Some jobs in this country depend on the tips of customers to earn their wages. Every time I hear someone complain about the necessity of tipping, I mention the alternative. Slow service would be rampant. Think of the slowest cashier you’ve ever had and that’s every waiter/waitress you’ll have in a tipless society. That got me thinking, “What other occupations would tipping enhance?”
1. Grocery store check-out cashier – I would gladly pay 4%-5% of my order towards getting through the line faster. In fact, I might even tip for the guy in front of me once and a while.
2. Sandwich guy at Subway – This weekend I went to Subway and it reinforced my longstanding idea that Subway must think their employees already know how to make sandwhiches. I don’t fault them for making this assumption, but my own evidence is quickly going from anecdotal to statistical.
3. Gas Pumper – This is a NJ specific, since you have to pump your own gas everywhere else. I’d gladly pay for a quicker fill up, especially if he doesn’t top off my tank with an extra gallon or two. Also, I feel bad for these guys in the cold.
4. DMV Employees – There is probably a law against tipping state employees, but it’s in need of serious review. I spent almost three hours in the Haddon Heights DMV in October getting my license renewed.
5. The Cable Guy – Until I had my own place I thought all those stories about the cable guy coming between 8:00AM and 5:00PM were exaggerated.