This morning I has the rare occasion to visit the Dry Cleaners. Being a self employed consultant working on websites and forums it's not very often that I need to see a client. T-Shirts and shorts are the uniform of choice. In preparation for the Jewish High Holidays I thought it would be nice to have the suit that hasn't seen the light of day since last year cleaned and pressed. When I picked up the garments I paid cash for the $7.50 transaction. After pocketing the 2 quarters and turning to leave the woman behind me in line had the temerity to mention I should of put the change in the tip jar sitting out plain as day on the counter. Normally I'd have ignored her, mumbled something about privacy under my breath and left. Today was the exception. I turned to her and asked "What did this kid behind the counter do beyond hand my suit and make change for the transaction that deserves a tip?" She stammered a bit before resulting to insults on how cheap I was. I countered her argument by calmly stating I had paid for my purchase at the stated price, did not try to negotiate a discount and that the kid did nothing more than his job. The kid didn't even say thanks, in fact beyond me stating I was here to pick up my suit while handing the kid the ticket and the kid saying that the it was $7.50 there was no other conversation. The kid didn't say "$7.50 please" he just said $7.50" Now she was a bit taken aback and I pounced for the kill. Glowering at her I went on to ask why a Dry Cleaner needed a tip jar anyway. Going on in rapid fire not even allowing her to stammer I keep pushing my point that the Tip Jar has become a fixture in many places now. That got me going...When I was at the Chinese Take Out place they had a Tip Jar. I called in my order, I went and picked it up. Am I supposed to tip them for actually doing their job!! I growled at this woman one more time and said loud enough that if the tip jar is going to stay then I will find a new dry cleaner. I can see handing the Pizza delivery kid a few bucks so long as it is there in a decent time period, the cheese is not all on one side from his drifting the beater Honda on the way to my house and he actually remembered the soda too. What annoys me is when I call to order said pizza and pay with a CC that the person on the other end asks me how much of a tip I want to add for the driver. The last time that happened I told the person that until I see how the service is I can't commit to an amount. Do you think these tip jars should be everyplace? Are you shamed into putting in your loose change? What really gets my goat is I popped into a 7-11 for a drink after the Dry Cleaner. There on the counter was a gallon jug with a tattered sheet of paper with "Tips!" scrawled in red taped to the outside. I'll be damned if I am going to tip some kid that looks unwashed, unkempt and probably stoned for the pleasure of handing over money to purchase a drink.