Thursday, June 27, 2013

Guess what's gonna happen here.

A New York state court has ruled that Starbucks coffee jerks must share what's in the tip jar with their shift supervisors.  I can foresee one major unintended consequence: all service is going to get a little bit worse.  Great service will become good, good service will become bad service, and already crappy service is gonna get worse

Brilliant, just brilliant.  I hope the lawyers and judge hearing the suit like Starbucks, so that they get hit with what they cursed everyone else with.

4 comments:

  1. "Shift supervisors" in the restaurant business don't get paid any better than wait people.

    It is an old tradition that wait people 'share' their tokes with the bartender, working supervisors, etc.

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    1. Problem is that most of the Starbucks coffee jerks I've ever met are speshul snowflakes. They only like Marxism until redistribution of wealth applies to them.

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  2. I doubt Starbucks forces people to work at gunpoint. Like all jobs, when the time to move on becomes available, do so as soon as possible.

    Personally, I feel if tips are placed in a jar, they're community tips. If they're for wait staff that handles a particular customer, or area, they should be theirs only. If you really want to tip someone, without any question of where it goes, offer to shake their hand and discretely slip them some cash. If they're smart - and they probably are if they deserve a tip - they'll smile and put it in their pocket.

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    1. You're probably right, but most of the ones I've met are college kids with an inflated sense of what their degree is worth. The good ones are rare.

      And I tip quite well for good service that consists of more than handing me a styrofoam cup for me to get my own coffee, and taking my money. And I tip straight to the person, too.

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