Tip BIG for the deserving, and drop coal in the tip jars!

Ok, this is a bit of a reach for a Leadership blog, but not really. Tipping — gratuities for service employees — has reached entitlement status, not much different than many current, regular employees.

This is interesting to me, as my wife and I are active consumers. We eat out frequently, do the Starbucks thing, and utilize service providers all the time in our daily lives — as do many of you.

Tips are extra – something on top of a bill for receiving something, literally, “extra.” I’ll tip 20-30% for outstanding service in a nice restaurant, particularly one that we frequent regularly. The level of service provided, then, is truly top-notch.

I’ll even tip 15% for mediocre restaurant service. If the server is neither abusive nor neglectful, I assume they are simply poorly trained, and will mention something to the manager – but still leave a respectable 15% tip. Let them be abusive or (in my mind) purposefully disrespectful, and fuhggetaboutit. I’ll leave the big “0” when necessary to make a point. No more scaling down from 15% or so.

We tip regular service providers, such as stylists, delivery people, etc., usually around 10%, depending on level of service and extenuating circumstances. Tips are both a reward for current service, and a notice of future tips for FUTURE service, so we use them judiciously.

But, and here’s the crux of this post, those tip jars in all the coffee joints and related places… are you kidding me??? I’m going to get out of my car, walk into the shop, wait in line, order and pay, then wait in line for my $4.25 triple-venti-nonfat-no-whip-mocha, and then put money in a tip jar??

What the hell for??

When pigs fly…

They recently opened a new Starbucks in my small hometown of Spring, Texas. The drive-in window – YES, THE DRIVE-IN WINDOW – has a tip jar on the little ledge that sticks out.

After giving my order, I tapped on the glass. The nice young lady slid open the window, and I said, “Excuse me, it seems you’re out of mints,” while gesturing toward that ridiculous tip jar.


And we wonder if this “entitlement” thing is real??

Cheers, and enjoy your coffee.


Kevin Berchelmann

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