<$Susan Goodwill$>

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Twenty Percent Too Much?

Sometimes when I tip, I feel like twenty percent is too much. I hate to admit it but I guess I have a chintzy side. This guy though-- he knows how to leave a tip:

CHICAGO (Reuters) - As tips go, Chicago limousine driver Abdul Faraj got a priceless one this week when one of his regular customers offered up a kidney, media reports said.
Faraj and Minnesota businessman Dave Baker underwent transplant surgeries at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
"He gave me part of his body. He saved my life," Faraj, a diabetes sufferer whose kidneys were failing despite a three-times-a-week dialysis regime, told area television stations.
Baker has used Faraj, a native of Lebanon, as his driver on trips to Chicago for several years. Making small talk months ago, Baker learned of Faraj's poor health and struggle to find a kidney donor with a matching blood type.
"At that time, he tells me, 'What's your blood type?' I tell him O-positive," Faraj said. "He said, 'I'm 0-positive. I'll give you one.'"
Baker is out of the hospital and expected to fully recover within weeks.
"This was an opportunity to stop, slow down, take a look around and try to help someone," Baker told local television.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm absolutely amazed everytime I hear about one of these stories.

I still use 15% as a baseline. They need to earn the 20%. Getting me the refill before I ask. Not asking me how the meal is just after I put a shovel-full into my mouth. Letting me know the dishes the chef spits into...things like that.

Monday, July 10, 2006  
Blogger Susan Goodwill said...

I hear ya. The twenty percent is like--who wrote the memo to change this? When did it go to fifteen from ten anyway? Is there some secret society that sets the mark???
What about food tax states versus no tax states???
And then there's the whole thing about what if the food sucks but the service is great? What about pooled tips? What about when a waitress has fourteen tables and does the best she can, and someone else serves you "pretty well" with only three tables???
I read in Life's Little Rule Book years ago to always over tip breakfast waitresses-- I usually follow that one since that's such a hard way to go.
The thing I really liked in this clip was the quirkiness of the kidney donation-- like will this guy get special treatment when he hails a cab?? Does he have a teeshirt that says I tip with my organs?
If I donate blood to a bartender will I get free beer for life??
Tipping is so confusing.

Monday, July 10, 2006  

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