if by coffee shop you mean a place where I sit at a table/counter, a waiter/waitress takes my order for a cup of coffee and maybe a sandwich, pie, breakfast, etc, then yes.
If you mean starbucks, then hell no. And if they have a tip jar on the counter at at a place like starbucks it pisses me off. I paid for a cup of coffee, you handed it to me. If you think that deserves a tip, you're delusional. Besides, starbucks employees get paid well, and have a stock ownership plan, and when my sister worked there, she got at least one free coffee per day, and one free whole bag of beans per week.
@amschel: Let me explain the whole restaurant tipping thing.
Restaurants long ago convince them to pass a law to pay their staff a lower wage because they'd tips. The argument is that with lower wages and related payroll taxes, etc, the restaurants would have a greater chance of succeeding and hence better for the overall economy. In many other countries, you don't tip but prices are higher because of the higher wages, taxes etc.
So in the grand scheme of things, to the patron, it's 6 of one and half-dozen of the other. Underneath it all, it impacts the restaurants' financials significantly. Further, an argument can be made that it can help the workers as they don't necessarily claim 100% of their tips come tax time.
Now consider this, you have no problems tipping out a buck to a bartender but you do to the person making your your coffee. It's no harder to pour that beer than to pour that coffee, etc so it's really it's just convention as to why people don't tip.read more collapse
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