I have written about this topic before but it bears repeating. How many freaking tip jars do I have to look at every day? I live off of my tips. My paycheck is virtually non-existent. Usually, my check is for a few measly dollars and that’s it. My last paycheck was for a whopping $13 and I was all excited about that. I cashed that bitch and went and blew it all in one fell swoop. One pomegranate martini. There have even been times when my paycheck was for a negative amount. So when I see some kid standing next to a cash register with a tip jar next to him, I wanna lose it on his ass. “Hey, is your paycheck negative? Hey are you paying taxes on those tips? I don’t think so.” I usually will throw a few coins in their jar as a gesture. Usually.
I went to get a frozen yogurt a few days ago and saw the infamous tip jar. Now this place was a self-serve pay by the ounce frozen yogurt place. I picked up the cone, I walked to the machine, I figured out how to get a chocolate/vanilla twist, I added my own sprinkles, then I placed it on the scale and all this kid did was say “$2.25, please.” Wait, I give you three bucks and then I am supposed to drop the 75 cents in your jar for your tip? Nope. Sorry. I need those quarters for my laundry, kid.
The next day I was at a pizza counter with a friend. Her total was $7.03 and all she had was a ten dollar bill. The goober at the cash register asked if she had three pennies. “Oh, no I don’t have any change,” she said. “Hey can I just take it out of this?” and she reached into his tip jar and pulled out three cents. He said, “uh…I guess so.” After we left, I told her how surprised I was that she did that. I mean, that was pretty bold; some may even say bitchy. She had no idea she had stolen tips. “What? I thought that was a take a penny/leave a penny thing. All that was in it was fucking pennies. Who fucking cares?”
I was fine with it. Cash register operators do not get tips. Waiters get tips. Period.