Some years back, I noticed tip jars/cups by the registers at take-out food establishments. I remember when I was a kid, I never saw them, or never noticed them. When I noticed them, for years, when I got change back, I always put at least the coins in the cup, and sometimes a dollar bill. But recently, I scaled back and limited the tips to certain instances. If I go to a place regularly, and order a cup of tea, and I get there and the staff knows my order as soon as they see me without me placing it, I think that definitely deserves a tip But, unless I establish a familiarity with the staff, order for a large group, or the service is exemplary, I stopped putting tips into the cups/jars.
I still have not settled on whether I will go back to my old ways, continue this way, or stop altogether, but I’m curious what other people do regarding the tip cups when they see them. Also, perspectives of those who are in that industry and are on the receiving end of the tips in the cup. I only had one job ever, many years ago, where there was a tip cup. The money in there adds up pretty quickly in a busy place, and it is a nice split for the staff at the end of the night. As an experiment, I collected most of my change for several months and put it in a jar, and it was a few hundred dollars. I used to give that away a bit at a time.
Interesting enough, it seems employers are paying people less, because they are selling to the employees the idea that they get the tips at the end of the night. I’m curious from people who are on the giving end, the receiving end and the employer perspectives on the tip cups. Do you put money in there? Also, is it just me, or did the widespread idea of the tip cup pop up within the last 15/20 years?. I know I’m dating myself here, and this may vary in popularity depending on where you live. Thoughts? :-\