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(BBC-US)   "Could tipping baristas become the norm?" asks reporter who has clearly never been been to America   (bbc.com) divider line 19
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2014-03-14 12:06:29 PM  
3 votes:
As a former barista, I gave better service to people who were 1) regular customers, and 2) tipped regularly.  If those people stayed around until the end of the night working on their projects, they got a LOT of freebies - tea coolers, pastries, anything we were going to throw out anyway.
2014-03-14 11:29:26 AM  
3 votes:
I understand the reason for the jar, but don't usually tip when I'm purchasing something from a counter.  I usually just get a cup of coffee, sometimes a hot chocolate.

I don't tip at Subway when I ask for green chili on my sandwich , why should I when I get a cup of coffee?
2014-03-14 12:09:29 PM  
2 votes:
Here's a tip for any barista:  Get some real skills and get a real job.
2014-03-14 02:06:50 PM  
1 votes:
...Oh, and bonus: people in here are making arguments for raising the minimum wage, not for tipping. I believe that the minimum wage should be raised to customers don't need to be brow beaten to make up for the sh*tty employers who think they don't need to pay their staff.
2014-03-14 02:03:30 PM  
1 votes:

sendtodave: Surool: Tipping is done when the barista goes beyond what they are already paid to do. That never happens. I'm not giving out extra money for getting me the same coffee everyone else gets.

I feel the same way about poor people.  Why do they deserve my money?

Is that single mother going above and beyond by having six kids?  Not really!  Making kids is her regular "job!"  Why should we pay her for that?


I donate money to homeless shelters and food banks. Giving an extra 50 cents for my coffee isn't nearly as effective or charitable. None of my baristas are impoverished single moms. (I actually talk to them, do you?)
2014-03-14 01:13:20 PM  
1 votes:
Tipping is done when the barista goes beyond what they are already paid to do. That never happens. I'm not giving out extra money for getting me the same coffee everyone else gets.
2014-03-14 12:57:03 PM  
1 votes:

BioCritter: sendtodave: Here's a tip for any barista:  Get some real skills and get a real job.

Ok, whatever you say, cube drone.  At least we can network with a variety of people, multitask, and handle pressure.


If you are happy in your low paying job then don't complain about it being a low paying job and expect other people to give you their money for doing nothing other than your job.
2014-03-14 12:37:05 PM  
1 votes:

bborchar: Tip Baristas for doing their one and only job of fixing the order I just placed...especially when the drinks are marked up about 400% in the first place?  No.  Might as well start tipping employees at McDonald's (who might actually need it more than higher paid baristas).


Just a side note: I would gladly pay more for food and drinks if:

1. We could get rid of tips altogether
-and-
2. Pay an actual living wage to the employees
2014-03-14 12:34:39 PM  
1 votes:

BioCritter: sendtodave: Here's a tip for any barista:  Get some real skills and get a real job.

Ok, whatever you say, cube drone.  At least we can network with a variety of people, multitask, and handle pressure.


Because anyone who has that mindset is a cube drone?  I guarantee you that I network with a wider variety of people than you do at the coffee shop.  I'm reasonably sure I can multitask better than anyone I've seen working at Starbucks, McDonalds, any bar I've ever ordered a drink in, or any other service industry.  And if you think that the morning rush is 'pressure', then you've no idea what to expect when you get in to the real world someday.

I'm fine with giving a much deserved tip to the waiter who has been serving me all night long and making sure my dining experience was fantastic - especially given that their wages are crap, and they probably have to split that tip with the chef, the busboys, the dishwashers, etc.  I'm fine tipping the bartender who recommended a new tequila to me, over-poured and undercharged.  But if you work behind a counter making minimum wage or higher and our interaction lasts less than 5 minutes, I call shenanigans on your tip jar.
2014-03-14 12:32:06 PM  
1 votes:
Tip Baristas for doing their one and only job of fixing the order I just placed...especially when the drinks are marked up about 400% in the first place?  No.  Might as well start tipping employees at McDonald's (who might actually need it more than higher paid baristas).
2014-03-14 12:29:37 PM  
1 votes:
What?

I've never tipped the coffee machine..
2014-03-14 12:26:40 PM  
1 votes:
Also: if you're getting an order to go (of any sort), you don't tip.

BECAUSE THEY DID NOT WAIT ON YOU, that's why.
2014-03-14 12:25:28 PM  
1 votes:

BioCritter: sendtodave: Here's a tip for any barista:  Get some real skills and get a real job.

Ok, whatever you say, cube drone.  At least we can network with a variety of people, multitask, and handle pressure.


And all for slightly more than minimum wage!

Because that's how much those skills are worth.
2014-03-14 12:22:04 PM  
1 votes:
Can we just end this tip stuff already please?
When I'm ordering a burrito through Moe's (a chipolte-esque franchise here on the Northeast) from the phone app, it pesters you to add a tip (or scroll through options and select No Tip.). This isn't a full service restaurant...staff get minimum wage at the very least. And after spending almost 8 bucks on a burrito alone, I'm a bit hesitant about adding any more to my total.

/If I pay in cash somewhere and I get a couple cents back, sure, I'll throw it in a tip jar, but it is tacky for everyone to have a jar sitting out like they are bums on a street corner.
2014-03-14 12:17:44 PM  
1 votes:

BioCritter: As a former barista, I gave better service to people who were 1) regular customers, and 2) tipped regularly.  If those people stayed around until the end of the night working on their projects, they got a LOT of freebies - tea coolers, pastries, anything we were going to throw out anyway.


You rewarded them with trash?  That'll sure encourage me to tip.
2014-03-14 12:15:52 PM  
1 votes:
i tip.  why not, who cares.  worked in the industry and that tip can be the difference.   the spare change from my coffee, along with the spare change of everyone else's might actually let that barista survive.  and, i go to places that make good coffee, so i don't want those baristas to quit.  a little spare change helps maintain my good coffee flow.
2014-03-14 12:11:35 PM  
1 votes:

Egoy3k: lockers: [img.fark.net image 850x595]

The artist of that cartoon really needs to get some perspective.


In case you aren't aware, that is an Onion cartoon. It is satire.
2014-03-14 12:10:35 PM  
1 votes:
I drop the change (usually a quarter or so) in the tip jar because I walk to the coffee shop from work and don't want to carry coin-change in the pocket of scrubs. Dunno why, but it gets on my nerves.  Otherwise, tipping at counters is stupid - they do the same thing the McDonald's drive through guy does so why give them a bonus like you would a waiter who spent the entire meal keeping your drink filled and the like?
2014-03-14 12:10:09 PM  
1 votes:
Folks know that cartoon is from the Onion, yes?
 
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