Day 2: Tipping At Starbucks
--by LizRB, posted Apr 24, 2014
About once a week, I go and get a coffee at Starbucks (otherwise, I brew my own to save money). I usually pay with a credit card, or my Starbucks card, which means that I, like many others, don't get any change or cash back. As a result, I don't often put money in the tip jar -- and when I do, it's usually a dollar that I've pulled out of my wallet for that purpose.
Actually, I need to back up for a bit of history: my family was recently at a vacation house with my parents. My kids, husband, and I did a grocery shopping and prepared most of the meals. Partway through the vacation, my dad paid me back--in cash--for the groceries. It was not money I expected to get, or to which I felt entitled, but I took it because I have learned that turning down my father's gifts feels to him like I am rejecting his love.
So today, I happened to have a $50 bill in my wallet. Before placing my order for my $2 coffee, I folded up the bill so that the number didn't show, and as the cashier was getting my coffee, I put the $50 in the tip jar.
I get a little giggle inside of me when I imagine them going through the tips at the end of the day. I wish I had the financial ability to do stuff like this more often!