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Post by fairyfox on Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:09 pm

How do you handle lousy tips? I know tips are voluntary, so I shouldn't get bent out of shape, but tonight when a girl put two pennies in my tip jar, and points to her friend and says she has two pennies for you to (a three year old could get away with this, but these kids were much older) I think - - What? what are these parents teaching their kids. I understand the "that's all we have" as 15 cents goes in the jar. Honestly I would rather not be tipped and feel cool about myself for painting. (this is when painting is free to the customers)
The worst I ever had was a freezing night, and I was painting for free- the mother read my "tips are appreciated" sign and told her son, go tell her to stay warm, that is good tip. Awwhhhh!
At least 90% of people are wonderful!
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Post by JennyNixe on Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:23 pm

I think the only thing you can do in a situation like this is not react at all. It's really hard, because my first instinct would be to hand the pennies back and tell her I didn't want to take everything she got from her last customer. (I'm assuming these were older teens.) But I think any reaction at all gives them what they want.

You're not wrong to be upset. As you said, you're not bemoaning the lack of tips, but the disrespect. I think all any of us can do is remind ourselves that this behavior says more about the customer than us, and that it WILL come back to haunt them. The 90% of us who treat people with respect really don't like to be around the 10% who don't.

BTW, if the woman with the little boy had long red hair, she might have been my SIL. She is Exhibit #1 of the 90 percent don't want to be around the 10 rule.
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Post by anniel on Wed Nov 28, 2012 12:00 pm

I would ask if they need change? (With a BIG smile, of course.)

I had a restaurant I started out painting for tips (I had ballooned there for years on that basis). The manager caught tweens plotting, "we can just give her a quarter..." & that was the end of that! (He was furious, knowing what supplies cost!)

Now I charge what I want, although my kids still balloon for tips & come out way ahead of me. I get bookings, so it evens out. I don't know why, maybe the peer pressure to tip at the table is heavier than sending your kids to get painted.
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Post by Miss Ronnie on Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:47 pm

When I was a waitress a shiny penny tip was left at the table if the service was excellent.... and the the patron would make it a point to hand you your "real" tip in person.

... and a tip left in the bottom of a water glass meant it was terrible service.

So, thankfully they didn't throw your tip into your water bin!
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Post by Guest on Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:50 pm

And if it was HORRIBLE service the tip was left on the table with a glass of water turned upside down on top of it...

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Post by amylady222 on Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:54 pm

as a waitress of many years I can honestly say I never got tipped like that!
That must have been some REALLY Bad service!

One of the best tips I got was a sheet of stamps. I worked the graveyard shift (before they sold them in grocery stores) so it was hard for me to buy stamps--plus that was like a 7.00 tip back then----worst tip---coupon for kitty litter (didn't own a cat)


I am not sure what I would say---If I was in a bad mood, I would stand and say "Ladies and Gentleman--this poor poor child has no money, could we all maybe lend her a quarter so she doesn't have to spend her LAST TWO CENTS on my professional, expensive, quality facepaints---then sit down and stare at her with a BIG CHEESY smile!--not professional, might get management angry, so I don't suggest it!

But really I would ignor it and if I ran into them again I would either not paint their face (sorry I need to take a break) or let them know the whole time I was painting how much supplies cost (not that they wold care, but you would at least educate them).

I read somewhere to keep a lid on your tips so people can't see what you have in there, but if you have no lid, try to remove any change that gets put in, that way people wil feel cheap if all there is are 1's and 5's and they put in a couple quarters. Plus it is safer so you don't get robbed.

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Post by Miss Ronnie on Thu Nov 29, 2012 1:33 am

I never got tipped with anything like that, amylady... but it was a just a common knowledge kinda thing. Heck, it appears that they even knew about it way up in Shannon's frozen tundra part of the world.

Okay, so here is something that NO ONE on here knows about... a little trivia...
wait for it...

Miss Ronnie used to be a cocktail waitress at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas...

I know, right?!
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Post by fairyfox on Thu Nov 29, 2012 1:41 am

Miss Ronnie wrote:When I was a waitress a shiny penny tip was left at the table if the service was excellent.... and the the patron would make it a point to hand you your "real" tip in person.

... and a tip left in the bottom of a water glass meant it was terrible service.

So, thankfully they didn't throw your tip into your water bin!

So Funny!!!

Actually, about fishing the change out- I have pebbles at the bottom of my jar (because I got tired of it getting tipped over) And when change goes in, I shake the jar and it sinks out of sight! I know what you mean about people feeling cheep. The first tip I got Tuesday was $1.25 in quarters, a little kid later said "so it's just a quarter tonight instead of a dollar?" Yes, keep those coins away!
So fun to read all your stories!
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Post by Guest on Thu Nov 29, 2012 1:42 am

So ... what did you wear Ronnie??? A toga?

I was a waitress at a truck stop and a family restaurant. I also was a short order cook at several places (and currently am a casual on-call assistant cook for a convention centre).

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Post by Miss Ronnie on Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:20 am

I sure did, Shannon. We were called "goddesses"...(maybe they still wear the same uniforms to this day.)

I have pictures...even I can't believe how good I looked way back in the 1800s... Laughing
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Post by amylady222 on Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:10 am

I wanna see a pic!
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Post by Miss Ronnie on Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:14 am

I have to see if they will scan on my scanner...
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Post by TinafromNY on Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:18 am

Picture please lol!
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Post by Miss Ronnie on Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:33 am

Found one! I may have to facebook this...my friends won't believe I used to be young and thin!!! LOL!

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Post by Erica's Funny Faces on Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:52 am

Bow chicka bow bow! Look at you...gorgeous pic. Very Happy
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Post by Miss Ronnie on Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:56 am

Certainly did make lots of tips in those days. Getting a $100.00 tip was pretty common. I used to forget to cash paychecks and would find them months later in a pocket, purse or drawer... the paychecks were insignificant. I earned a pretty good living on tips alone!

Oy, the stories I have and the people I've met.
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Post by ladysinaz on Thu Nov 29, 2012 1:22 pm

Miss Ronnie wrote:

Oy, the stories I have and the people I've met.

lol i can imagine
Every now and then i write a story of "back in the day"
If someone else read them all.. they would be affraid

Awesome pic btw
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Post by Psalmbook on Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:29 pm

First, I only work for tips if I chose to work for tips. It's rare & only if I get something out of it (a trade for services, items, etc). I never get made at people about it because I chose to be there. You never know who's watching & it might be your next BIG client. So stay pleasant & say, "Why, thank you. Have a blessed day." reguardless of what they give. Sometimes they'll even feel bad after being killed w/ knidness (a rarety these days) & will bring a tip. Statistically dads & grandpas tip best... LOL...

Sop tips on tips:
Have your tip jar visible. It should be clear or in some way attention getting (Metina has a great one in the forum shop). Wear a button or something that is easy to see. have signage about tipping. Seed your tip jar w/ 2 $1s, a $5 & a $10.... Make sure the $5 & $10 are on top to be seen by all (just guard the jar or you'll possible find it or the $ missing;)... I never seed w/ a $20 because people see it & think you're doing ok & don't need the tip. I never seed w/ just $1's as people then only give $1's & change. I always pull the change (it only encourages more change). Understand, some venues are great for tipping & some just stink. Certain sides of my town have great tippers & some have bad tippers. Tipping is seasonal too. I often get better tips at Christmas (maybe it's encouraged by all the "Bell ringers".. HaHa!
Use these moments to practice your slower, more fun, photot moment designs. If you're working for tips, it's never about speed painting. get your business cards in every hand. Chat w/ parents, etc. Make an impression & it'll pay off. I did a gig where I got $8 in 2 hours (uggg)... but it was in a section of town I wanted more exposure in. I've gotten 4 gigs off that event, so it paid for itself. Don't work for tips a lot. I only do it once in a great while & never when I'd have a paying gig. Have fun!
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Post by Valerie A on Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:42 pm

oooohh laalaa Miss Ronnie! cheers
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Post by anniel on Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:40 pm

You are so wise, Psalmbook...and so right!
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Post by TinafromNY on Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:34 pm

YOWSA, Miss Ronnie!!!!
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Post by Psalmbook on Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:19 am

Ronnie, I just saw your Goddess Outfit. Sexy!!! Break it out & wear it! I'm sure you'll get lots of tips Very Happy
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Post by Miss Ronnie on Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:42 am

I didn't get to keep it, Linda.

...but if I did, I'm sure I couldn't even get my left thigh into it now!! Laughing
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