Saturday, October 30, 2010
The Guilty Tip
Does anyone else feel an uncomfortable obligation to write in a tip amount on a "to go" receipt when picking up your food? Having worked in the food service industry myself for several years I know what a difference tips can make, but honestly, isn't it presumptuous to set a "To Go Tips Appreciated" jar on the counter? The tip, as I understand it, is the prerogative of the patron as a way of showing appreciation for prompt, courteous and accurate service. Somehow, it has evolved into an obligation. And further still...We are now expected to throw in a few dollars for them handing the bag of food to you. I don't want to come across as a tightwad, but when I draw the line through the 'Tip:' portion of the receipt and total it up before I sign it, I always feel like they are watching me with hungry eyes and mumbling choice expletives under their breath about me. It would seem I now need to give people a few dollars just so they won't call me names. Anyone else as cheap as me?