May 2006 Archives

Hurry Up And Slow Down!

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I was concerned. The restaurant was packed, the lounge was filled to capacity and the bar was like a war zone. The underside of being a popular joint on New Year's Eve, I thought to myself as I slowly made my way to the service station at the bar.

Tip Jars, Where Art Thou?

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A few years ago, a musician wrote an article regarding the effect the size and shape of a tip jar has on one's tipped income. It was his contention after years of firsthand observation that a large, glass brandy snifter prompted people to tip more. He went on to say that if bartenders used snifters and ensured that the tip jars were highly visible to guests that they would make more gratuities.