Caribou Coffee and others Informative - Don't think I'm old enough to be considered a curmudgeon--but yet...
TROY, MICHIGAN -- (There is no 'question' category, thus the use of 'informative')
Couple of days ago, I went to my nearest Caribou Coffee outlet for a plain cup of coffee. Now, I'm really not a fan of their coffee but had a gift card.
After being served, was told your card has a balance of $X.XX. Asked if I couldn't have the receipt (which was placed in a nearby drawer). Server said 'Sorry,' and gave it to me. No complaint--got what I asked for.
However, my question is about a container on the counter which held some bills and change, obviously for tips. Thinking back, I've seen these dishes, jars, etc., placed near the cash registers of several outlets. The server does nothing more than take an order, fill it, ring it up. Nothing out of the ordinary.
I realize the servers are probably minimum wage employees, but so are employees of fast food restaurants, and restaurants which serve take out orders. Nowhere in these locations have I seen the obvious tip containers. (Admit I may have missed some of them.)
At a couple of the 7-11 stores near me, they have a container of pennies (in some cases also nickels). On occasion when the bill comes to a couple of cents over an even dollar, the clerk will reach into this container and use those. At times, when I receive my change from the clerk, I toss in a few cents to try to make up for what they've given me in the past.
How do the rest of you feel about this practice? There is nothing extra done on the part of the employees to merit a tip. If I complete a project before the promised date, my client doesn't tip me.
It's not a life or death situation, just something that got me thinking about this outright asking for a tip. For what?