Watch out everyone, because according to the Post, tip jar madness is taking over the city! That's right, many workers have the audacity to passively ask for tips by putting out a jar, often emblazoned with offensive sayings like "Tipping isn't a city in China," or "We need money for college!" Many New Yorkers just won't stand for this type of behavior; one woman at Citi Field said, "I laugh to myself that those workers think that people are actually going to put money in it."
Though the plague of tip jars is hardly new, it's gotten so bad that one woman won't even go to her local grocery store because there are tip jars by the grocery baggers. "I had this conflict of feeling: I felt bad for not giving her money, but I didn't feel she deserved it. I don't go to that supermarket anymore. You're made to feel guilty. And I don't like that." Granted, sometimes one can get strong-armed for tips. One man getting a massage in the East Village was told there was a minimum $10 tip for any service, even though he considered his massage "less than adequate."
Bully tactics aside, New Yorkers are getting pretty stingy with their tips, leaving many who rely on tips to buttress their hourly wage with extra shifts or longer hours. "Keep the Change" author Steve Dublanica said, "Waiters have to work twice as hard for the money. If I were a waiter now, I would have to work five double shifts to make the same amount of money." The Post estimates that New Yorkers spend an average on $3,333.79 on tips per year, chump change for insurance against human spit in your food.