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(WKYC Cleveland)   Steal from a coffee shop tip jar? That's a... that's a food drive for the obviously desperate thief. Hero tag is for the coffee shop employees   (wkyc.com) divider line 61
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2013-12-05 09:12:07 PM
What if he doesn't want food? If that was me I'd prefer a booze, cocaine and hookers drive.
 
2013-12-05 09:21:27 PM
Just pour the food in the jar.
 
2013-12-05 09:23:33 PM
This is not going to go over well with 'Reel 'Murikans...
 
2013-12-05 09:23:38 PM
"We assume that if he was desperate enough to steal tips, he's probably in desperate times," says Moses.

It's not necessarily desperation. Maybe he's just an asshole. There are plenty of videos of asshole people taking tips simply because they saw an opportunity to do so.

And if this guy shows up, I'm willing to bet he's also thought he won a boat and could pick it up at the local police station. Not saying he's being set up at all, but I wouldn't return to a crime scene.

Who knows though, maybe it will change his life.
 
2013-12-05 09:24:34 PM
Maybe he was just trying to afford a 5 farking dollar cup of coffee?
 
2013-12-05 09:24:37 PM
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2013-12-05 09:26:09 PM
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2013-12-05 09:27:14 PM
If he's so desperate, why is he buying an overpriced cup of coffee?
 
2013-12-05 09:31:08 PM
Seriously? You guys believe THAT sob story?

/ there's one born every minute
 
2013-12-05 09:39:54 PM

CruiserTwelve: If he's so desperate, why is he buying an overpriced cup of coffee?


Wondered that myself.
 
2013-12-05 09:41:15 PM
The tip jar was his apartheid.
 
2013-12-05 09:44:26 PM

fusillade762: CruiserTwelve: If he's so desperate, why is he buying an overpriced cup of coffee?

Wondered that myself.


Getting access to the jar full of money?
 
2013-12-05 09:45:47 PM
I think the coffee shop guys know he's not coming in to claim the prize. It's a great Christmas publicity stunt to do what every major religion says to do, without being religious or sanctimonious. They'll haul in a buttload of food and donate it to the food bank. Meanwhile, the douchebag "I'll have a $5 coffee and your tips" will get recognized by someone who knows him, and, I hope, cock-punched.
 
2013-12-05 09:56:13 PM

Obscure on Fark: fusillade762: CruiserTwelve: If he's so desperate, why is he buying an overpriced cup of coffee?

Wondered that myself.

Getting access to the jar full of money?


Did he even get enough money to cover the cost of the coffee?
 
2013-12-05 09:58:58 PM
Yeah.  This will get old after the 4th or 5th time a guy comes in and runs off with the tips.
 
2013-12-05 09:59:19 PM
We have a word for those coffee shop people back where I come from.

"Marks."
 
2013-12-05 10:00:37 PM
I had someone steal a tip jar from me once. He asked for a cup of water, when I turned back around he was already walking out. Sorta typical so I didn't think to check the jars til he was long gone. He didn't look desperate, he just looked like a douchebag who wanted an easy 20 bucks.
 
2013-12-05 10:05:20 PM
No, no, we're supposed to punish criminals, not help them!

What would Javert do?
 
2013-12-05 10:07:24 PM

sendtodave: No, no, we're supposed to punish criminals, not help them!

What would Javert do?


It's not really helping criminals. It's helping this company's public relations.

If you stole from this company's tip jar, there's no chance in hell you're going to take the donated food, because it smells like a trap.
 
2013-12-05 10:10:09 PM
you cant trade food for smack
 
2013-12-05 10:11:33 PM

wyltoknow: I had someone steal a tip jar from me once. He asked for a cup of water, when I turned back around he was already walking out. Sorta typical so I didn't think to check the jars til he was long gone. He didn't look desperate, he just looked like a douchebag who wanted an easy 20 bucks.


The best way I've seen to discourage this, besides security cameras, is to secure the jar to the counter with velcro. It can still be removed, but not quickly without making noise.
 
2013-12-05 10:14:55 PM
I can't believe this thread has made it this far without some douchebag complaining about baristas making tips.
 
2013-12-05 10:17:56 PM

cyberspacedout: wyltoknow: I had someone steal a tip jar from me once. He asked for a cup of water, when I turned back around he was already walking out. Sorta typical so I didn't think to check the jars til he was long gone. He didn't look desperate, he just looked like a douchebag who wanted an easy 20 bucks.

The best way I've seen to discourage this, besides security cameras, is to secure the jar to the counter with velcro. It can still be removed, but not quickly without making noise.


I watched the video and it appears he put his hand in the tip jar and grabbed as much as he could, then walked out. He didn't take the jar itself.
 
2013-12-05 10:20:06 PM

Bathia_Mapes: I watched the video and it appears he put his hand in the tip jar and grabbed as much as he could, then walked out. He didn't take the jar itself.


Fill the tip jar with bees.
 
2013-12-05 10:23:10 PM
I don't tip the dadgum jars anyway, I tip the servers!

/ "you want cream?"  Well hell yes, here's a fiver for bothering to ask, you thoughtful salesperson!

//you KNOW you only put the money in the jar when someone is looking anyhow, so you feel all smuggy you attention whore!!!

/// Dayum, must need coffee....gettin' grumpy!
 
2013-12-05 10:23:22 PM

cyberspacedout: wyltoknow: I had someone steal a tip jar from me once. He asked for a cup of water, when I turned back around he was already walking out. Sorta typical so I didn't think to check the jars til he was long gone. He didn't look desperate, he just looked like a douchebag who wanted an easy 20 bucks.

The best way I've seen to discourage this, besides security cameras, is to secure the jar to the counter with velcro. It can still be removed, but not quickly without making noise.


I like the idea some buddies at other stores implemented, which was seperate the bottom from the rest of the jar and velcro it. Some dick tries to take the jar, he ends up with 4 plastic walls and the sound of money spilling all over the counter. Doesn't keep people from reaching their hands into the jar but meh, I've rarely seen that. People seem to have an all-or-nothing attitude.
 
2013-12-05 10:29:01 PM
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Who tips at a coffee shop?
 
2013-12-05 10:30:27 PM

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Bathia_Mapes: I watched the video and it appears he put his hand in the tip jar and grabbed as much as he could, then walked out. He didn't take the jar itself.

Fill the tip jar with bees.


Is "bees" the new code word for ass-pennies?
 
2013-12-05 10:32:41 PM

Because People in power are Stupid: What if he doesn't want food? If that was me I'd prefer a booze, cocaine and hookers drive.


Me too. In fact when somebody asks for spare change for food it's hard to resist calling shenanigans. Food you can get for free in church social halls, homeless shelter dining rooms and food banks all over Lexington, KY, assuming you've got no dietary reasons for not eating what they give you; cash is for what the charities don't supply, the booze, smokes, drugs, dice stakes and/or (yes) coffee that make being a bum bearable. Sometimes I tell 'em that, and ask them to please use the money I give 'em for things they're not supposed to have.

Of course the food they get for free might not be exactly what they'd buy themselves if they weren't bums, but that's what they mean by "beggars can't be choosers." I suggest carrying around a bottle of hot sauce or some chili powder, which can be had for less than a buck. Hell, I'll get it for 'em with my EBT.

There's nothing wrong with being a bum, but there's a down side to everything. And there are implicit rules, like "don't steal from people who work harder than you do only to live on ramen noodles." (You know, "God must love stupid people.")

As for the food drive thing, that's just another example of the War On Xmas: that's one of the most Christian things they could do, fully in tune with "the real spirit of the season." What's is wrong with those people? It'd make more sense to bounce his skull off the sidewalk. ("That tip change is my bus fare, fool.")

Of course the tip jar might not be necessary if they were paid a living wage, but...


CruiserTwelve: If he's so desperate, why is he buying an overpriced cup of coffee?


Where does it say he bought anything?
 
2013-12-05 10:34:14 PM
The one for the crippled children?
 
2013-12-05 10:34:42 PM
I guess they'll be hiring a prostitute for a suspected rapist next, right?
 
2013-12-05 10:42:27 PM
Crap, someone shot a bunch of elementary kids! Quick, give him some Call of Duty or Battlefield games so that he won't have to shoot real people anymore!
 
2013-12-05 10:43:13 PM
Thief is a thief. Thieves NEED to be beat down. Coffee shop management/employees are cowards; exacerbate the problem of scumbags taking stuff that doesn't belong to them.

Might makes right! Rah! Rah!

A-holes proliferate where there is no consequence for a-holism.
 
2013-12-05 10:43:59 PM
"Your content will be available in 15-14-13" *closes tab*
 
2013-12-05 10:51:39 PM

MutinousDoug: Thief is a thief. Thieves NEED to be beat down. Coffee shop management/employees are cowards; exacerbate the problem of scumbags taking stuff that doesn't belong to them.

Might makes right! Rah! Rah!

A-holes proliferate where there is no consequence for a-holism.


Can you tell me more about this black and white planet you live on?
 
2013-12-05 10:57:11 PM
What a cynical ploy by the coffee shop. Local stores like that don't just happen to end up in USA Today. They write to USA Today with an impossibly heartwarming story.

I'm guessing they could quietly ask around and find out who the guy was and help him out without having made any of these announcements, which would only serve to embarrass him if he did come to pick up the food.

He would ruin his name for a few boxes of food as these people would undoubtedly call the media again if he showed up.

I could be wrong; they might not be self-aware. There is this sort of bombastic sentimentality thing the US has had for a while now. People get a bit lost in it.
 
2013-12-05 11:00:46 PM

crazyeddie: This is not going to go over well with 'Reel 'Murikans...


Right?  It's the gubmints job to take care of people.
 
2013-12-05 11:07:15 PM

swingerofbirches: What a cynical ploy by the coffee shop. Local stores like that don't just happen to end up in USA Today. They write to USA Today with an impossibly heartwarming story.

I'm guessing they could quietly ask around and find out who the guy was and help him out without having made any of these announcements, which would only serve to embarrass him if he did come to pick up the food.

He would ruin his name for a few boxes of food as these people would undoubtedly call the media again if he showed up.

I could be wrong; they might not be self-aware. There is this sort of bombastic sentimentality thing the US has had for a while now. People get a bit lost in it.


Perhaps they didn't say a thing about it. More likely there was some blogger in the shop who saw what was going on and broadcast it. And it was one of those rare, local personal interest stories that got some interest. Good for them.
 
2013-12-05 11:09:50 PM
www.dallasvoice.com


Y'all realize that if everyone had this attitude, we never would have had Les Mis
 
2013-12-05 11:18:50 PM
Why don;t homeless people hang out around the Coinstar machines?

Spare change?
 
2013-12-05 11:22:36 PM
Do Ford dealers have tip jars? Because the new Mustang looks awesome.
 
2013-12-05 11:33:13 PM
How?

How does that news station stay in service with not knowing how to properly level/normalize audio? The anchors were at one volume, the on location was a totally different one, and the video clips were at yet another different volume. Yeezus.
 
2013-12-05 11:39:49 PM
Hey, everyone, just wanted to let you know that I'm getting drunk and more outraged at the Mandela-Sharpton headline. Also, tits.
 
2013-12-05 11:43:40 PM

zzrhardy: Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Bathia_Mapes: I watched the video and it appears he put his hand in the tip jar and grabbed as much as he could, then walked out. He didn't take the jar itself.

Fill the tip jar with bees.

Is "bees" the new code word for ass-pennies?


Code word for ass-Pennies. Great band name. It will be shortened to Cwap on all album covers.
 
2013-12-05 11:57:21 PM
I know these people and have been to this coffee shop several times. And no, I'm not the thief and don't know who he is.

All I can say is that they are amazing people, and this is for real. I was aware of the thief before the change of heart, I saw the video. It took about 10 minutes to go from "We caught this farker" to "Let's do something nice", and they meant it. They are just good people. The shop is small, I've only been in at night and it's mellow. It's not a Starbucks feel, it's like a comfy mom and pop place. There is a courthouse next door, so they probably do pretty well in the daytime.

Personally, I would have gone for the jugular with this guy. I'm a typical farker: If I didn't know the inside scoop, I would have thought it was an opportunistic PR stunt. It's not, it's genuine and they are going to get some food and $$ together to donate to a worthy cause. I don't think anyone in their right mind thinks that the guy is going to come into the shop again. If he did, I'm 100% certain that they would honor their word, wouldn't hassle him, all that good stuff. They are better people than I am, for sure. If it's misguided, so be it. They are attempting to do something pretty awesome, and I hope it works for them.
 
2013-12-06 12:01:14 AM

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: sendtodave: No, no, we're supposed to punish criminals, not help them!

What would Javert do?

It's not really helping criminals. It's helping this company's public relations.

If you stole from this company's tip jar, there's no chance in hell you're going to take the donated food, because it smells like a trap.


The particulars of this incident much more interesting to talk about than our "just world" culture of rules and blame!

/he was probably just an asshole anyway
 
2013-12-06 12:31:21 AM
swingerofbirches:

 this sort of bombastic sentimentality thing the US has had for a while now. People get a bit lost in it.

You just put my vague feeling of dread into words.
 
2013-12-06 03:55:19 AM

ChadinRL: zzrhardy: Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Bathia_Mapes: I watched the video and it appears he put his hand in the tip jar and grabbed as much as he could, then walked out. He didn't take the jar itself.

Fill the tip jar with bees.

Is "bees" the new code word for ass-pennies?

Code word for ass-Pennies. Great band name. It will be shortened to Cwap on all album covers.


The first album could be "Utter Cwap"
 
2013-12-06 04:06:17 AM

thisisyourbrainonFark: Hey, everyone, just wanted to let you know that I'm getting drunk and more outraged at the Mandela-Sharpton headline. Also, tits.


This.
 
2013-12-06 04:23:10 AM
Stupid fu hipsters.
 
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