So I go to Tim’s for coffee quite often – for years – and only last year did I know that the girls collect tips there. I also didn’t know that when you order take outs – it is also alright to tip the person who took your order – which I also found out from the Zhu’s from the Chinese restaurant last year. So i started tipping both at the coffee shop and at the Chinese restaurant – which was quite alright – it’s always a dollar or less – whatever change I have left. But last week – I was getting ice cream somewhere out of town – and the person who waited on me asked me -” do you want your change?” I actually didn’t hear the person and had said “yes” but in a spilt second – I realised what she was asking – and replied ” no – no you keep the change.”
Truth be told I was quite shocked to be asked “if I wanted my change”, it wasn’t a big amount – maybe 50 cents or so – but in all my years in the hospitality industry – as well as being as well traveled as myself – I’ve never been asked that question. I didn’t know what to make out of it – have you been asked a similar question before? is it the norm now that it is customary to tip – as long as you are getting a service – whether it is an ice cream or at Macdonald’s? or Dairy Queen? or when you get a coffee at Starbucks? should I be expanding my tipping etiquette? Pray share!