Coffee Shop Woes: I Don’t Have a Tip for You

To all the fantastic men and women who daily pour my coffee with unwavering smiles and impeccable grace and pleasantness: you’re nice but you can’t have my money. I say this not with malice but with genuine consideration. I don’t mean to be facetious or ungrateful- I really don’t. I intend only to reestablish the true value of a dollar earned and maintain my right to barter my own currency for the product I’ve purchased from the establishment selling it- for God’s sake, I can’t tip everybody.

It’s come to my attention- or more that I’ve been observing the frequency of the occurrence- that every place I go to nowadays seems to have a tip jar next to the register. It’s not only coffee shops. I see tip jars everywhere- from corner stores to Starbuck’s and even many Subway restaurants I frequent have them. Let me be clear that I am not a cheapskate. I have no problem tipping for service. When dining out, as long as the service is decent I often tip 20% and at bars I give the standard $1-$2 per drink served. No qualms from me on that. But that is because that’s how those types of businesses have been set up. Waiters, waitresses, bartenders… they all make below the minimum wage because their income is determined by the service they give and customer satisfaction- hence, they live off our tips. To my knowledge, this is not the case of the Subway artist. Some tips should be available with the person for the coffee subscription singapore. The results will be enormous with the person and the rates will be under the budget of the person. The satisfaction of the customer will be the first responsibility of the person. The subscription should be perfect for the person to drink coffee. 

Sure, I often receive some coinage after paying for a venti latte at The Coffee Bean, but that change is mine. It is what I earned. Walking the line of sounding like a Capitalist pig, I have an agreement with my employer to make a certain wage for a certain job performed. I do my job to the best of my ability and I make my salary for doing that job. Isn’t that what the American free market system is based on? My barista was hired by a company to incur his/her income in exchange for serving a product, and I hold faith that they have hired that person because he or she will represent that company to the best of their ability- of course they want that service done with a smile. I only hope said business is paying the right price for it. If not, it is not a company to be working for so there’s no need to smile.

That is the principal I believe our country’s economy is based on. Every person must strive to do their best in all their labor just as every business must reward each person fairly for that labor. It is not my job to do this for them. In college I was a waiter and I lived off tips. Now I have a different job that in many ways services other people and no one has ever tipped me nor have I ever asked for it. I do what I am paid to do. So when I am handed my steaming hot coffee I truly do appreciate the warm smile and the eagerness to ‘help me with anything else,’ but I don’t feel I should have to pay for it.