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.