As a much young man I was a bartender.  I worked at local nightspots that tended to get very busy in the evenings.  Until that time it never even dawned on me that bartenders got tips – but they do.  Not too long after commencing my career in cocktails I learned that a good bartender (one who got drinks quickly and was generous with the spirits) earned a lot of tips.  This was extra over and above wages.  I liked this.  I remember one bar owner teaching me that TIPS was an acronym for To Insure Prompt Service.

As I learned about working in the service industry, I then became a generous tipper, because I knew how appreciated the tips were.  To this day, I still have the utmost for respect for any of the service people who provide personal services to me; such as shuttle drivers, cabbies, bartenders, doormen and waiters especially the latter. So over the last couple of years I have started to do something that brings me a little joy, and a smile to my waiters and waitress, when I dine out.

It is simply this,  pay your dinner bill with a credit card or debit card as most of us do – BUT TIP WITH CASH.   Not that I am advocating for not paying taxes, everyone has to do what works best for them.  This provides them options.  And typically most people would carry enough cash to leave a tip, while putting the dinner on a bank card.

I did this the other evening and elicited a comment from my waitress.  She said she L-O-V-E-D my idea.  I asked her then how do I tell the world about it.  She said a lot of people read blogs – maybe you should write about it.

So let’s review… restaurant bill with credit – TIP with CASH.