least they need the money.

  188. yes says:

    Kevin is entirely correct. There’s barely any skill in making a cup of coffee, it’s not my problem if the employer doesn’t pay a wage the employee would consider reasonable, so for both of these reasons I never tip in coffee shops.

    Bar staff don’t deserve any extra money just for pouring liquid either. Do I tip the checkout girl for putting objects into a bag? No. Same principle.

    In fact I don’t tip by default anywhere but restaurants, and then I forget the tip if it’s shitty service.

    I’d rather give spare change to a hobo than tip jars, at least they need the money.

  189. Tom Bones says:

    Tipping is one of the worst social customs to ever evolve, and it has probably been around since money was invented. I don't understand why business owners in the US pass on the responsibility of paying staff to their customers. It's your business pal- you pay them!

  190. Tom Bones says:

    Tipping is one of the worst social customs to ever evolve, and it has probably been around since money was invented. I don’t understand why business owners in the US pass on the responsibility of paying staff to their customers. It’s your business pal- you pay them!

  191. You are all Terrible says:

    Wow can of worms.

    If you don't tip you just Mr. pink, bitter and will make your service person bitter and then yourself bitter. Its A dollar extra here and there for a sandwich or a beer so some dude can make a little extra. Who doesn't like extra? I like extra. skitzo your a piece of shit. And all you people who think its mandatory to tip and thats bull shit they can get a real job, who's gonna bring you your extra cheese, or salt or what ever the fuck you want because thats what industry people do they try to give you what ever you want. SO be grateful, get over yourself and throw some cash at folks or maybe if you pinch all your pennies together you can buy yourself another video game you fat scumbag not tippin mother fuckers. forseriously said it.

  192. You are all Terrible humans says:

    Wow can of worms.
    If you don’t tip you just Mr. pink, bitter and will make your service person bitter and then yourself bitter. Its A dollar extra here and there for a sandwich or a beer so some dude can make a little extra. Who doesn’t like extra? I like extra. skitzo your a piece of shit. And all you people who think its mandatory to tip and thats bull shit they can get a real job, who’s gonna bring you your extra cheese, or salt or what ever the fuck you want because thats what industry people do they try to give you what ever you want. SO be grateful, get over yourself and throw some cash at folks or maybe if you pinch all your pennies together you can buy yourself another video game you fat scumbag not tippin mother fuckers. forseriously said it.

  193. Jeff S. says:

    http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/3648/121908202… thought i'd share, hope the author reads the comments

  194. Jeff S. says:

    http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/3648/121908202… thought i'd share, hope the author reads the comments

  195. Tom says:

    I don't expect tips at work (Nightclub, Bar Staff) for single drinks. What I do expect, however, is something for a large round, or being awkward about your drinks, or making me fill my wastage sheet because you decide you don't want something. I earn minimum wage (unsociable hours), and I work damned hard for my money, dealing with people who are at times, complete twats.

    Tips:

    1) A few words, "Thanks very much", "Cheers mate", seem to go out the window when you're pissed.

    2) A half of post mix (Coke, Lemonade). It's only 60p, and unlike most bars, we're not allowed to drink it for free as staff!

    3) Your loose change. Helps with people who don't have enough money when I want my till to balance, and also buys my breakfast on the way home at 4am.

  196. Tom says:

    I don’t expect tips at work (Nightclub, Bar Staff) for single drinks. What I do expect, however, is something for a large round, or being awkward about your drinks, or making me fill my wastage sheet because you decide you don’t want something. I earn minimum wage (unsociable hours), and I work damned hard for my money, dealing with people who are at times, complete twats.

    Tips:

    1) A few words, “Thanks very much”, “Cheers mate”, seem to go out the window when you’re pissed.
    2) A half of post mix (Coke, Lemonade). It’s only 60p, and unlike most bars, we’re not allowed to drink it for free as staff!
    3) Your loose change. Helps with people who don’t have enough money when I want my till to balance, and also buys my breakfast on the way home at 4am.

  197. Tim says:

    The garbage man's job ain't an easy one and I don't see him bitching about not getting tipped…

    If you think you deserve a tip for doing your job, please get fucked.

    Go watch the first 15 mins of Reservoir Dogs.

  198. Tim says:

    The garbage man’s job ain’t an easy one and I don’t see him bitching about not getting tipped…

    If you think you deserve a tip for doing your job, please get fucked.

    Go watch the first 15 mins of Reservoir Dogs.

  199. Konrad says:

    As someone who has been a bartender for the bulk of my adult life, I can vouch for the "basketball hoop" technique.

    I have only had one bar that I actually had a little hoop on my jar/bucket/bowl, but I have always made sure to have a big tip bucket and I encourage trying to make baskets from behind the bar.

    Upside: Drunk people cant throw money well, and I get to keep it while making you think it's a game.

    Downside: the more crumpled the bill the better it flies. Have you ever spent your night after work unfolding 100+ dollar bills? The bank is never amused.

  200. Konrad says:

    As someone who has been a bartender for the bulk of my adult life, I can vouch for the “basketball hoop” technique.

    I have only had one bar that I actually had a little hoop on my jar/bucket/bowl, but I have always made sure to have a big tip bucket and I encourage trying to make baskets from behind the bar.

    Upside: Drunk people cant throw money well, and I get to keep it while making you think it’s a game.

    Downside: the more crumpled the bill the better it flies. Have you ever spent your night after work unfolding 100+ dollar bills? The bank is never amused.

  201. rustymetal says:

    I work in a nursing home for $8 a hour. that only 50cents above minimum wage here in MI. Whats that have to do with tips you ask?

    Well I don't get a tip every time I wipe someones ass or clean up some shit on the floor. Not to mention all the food service I do when residents cant make it to the dining room. So why the fuck should u get a tip for getting some coffee from the machine?

  202. rustymetal says:

    I work in a nursing home for $8 a hour. that only 50cents above minimum wage here in MI. Whats that have to do with tips you ask?

    Well I don’t get a tip every time I wipe someones ass or clean up some shit on the floor. Not to mention all the food service I do when residents cant make it to the dining room. So why the fuck should u get a tip for getting some coffee from the machine?

  203. Rob says:

    Never, ever tip just for getting served by someone. Tip for the server doing more than just doing their job. Sheesh, if their not being paid enough and the tips make up for that then tough, they shouldv'e thought about that when they went for the job and were told the salary.

    Now, if you work hard and excel at what you do and make customers feel great they will tip because you are great. Just never tip because it's the rules. It isn't the rules, that is just a complete load made up by idiots that feel they should have stuff coming to them when they don't do anything to deserve it.

    If you are so concerned with people not getting paid enough, try tipping nurses, care workers, volunteer workers and people that actually do things that show they give a flying rats ass about the world around them and don't see themselves as being ultra-important for just pouring coffee out of a jug.

  204. Rob says:

    Never, ever tip just for getting served by someone. Tip for the server doing more than just doing their job. Sheesh, if their not being paid enough and the tips make up for that then tough, they shouldv’e thought about that when they went for the job and were told the salary.
    Now, if you work hard and excel at what you do and make customers feel great they will tip because you are great. Just never tip because it’s the rules. It isn’t the rules, that is just a complete load made up by idiots that feel they should have stuff coming to them when they don’t do anything to deserve it.
    If you are so concerned with people not getting paid enough, try tipping nurses, care workers, volunteer workers and people that actually do things that show they give a flying rats ass about the world around them and don’t see themselves as being ultra-important for just pouring coffee out of a jug.

  205. Marc says:

    Unfortunately in reality employers never really want to pay the workers. I mean how many people out there believe you should be getting more than what the get paid. Restaurants don't want to pay there employee's much. They want to keep their prices low. When you don't tip your punishing the waitress/waiter not the company. Oh and if they mess up and you tip less because of it. That is not right. How would you like it if your employer decided they are going to pay you based on your ups and downs. So you walked in on Monday and just had an off day, so your boss comes up and says I decided you didn't do your best I am going to only pay you %70 of what I pay you normally, you would be pissed. And yes you are paying the server, its not a tip. It should be added in to your spending amount when you go out to eat. People treat servers as if they are there personal slave and are really horrible. So it is a bad job choice, how would you like to be served by the teen who doesn't care if your food comes out cold or your drink never gets filled, because they are making minimum wage. Until you can convince companies that they need to pay their employees appropriately tipping is more of service paid. Remember its not always the servers fault. There are people behind them that don't get tipped and don't care. You would be surprised what a server goes through.

  206. Marc says:

    Unfortunately in reality employers never really want to pay the workers. I mean how many people out there believe you should be getting more than what the get paid. Restaurants don’t want to pay there employee’s much. They want to keep their prices low. When you don’t tip your punishing the waitress/waiter not the company. Oh and if they mess up and you tip less because of it. That is not right. How would you like it if your employer decided they are going to pay you based on your ups and downs. So you walked in on Monday and just had an off day, so your boss comes up and says I decided you didn’t do your best I am going to only pay you %70 of what I pay you normally, you would be pissed. And yes you are paying the server, its not a tip. It should be added in to your spending amount when you go out to eat. People treat servers as if they are there personal slave and are really horrible. So it is a bad job choice, how would you like to be served by the teen who doesn’t care if your food comes out cold or your drink never gets filled, because they are making minimum wage. Until you can convince companies that they need to pay their employees appropriately tipping is more of service paid. Remember its not always the servers fault. There are people behind them that don’t get tipped and don’t care. You would be surprised what a server goes through.

  207. Anon says:

    Tipping is a choice, so I won't declare non-tippers as cheap bastards, however I'm in favor of tipping. If it's not a full restaurant, my tip is usually just the change I receive, but I feel it's a perk of working a likely shitty customer service job.

    Saying they can just get a better paying job is roughly the same as saying there shouldn't be any homeless people because they can all just go and ask for a job and get one. Nowadays more than ever it's difficult to find a job, let alone a well paying one. Based on the sheer amount of horrible service I've seen, I'll gladly tip to reinforce even the most basic of good service. I have to imagine that everyone here who says tipping is pointless wouldn't turn down extra money offered to them at their own job.

  208. Anon says:

    Tipping is a choice, so I won’t declare non-tippers as cheap bastards, however I’m in favor of tipping. If it’s not a full restaurant, my tip is usually just the change I receive, but I feel it’s a perk of working a likely shitty customer service job.

    Saying they can just get a better paying job is roughly the same as saying there shouldn’t be any homeless people because they can all just go and ask for a job and get one. Nowadays more than ever it’s difficult to find a job, let alone a well paying one. Based on the sheer amount of horrible service I’ve seen, I’ll gladly tip to reinforce even the most basic of good service. I have to imagine that everyone here who says tipping is pointless wouldn’t turn down extra money offered to them at their own job.

  209. Mr. Dave says:

    I alayws plan on tipping 15%, but if the service person sucks or is slow or never checks up on the table, I take away from the tip. I think this should be standard so the person knows if they're doing a good job or not. The tip is there for the waiter/waitress to lose. If they do an average or better job, they get it. Also, when I was younger, I was told 10% was standard. Then in my teens I was told 15% was the norm. Now I'm in my 20's, people tell me that 20% is expected – I said no to the tip inflation and will stay at 15%. I guess my dad made that decision at some point in his life when 10% was the going rate, because that's all that he tips.

  210. Mr. Dave says:

    I alayws plan on tipping 15%, but if the service person sucks or is slow or never checks up on the table, I take away from the tip. I think this should be standard so the person knows if they’re doing a good job or not. The tip is there for the waiter/waitress to lose. If they do an average or better job, they get it. Also, when I was younger, I was told 10% was standard. Then in my teens I was told 15% was the norm. Now I’m in my 20’s, people tell me that 20% is expected – I said no to the tip inflation and will stay at 15%. I guess my dad made that decision at some point in his life when 10% was the going rate, because that’s all that he tips.

  211. Mikey says:

    When was the last time you tipped your doctor? (I applaud Dwight for tipping his urologist, although, isn't necessary. At least it shows your appreciation for people who put extra care into their job, regardless of what it is.)

    We don't get tipped for doing our jobs right… we get sued out the wazoo if we ever make a mistake. When it comes to the service industry, I can't think of anybody who puts as much hard work and care into their job as most doctors I know. We don't expect a tip, so someone who makes my coffee shouldn't EXPECT a tip (however, it's always a nice gesture to give a tip for good service).

  212. Mikey says:

    When was the last time you tipped your doctor? (I applaud Dwight for tipping his urologist, although, isn’t necessary. At least it shows your appreciation for people who put extra care into their job, regardless of what it is.)

    We don’t get tipped for doing our jobs right… we get sued out the wazoo if we ever make a mistake. When it comes to the service industry, I can’t think of anybody who puts as much hard work and care into their job as most doctors I know. We don’t expect a tip, so someone who makes my coffee shouldn’t EXPECT a tip (however, it’s always a nice gesture to give a tip for good service).

  213. Jake says:

    …WHO GIVES A SHIT WHO TIPS AND WHO DOESNT…

  214. Jake says:

    …WHO GIVES A SHIT WHO TIPS AND WHO DOESNT…

  215. Coffeworking bastard says:

    I worked part time in a coffee shop. Whenever I worked, I removed the tip-jar from the counter. I felt embarrassed asking for tip just for operating a machine.

    Personally I tip when given extra service. That can be a smile or just asking for my preference or just seem generally happy to serve me.

  216. Coffeworking bastard says:

    I worked part time in a coffee shop. Whenever I worked, I removed the tip-jar from the counter. I felt embarrassed asking for tip just for operating a machine.

    Personally I tip when given extra service. That can be a smile or just asking for my preference or just seem generally happy to serve me.

  217. crictv69 says:

    Thank god i live in Australia where we dont have to tip

  218. crictv69 says:

    Thank god i live in Australia where we dont have to tip

  219. Mark says:

    If those barista's make shit for money, they should have gone to school? Do you tip the garbageman? Do you tip the pest control people? Do you tip the people that made your license plate?

    Kevin has a valid point. TIPS = To Improve Prime Service. A barista's job is to make good coffee.

    A waitress job is to bring you food and drink at your table in an orderly manner. If she if friendly on the side and makes it a better experience, she deserves a tip.

    Tips should not be the rule.

  220. Mark says:

    If those barista’s make shit for money, they should have gone to school? Do you tip the garbageman? Do you tip the pest control people? Do you tip the people that made your license plate?

    Kevin has a valid point. TIPS = To Improve Prime Service. A barista’s job is to make good coffee.
    A waitress job is to bring you food and drink at your table in an orderly manner. If she if friendly on the side and makes it a better experience, she deserves a tip.
    Tips should not be the rule.

  221. targadauto says:

    Other way round: I always tip unless the "tipee" really doesn't deserve it.

  222. targadauto says:

    Other way round: I always tip unless the “tipee” really doesn’t deserve it.

  223. Caroline says:

    I've walked into music venues and paid a cover of $5 or $10 to stand in a crowded bar and listen to a terrible band. I've spent 99 cents for a bad song on iTunes that I listen to once and never again. I've dropped a quarter in the street and didn't bother running for it. So if somebody smiles at me while making my coffee, I don't see that it's a big deal to drop a buck in the tip jar? Life is cold, lonely, miserable and short. And working in the service industry pays bad and you have to deal with douchebag, entitled customers. Might as well give up a dollar now and again so a barista can buy themselves a beer instead of killing themselves.

  224. Caroline says:

    I’ve walked into music venues and paid a cover of $5 or $10 to stand in a crowded bar and listen to a terrible band. I’ve spent 99 cents for a bad song on iTunes that I listen to once and never again. I’ve dropped a quarter in the street and didn’t bother running for it. So if somebody smiles at me while making my coffee, I don’t see that it’s a big deal to drop a buck in the tip jar? Life is cold, lonely, miserable and short. And working in the service industry pays bad and you have to deal with douchebag, entitled customers. Might as well give up a dollar now and again so a barista can buy themselves a beer instead of killing themselves.

  225. kc says:

    I have to agree. If you want a decent tip earn it. Showing up at my table once for the order, having a food runner bring out the food and showing up to drop off the check, is not worth of a full service tip. In many of these cases, I will find the food runner and tip him directly then tell the sub par waiter/waitress that the reason they didn't get a tip is they didn't earn it and that I did tip, just not them.

  226. kc says:

    I have to agree. If you want a decent tip earn it. Showing up at my table once for the order, having a food runner bring out the food and showing up to drop off the check, is not worth of a full service tip. In many of these cases, I will find the food runner and tip him directly then tell the sub par waiter/waitress that the reason they didn’t get a tip is they didn’t earn it and that I did tip, just not them.

  227. Pete says:

    If you come to me to wait on me, you have earned a tip. If I have to walk up to you, and stand and wait on you, I am doing the "waiting" and you should not be a tipped employee. If you work behind a counter and your employer is paying you waiter/waitress wages, you need to contact your state's employee relations.

  228. Pete says:

    If you come to me to wait on me, you have earned a tip. If I have to walk up to you, and stand and wait on you, I am doing the “waiting” and you should not be a tipped employee. If you work behind a counter and your employer is paying you waiter/waitress wages, you need to contact your state’s employee relations.

  229. Obama_nation says:

    I would like to tax ALL tips at a rate of 50%

  230. Obama_nation says:

    I would like to tax ALL tips at a rate of 50%

  231. karma says:

    Two words – TIP OUT! If you the customer dont tip your waiter at all, it actually costs THEM money to wait on your fat ass. A percentage of the waiters sales goes to the runners, bartenders, etc. At least dont steal money from the "uneducated" workers bastards.

  232. jaapie says:

    @justin June 10th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Could not said it better. Yesterday I was with a polish girl and a dutch guy in a bar and they had no clue.

    The system is just totally weird here. Starbucks should pay normal wages instead of customers paying "extra". People should get upset that it is allowed in this western country to pay table scraps for hard work. It is Starbuck's responsibility, not the customer, how much people get paid.

    Tipping has become wages. How ridiculous is that.

  233. Alex says:

    I have a photo of the Texas one – thats from Emo's Annex in Austin.

  234. Troy says:

    Hey Kristen. quit. go do something else. no one has a gun to your head. just stop bitching. all of you, if your job is unsatisfactory, unfulfilling or otherwise unappreciated then go do something else. start your own business if you want to make the rules.

  235. Cin says:

    Sharing IS Caring

  236. Kate says:

    @Dwight hilarious. I was waiting for someone to quote it. High-five.

  237. dani says:

    wow…It's really interesting and enlightening to read these comments! I just have a few points I'd like to throw in there – 1) There are employers who base their pay around the possibility of their employees getting tips – and I don't mean restaurants. …more

    wow…It's really interesting and enlightening to read these comments! I just have a few points I'd like to throw in there –

    1) There are employers who base their pay around the possibility of their employees getting tips – and I don't mean restaurants. I worked as a barista, and the pay was crap. When I started, the owner told me that he knew it was crap and that the difference between it and a fairly acceptable (NOT decent) wage would be made up in tips.

    Because I was in graduate school (with an 80 mile RT commute to and from school) I needed something flexible and close to home – other than the pay, this really worked for me.

    2) I have been a server at both a family restaurant and a comedy club – while as an undergradute and graduate student respectively. $2.13/hr doesn't go very far and regardless of whether or not the customer was planning to tip, however decently (20% is good, 15% is mediocre)we always had to do the same minimum amount of work. Usually, the less someone planned on tipping the MORE work and BIGGER pains in the patooties those customers would be. just saying.

    3) Just because someone works a crappy job doesn't mean that they're a "low life" as some comments have implied. This economy sucks. Even when the economy is good, life happens. you never know the circumstances of the person who's "servicing" you.

    I know loads of people who are in service jobs, though they're highly educated. Myself included. I make less than $8/hr in a retail job which doesn't receive tips.

    Why do I do it? I can't find a job within hundreds of miles of my house and husband's job which is a fit for my education and training. I was also serving at the comedy club – making a decent wage ONLY because of tips due to my excellent service – but I had to leave because of a shoulder injury.

    4) It would be awesome if there were no tip-based jobs – if servers and the like were to receive a decent hourly wage. Is it likely to happen anytime soon in the US? not so much. Though, having lived in Germany for a year and in Rome for a month as well as having visited family often in the UK, I will say that our tip-based service jobs do encourage far better service than regular-wage service jobs in other countries.

    5) If you refuse, on principle, to tip service workers – even if it's something you could theoretically do yourself, like make a salad or deliver a pizza – then do it yourself and don't ask someone else to do it for you and not reward them for their service. Before you utilize the service of a restaurant, full-service gas station, etc., you know that it is expected to tip: don't be a jackass.

    6) That being said, I don't automatically tip ridiculous amounts for crappy service. I understand what's involved and if the service is pretty good to outstanding, I tip 30% or more. If it's mediocre to decently good, between 15% and 20%. If it's really pretty bad, but I'm not offended by it, 10% – 15%. If it's any worse than that, I talk to the manager.

    And as far as tip jars at coffee shops and whatnot – I don't frequent those establishments very often, nor do I generally make a nuisance of myself. I throw in a buck about every other time I go in.

  238. Diana says:

    I can hardly believe this!

    "If they don't want to be paid 3.00 an hour then they should get better jobs" PLEEASE!Most people such as myself working these kinds of shitty jobs are putting themselves through college so they can become something productive in life!! You cant just expect me to walk into a hospital and get a job as a doctor do you? In that world FINE you can forget about tipping!

    I work in the food service industry and I deal with cheap,rude,high and idiotic customers all day long! I hardly ever get tipped in fact some people steal our tips!

    I have however tried to feed myself using tip money because I had to(as a poor student)

    Just tip it's the right thing to do

  239. Fugazi says:

    As a former waiter of 15 years (I started at 15) I can safely attest that MANY people would try out for the new waiters position but could not handle it. Some made it a day… some made it a year. MOST left because they no longer wanted to "take that crap" from displeased/cranky customers on a daily basis. It's so much more than "taking an order", trust me.

    Oh, and Kevins' cheap. :-)

    Tip people!!!

  240. jlrbnsn says:

    Don't make it out to be a choice of the employee, we all need jobs and somebody has to work some low paying ones. They are paid low wages with the assumption that people will tip their server. They are serving YOU, wouldn't you think that deserves a tip. If you hired a carpenter to help you do your roof one weekend, you would pay HIM/HER wouldn't you, on top of paying for your own supplies? How is this any different? I work part time at the graduate student bar and there are a lot of cheapskates out there. And if you don't tip that is what you are CHEAP!

  241. Scott says:

    The laws set forth in 29CFR Ch.V P.531 Sub.C as passed in 1938 and amended 1967 are in place to assure that "Tipped Employees" receive MINIMUM WAGE.

    The reason tipped employees are paid "so low", Bill, is that the Department of Labor and the IRS woke up one day and realized that there were some waiters/waitresses out there spending upwards of $40000 more per year than their reported taxable income.

    The customer in COLLUSION with the waitstaff screwed up the gratuity system. Once upon a time, a patron could assure himself of prompt and dedicated service by offering some member of the staff a direct and untraceable cash payment: a BRIBE. As affluence spread through the middle class, more and more bribes were proffered in an attempt of each and every "Regular Joe" to receive preferential treatment. "Regular Joes" had NO CLUE what "Preferential" meant, and so as long as they got a seat and the food was acceptable, they didn't complain… thought everything went swell… and came back for more. (Not to mention the sticky question of "How do you complain about the ineffectiveness of your BRIBE?")

    So now the staff of the establishment is swimming in all this free, unreported money for which they DID NOTHING EXTRA. Quickly a sense of entitlement sets in and Lo and Behold, should you frequent an establishment and FAIL to bribe (regularly and sufficiently)– well, you wouldn't mind waiting a bit for that empty table right there in plain sight, would you? Thanks.

    Now lets look at our Always-Right Customer…

    America has never been able to tell when it has enough of something. "Already a restaurant for every 80 people in town? No matter! We can profit on just 10% market capture… we've got a winning formula… surely we can grab 140 customers a day!" Restaurants are CHEAP to open (compared to say, a factory or a toy store) and leave almost no wake in their failure. So investors open the doors on them like mad. With increasing competition comes reduced market share. Falling profits lead inexorably to increased pressure to expand service while maintaining or even reducing cost. Employees are expected by management to do more while receiving less… and the customer expects the establishment to make good on its promise of enhanced service without increased price! Entitlement rears its ugly head AGAIN, and should the staff fail to clear that table right there in plain sight– well, no 15% for YOU Buddy, and would you get your manager over here to comp our drinks?

    Thanks.

    We are ALL become selfish, entitled bastards… who seem to think that bribery– that time-honored tradition of greasing the wheels– is both a noble practice and reliable source of income.

  242. Fugazi says:

    …and by the way, waiters HAVE TO BE tipped. Coffee servers SHOULD be tipped for the same reason a bartender should… its a tradition in this country. Retail workers SHOULDN'T cause they work on commission.

    "the quainter/personal the service, the more likely you should be tipping"

    Oh, and that coffee cart on the corner you get your morning coffee and donut from? It wouldn't kill you to smile and walk away BEFORE he gives you that 33 cents change. He's sittimg in a box every morning waiting to serve you breakfast. It gets cold/hot in there.

  243. amy says:

    To all those saying that they won't tip because they could make the sandwich/coffee/etc themselves or worse, that mentally challenged/monkeys/extremely young children could do it–why not save the restaurant workers the headache and yourselves some money and actually do it yourself?

  244. Andy says:

    OK. So you don't wanna tip. Please feel free to not tip. I tip. I tip BIG. It makes me feel good.

    In Europe, you bastards don't have a choice. It's already on the bill. A big tip. Try paying less on the bill. Your life won't be worth five cents.

  245. Restaurant owner says:

    For your information yes they do make 2.35 an hour and if cheap people don't tip them like some of you the price of every meal on the menu would go up a dollar or 2. So that they could get the pay atleast to minimum. So you cheap poor people should thank the people who tip.

  246. Me says:

    I work as a barista. I stand for 7 hours, running around, making people their drinks (NOT at starbucks– I invest effort in making nice looking lattes, steaming the milk myself, et cetera), cleaning up. All that.

    I graduated from college a few weeks ago. Economy sucks right now, so I am sticking with my job.

    I don't get paid very well. The majority (80%) of customers do not tip. A good day I walk away with $3 extra an hour.

    Do I think I deserve a tip? Yes. I try and brighten everyone's day by joking around, asking how they are… I enjoy my job and I enjoy talking with people. The people I don't like are the crabby people who come in, order a complex drink, and never tip. I understand that you are paying for a drink, but the service I am providing you take a lot of work and effort. When you're crabby and you act like a dick, you bring my day down a little bit. A lot of people have this entitlement (that they deserve the drink simply because they are paying for it) doesn't hold too much. I could make their drink very poorly (like starbucks) if I chose. I try my best, and it IS a lot of work.

    If you don't appreciate the service you're receiving, go somewhere else or do it yourself. Barista jobs are assumed to be supplemented by tips. Few people get that, but those are the people I look forward to seeing every day because of how grateful they act– but through tipping and through their attitude. I have regulars that never tip, but their attitude makes up for it. I am not stingy nor do I have an entitlement problem, but using an excuse for not tipping if the work was done well isn't very considerate of those trying to do something special for you and going out of their way to make a drink well.

    Do I tip a shitty waiter? Very little, if at all. I don't agree with giving out undeserved tips. A good job deserves a reward. Tipping causes me to want to do my job better with the incite of a few extra dollars to pay bills or maybe eat out.

    /end rant

    (sorry– blanket reasoning for not tipping is bullshit and disrespectful.)

  247. Me says:

    I work as a barista. I stand for 7 hours, running around, making people their drinks (NOT at starbucks– I invest effort in making nice looking lattes, steaming the milk myself, et cetera), cleaning up. All that.

    I graduated from college a few weeks ago. Economy sucks right now, so I am sticking with my job.

    I don’t get paid very well. The majority (80%) of customers do not tip. A good day I walk away with $3 extra an hour.

    Do I think I deserve a tip? Yes. I try and brighten everyone’s day by joking around, asking how they are… I enjoy my job and I enjoy talking with people. The people I don’t like are the crabby people who come in, order a complex drink, and never tip. I understand that you are paying for a drink, but the service I am providing you take a lot of work and effort. When you’re crabby and you act like a dick, you bring my day down a little bit. A lot of people have this entitlement (that they deserve the drink simply because they are paying for it) doesn’t hold too much. I could make their drink very poorly (like starbucks) if I chose. I try my best, and it IS a lot of work.

    If you don’t appreciate the service you’re receiving, go somewhere else or do it yourself. Barista jobs are assumed to be supplemented by tips. Few people get that, but those are the people I look forward to seeing every day because of how grateful they act– but through tipping and through their attitude. I have regulars that never tip, but their attitude makes up for it. I am not stingy nor do I have an entitlement problem, but using an excuse for not tipping if the work was done well isn’t very considerate of those trying to do something special for you and going out of their way to make a drink well.

    Do I tip a shitty waiter? Very little, if at all. I don’t agree with giving out undeserved tips. A good job deserves a reward. Tipping causes me to want to do my job better with the incite of a few extra dollars to pay bills or maybe eat out.

    /end rant
    (sorry– blanket reasoning for not tipping is bullshit and disrespectful.)

  248. Scott Pullman says:

    I agree with Kevin.

    Tipping is for people who make below minimum wage. If you make min and above, tipping is no longer required, just optional.

    If service is exemplary, I'll tip – but you are already getting paid to make me coffee.

    And, if you don't like your job, find something else you do like. Your unhappiness is not my problem.

  249. Scott Pullman says:

    I agree with Kevin.

    Tipping is for people who make below minimum wage. If you make min and above, tipping is no longer required, just optional.

    If service is exemplary, I’ll tip – but you are already getting paid to make me coffee.

    And, if you don’t like your job, find something else you do like. Your unhappiness is not my problem.

  250. !llum says:

    Tips are earned not given, I work in the service industry. I work hard as a bartender. I work as a bartender becasue i know tips are easy. But there is a skewed view by people in the service industry that they deserve to be tipped just for showing up at work and doing their job. I try to sincerely go out of my way to give a customer more than is expected so as to earn a tip. If that is done a tip should be awarded. Tips are like a financial thank you. they are not a mandatory cost.

    I agree that they are a means for the employer to justify a crap wage. But if you accept a job for that wage that is your choice. If you want a tip earn it.

    T.i.p. – To insure prompt service, tips were for the longest time a means of greasing the wheel, a way to get somthing for a low cost. you tip the bartender a few dollers he throws you a free drink every so often. and in the end you paid less then a normal price for a drink, and instead of the buisness getting the money the employee gets it.

  251. !llum says:

    Tips are earned not given, I work in the service industry. I work hard as a bartender. I work as a bartender becasue i know tips are easy. But there is a skewed view by people in the service industry that they deserve to be tipped just for showing up at work and doing their job. I try to sincerely go out of my way to give a customer more than is expected so as to earn a tip. If that is done a tip should be awarded. Tips are like a financial thank you. they are not a mandatory cost.

    I agree that they are a means for the employer to justify a crap wage. But if you accept a job for that wage that is your choice. If you want a tip earn it.

    T.i.p. – To insure prompt service, tips were for the longest time a means of greasing the wheel, a way to get somthing for a low cost. you tip the bartender a few dollers he throws you a free drink every so often. and in the end you paid less then a normal price for a drink, and instead of the buisness getting the money the employee gets it.

  252. Ian says:

    I also agree with Kevin. I tip my waiter / waitress well, usually above 15 percent. Same for the bartender. But baristas? Not unless I'm in Italy, where the barista is the bartender. to paraphrase: the only person that serves me across a counter and gets a tip is a bartender. Otherwise my tip is on my table and if you come to it with a smile on your face you'll get one.

  253. Ian says:

    I also agree with Kevin. I tip my waiter / waitress well, usually above 15 percent. Same for the bartender. But baristas? Not unless I’m in Italy, where the barista is the bartender. to paraphrase: the only person that serves me across a counter and gets a tip is a bartender. Otherwise my tip is on my table and if you come to it with a smile on your face you’ll get one.

  254. !llum says:

    In short tips are earned not deserved.

  255. !llum says:

    In short tips are earned not deserved.

  256. lay says:

    Wow there are a lot greedy folks who took the good nature of a funny website and just brought everyone else down. BOO YOU

  257. lay says:

    Wow there are a lot greedy folks who took the good nature of a funny website and just brought everyone else down. BOO YOU

  258. Matt says:

    I once attempted to leave a girl two dollars in quarters as a tip at The Star Diner in Toledo and she told me to keep it because somehow it was insulting to her. I didn't have dollar bills. I was a little put off by it.

  259. Matt says:

    I once attempted to leave a girl two dollars in quarters as a tip at The Star Diner in Toledo and she told me to keep it because somehow it was insulting to her. I didn’t have dollar bills. I was a little put off by it.

  260. PDCant says:

    The U.S. allows the restaurants to pay substandard wages to "keep prices low." A good wait staff brings in more patrons and $$. Requiring the customers to pay the wages of the wait staff is WRONG. The restaurants are the cheap bastards, not the customers.

    I don't tip counter service. It's part of the cost of service. If the staff gets paid too little, they can find another job or start their own.

  261. PDCant says:

    The U.S. allows the restaurants to pay substandard wages to “keep prices low.” A good wait staff brings in more patrons and $$. Requiring the customers to pay the wages of the wait staff is WRONG. The restaurants are the cheap bastards, not the customers.

    I don’t tip counter service. It’s part of the cost of service. If the staff gets paid too little, they can find another job or start their own.

  262. Disappointing that the tip jar itself hasn't had any innovation in design. Just pasting clever scribbles on the same old vessels doesn't do anything for me.

    Watch my blog, though it will be off topic, when I show off the iTip vessel I designed for my band.

  263. Disappointing that the tip jar itself hasn’t had any innovation in design. Just pasting clever scribbles on the same old vessels doesn’t do anything for me.
    Watch my blog, though it will be off topic, when I show off the iTip vessel I designed for my band.

  264. Alykat says:

    First of all, I don't know where you people are, but in California, servers make at LEAST $8.50 an hour plus gratuity. I have no problem tipping servers, or bellboys, or any other SERVICE job, but the person who pokes two buttons on a register and then expects a tip? No way! If they did something special, maybe, or if my order was really complicated, then probably… but to expect a tip for doing nothing is a far greater crime than failing to tip.

  265. Alykat says:

    First of all, I don’t know where you people are, but in California, servers make at LEAST $8.50 an hour plus gratuity. I have no problem tipping servers, or bellboys, or any other SERVICE job, but the person who pokes two buttons on a register and then expects a tip? No way! If they did something special, maybe, or if my order was really complicated, then probably… but to expect a tip for doing nothing is a far greater crime than failing to tip.

  266. JJ Walker says:

    I give you a tip… GET A NEW JOB! Hahaha

  267. Josh says:

    LOL@Skitzo! You my friend are one cheap bastard. You guys think Kevin is bad? Check out Skitzo's post. Frickn hillarious. If I knew a dude like you I would call you out every chance I got and it would be fun.

  268. Brian says:

    The only way I would tip is if it takes time out of their schedule. Let me explain.

    If I go to a restaurant, place an order, receive my food, eat and be out of there in 10-15 minutes, no tip. If I go to a restaurant, place order after order or have the waiter/waitress run back and forth for me, then yes, I will give a tip of ~15%. The reason being that a simple order is a simple order. They get my order, bring me food, done. If I have them coming and going, I feel they earned a tip.

    For fast food, I usually wait in line longer then it takes for them to make my coffee so no tip there. Want a tip, speed it up.

    For taxis and pizza delivery, I round up. If the change is less then 50 cents, I add a dollar so I don't feel like I gave them nothing.

    I may not type everywhere but I don't give my money away for nothing either.

  269. marc weshler says:

    Wow! Slow down…this was not a post/debate on whether or not you should tip; do as you feel, you are not obligated. This was a post with funny and creative ways people decorated tip jars to earn some extra money. If it worked, good for them. If you scrolled down and looked at them all and now have time to argue out the ethics of tipping I suggest you get back to work or you will end up losing your job and working at one of these places with no health insurance begging for tips (and maybe you'll remember these and use one)!

  270. DrZeus says:

    It seems like everyone expects a tip, for doing nothing, and then looks at you when you don't tip. I OVERTIP for good service, not for the bagel dude that puts my bagel in a bag and looks at me with doe eyes waiting for me to show him the money. Here's a tip, get an education.

  271. Anonymous says:

    @skitzo

    Holy crap, dude, that is the dumbest and cheapest "tips" soemone ever gave. You must think you're real smart, don't you? You cheap ass…

    Kevin is notcheap, he just happens to be the first unfortunate bastard that said what lies on everybody's mind.

    And as for me, I like to tip, especially if the waiter/waitress hasn't been a complete dick/cunt. But most of the time I am shy, and also, most of the time, I am not sure about the right amount of money (you can't leave the same amount at the cofee house and at the expensive restaurant)

  272. Fuiru says:

    Definitely agree with Kevin. If someone does something to earn a tip, i.e. doing something out of the ordinary, then they deserve a tip. Nobody deserves a tip for just doing what they're paid to do. I'm not their employer, it's not my job to make sure they're paid enough.

    The Japanese have it right. They get offended if you try to tip them.

  273. drunkenpunchup says:

    "having worked as a waiter through college, I no longer tip them, because even though they could use the money, they didn’t do anything to earn it. I always thought it was a really complex job to keep track of orders, get food to the table, and clean up, but it’s a joke of a job that any high school dropout can do. Guess what, the salary stinks because you’re not doing anything skillful that could not be done by any of the millions of unemployed and uneducated."

    i wouldn't become a regular at any particular restaurant if i were you

    i have done some fucked up things to people's food who don't tip

    if you frequented my work

    you'd be fucked my friend

    oh and i hope your children get cancer you cheap fuck

  274. Phil says:

    What? No "All of your tips are belong to us"?

  275. lb says:

    Really, it is quite obvious who has worked in a restaurant and who hasn't by the comments. As far as working in a restaurant is concerned, the tip should be a reflection of the service provided. i can come and take your order and throw your food at you without really giving a damn if you like it or not or want another free pop refill, OR i can be attentive to your specific needs and help to ensure you have a pleasant evening while dining in our facilities. Thats not saying that all servers are great or that all deserve a great tip due to whatever, HOWEVER if a server is exceeding your expectations not to tip them "on principle" or because "they chose this job at minimum wage" is ridiculous. As for bartistas, i believe the same principles apply… if you want a drip coffee, whatever if you leave the change or not, its not a big deal. However if you take up a large block of time with some fancy coffee with fancy substitutions etc, well then yah, put your money where your mouth is and don't be a cheap bastard!!

  276. agent57 says:

    skitzo – I'm pretty sure the date will catch on that you are a cheap asshole eventually, even if she doesn't catch on to the tipping scheme. Way to start out a relationship, even a brief one.

    Also, if no one was "forced" to take on shitty service jobs that don't pay well (with the exception of tips) then you wouldn't have anyone to make you fancy coffee or sandwiches. The "they can easily work elsewhere" excuse is laughable in this economy. And, if the service jobs paid more, you can be sure it would raise the cost of your coffee/sandwich/dinner/haircut anyway, only then you wouldn't get to decide how much by. Here's a tip if you desperately want to save that extra money: make your own food and beverages.

    That said, I love the actual content of this post!

  277. Joel says:

    I'd like to know the employee's wage before working out what I think is right to tip – after all, there's an embedded cost of the wage built into the price I pay.

  278. Geoff says:

    What the hell is a barista? Judging by the other comments, it is a person that gets your coffee. I didn't realize being a coffee go-getter deserved a special name. Maybe I should invent some fancy sounding name for my job…

  279. big spender says:

    I tip, every time the service is at least adequate. Why? Because the tip is part of the expense of food service. I could shoplift, because paying is ultimately optional and is a social custom that is backed up by a law. It not a mandatory act needed for my basic survival, it's societal. In the culture I live in, I am expected to pay for goods, and am expected to tip for services. I don't want to be considered a thief or cheap bastard, so I don't steal, and I do tip. Saving a buck when you can is great, just don't confuse it with anything but.

  280. More appropriate wages would be much nicer than irregular tips.

  281. DG says:

    You know what – I tip for good service. I don't tip for bad service. If I goto a restaurant, I give 20% for excellent service, 15% for average service and nothing if the service sucked.

    I don't tip at Starbucks – I stood in line, I paid for the damn thing, I stood in line and waited – do your frakkin job and get me what I paid for – it's $4 already, so no cookie for you.

    If I sat down at a coffee shop, ordered from a waitress and she brought me something, I'll leave a tip – I got some service. I didn't do the work myself.

    If I go to a bar, whether I tip or not depends on the bartender/bar wench… Again, good service, strong drinks, quick – gets a good tip. Conversely gets nothing.

    I don't give one rats ass whether or not the economy sucks, or gas went up, or you need the cash… Not my problem. In fact, because the economy sucks, and gas went up – I NEED the money I have, there's less to give away… If that makes or breaks you – tough. Figure it out – you're a big boy or girl. Stop begging, start thinking and doing.

  282. Eli says:

    All these people calling Kevin cheap don't know anything. Yes waiters make 2.13 an hour, but the thing is if they don't make at least minimum wage threw tips the employer covers the rest of the money to get them up to minimum wage. So if you don't tip they get minimum wage for a minimum wage job.

  283. easy says:

    if you dont want to tip then dont go to a place you know tipping is expected. I work at a strip club, tipping makes the world go round. If you cant afford a tip, you probably shouldnt be there.

    And if you took the job knowing you work off of tips, you gotta be happy with whatever people put in that jar.

  284. Chris says:

    We need to embrace the european system where gratuity is always included in the price of the product.

  285. Amanda says:

    Dwight, Cynoclast, and others: to say that anyone can wait tables is like saying anyone can have sex. Sure, anyone can do it. It doesn't mean everyone can do it well.

    I waited tables all through high school and college, for $2.13/hr. Why did I do it? Because the number of people who believe in tipping for good service far out weigh the number who feel they're doing something to change unfair labor practices by not tipping. By and large, I made far more waiting tables than what I would have at a "real" job (whatever that is).

    That said, I tipping is not automatic for me. I worked hard for my tips when I waited tables, and I work hard for my money now, and I expect my server to do the same. I'm generally a very generous tipper, but if I receive crap service, I'm not afraid to leave a crap tip.

  286. LB says:

    I agree with jt. It was quite a shock when I learned that people were always expected to tip, on the USA. Around here (Portugal) we only tip when we were very satisfied with the service, or to round the bill (28€ to 30€, for example).

  287. Re: Shane says:

    Reservoir Dogs FTW.

  288. R. says:

    T.I.P.S

    To Insure Prompt Service.

    Wages suck everywhere. And sometimes its hard to get a good paying job when you're going to school or raising a family or are just starting out working. Don't think all your servers are just too lazy to get a better job. It might be all they have at the moment.

    Some of your tips may go to beer after work (you'd want one too after dealing with so many rude people all day) or maybe it's going to a kids birthday present next week or college tuition. If a server smiles and makes you're lunch or dinner really pleasant… toss her a few bucks. Whats the big deal? Until the wages change, tipping is the way it is. And you know all this before walking into that restaurant. It's expected.

    And you should be thankful that people want to serve food. Dining out is really nice. So be nice to the people that work there. It's a shared experience.

    Baristas too. Spare change or a dollar seems fine for getting a complicated drink correct. They could just screw it up like a fast food worker does and not give a damn.

    If you have the money, just be supportive of the other people working in your community. If everyone had a high paying job like yours… where would you go to relax and read the paper in the early morning? Where would you take your wife and kids out to eat where you know the server will make them laugh and make sure you're well taken care of?

    It might be a crummy system. But it works for right now. All those little tips really add up at the end of the night.

  289. Ken says:

    If I buy a £30 bottle of plonk in a resturant, then the tip is double that of a £15 bottle. What MORE does the waiter do in opening and pouring to earn/deserve double the cash

  290. Phillip says:

    To all those jerks who tried to excuse their greedy self righteous non-tipping behavior by whining "It's not my fault that restaurants pay waitstaff less than minimum wage…" – yes it is you self indulgent fuck. Remember the part about our government being of the people, by the people, for the people? Not tipping waitstaff in states that have lowered the minimum wage for restaurant workers cheats them out of their wage you selfish jerk. If you don't like it, petition the government to change the laws. Don't take it out on the poor kid bringing food to your table at Denny's or wherever it is that people with no respect for others go out to eat. Consider the tip to part of the cost of going out. If you can't afford it, you can't afford to go out.

    Also, you are tipping for service, not "skill" – I don't care if you could "carry food from the kitchen to the table" by yourself, the point is that on some nights you would rather have someone else do it so that you don't have to. You are being served by someone.

    If you don't like to tip, brew your own damned coffee. Go to McDonald's where you can carry the food yourself.

    You people disgust me.

  291. Jcubed says:

    love the dying fish one, lol!

  292. Sam says:

    If a barista makes a good drink, they deserve a good tip. It takes more skill to make a fuckin soy cappuccino than it does to pour a beer. Common practice is a dollar a beer, so I give a dollar for a latte, too. If it was made well. That means NO 10 second shots, and the foam has to be decent. If you order a dry soy capuccino, give $2.

  293. Zac says:

    I can't believe there is so much discussion around this. Don't you people have something else you should probably be doing?

  294. Cecil says:

    Service industry workers are nothing more than beggars. Get a real job you dirty hippy fucks.

  295. FUCK YOU KEVIN says:

    HEY KEVIN!

    FUCK YOU!

  296. the claymonster says:

    OK… let's get something answered. Are Starbucks employees paid "Tipped Employee" wages, or normal wages? My guess is that they are paid normal wages. I stand to be corrected. If they are being paid normal wages, a tip is not necessary. Period. HOWEVER, if the person was extra-pleasant, didn't screw up your order (yep, that's "over and above" these days), or you just feel like being nice, tip all you want.

    If you don't tip your waitress or bartender, you definitely are a cheap bastard. Those people are DEFINITELY being paid as a tipped employee and are paying taxes on a state-set percentage, whether they actually make that in tips or not. Some states do not differentiate between tipped/non-tipped, but most do.

    I agree with the "McDonalds" argument. They don't get tipped, and a barista — although there used to be some talent and cache associated with being one, is little more than a McDonalds' employee with cooler piercings.

    TIPS: To Insure Prompt Service — not some divine right of counter help.

    Poor Kevin has taken the brunt of the replies here, but he's correct. Tip those who depend on them, use your judgment when they don't. Just sticking a tip jar on a counter doesn't obligate anyone to contribute.

    If Starbucks paid horribly, no one would work there. I don't know what they DO pay, but apparently it's enough for people to apply and show up. That's called "the free market at work."

  297. kira says:

    dwight- you tip because somebody else is doing those things for you. Are you stupid?

  298. lynn says:

    OK – I work in the service industry, in a deli that also makes made-to-order sandwiches, plus entrees, plus desserts, plus specialty drinks. Not only do the servers like myself do everything for each customer individually, but we also cover the cash register when it's time to ring the person through. If I've sliced 1/2 a lb of salami for you, made you a club sandwich, put together a nice lasagna and tossed a beautiful garden salad for your wife, cut and served you a slice of cake to share with 2 cappuccinos, and rung you through at the end of all of this, and done so in a timely manner with 7 other customers in line for the same thing, you know what? I would really appreciate a little bit of respect. I don't even care about the tip, but half of the time, I don't even get a thank-you, let alone an extra buck for the good time & food you had.

    Anyway. The tip jars are hilarious, I think some of them are worth a shot!

  299. chris says:

    I don't care what your rationale may be, If you refuse to tip the poor folk who make your coffee, sandwiches, drinks, etc. you are cheap, stingy and entitled. When regular customers don't tip on a regular basis, I prepare their lattes accordingly.

  300. chris says:

    I don’t care what your rationale may be, If you refuse to tip the poor folk who make your coffee, sandwiches, drinks, etc. you are cheap, stingy and entitled. When regular customers don’t tip on a regular basis, I prepare their lattes accordingly.

  301. Tips are not an obli says:

    Nobody is entittled to a tip. A tip is something you give out in excess of what you are obligated to pay.

    Now some people say that a person should tip waiters and waitresses because they make $2.50 an hour and if that person never tips, they should just stay home. However, everyone just stays home, then the waiters and waitresses not only don't get tips, but they also don't get wages. The money that I am obligated to pay, goes to pay for the $2.50 an hour that the waiter or waitress gets. If they are friendly and bring my food out on time and keep my drink full, I'll give them a tip. If they are rude to me, spit in my potatoes, and leave me thirsty for my drink, I'm not going to give them a tip, plain and simple.

    You don't get what you want with a rude attitude, and I shouldn't have to pay for what a previous customer has or has not done through bad service. That doesn't make me immoral, a schmuck, or any other negative name that someone might call me.

    I earn my money, I pay my bills and I barely have enough afterwards to even go out to eat. So when I do go out to eat, I pay what I'm obligated to pay and if the service is adequate, then I will give a tip. I'm not obligated to pay in excess of the bill for bad service.

  302. Tips are not an obligation says:

    Nobody is entittled to a tip. A tip is something you give out in excess of what you are obligated to pay.

    Now some people say that a person should tip waiters and waitresses because they make $2.50 an hour and if that person never tips, they should just stay home. However, everyone just stays home, then the waiters and waitresses not only don’t get tips, but they also don’t get wages. The money that I am obligated to pay, goes to pay for the $2.50 an hour that the waiter or waitress gets. If they are friendly and bring my food out on time and keep my drink full, I’ll give them a tip. If they are rude to me, spit in my potatoes, and leave me thirsty for my drink, I’m not going to give them a tip, plain and simple.

    You don’t get what you want with a rude attitude, and I shouldn’t have to pay for what a previous customer has or has not done through bad service. That doesn’t make me immoral, a schmuck, or any other negative name that someone might call me.

    I earn my money, I pay my bills and I barely have enough afterwards to even go out to eat. So when I do go out to eat, I pay what I’m obligated to pay and if the service is adequate, then I will give a tip. I’m not obligated to pay in excess of the bill for bad service.

  303. Rob says:

    Hey, don't mess with the people who prepare your food. Show them respect; they're feeding you.

    You don't like it? Make your own at home.

  304. Rob says:

    Hey, don’t mess with the people who prepare your food. Show them respect; they’re feeding you.

    You don’t like it? Make your own at home.

  305. Mikey says:

    I love the way you ignorant fucks think that you deserve a tip for no matter how good of a job you do or don't do… and fuckfaces like "Not Cheap" turn around and threaten to spit/piss/shit/godknowswhat in our food.

    Yeah, you're doing a great job convincing us that you should always get tipped. Fucking assholes.

    I tip every single time you deserve it and most of the time that you don't. But that's the problem with ignorant assholes with a sense of entitlement.

    As for the bullshit comments about having to work hard, having to put up with asshole customers, blah blah blah… welcome to the real world mother fuckers. All of us with real jobs have to work hard, put up with asshole customers/co-workers and have bad days too but nobody tips us to make it all better.

    Bottom line, deserve a tip and you'll get one most of the time.

  306. Mikey says:

    I love the way you ignorant fucks think that you deserve a tip for no matter how good of a job you do or don’t do… and fuckfaces like “Not Cheap” turn around and threaten to spit/piss/shit/godknowswhat in our food.

    Yeah, you’re doing a great job convincing us that you should always get tipped. Fucking assholes.

    I tip every single time you deserve it and most of the time that you don’t. But that’s the problem with ignorant assholes with a sense of entitlement.

    As for the bullshit comments about having to work hard, having to put up with asshole customers, blah blah blah… welcome to the real world mother fuckers. All of us with real jobs have to work hard, put up with asshole customers/co-workers and have bad days too but nobody tips us to make it all better.

    Bottom line, deserve a tip and you’ll get one most of the time.

  307. K says:

    To whoever said waiters are paid less than minimum wage- it depends on where you live!

    Parts of Texas? Yes, I know some do not pay their servers minimum wage because the servers earn an average of $100-$300 in personal tips each night.

    California? Nope. And especially not in San Francisco where the minimum wage is higher to keep up with the lost of living.

  308. K says:

    To whoever said waiters are paid less than minimum wage- it depends on where you live!

    Parts of Texas? Yes, I know some do not pay their servers minimum wage because the servers earn an average of $100-$300 in personal tips each night.

    California? Nope. And especially not in San Francisco where the minimum wage is higher to keep up with the lost of living.

  309. diello says:

    I'll give a little jingle-jangle change to baristas if they were pleasant while doing their job, if I can afford it. With waiters, my system falls in the 15% for good service, less for bad, more for extra effort.

    And FYI- it is illegal to earn less than minimum wage. Any waiter/ess should know this. Your boss should be recording your tips, because if your wage+tips don't add up to minimum for the week, you get compensated in your paycheck. It's the law. Most people don't notice because they usually end up making the cut anyway.

    And yes, I have waited tables.

  310. diello says:

    I’ll give a little jingle-jangle change to baristas if they were pleasant while doing their job, if I can afford it. With waiters, my system falls in the 15% for good service, less for bad, more for extra effort.
    And FYI- it is illegal to earn less than minimum wage. Any waiter/ess should know this. Your boss should be recording your tips, because if your wage+tips don’t add up to minimum for the week, you get compensated in your paycheck. It’s the law. Most people don’t notice because they usually end up making the cut anyway.
    And yes, I have waited tables.

  311. Emmy says:

    @Cecil:

    "Service industry workers are nothing more than beggars. Get a real job you dirty hippy fucks"

    Good idea; we're all going to do that now. Enjoy starving to death (because there's no one to serve, sell, or deliver your food) while you try to sew your own clothes (oh dear! where did all the cashiers, online order-takers and delivery people go?) in a growing pile of your own garbage, you well-educated Important Person. Cheers!

  312. Emmy says:

    @Cecil:

    “Service industry workers are nothing more than beggars. Get a real job you dirty hippy fucks”

    Good idea; we’re all going to do that now. Enjoy starving to death (because there’s no one to serve, sell, or deliver your food) while you try to sew your own clothes (oh dear! where did all the cashiers, online order-takers and delivery people go?) in a growing pile of your own garbage, you well-educated Important Person. Cheers!

  313. miss coconut says:

    If Starbucks is like Dunkin' Donuts, then you're not tipping the server that makes you coffee and such. Yes, they do get to take those tips home, but they also have to count it and tell their managers how much they got for a tip. Then this is taken out of their salary. So they don't really get a tip unless they lie about how much they got in tips.

  314. miss coconut says:

    If Starbucks is like Dunkin’ Donuts, then you’re not tipping the server that makes you coffee and such. Yes, they do get to take those tips home, but they also have to count it and tell their managers how much they got for a tip. Then this is taken out of their salary. So they don’t really get a tip unless they lie about how much they got in tips.

  315. Keith says:

    People who say that they shouldn't tip because someone is doing their job and has wages that compensate for that are completely wrong. People in service jobs make less because they are supposed to receive tips. They put up with your shit, give them some goddamn change. And finally, we should tip at mcdonalds because those people work the hardest and need it the most.

  316. Keith says:

    People who say that they shouldn’t tip because someone is doing their job and has wages that compensate for that are completely wrong. People in service jobs make less because they are supposed to receive tips. They put up with your shit, give them some goddamn change. And finally, we should tip at mcdonalds because those people work the hardest and need it the most.

  317. Jenny says:

    the mouth one is awesome!

  318. Jenny says:

    the mouth one is awesome!

  319. K. says:

    Loved the gallery. I’d drop some money in a clever tip jar. Do I want to be confronted with Obama’s face everywhere I go? No.

    Here in California, I think that servers are covered by the minimum wage law.

  320. K. says:

    Loved the gallery. I'd drop some money in a clever tip jar. Do I want to be confronted with Obama's face everywhere I go? No.

    Here in California, I think that servers are covered by the minimum wage law.

  321. hateyourtipjar says:

    Doesn't Starbucks offer things like health benefits to their employees? None of my minimum wage jobs ever offered me that. Heck, a few of them didn't even pay overtime, no matter when you closed/opened/how much you worked. And no, there was no tip jar, nor a place for me to put one.

    The whole 'tip me or I give you very bad food' thing is a half step away from 'give me money or I poison you.' Is it ok for my hair cutter to say 'give me a tip or I stab you?' Or my veterinarian to say 'tip me or I kill your dog?' What about teachers and other childcare people?

    And restaurants that auto-include tips either need to make it very clear- and I think that includes forcing the waiter to mention the tip is 'included' to each person getting a bill; or be shut down. I've seen several people 'tip' on the 'tip included' bill total.

  322. hateyourtipjar says:

    Doesn’t Starbucks offer things like health benefits to their employees? None of my minimum wage jobs ever offered me that. Heck, a few of them didn’t even pay overtime, no matter when you closed/opened/how much you worked. And no, there was no tip jar, nor a place for me to put one.

    The whole ‘tip me or I give you very bad food’ thing is a half step away from ‘give me money or I poison you.’ Is it ok for my hair cutter to say ‘give me a tip or I stab you?’ Or my veterinarian to say ‘tip me or I kill your dog?’ What about teachers and other childcare people?

    And restaurants that auto-include tips either need to make it very clear- and I think that includes forcing the waiter to mention the tip is ‘included’ to each person getting a bill; or be shut down. I’ve seen several people ‘tip’ on the ‘tip included’ bill total.

  323. Olly says:

    I base my tip calculator on the level of a-hole you are. Fantastic service deserves rewards, because 80% of the time the paycheck wont. You cheap SOB's out there should hang yourself, assist evolution.

  324. Olly says:

    I base my tip calculator on the level of a-hole you are. Fantastic service deserves rewards, because 80% of the time the paycheck wont. You cheap SOB’s out there should hang yourself, assist evolution.

  325. GW Crawford says:

    I tip when I get service worth tipping

    This socialist BS about "you have to tip: – just because an idiot VP says it is patriotic to pay taxes, don't expect me to fall in line

    When I tip, I tip well

    If you include the tip as part of the bill, I add NOTHING. Fuck you you're getting a tip. This is like charging me for a pizza and not delivering it

  326. GW Crawford says:

    I tip when I get service worth tipping

    This socialist BS about “you have to tip: – just because an idiot VP says it is patriotic to pay taxes, don’t expect me to fall in line

    When I tip, I tip well

    If you include the tip as part of the bill, I add NOTHING. Fuck you you’re getting a tip. This is like charging me for a pizza and not delivering it

  327. yomi says:

    lols the first one is from my work.. in Australia++

  328. yomi says:

    lols the first one is from my work.. in Australia++

  329. toby says:

    look i would not tip in this state of affairs with everyone being in ressesion and all, if anyone thinks that me giving my well earned money away to some plank standing there making coffee, taking an order, looking into space as you tell then you want a burger and fries it will never happen. my money is for me and me alone, i have been a waiter and i have been given tips and no word of a lie i gave them back, why should we tip…….

    do the people tip you for standing there waitin and waitin for a coffee or your meal.

    so my thoughts on tipping are….. dont simple as.

  330. toby says:

    look i would not tip in this state of affairs with everyone being in ressesion and all, if anyone thinks that me giving my well earned money away to some plank standing there making coffee, taking an order, looking into space as you tell then you want a burger and fries it will never happen. my money is for me and me alone, i have been a waiter and i have been given tips and no word of a lie i gave them back, why should we tip…….
    do the people tip you for standing there waitin and waitin for a coffee or your meal.

    so my thoughts on tipping are….. dont simple as.

  331. Michelle says:

    I love tips. I love getting tips, and sometimes I love giving them. I am a manager and sometimes a delivery driver at a casual dining/delivery restaurant, and while I enjoy getting good tips on deliveries, I also get very angry when I hear other drivers complain about getting stiffed.

    TIPS: To Insure Prompt Service.

    If the server/barista/register person at whatever place you're at goes above and beyond what they are paid for (make coffee, take your order, whatever), they deserve something. You don't have to give them anything, or do anything for them, but it is a courtesy that non-tipped employees appreciate. Tipped employees need to realize that they shouldn't get tips unless they do their jobs as well as possible.

    Tips are never a requirement. That's what service charges are for.

  332. Michelle says:

    I love tips. I love getting tips, and sometimes I love giving them. I am a manager and sometimes a delivery driver at a casual dining/delivery restaurant, and while I enjoy getting good tips on deliveries, I also get very angry when I hear other drivers complain about getting stiffed.

    TIPS: To Insure Prompt Service.

    If the server/barista/register person at whatever place you’re at goes above and beyond what they are paid for (make coffee, take your order, whatever), they deserve something. You don’t have to give them anything, or do anything for them, but it is a courtesy that non-tipped employees appreciate. Tipped employees need to realize that they shouldn’t get tips unless they do their jobs as well as possible.

    Tips are never a requirement. That’s what service charges are for.

  333. Tiffany says:

    I'm in agreement with Miss Manners here:

    What and When to Tip

    The principles of tipping are always the same: 15 to 20 percent of the bill, never anything under 50 cents for the most trivial service, no tips to owners of establishments, even if they also do work that would ordinarily require tipping, and no fair withholding tips in situations when they are customary. Bad service should be reported to management when it happens, which is before the bill is presented.

    Every once in a while, Miss Maners goes over these rules and forces herself to listen afterward to the objections of those who like the idea of rewarding and punishing (as long as their own wages are not reduced when they have a bad day) and of owners of service establishments who declare that they would be only too happy to be insulted by tips.

    The truth is that Miss Manners finds the whole subject of tipping distasteful. Because tips are an institutionalized potion of many people's income, it is unforgivable to withhold them, but we would all, including the tax collectors, be better off if service costs were built into all bills.

  334. Tiffany says:

    I’m in agreement with Miss Manners here:

    What and When to Tip

    The principles of tipping are always the same: 15 to 20 percent of the bill, never anything under 50 cents for the most trivial service, no tips to owners of establishments, even if they also do work that would ordinarily require tipping, and no fair withholding tips in situations when they are customary. Bad service should be reported to management when it happens, which is before the bill is presented.
    Every once in a while, Miss Maners goes over these rules and forces herself to listen afterward to the objections of those who like the idea of rewarding and punishing (as long as their own wages are not reduced when they have a bad day) and of owners of service establishments who declare that they would be only too happy to be insulted by tips.
    The truth is that Miss Manners finds the whole subject of tipping distasteful. Because tips are an institutionalized potion of many people’s income, it is unforgivable to withhold them, but we would all, including the tax collectors, be better off if service costs were built into all bills.

  335. nancy says:

    TO all of you who keep saying things like "it's your choice to work a crappy job":

    We NEED people to work the crappy jobs. If they didn't, you would have to (gasp) make your own sandwich! or (even worse) make your own double nonfat mocachino with whip!

    These people are NOT lazy and uneducated as you would like to believe in order to feel justified in not tipping. They are people making an honest living.

  336. nancy says:

    TO all of you who keep saying things like “it’s your choice to work a crappy job”:

    We NEED people to work the crappy jobs. If they didn’t, you would have to (gasp) make your own sandwich! or (even worse) make your own double nonfat mocachino with whip!

    These people are NOT lazy and uneducated as you would like to believe in order to feel justified in not tipping. They are people making an honest living.

  337. mochili says:

    i have two simple rules for tipping

    good service / good tip

    bad service / no tip

  338. mochili says:

    i have two simple rules for tipping
    good service / good tip
    bad service / no tip

  339. ashley says:

    Waitresses make $2.60 an hour before taxes. Often times their employers report their tips as %18 of their sales, regardless of whether or not they make that money. People in those sorts of jobs are not uneducated or lazy. Many of them are working to pay their way through school or to support their families. If you don't want to tip then don't go out to eat or to the coffee shop. Make it yourself.

  340. ashley says:

    Waitresses make $2.60 an hour before taxes. Often times their employers report their tips as %18 of their sales, regardless of whether or not they make that money. People in those sorts of jobs are not uneducated or lazy. Many of them are working to pay their way through school or to support their families. If you don’t want to tip then don’t go out to eat or to the coffee shop. Make it yourself.

  341. joensman says:

    Wilford brimley sucks, try being a waiter, yeah maybe a lot of people can do it, but the wage compensates for tips, thus you should tip to compensate the wage. we put up with shit, even though it might not be yours, it doesn't make that shit smell any better. Be the better man.

  342. joensman says:

    Wilford brimley sucks, try being a waiter, yeah maybe a lot of people can do it, but the wage compensates for tips, thus you should tip to compensate the wage. we put up with shit, even though it might not be yours, it doesn’t make that shit smell any better. Be the better man.

  343. Eden says:

    It has nothing, really, to do with how much or how little a person makes in a certain job.

    It has everything to do, however, with cultural expectations.

    We don't have an expectation, as a culture, to tip the usher at a baseball game or the food service employee at McDonald's. But there's a cultural expectation that waitstaff, baristas, etc., ought to be tipped. It's not necessarily fair or logical, but most of the social customs we live by aren't, when you get right down to it. It's not customary, for instance, to tip in Europe. Should Kevin ever expatriate to France or Bavaria, no one would care that he left no or minimal tip (however, in those nations, the waitstaff is paid a decent wage and waiting tables is a viable career).

    So it's not that Kevin and his crew are cheap bastards, it's that they're *antisocial* bastards who refuse to acknowledge the rules of the society we all live by. And like it or not, just as one rule of society is 'clean up after your dog' or 'don't print the registry info on the actual invitation', another rule is 'tip your waitstaff.'

  344. Eden says:

    It has nothing, really, to do with how much or how little a person makes in a certain job.

    It has everything to do, however, with cultural expectations.

    We don’t have an expectation, as a culture, to tip the usher at a baseball game or the food service employee at McDonald’s. But there’s a cultural expectation that waitstaff, baristas, etc., ought to be tipped. It’s not necessarily fair or logical, but most of the social customs we live by aren’t, when you get right down to it. It’s not customary, for instance, to tip in Europe. Should Kevin ever expatriate to France or Bavaria, no one would care that he left no or minimal tip (however, in those nations, the waitstaff is paid a decent wage and waiting tables is a viable career).

    So it’s not that Kevin and his crew are cheap bastards, it’s that they’re *antisocial* bastards who refuse to acknowledge the rules of the society we all live by. And like it or not, just as one rule of society is ‘clean up after your dog’ or ‘don’t print the registry info on the actual invitation’, another rule is ‘tip your waitstaff.’

  345. Keechara says:

    I have actually sat and read all of these posts (I know, get a life), and I was curious what people thought about the practice of tipping service providers in a salon or spa? Just wondering.

    BTW, I tip 15-25% at restaurants, about a buck a drink in a bar, and as for baristas, I don't drink coffee, so it's a moot point for me. However, I used to work retail and had to put up with a lot of crappy people, so I make it a point to be very pleasant to anyone in a service industry job.

  346. Keechara says:

    I have actually sat and read all of these posts (I know, get a life), and I was curious what people thought about the practice of tipping service providers in a salon or spa? Just wondering.

    BTW, I tip 15-25% at restaurants, about a buck a drink in a bar, and as for baristas, I don’t drink coffee, so it’s a moot point for me. However, I used to work retail and had to put up with a lot of crappy people, so I make it a point to be very pleasant to anyone in a service industry job.

  347. @kevin says:

    Kevin. Yes, you are cheap.

    #1 The prices you currently enjoy paying for your sandwitch are lower than they would be if service folks were paid their living wage.

    #2. Tips are a major componant of most service industry workers' income.

    #3. A-holes who do not tip usually get poor serivice when they come in regularly, and DO NOT ever get hooked up by the service staff

    #4. Good, regular tiping customers will occasionally get free things from employees… but if not, workers will at least go the extra mile to make sure your order is prompt, correct and served in a friendly maner.

    #5. Not tipping is not about wasting money, it's about your opinion of your fellow man, how you view humanity, and how attached to $ you are (ie. how greedy you are).

    #6. You also imply that people who pour coffee or make a sandwitch for you aren't also washing your dishes, cleaning the trash you leave in the store, cleaning up your spilled sugar mess, mopping the floor, and otherwise ensuring the cleanliness of the store and the functioning of the overall system that allows you to pop in, be waited upon, and leave with prompt service and a delicious product.

    #7. It would surprise you to know that most of us in the service industry either have bachelors and/or masters degrees (or are studying for them), own a business, have children, or are otherwise involved in academic/career persuits and happen to work in a service position because we want/need some extra side cashe or because it is a social outlet for us. We're not all brain-dead rejects that can't hack it in "real" jobs where we would actually "earn" money instead of beg for it.

    #8. You have clearly never worked in a service job and have no idea how thankless it is and how condecending people can be… nor do you understand that it can actually be fun and rewarding at times.

  348. @kevin says:

    Kevin. Yes, you are cheap.

    #1 The prices you currently enjoy paying for your sandwitch are lower than they would be if service folks were paid their living wage.

    #2. Tips are a major componant of most service industry workers’ income.

    #3. A-holes who do not tip usually get poor serivice when they come in regularly, and DO NOT ever get hooked up by the service staff

    #4. Good, regular tiping customers will occasionally get free things from employees… but if not, workers will at least go the extra mile to make sure your order is prompt, correct and served in a friendly maner.

    #5. Not tipping is not about wasting money, it’s about your opinion of your fellow man, how you view humanity, and how attached to $ you are (ie. how greedy you are).

    #6. You also imply that people who pour coffee or make a sandwitch for you aren’t also washing your dishes, cleaning the trash you leave in the store, cleaning up your spilled sugar mess, mopping the floor, and otherwise ensuring the cleanliness of the store and the functioning of the overall system that allows you to pop in, be waited upon, and leave with prompt service and a delicious product.

    #7. It would surprise you to know that most of us in the service industry either have bachelors and/or masters degrees (or are studying for them), own a business, have children, or are otherwise involved in academic/career persuits and happen to work in a service position because we want/need some extra side cashe or because it is a social outlet for us. We’re not all brain-dead rejects that can’t hack it in “real” jobs where we would actually “earn” money instead of beg for it.

    #8. You have clearly never worked in a service job and have no idea how thankless it is and how condecending people can be… nor do you understand that it can actually be fun and rewarding at times.

  349. HEY CHEAPSKATES says:

    TO ALL WHO WROTE: "why should i tip for someone who is paid to make me xyz… they didn't do anything"

    HEY A-HOLE… NEITHER DID YOU. IT'S CALLED A GROCERY STORE AND A MR. COFFEE.

    make your own food, pump your own gas, pour your own coffee (or your own Quad-venti, 1/3 decaf, lite-whip/light foam, pumpkin spice soy latte, and steam it to 180 on your own), bus your own dishes, clean your own mess up, and go f*$# yourself.

    You have become so self-serving that you have become too cheap to have a servant-class wait on you hand and foot. You expect it as the norm.

    The norm is you doing it yourself. Show some appreciation for getting served, you arogant assholes.

    Not every service person automatically gets a tip for every order all the time… but if you pay in cash, give the change and let them keep 30 cents… or if you have a large/complicated order that needs extra effort to be done correctly/quicly/etc, –or if you get really friendly/good service, show some love… and above all else, DO NOT STIFF A SERVER unless they REALLY REALLY REALLY deserve it. and even then, think twice.

    When you stiff a server, not only are they not gettin paid by you, but you took up a table that would otherwise have been filled by one who WOULD have tipped. So you not tipping $5 for your lunch really cost that server a potential of $10.

  350. HEY CHEAPSKATES says:

    TO ALL WHO WROTE: “why should i tip for someone who is paid to make me xyz… they didn’t do anything”

    HEY A-HOLE… NEITHER DID YOU. IT’S CALLED A GROCERY STORE AND A MR. COFFEE.

    make your own food, pump your own gas, pour your own coffee (or your own Quad-venti, 1/3 decaf, lite-whip/light foam, pumpkin spice soy latte, and steam it to 180 on your own), bus your own dishes, clean your own mess up, and go f*$# yourself.

    You have become so self-serving that you have become too cheap to have a servant-class wait on you hand and foot. You expect it as the norm.

    The norm is you doing it yourself. Show some appreciation for getting served, you arogant assholes.

    Not every service person automatically gets a tip for every order all the time… but if you pay in cash, give the change and let them keep 30 cents… or if you have a large/complicated order that needs extra effort to be done correctly/quicly/etc, –or if you get really friendly/good service, show some love… and above all else, DO NOT STIFF A SERVER unless they REALLY REALLY REALLY deserve it. and even then, think twice.

    When you stiff a server, not only are they not gettin paid by you, but you took up a table that would otherwise have been filled by one who WOULD have tipped. So you not tipping $5 for your lunch really cost that server a potential of $10.

  351. jessica says:

    "wilford brimley" and "Andrew" are ridiculous. Thank you everyone standing up for servers and our $2.13/hr wage. I'm in college, and the job serves its purpose paying bills. I work very hard, at an upscale restaurant, and make very good tips. I'm good at what I do, and I actually care about the guests' experience.

    I've worked at starbucks, and at real coffee shops. I didn't ever expect a tip, or get upset when I didn't receive one. I made a decent wage, for the crap job I was doing. I've worked at a sandwich shop as well, same story. I agree there's nothing wrong with tipping at one of these places if your order is extremely complicated, or your service is extremely good.

    The system of hiring employees and not paying them a living wage is not a good one, but you cannot punish the employees. If you are aware that the person serving you is _depending_ on tips to bump their wage up to something reasonable, you are just plain rude to not tip. Service being poor, etc, that's understandable. If your service is good, the standard is 15-20%. It's 2009. If you don't like that, there are grocery stores and fast food establishments. You're more welcome there. If you know walking in the door you have no intention of tipping, you aren't wanted.

    That said, I fully believe I have to earn every cent I'm given. I don't expect to walk in, take an order, run a tray, and make $20 from the table. You have to work.

  352. jessica says:

    “wilford brimley” and “Andrew” are ridiculous. Thank you everyone standing up for servers and our $2.13/hr wage. I’m in college, and the job serves its purpose paying bills. I work very hard, at an upscale restaurant, and make very good tips. I’m good at what I do, and I actually care about the guests’ experience.

    I’ve worked at starbucks, and at real coffee shops. I didn’t ever expect a tip, or get upset when I didn’t receive one. I made a decent wage, for the crap job I was doing. I’ve worked at a sandwich shop as well, same story. I agree there’s nothing wrong with tipping at one of these places if your order is extremely complicated, or your service is extremely good.

    The system of hiring employees and not paying them a living wage is not a good one, but you cannot punish the employees. If you are aware that the person serving you is _depending_ on tips to bump their wage up to something reasonable, you are just plain rude to not tip. Service being poor, etc, that’s understandable. If your service is good, the standard is 15-20%. It’s 2009. If you don’t like that, there are grocery stores and fast food establishments. You’re more welcome there. If you know walking in the door you have no intention of tipping, you aren’t wanted.

    That said, I fully believe I have to earn every cent I’m given. I don’t expect to walk in, take an order, run a tray, and make $20 from the table. You have to work.

  353. jessica says:

    I had to post about halfway through, but now that I've made it most of the way down the page, I wanted to say..

    Baristas are paid a wage. Not a wage that is expected to be supplemented by a tip. I'm sorry it's not a great wage, but it's at least minimum wage. I don't think you should avoid tipping those who make minimum wage or more, I just don't think it should be expected. If you really do work hard, you'll get tips. Waiters need to EARN their tips, but it is expected that you tip something. If the service is horrible, don't tip. If it's just okay, but nothing was wrong, tip just okay. If the server went above and beyond, you should tip them above average.

    Thank you to everyone standing up for those of us working our way through college. I can't just get a CFO position without a degree, and I can't feed/house myself for the duration of college without some crap job. (serving.)

  354. jessica says:

    I had to post about halfway through, but now that I’ve made it most of the way down the page, I wanted to say..

    Baristas are paid a wage. Not a wage that is expected to be supplemented by a tip. I’m sorry it’s not a great wage, but it’s at least minimum wage. I don’t think you should avoid tipping those who make minimum wage or more, I just don’t think it should be expected. If you really do work hard, you’ll get tips. Waiters need to EARN their tips, but it is expected that you tip something. If the service is horrible, don’t tip. If it’s just okay, but nothing was wrong, tip just okay. If the server went above and beyond, you should tip them above average.

    Thank you to everyone standing up for those of us working our way through college. I can’t just get a CFO position without a degree, and I can’t feed/house myself for the duration of college without some crap job. (serving.)

  355. lourdes says:

    I can't help but wonder about people so reluctant to tip those who perform their job competently because they feel it must be "earned". What do they do if the service truly is terrible? Pick the waitress' pocket? This is why you Americans have a reputation for having no class- you have none.

  356. lourdes says:

    I can’t help but wonder about people so reluctant to tip those who perform their job competently because they feel it must be “earned”. What do they do if the service truly is terrible? Pick the waitress’ pocket? This is why you Americans have a reputation for having no class- you have none.

  357. G says:

    Heh, speaking as someone not from your skewed culture i refuse to believe that anything that is dictated to you (when and how much) is truly a tip and is, as has been pointed out a hidden price increment. Try doing things, the way we do in the civilised world – pay people properly, then tip someone when they provide a service above what it expected of them and actually deserve it….

  358. G says:

    Heh, speaking as someone not from your skewed culture i refuse to believe that anything that is dictated to you (when and how much) is truly a tip and is, as has been pointed out a hidden price increment. Try doing things, the way we do in the civilised world – pay people properly, then tip someone when they provide a service above what it expected of them and actually deserve it….

  359. chris says:

    wow.sounds like a whole lot of people need a big hug……If money is so important,how can it be lost so easily?

  360. chris says:

    wow.sounds like a whole lot of people need a big hug……If money is so important,how can it be lost so easily?

  361. My Name says:

    I think these tip jars are pretty funny. I am curious to see if anything like this would work at my job. lol.

    I work at a coffee shop and i've got to say, it's not as easy as it looks. Since i've had this job i've learned that people are truly slobs. I am amazed sometimes at the messes people leave and I am left to clean up. ( i know it comes with the job but if you saw some of these disasters you'd probably scream lol)

    and I definitely appreciate every single penny i get from tips. Tipping us makes us like you more which will make us serve you better. We do have those greedy customers who come in with their "free drink" coupons and never leave a tip at all yet we still have to bust our butts making them not one but three non-fat decaf mocha with "a little bit" of whipped cream for them (which they got all for free because I was nice enough to make them use three coupons).

    But of course i would NEVER give anyone bad food, mess up an order or purpose, or spit in their drink just because they didn't tip… But if you do tip and you're a usual customer I will most definitely "hook you up" and save you some money.

    I've always left a decent tip when i go out to a restaurant but now i have a different mind set about leaving tips and i definitely over tip at times because i know how hard everyone works at these restaurants, coffee shops, etc.

  362. My Name says:

    I think these tip jars are pretty funny. I am curious to see if anything like this would work at my job. lol.

    I work at a coffee shop and i’ve got to say, it’s not as easy as it looks. Since i’ve had this job i’ve learned that people are truly slobs. I am amazed sometimes at the messes people leave and I am left to clean up. ( i know it comes with the job but if you saw some of these disasters you’d probably scream lol)
    and I definitely appreciate every single penny i get from tips. Tipping us makes us like you more which will make us serve you better. We do have those greedy customers who come in with their “free drink” coupons and never leave a tip at all yet we still have to bust our butts making them not one but three non-fat decaf mocha with “a little bit” of whipped cream for them (which they got all for free because I was nice enough to make them use three coupons).

    But of course i would NEVER give anyone bad food, mess up an order or purpose, or spit in their drink just because they didn’t tip… But if you do tip and you’re a usual customer I will most definitely “hook you up” and save you some money.

    I’ve always left a decent tip when i go out to a restaurant but now i have a different mind set about leaving tips and i definitely over tip at times because i know how hard everyone works at these restaurants, coffee shops, etc.

  363. Jenn says:

    I'll leave a tip when it's deserved. I *try* to leave at least something, even when the service sucks, because I know the waiter might just be having a bad day. However, it also isn't my problem if they are having a bad day, and if my order takes forever and is wrong and I never get a refill on my drink, I won't be in a good mood either. I'm paying for food, and for service – if I don't receive good service, I don't leave a good tip. Tips are supposed to be a thank you for extra good service – not something to be taken for granted.

  364. Jenn says:

    I’ll leave a tip when it’s deserved. I *try* to leave at least something, even when the service sucks, because I know the waiter might just be having a bad day. However, it also isn’t my problem if they are having a bad day, and if my order takes forever and is wrong and I never get a refill on my drink, I won’t be in a good mood either. I’m paying for food, and for service – if I don’t receive good service, I don’t leave a good tip. Tips are supposed to be a thank you for extra good service – not something to be taken for granted.

  365. max says:

    Some of those are funny: "FEAR CHANGE, LEAVE IT WITH US" and "GIVE US THE MONEY LEBOWSKI" would definitely earn a tip from me just for being funny, even if the service was nothing unusual and amazing.

    However, some of them are terribly mediocre: "SEXY PEOPLE TIP" and "BOATS CAN TIP, SO CAN YOU" are unfunny and uninteresting — I would only tip those people if they earned it, i.e. the sign wouldn't make one bit of different in my decision whether or not to tip.

    And then there are the greedy, demanding ones: "DONT BE A SELFISH BASTARD" and "CHEERS MATE IS NOT AN ACCEPTABLE TIP IN TEXAS" positively reek of bitchy entitlement, as if they weren't already giving you a bill with an amount owed on it. If I saw either of those, I wouldn't tip a cent no matter what the service was like — but I would definitely say CHEERS, MATE!

  366. max says:

    Some of those are funny: “FEAR CHANGE, LEAVE IT WITH US” and “GIVE US THE MONEY LEBOWSKI” would definitely earn a tip from me just for being funny, even if the service was nothing unusual and amazing.

    However, some of them are terribly mediocre: “SEXY PEOPLE TIP” and “BOATS CAN TIP, SO CAN YOU” are unfunny and uninteresting — I would only tip those people if they earned it, i.e. the sign wouldn’t make one bit of different in my decision whether or not to tip.

    And then there are the greedy, demanding ones: “DONT BE A SELFISH BASTARD” and “CHEERS MATE IS NOT AN ACCEPTABLE TIP IN TEXAS” positively reek of bitchy entitlement, as if they weren’t already giving you a bill with an amount owed on it. If I saw either of those, I wouldn’t tip a cent no matter what the service was like — but I would definitely say CHEERS, MATE!

  367. poop head says:

    Ya'll need to be a waiter in Cali, they make 8.00 an hour which is minimum wage. Back east, they make like 3 dollars an hour, but I don't tip more than I give God and he gets 10% of all my income.

    Tips are extra, not required. I don't do things because society tells me to.

  368. poop head says:

    Ya’ll need to be a waiter in Cali, they make 8.00 an hour which is minimum wage. Back east, they make like 3 dollars an hour, but I don’t tip more than I give God and he gets 10% of all my income.
    Tips are extra, not required. I don’t do things because society tells me to.

  369. YouLosers says:

    For all of you bastards who say you don't tip because you can do the job yourself… Go home and cook the meal for your fucking self! If you don't want to tip because you can do it than why don't you. You are paying them to do what you think you can do. We don't want your cheap asses in our shops or restaurants! If you can't afford to tip don't go inside! Get over it and cook for yourself or don't be a cheap bastard!

  370. YouLosers says:

    For all of you bastards who say you don’t tip because you can do the job yourself… Go home and cook the meal for your fucking self! If you don’t want to tip because you can do it than why don’t you. You are paying them to do what you think you can do. We don’t want your cheap asses in our shops or restaurants! If you can’t afford to tip don’t go inside! Get over it and cook for yourself or don’t be a cheap bastard!

  371. carl says:

    americans are mad with this automatic tip crap. if they dont get paid enough they shouldnt be doing a job that takes no skill. a lot of people get paid crap and you don't go around tipping them. how much do you reckin the poor fcker in your local shop gets. a tip is to show thanks for good service. if the waitress is helpful, then bang she gets a tip. if she is just a waitress fuck her its not my problem she has bills.

  372. carl says:

    americans are mad with this automatic tip crap. if they dont get paid enough they shouldnt be doing a job that takes no skill. a lot of people get paid crap and you don’t go around tipping them. how much do you reckin the poor fcker in your local shop gets. a tip is to show thanks for good service. if the waitress is helpful, then bang she gets a tip. if she is just a waitress fuck her its not my problem she has bills.

  373. sha-la says:

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  374. sha-la says:

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  375. Nick says:

    I don't see tip jars too often. Instead of 15%, I usually tip 20% if the service is outstanding.

    The LAST time I saw a tip jar, the empty gallon pickle jar had a sign taped to it. "Tip Jar" it said. So I walked over to the counter and picked up the jar and tipped it over. Hey! It said "Tip Jar", so I did!

  376. Nick says:

    I don’t see tip jars too often. Instead of 15%, I usually tip 20% if the service is outstanding.

    The LAST time I saw a tip jar, the empty gallon pickle jar had a sign taped to it. “Tip Jar” it said. So I walked over to the counter and picked up the jar and tipped it over. Hey! It said “Tip Jar”, so I did!

  377. Chill out. says:

    i agree with the people who said that it all depends on what you get, i tip people based on what i ask for, and how good the service was. If i feel the person was a good waiter, etc. I'll tip them, also i tip different jobs, different amounts. I'm not going to tip the people who hand me a small black coffee as much as someone who's ran my orders back and forth in a restaurant, but i tip them a little because some people's jobs depend on that tip money. It's pretty stupid that people are getting so worked up about this, your allowed to think differently ,you know. Anyway, my favorite one is give us the money, Lebowski :) lol

  378. Chill out. says:

    i agree with the people who said that it all depends on what you get, i tip people based on what i ask for, and how good the service was. If i feel the person was a good waiter, etc. I’ll tip them, also i tip different jobs, different amounts. I’m not going to tip the people who hand me a small black coffee as much as someone who’s ran my orders back and forth in a restaurant, but i tip them a little because some people’s jobs depend on that tip money. It’s pretty stupid that people are getting so worked up about this, your allowed to think differently ,you know. Anyway, my favorite one is give us the money, Lebowski :) lol

  379. adru says:

    When i worked at a bar un breckenridge, colorado, i used to put " Tipping is not a city in China" … classy…

  380. adru says:

    When i worked at a bar un breckenridge, colorado, i used to put ” Tipping is not a city in China” … classy…

  381. oh my says:

    seriously though, if you can't drop the change from your coffee into the tip jar, you're pathetic. you quite obviously have the money to go out and buy a cup of coffee rather than make your own at home, so what's the extra 20 cents? most of us are young and trying to get through college, and whatever little bit the customers can throw our way is always appreciated.

  382. oh my says:

    seriously though, if you can’t drop the change from your coffee into the tip jar, you’re pathetic. you quite obviously have the money to go out and buy a cup of coffee rather than make your own at home, so what’s the extra 20 cents? most of us are young and trying to get through college, and whatever little bit the customers can throw our way is always appreciated.

  383. K.D, says:

    As someone who has worked as a waiter many times, I have no problem tipping well if the person gave great service. I have a problem with people giving sub-par service and expecting a tip. The waiter who acts like you're beneath them, the barista who makes you wait 10 minutes because the conversation they're having is more important. Or my favorite, when you have enough people so that a gratuity is added and you see the server twice the entire time. Situations like this, you shouldn't tip, even going as far as to ask for separate checks if need be. If a person's paycheck depends on the quality of their service, then they need to earn it. Plain and simple.

  384. K.D, says:

    As someone who has worked as a waiter many times, I have no problem tipping well if the person gave great service. I have a problem with people giving sub-par service and expecting a tip. The waiter who acts like you’re beneath them, the barista who makes you wait 10 minutes because the conversation they’re having is more important. Or my favorite, when you have enough people so that a gratuity is added and you see the server twice the entire time. Situations like this, you shouldn’t tip, even going as far as to ask for separate checks if need be. If a person’s paycheck depends on the quality of their service, then they need to earn it. Plain and simple.

  385. Kevin Sucks says:

    Kevin has obviously never worked behind a counter or even made his own sandwich. I have been both a barista and a waitress, and making a sandwich DEFINITELY warrants more than serving one and checking in on your table every once and a while. BOO.

  386. Kevin Sucks says:

    Kevin has obviously never worked behind a counter or even made his own sandwich. I have been both a barista and a waitress, and making a sandwich DEFINITELY warrants more than serving one and checking in on your table every once and a while. BOO.

  387. Lexa says:

    yea so, outside the bitching at people u don't know on a blog, I personally like the tip jars. =]

  388. Lexa says:

    yea so, outside the bitching at people u don’t know on a blog, I personally like the tip jars. =]

  389. Alanna says:

    The one that says "ways to tip: money, love, your phone number, all of the above" is in Bart's Homemade in Amherst, MA!

    They have coffee, bagels, and ice cream. SO GOOD. I will deffffff tip next time I go in.

  390. Alanna says:

    The one that says “ways to tip: money, love, your phone number, all of the above” is in Bart’s Homemade in Amherst, MA!

    They have coffee, bagels, and ice cream. SO GOOD. I will deffffff tip next time I go in.

  391. John says:

    i bet you a five dollar tip jason works at mcdonalds

    or at least has worked there at one point in time

  392. John says:

    i bet you a five dollar tip jason works at mcdonalds
    or at least has worked there at one point in time

  393. Eric says:

    Here's a tip: Stop calling people who pour coffee 'baristas.' They pour f**king coffee for Christ's sake! OK…so they make a cup of coffee 90 ways to Sunday. The poor bastard making burgers at Wendy's has just as many options…and he's got no stupid title.

    Barista = arrogance

  394. Eric says:

    Here’s a tip: Stop calling people who pour coffee ‘baristas.’ They pour f**king coffee for Christ’s sake! OK…so they make a cup of coffee 90 ways to Sunday. The poor bastard making burgers at Wendy’s has just as many options…and he’s got no stupid title.
    Barista = arrogance

  395. Mr. Pink says:

    I don't tip because society says I have to. All right, if someone deserves a tip, if they really put forth an effort, I'll give them something a little something extra. But this tipping automatically, it's for the birds. As far as I'm concerned, they're just doing their job.

    Mr. Blue @ Mr. Pink: Hey, our girl was nice.

    Mr. Pink @Mr. Blue: She was okay. She wasn't anything special.

    Mr. Blue @Mr. Pink: What's special? Take you in the back and suck your dick?

    Nice Guy Eddie: I'd go over twelve percent for that.

  396. Mr. Pink says:

    I don’t tip because society says I have to. All right, if someone deserves a tip, if they really put forth an effort, I’ll give them something a little something extra. But this tipping automatically, it’s for the birds. As far as I’m concerned, they’re just doing their job.
    Mr. Blue @ Mr. Pink: Hey, our girl was nice.
    Mr. Pink @Mr. Blue: She was okay. She wasn’t anything special.
    Mr. Blue @Mr. Pink: What’s special? Take you in the back and suck your dick?
    Nice Guy Eddie: I’d go over twelve percent for that.

  397. Nice Guy Eddie says:

    Mr. Pink, I love you. Now come here and take me in the back!

  398. Nice Guy Eddie says:

    Mr. Pink, I love you. Now come here and take me in the back!

  399. Phaoloo says:

    Wow, they are awesome jars!

  400. Phaoloo says:

    Wow, they are awesome jars!

  401. s. says:

    agreed with mr. pink. always, always.

  402. s. says:

    agreed with mr. pink. always, always.

  403. Kel says:

    I only tip when it's earned. Simply bringing me my food, or pouring my coffee…don't think so.

    Checking up on the table, keeping the drinks filled, service with a smile…I'll tip generously, but I refuse to give money away to people that think they deserve extra money just because they carried a plate from point a to point b.

  404. Kel says:

    I only tip when it’s earned. Simply bringing me my food, or pouring my coffee…don’t think so.

    Checking up on the table, keeping the drinks filled, service with a smile…I’ll tip generously, but I refuse to give money away to people that think they deserve extra money just because they carried a plate from point a to point b.

  405. Emma says:

    Hey guys, there's service workers outside the food industry who rely on tips. For a while I worked at BounceU (bounceu.com) where I hosted kids' parties for a living. I made less than minimum wage, which here is $6.55/hour. So, yeah, shit-for-pay.

    Because the government's minimum wage law is such that I'm forced to rely on tips because as a service provider, tips encourage me to go the extra mile and earn my pay.

    It BURNS me so bad when somebody pays $500+ for a birthday party for their four year old, and doesn't tip. Doing the BARE MINIMUM, I break my back for five hours for a two hours party. I can serve eleven pizzas in twenty minutes. I can put up with being bitten and abused by little children. And I can do it all while smiling and chattering and making forty people very happy.

    And after everyone is gone, there's three hours of cleaning the entire facility with my ONE coworker.

    And people have the gall to tell me to my face and tell my employers to their faces how wonderful everything was and still not tip a damn cent?

    I have one thing to say to people who don't tip: SCREW. YOU.

    If you don't want to tip, don't go to an establishment where servers make less than minimum wage. WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMAN.

    Don't be an asshole and stiff people who aren't even making *living wages.*

  406. Emma says:

    Hey guys, there’s service workers outside the food industry who rely on tips. For a while I worked at BounceU (bounceu.com) where I hosted kids’ parties for a living. I made less than minimum wage, which here is $6.55/hour. So, yeah, shit-for-pay.

    Because the government’s minimum wage law is such that I’m forced to rely on tips because as a service provider, tips encourage me to go the extra mile and earn my pay.

    It BURNS me so bad when somebody pays $500+ for a birthday party for their four year old, and doesn’t tip. Doing the BARE MINIMUM, I break my back for five hours for a two hours party. I can serve eleven pizzas in twenty minutes. I can put up with being bitten and abused by little children. And I can do it all while smiling and chattering and making forty people very happy.

    And after everyone is gone, there’s three hours of cleaning the entire facility with my ONE coworker.

    And people have the gall to tell me to my face and tell my employers to their faces how wonderful everything was and still not tip a damn cent?

    I have one thing to say to people who don’t tip: SCREW. YOU.

    If you don’t want to tip, don’t go to an establishment where servers make less than minimum wage. WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMAN.

    Don’t be an asshole and stiff people who aren’t even making *living wages.*

  407. s says:

    uh, I tip MORE for ridiculous specifications and better service, but I pretty much tip no matter what. unless the person in question is ridiculously bad(like messing up the order three times when its just one person. that kind of thing). But yeah, a lot of people in food service make much less than minimum wage because the average tip is included as part of their pay. so i basically tip because otherwise, somebody may go home having made four dollars and hour. and that's just not fair.

  408. s says:

    uh, I tip MORE for ridiculous specifications and better service, but I pretty much tip no matter what. unless the person in question is ridiculously bad(like messing up the order three times when its just one person. that kind of thing). But yeah, a lot of people in food service make much less than minimum wage because the average tip is included as part of their pay. so i basically tip because otherwise, somebody may go home having made four dollars and hour. and that’s just not fair.

  409. As an Aussie, I can read this with some confusion, as we don't tip over here. I had some US friends over and we went out to a few places and I could tell he felt really uncomfortable about tipping… and still tipped anyway. As for me, I did the usual, paid my bill and left.

  410. As an Aussie, I can read this with some confusion, as we don’t tip over here. I had some US friends over and we went out to a few places and I could tell he felt really uncomfortable about tipping… and still tipped anyway. As for me, I did the usual, paid my bill and left.

  411. Brandie says:

    Tipping gives an employee added incentive to treat you well. Often times their wages are below minimum wage with the expection to compensate their loss wages with tips.

    When a barista or waitress does an exceptional job they are doing their best to EARN your tip and they deserve it!

    Yes, when they fail to do a good job do not tip. They do have to earn it.

    But if they deserve it and you do not tip… You ARE an irresposible cheap bastard!

  412. Brandie says:

    Tipping gives an employee added incentive to treat you well. Often times their wages are below minimum wage with the expection to compensate their loss wages with tips.
    When a barista or waitress does an exceptional job they are doing their best to EARN your tip and they deserve it!
    Yes, when they fail to do a good job do not tip. They do have to earn it.
    But if they deserve it and you do not tip… You ARE an irresposible cheap bastard!

  413. Jessie Leigh says:

    As a former server at a casino I found that there are a lot of cheap bastard out there…they would gamble all their money away and then come into my restaurant and try to make me feel sorry for them asking for a cup of soup or something…really if you didn't gamble everything away you could have bought it yourself. I also had those people who one big and would tip me 100 bucks on a 15 dollar meal. The cheap stakes are most often off set by the big spenders. I personally think that the cheap skates are more often than not guys and here is all I have to say I am doing more for you and kissing your ass more than a stripper and you throw hundreds of dollars at them. Not that I really care but if someone insulted my service by not tipping or tipping a small amount servers remember you and in turn you'll get shitty service if you ever are seated in their section again.

  414. Jessie Leigh says:

    As a former server at a casino I found that there are a lot of cheap bastard out there…they would gamble all their money away and then come into my restaurant and try to make me feel sorry for them asking for a cup of soup or something…really if you didn’t gamble everything away you could have bought it yourself. I also had those people who one big and would tip me 100 bucks on a 15 dollar meal. The cheap stakes are most often off set by the big spenders. I personally think that the cheap skates are more often than not guys and here is all I have to say I am doing more for you and kissing your ass more than a stripper and you throw hundreds of dollars at them. Not that I really care but if someone insulted my service by not tipping or tipping a small amount servers remember you and in turn you’ll get shitty service if you ever are seated in their section again.

  415. Anonymous says:

    Tipping is lame. Workers need to be paid for their work, and them and their employers pay taxes like the rest of us.

    You have weird customs in America. My "tipping" for good service is returning to the venue.

  416. Anonymous says:

    Tipping is lame. Workers need to be paid for their work, and them and their employers pay taxes like the rest of us.

    You have weird customs in America. My “tipping” for good service is returning to the venue.

  417. L M says:

    Yes, in Europe the tip is included (usually 15 to 17%). Therefore, as it does not reward ANY performance in service (you pay it whether you got good service or not), it has the name of "tip" but it is in fact a "tax". The customer pays a compulsory portion of the waiter's salary, it has nothing to do with what a tip is intended to do! A tip is to reward excellence in service. The same as year end bonuses are supposed to reward. If you don't get good service, tip a penny to make sure they know you did not forget to tip but that you were very unsatisfied!

  418. L M says:

    Yes, in Europe the tip is included (usually 15 to 17%). Therefore, as it does not reward ANY performance in service (you pay it whether you got good service or not), it has the name of “tip” but it is in fact a “tax”. The customer pays a compulsory portion of the waiter’s salary, it has nothing to do with what a tip is intended to do! A tip is to reward excellence in service. The same as year end bonuses are supposed to reward. If you don’t get good service, tip a penny to make sure they know you did not forget to tip but that you were very unsatisfied!

  419. moaningguy says:

    The only tip i give is "hurry the f**k up making my god-damn coffee"

  420. moaningguy says:

    The only tip i give is “hurry the f**k up making my god-damn coffee”

  421. @ a good number of p says:

    Bahhahaha, you are arguing over tipping. You all sound like children. Aahahahhaaa. Who cares?

  422. @ a good number of people who commented says:

    Bahhahaha, you are arguing over tipping. You all sound like children. Aahahahhaaa. Who cares?

  423. Pete says:

    I can totally agree with what people are saying here. I have certain expectations that drive me crazy when they're not met. If I got to sit in a restaurant, I'm investing my money in that certain place. I want to have my drink always full. I usually deduct a percentage from what I would have tipped for every reasonable time I notice my beverage vessel to be empty. I also notice if the server asks me what I was drinking. It's slightly impressive if you can remember, as most servers cannot. Extra percentage for you. Put all of the meals in front of the correct place, also slightly impressive, but you should be able to do that anyways if you are familiar with the meals. If you get something wrong, don't draw attention to it. Sell yourself and don't apologize. Be the best you can.

    I'm not going to tip someone because I bought a latte or a smoothie. Most of the places I frequent have a standard process, which I can imitate at home. Why do I go there you ask? Convenience mostly. I'm not tipping you for something I could get behind the counter and make myself for nothing more than cost. Your pay is in the transaction. Nothing extra for you. I came in expecting you to make my drink. If that's what you did, then congratulations for doing your job right.

    People with real jobs don't get tips. You deliver a $100,000 of contracted work? Congrats! Your bonus is in there, anywhere you managed to get ahead in your work and save yourself some money. That's how the real world works. The bonus pool where I works gets split evenly. My division had a great year once, while the rest of the company sucked. My boss got shafted because the rest of the company underperformed. Meanwhile, he spent 80+ hours a week at work so the company wouldn't go under. That's not fair.

    The moral of the story is don't take a job if you don't like the pay. Anything extra you get should be deserved, and sometimes it doesn't always work that way. If you're relying on the job, then I'm sorry. Tough. Get another one. Ask for help. Charity is for people who have more than enough to give to people who have next to nothing. Considering that not even the homeless in this country live below the world poverty line, charity doesn't belong to them.

  424. Pete says:

    I can totally agree with what people are saying here. I have certain expectations that drive me crazy when they’re not met. If I got to sit in a restaurant, I’m investing my money in that certain place. I want to have my drink always full. I usually deduct a percentage from what I would have tipped for every reasonable time I notice my beverage vessel to be empty. I also notice if the server asks me what I was drinking. It’s slightly impressive if you can remember, as most servers cannot. Extra percentage for you. Put all of the meals in front of the correct place, also slightly impressive, but you should be able to do that anyways if you are familiar with the meals. If you get something wrong, don’t draw attention to it. Sell yourself and don’t apologize. Be the best you can.

    I’m not going to tip someone because I bought a latte or a smoothie. Most of the places I frequent have a standard process, which I can imitate at home. Why do I go there you ask? Convenience mostly. I’m not tipping you for something I could get behind the counter and make myself for nothing more than cost. Your pay is in the transaction. Nothing extra for you. I came in expecting you to make my drink. If that’s what you did, then congratulations for doing your job right.

    People with real jobs don’t get tips. You deliver a $100,000 of contracted work? Congrats! Your bonus is in there, anywhere you managed to get ahead in your work and save yourself some money. That’s how the real world works. The bonus pool where I works gets split evenly. My division had a great year once, while the rest of the company sucked. My boss got shafted because the rest of the company underperformed. Meanwhile, he spent 80+ hours a week at work so the company wouldn’t go under. That’s not fair.

    The moral of the story is don’t take a job if you don’t like the pay. Anything extra you get should be deserved, and sometimes it doesn’t always work that way. If you’re relying on the job, then I’m sorry. Tough. Get another one. Ask for help. Charity is for people who have more than enough to give to people who have next to nothing. Considering that not even the homeless in this country live below the world poverty line, charity doesn’t belong to them.

  425. captainape says:

    The fish one is the most clever coming from the term "swimming in money", and it is cute. The bunny's cute, too. I also like the Harry Potter one.

    People who put effort into their jokes/art and give the customer a laugh -earn- a potential tip. Beats carrying a pocket full of rattling change anyway. Even if you aren't made of money.

  426. captainape says:

    The fish one is the most clever coming from the term “swimming in money”, and it is cute. The bunny’s cute, too. I also like the Harry Potter one.

    People who put effort into their jokes/art and give the customer a laugh -earn- a potential tip. Beats carrying a pocket full of rattling change anyway. Even if you aren’t made of money.

  427. Dcomer says:

    Counter workers and fast food for sure do not get tips unless something about them and the service they provide is great. Waitress on the other hand work to hard and put up with to much BS to not get tipped, besides your waitress has to pay taxes on your food whether you tip or not. If you do not tip, THEY ARE PAYING FOR YOU TO EAT AND BE WAITED ON!

  428. Dcomer says:

    Counter workers and fast food for sure do not get tips unless something about them and the service they provide is great. Waitress on the other hand work to hard and put up with to much BS to not get tipped, besides your waitress has to pay taxes on your food whether you tip or not. If you do not tip, THEY ARE PAYING FOR YOU TO EAT AND BE WAITED ON!

  429. mike says:

    doesn't sitting down at a restaurant with an actual system to keep up with the waiter/waitress' work that determines their tip actually take away from the full enjoyment of the meal?

    …and that leads to a worse mood, which means….worse tips?

    also, I've made lattes at home, and they're kinda hard to make. you have to put forth an effort to do that a several dozen people a day. being nice never killed anyone.

  430. mike says:

    doesn’t sitting down at a restaurant with an actual system to keep up with the waiter/waitress’ work that determines their tip actually take away from the full enjoyment of the meal?
    …and that leads to a worse mood, which means….worse tips?

    also, I’ve made lattes at home, and they’re kinda hard to make. you have to put forth an effort to do that a several dozen people a day. being nice never killed anyone.

  431. swanky says:

    i've worked in restaurants and bars all my life and it's real easy. You do your job well you get a tip. You suck at being my waiter are lasy and slow you get jack shit. Nowadays good waiter and barpeople are rare. Why tip someone who doesn't put in the effort they should. And these signs begging for money! Where's your f'ing pride people

  432. swanky says:

    i’ve worked in restaurants and bars all my life and it’s real easy. You do your job well you get a tip. You suck at being my waiter are lasy and slow you get jack shit. Nowadays good waiter and barpeople are rare. Why tip someone who doesn’t put in the effort they should. And these signs begging for money! Where’s your f’ing pride people

  433. Ree says:

    Tipping is a way of showing appreciation for exeptional service…..NOT a given! Too many people these days assume a tip is arbitrary just for someone doing the job they are employed to do! I tip when someone earns it by giving considerate exeptional service. I shouldn't have to tip in order to get the service the person is employed to provide.

  434. Ree says:

    Tipping is a way of showing appreciation for exeptional service…..NOT a given! Too many people these days assume a tip is arbitrary just for someone doing the job they are employed to do! I tip when someone earns it by giving considerate exeptional service. I shouldn’t have to tip in order to get the service the person is employed to provide.

  435. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

  436. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

  437. Who actually cares a says:

    If you believe in tipping, tip.

    If you don't believe in tipping, don't tip.

    Just don't spit in or wreck people's food. That's disgusting and childish and ew ew ew.

  438. Who actually cares about what other people do? says:

    If you believe in tipping, tip.
    If you don’t believe in tipping, don’t tip.
    Just don’t spit in or wreck people’s food. That’s disgusting and childish and ew ew ew.

  439. Adrienne says:

    If nobody tipped waiters, restaurants would have to pay them more than $2.30-$4.00 and hour. Guess how expensive your food would be then?

  440. Adrienne says:

    If nobody tipped waiters, restaurants would have to pay them more than $2.30-$4.00 and hour. Guess how expensive your food would be then?

  441. Konraden says:

    I wish I had the time to read all these. I tip well, on the scale of 40%+ when I'm at restaurants and I can afford to. I refuse to tip less than 20% unless the service is abysmal, in which case, I leave a penny. I don't normally tip at coffee-shops or the like, but if someone is doing something more than just making my coffee (say, entertaining me while the coffee is being made), that'll probably earn a tip. Funny people rob me blind, let me tell ya. In today's economy, if I can afford to tip, I will, because people hoarding their money (especially those rich fucks with BMW's complaining about losing their second house, fuck those guys) will ruin the economy. You can't have functional trade if people aren't out there spending money.

  442. Konraden says:

    I wish I had the time to read all these. I tip well, on the scale of 40%+ when I’m at restaurants and I can afford to. I refuse to tip less than 20% unless the service is abysmal, in which case, I leave a penny. I don’t normally tip at coffee-shops or the like, but if someone is doing something more than just making my coffee (say, entertaining me while the coffee is being made), that’ll probably earn a tip. Funny people rob me blind, let me tell ya. In today’s economy, if I can afford to tip, I will, because people hoarding their money (especially those rich fucks with BMW’s complaining about losing their second house, fuck those guys) will ruin the economy. You can’t have functional trade if people aren’t out there spending money.

  443. sally says:

    I'm glad I live in Australia where people are paid a decent salary and tipping is voluntary based on exceptional service.

    The restaurant owners in the USA are ripping off both the staff and the customers, BIG TIME. The onus should be on the Restaurant owners to pay their staff properly! How the hell did they ever get away with such a practise? It is a huge problem and can only be changed by legislation forcing owners to pay decent salaries.

    It is easy to say "get another job" but until the law changes, desperate people are virtually forced to take jobs under these appalling conditions, just to survive.

  444. sally says:

    I’m glad I live in Australia where people are paid a decent salary and tipping is voluntary based on exceptional service.

    The restaurant owners in the USA are ripping off both the staff and the customers, BIG TIME. The onus should be on the Restaurant owners to pay their staff properly! How the hell did they ever get away with such a practise? It is a huge problem and can only be changed by legislation forcing owners to pay decent salaries.

    It is easy to say “get another job” but until the law changes, desperate people are virtually forced to take jobs under these appalling conditions, just to survive.

  445. sam says:

    Let's just say that you should tip well because its a nice thing to do, and that if you work at starbuck's, you're not an actual barista.

  446. sam says:

    Let’s just say that you should tip well because its a nice thing to do, and that if you work at starbuck’s, you’re not an actual barista.

  447. tipper_for_ricks_des says:

    pic 18 is @ rick dessert diner in downtown sacramento, CA. if any of you are in the area. go, omg.

    best pies and cakes in cali.

  448. tipper_for_ricks_dessert says:

    pic 18 is @ rick dessert diner in downtown sacramento, CA. if any of you are in the area. go, omg.

    best pies and cakes in cali.

  449. Susyn says:

    Should you tip because someone did their job? No. Should you tip because someone did their job with excellent customer service? Yes. Simple as that.

  450. Ginting says:

    A tip is optional. It is for somebody who does an exceptionally good job. Get over it.

  451. mia says:

    i'm sure it's been said.

    if you hate your job, quit it, get something else where you don't have to put up with assholes and all those chores.

    in a restaurant where you have to cash out a certain amount of tips, i understand, i tip very well. but when it comes to cafes, dude, did you sign up for the tip? not a good plan.

  452. maria says:

    i'm 17 and i work behind a counter at a fast food place. I don't expect any tips. just BEING POLITE, not swearing at me, not insulting me, not talking on your cell phone while you order from me, and not getting impatient if something doesn't go your way is A BIG ENOUGH TIP FOR ME.

  453. Crystal Styles says:

    I didn't even finish reading some of these comments because ALL I hear is BLAH BLAH BLAH I'M A SELFISH BASTARD!!!! Get over yourselves you obviously went out to eat for a reason you lazy bastards you didn't WANT to cook THE FOOD yourselves so give a little respect, and tip!! Same goes for baristas, McDonalds, etc… Quit being fucking CHEAP!! Don't have the cash to tip? THEN DON'T GO OUT TO FUCKING EAT ETC… Ignorant pricks!!!

  454. ex-bartender says:

    If you are a regular at any of the service industries and not tipping, you have been eating some nasty $h!t. You are costing the servers money, as said the front end staff tip out other employees and often the management whether they make the money or not. DO NOT PISS OF THE PEOPLE WHO CONTROL YOUR FOOD! Also as previously stated, if these establishments did not utilize the tipping system, you would not be able to afford the convenience of eating out.

  455. j says:

    Crystal Styes and ex-bartender: STFU. Tips are optional.

    that is all.

  456. Mary says:

    A tip is not required even if considered a socially correct action. I give a tip for thoughtful foresight on the part of the server.

  457. Mike says:

    If I can afford a $4 coffee at Starbucks I can afford to leave a buck and change for the counter.

  458. Mike says:

    And to those of you who think that the restaurant owners are "ripping off" their staff and guests, did you know that the average restaurant only profits an average of 30% or their yearly sales? And that is only if the restaurant has a liquor and beer license too help bring the profit margin up. If you dont want to tip you will have no one to serve your families on Mothers Day when you all want to go out to eat your family; or on Sunday after you give your cash to the church. If you dont tip, fine. Dont tip. But dont complain either when the price of going to Ruby Tuesdays and paying $8 dollars for a burger and fries goes up. And why do you think the price of going out to eat goes up? So the owners can pay to keep their staff working for you, serving you and your families during the holidays.

  459. charles says:

    i work at the place with the tip jar in the 12th picture down.lol

  460. alli says:

    you tip if you appreciate the work someone does. doesn't matter what it is. waitressing, making food or coffee, whatever…if you want to tip, you do. no need to bitch about why poeple do or don't "deserve" a tip.

    oh & kevin: yes you are.

  461. alli says:

    also, people who make your food and coffee are paid shit. (granted, a little more than wait staff…but not enought to make it worth it.) so be nice if you feel like being nice. A dollar isn't gonna kill you.

  462. singingcynic says:

    To all those "get a better education/get a better job" motherfuckers: I am a server with a college degree (summa cum laude, in fact). Yes, it sucks. But I do my job with a smile, and I apply just as much energy to serving as I did to my education and I would to a better job, if I could get one.

    But right now, people with the jobs I want can't retire, because they lost their savings. So I'm serving. And if you don't want to tip me, if you make the excuse "why should I tip someone for a job I could do myself" – then go somewhere where you DO do it yourself. Pick up takeout. Go to a buffet. Make your own fucking dinner. If service doesn't matter to you, then don't go somewhere and ask for service.

    And I can guarantee, if you let a server give you her full attention, energy, and effort and then don't tip – you will not be getting the same level of service, if any at all, if you dare to set foot in the place again.

  463. Angie says:

    I don't wait tables or make coffee but at times I've worked in jobs that tips are excepted. I was a hair stylist for years and now I'm a clown. As a clown I paint faces and twist balloons 2 skill sets I bet that engineer doen't have. It depends where I'm at how good the tips are. Let me tell you too that tipping is not putting a few coins in a container on a counter. Real tipping is 15% or more of the price of the service. Say I paint 2 full faces at $5 each that would be $1.50 tip my cell has a tip caculatur in it. I've tipped the bagboy at the store before and even tip the guy that pumped my gas. Of coarse full service gas stations are not around much anymore but in both cases they were sure surprise and yes it brought a smile.

  464. What Goes Around Com says:

    Those of you against tipping -are- bastards… I have worked as a waitress in restaurant and as a barista in the past. The cheap customers are usually the ones with the most specifications with their order, impatient, and unfriendly. If you don't want to tip, don't do it, but don't whine about the fact that there is a tip jar sitting on the counter (or because you feel forced too when eating at a restaurant). I would provide excellent service to customers… I would go beyond the simple job description to help keep customers happy. THAT is what a tip jar is for. No, you don't tip someone for -just- doing their job… a tip is for those who do their job well.

    As far as cooks in restaurants, they make much more money than the waitress bringing you your food. That job, I would guess in most places, depends on tips. Don't be an a-hole and blame their job description on lack of education either… some people enjoy being a waitress and others are forced to because of circumstances, and maybe that's the only job available. Quit being so shallow, put yourself in their shoes. That person could be working three jobs to support their family, but all you see is someone bringing you food… food that person may be having a hard time buying themselves.

    Tip for great customer service… that's what it's for.

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  466. brI(THE BARTENDER says:

    DO AS YOU PLEASE WITH YOUR TIPS BUT YOU'LL WAIT FOR YOUR DRINK

  467. Leon says:

    yeah Kevin…you're cheap and retarded. if you don't feel that getting you coffee is entitled to a tip then get Folgers, if making you a sandwich is not entitled to a tip make it your damn self, and the funniest of all is you think that going to a restaurant sitting down and making them get you everything and then they still don't deserve a tip is right…here's a tip for you. in NC (where I live) Servers get paid 2.13 an hour. The only way they make min wage is if they didn't make enough tips which also means their probably going to get fired because the restaurant doesn't want to have to make up that additional money. Also by not tipping every time you go to the same place they will remember you and your service will get worse and worse and worse…

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