Flimsy Sanity: Tipping

Flimsy Sanity

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Friday, November 09, 2007


Tipping is so unfair: I think people tip, not because they feel sorry for the waitress (why single them out from all the people struggling), but it makes them feel good about themselves or maybe it is to impress the other people at the table or maybe they just love the little slice of power - I have an aunt that always sends her English Muffin back (which is a pain in the ass for the cook anyway because you have to push it down twice in the toaster and it sells for under a dollar). They don't feel sorry for the kids working fast food who both cook and serve it up, or the clerks at the store that have to hang stuff back up for them. I'm not advocating the end of tipping for waitresses, but we should tip everyone for good work and we'd see more good work - and like drug laundry, it would be tax free. There is a law that says rich people can give gifts up to $10,000 tax free, we can just add a rider to it that says the same goes for collective gifts - which is what a tip is you know. We wouldn't even have to raise the minimum wage.

Sneaky people would tip the cook before they got the meal and they would get better fare.


  • At 5:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I used to split whatever loot i had at the end of the shift three ways; the other two shares were for the busboy and cook. Cheesing off either would have been like shooting off my left and right foot.


  • At 7:11 PM, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said…

    Anan: You are so much nicer than I am. I was blown away by your list of nice things to do. I liked the design but it would be easier to navigate if it were divided into things to do for kids, things to do for old people, etc.

    I never got to waitress much (too homely) and when I did, the boss's son took the money - they even fired one girl for putting it in her shoe. He would say "Thanks for the Beer Money Girls". He grew up to be governor and the current Sec. of Agriculture and I got to live by a lake so we are both happy.

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  • At 3:21 AM, Anonymous anan said…

    I fooled you too, did i? Actually, like i say in the 'about' section, i'm a mean old codger who has to try harder. Talking about kindness, we got your little package yesterday and were absolutely thrilled with all the free kids' books you gave us! Thank you!

    Took your excellent suggestion and made two new categories with blurbs... but dang it all, woman, that blog was supposed to be a secret!

    As for waitressing, yeah, for a hospitality industry it really seems to attract some socially inadept people. My boss once threw a poor German tourist through the front window because he was talking to his coffee cup, and also managed to get his gold transam blown up no less than three times because he was mean to his staff. I know you are philosophic about your boss ripping you off, but you really did deserve better.

    Famous people can be truly odd, and not at all what you expect, that's true. I've met quite a few famous artists (guest lecturers at the college) and writers (they seem to like our city) and found that usually they're quite worn out from people trying to impress and worship them... sometimes they need to talk, too. Some of the finest times in my life have been when i got to do creative and humorous brainstorming with people who had been using their brains as a career tool for too long.

    Excellent post.

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  • At 4:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    They should call "tipping" tithing as it seldom has anything to do with the service - same as church that way.


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