The economy is still sputtering in many sectors with unemployment around 8.1%. There are also millions of underemployed persons. Millions with college degrees serving coffee, digging ditches, and taking dinner orders.
I’m cheap, how about you? I don’t value the hard work of others and I forget that persons working in the service industry need my tip money. You’d think I’d remember since I’ve worked hard all my life and even in the food service industry.
I’m on a tight budget, I don’t have extra money to tip others.–Snap out of it! Those baristas are making $7-$10 an hour before tips and taxes.
Many industries receive a majority of their pay from tipping. This tipping study by Payscale reveals the % of income different industries receive from tips:
- Waiters/Waitresses 63%
- Bartenders 55%
- Pizza Driver 38%
- Bellhop 36%
- Taxi Driver 26%
- Tour Guide 25%
- Hairdresser 24%
- Tattoo Artists 18%
- Barista 12%
**These numbers are what is reported. Tips are often underreported to avoid paying taxes.
Help the Economy and Start Tipping More
Let’s start an experiment and start tipping more. Forget tipping calculators and tipping apps. Just give generously (speaking to myself here).
Will it help the overall economy? Probably not–but it will help the personal economy of whomever is receiving the extra tips. An extra $20 a day is huge for a single mom struggling to pay for rent and childcare.
Let’s be generous with our tips and see what happens.–at the very least we’ll change ourselves.
Action Point: Tip generously this week.–shock someone–bring tears of gratitude to their eyes.
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