questionsdo you tip at a coffee shop ?

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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.

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Tipping actually demeans the system in place for economic functionality. If a worker, of any kind, deserves more money, they should be paid more. Obligatory under-the-table-payment only bastardizes the service and overvalues the entry level positions leading to lack of need, want, motivation for seeking advancement.
If I am at a resteraunt, I tip. Not because I like it, but because I don't punish the server for a broken system. No, I do not tip other places just because they have a tip jar.
Tipping has a place. Only if it is not mandatory. I tip my massage therapist. It sucks to pay for a massage, then not enjoy the massage. So if I find a massage therapist that is worth the price, I tip. A good massage therapist is worth tipping.

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@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.

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" I'm very sorry the government taxes their tips, that's f'd up. That ain't my fault. It would seem to me that waitresses are one of the many groups the government (graphic profanity) on a regular basis. Look, if you ask me to sign something that says the government shouldn't do that, I'll sign it, put it to a vote, I'll vote for it, but what I won't do is play ball. And as for this non-college (profanity) I got two words for that: learn to (profanity) type, 'cause if you're expecting me to help out with the rent you're in for a big (profanity) surprise. "

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I work at a coffee shop, a Coffee Beanery to be exact. I understand my potential bias on this, but even long before I ever worked at a coffee shop I always tipped at them, because no, its not just they "poured a cup of coffee." maybe sometimes that is the case, and maybe you don't want to tip $1 on a $2 cup of coffee. But consider there is more labor involved - the coffee didn't just come out of nowhere. but drip coffee aside (because I can understand the poster who commented on that), if anyone argues that baristas don't deserve tips when someone orders drinks like lattes or cappucinos, then THEY are delusional (to borrow an above poster's accusation). a good latte or cappucino is a delicate process that involves a careful and detailed type of labor that requires care, consideration, close attention, and focus, and of course a bit of art and good spirit. Someone who says a barista deserves no tip for that does not understand what a barista does, or what the drink they ordered is