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Post by TwistOfArt on Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:17 pm

My boyfriend just got a gig at a local restaurant that, instead of having a sign saying "Balloon Art for Tips," he has to wear a badge that says "Tips Appreciated". To us, and so many that came up to him and saw that, that apparently means, "Here is $0.05 for a 2 - 3 balloon."

Or, since it says "appreciated," they feel like that they don't have to tip him at all, especially since he also has to wear the restaurant's uniform (maybe they think he is being paid hourly?)

So when you get a gig like that, what can you do? Anyone else experience something like this?
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Post by Denise Cold on Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:38 pm

Yup...just that change in wording means to me that he is being paid (by the restaurant) and would appreciate a tip for good service. I don't get how these venues that are getting free entertainment can then turn around and micromanage how that is to be done. Grrr.
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Post by Denise Cold on Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:40 pm

He will basically have to say..."with that wording I'm not even making enough to be compensated for materials. You will have to pay me a reduced hourly rate or let me post a sign that will help me pay for my time and talents."
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Post by anniel on Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:46 pm

Get a "Suggested Tip" (and it has an outrageous amount) button from Zazzle.com. (-50% today).

Best tip button I have ever had--always gets a laugh & a bigger paper reaction. I explain I want to be prepared when I run into Warren Buffet, so he won't think I am just after his money...

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Post by Kris5115 on Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:11 pm

Can there also be a sign with a suggested/recommended tip amount? I have often found that people aren't aware of what the appropriate amount for a tip is and will tip better when there is a sign suggesting an amount.
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Post by Misha on Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:15 pm

Wearing the uniform shirt would be a deal breaker, the "Tips Appreciated" button is salt in the wound!
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Post by Coral3 on Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:50 pm

I'm with Denise...if they are not paying you they don't get to tell you what to wear, clothing or badge-wise.
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Post by veelux on Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:30 pm

wait...Are you being paid at all or is it just for tips?
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Post by anniel on Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:39 pm

Oh, man, I agree--absolutely no uniform--I didn't catch that!
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Post by eviedejesus on Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:19 am

Veelux - he is not being paid hourly - itís a Tips Only gig.

I would advise him to either insist on using his original sign or walk away from this. Since he is wearing their uniform, they are assuming he is being paid.

If he REALLY needs the practice, maybe he can work for food vouchers, but itís not really a ĎGigí if he isnít getting paid (in some way).
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Post by TwistOfArt on Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:23 am

Thanks for the opinions. After reading some of these to him, he ended up calling the GM and explained. Apparently the GM didn't even know he was there, let alone they were making him wear the uniform and badge.

He told him that he no longer had to wear either and offered him another store as well got other days. So yay!
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Post by eviedejesus on Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:00 pm

awesome!
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Post by pattyofurniture on Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:28 pm

Great update! Good luck.
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Post by Denise Cold on Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:09 pm

Perfect! Smile
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Post by veelux on Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:45 pm

Cool. good for him.
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Post by barbb919 on Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:42 am

glad he got to talk to the manager
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