When Fostering an Elitest Climate

these things happen. Until the proletariat rises up in anger, that is.

San Diego Superior Court Judge ordered coffee chain Starbucks to pay $87 million plus interest to workers who say that their tips unfairly had been shared with supervisors.
…Starbucks in a statement said it would appeal the judgment, which also required that Starbucks cease letting supervisors share tips.

I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a supervisor tip dipping. That’s appalling. It’s pretentious ~ like a snobbish feudal system, taking a cut of the serfs’ own cabbage greens from their kitchen garden.
No wonder I find, “My mouth can’t form these words…” so snickeringly apropos.

9 Responses to “When Fostering an Elitest Climate”

  1. Skyler says:

    It pretty much negates the purpose for tips, doesn’t it? I will never again leave a tip at starbucks.
    Oh wait. I never have. I don’t drink coffee.
    There’s a special place in hell for bosses that extort tip money from employees.

  2. John says:

    This is somewhat common across the “service industry”. But not quite as common as is requiring that all servers put tips into a communal pot that is then shared equally across all servers on the shift. Kinda defeats the purpose of tipping well for good service, don’t it?
    If the “service industry” wants to get around minimum wage laws by claiming that tips make up for the difference, this kind of crap has got to stop.

  3. Gunslinger says:

    Usually I’m pretty generous with tips. I guess I’m going to have to start watching out for places that pool the tips into one kitty and avoid them.
    Oh, and a special loud and thunderous “Fuck You!” to Starsucks.

  4. Skyler says:

    I’ve got no problem with pooling of tips I give when the pooling goes to the water boy, the guy who isn’t the waiter but delivers the food and anyone else who helped make my meal pleasant. I don’t think it should be shared with everyone, though.

  5. Ebola says:

    Someone explain why in the hell you would tip someone at starbucks? They get payed well with benefits, and you come to them…not the other way around. They’re not wait(ers)/(resses)! They aren’t getting payed 3.14 an hour to walk around to people, carry their shitty food and coffee to them. That’s fucking rediculous. If I saw a tip jar at a starbucks I’d bloody piss in it. Jesus.

  6. Dave J says:

    I worked in retail hell. Can I sue to recover the cut my manager took from my commissions? How’s it different?

  7. greg newson says:

    I worked as a busboy at an high-class restaurant
    for about a year while I was going to college.
    The people in the restaurant industry are the
    most hard working decent people you’ll ever find.
    StarBucks based in Seattle( as is that android,
    fascist, Communist, Maoist, BILL GATES)should
    rot and burn in the lowest part of Hell.
    Sorry,excuse my French.It’s Holy week we must not Judge.

  8. greg newson says:

    I worked as a busboy in a high class restaurant,in the 1970s.
    It is sad the hardest working and most decent
    part of society is the most ridiculed.
    Why do government workers get to retire at 55
    with 80% of their salary the rest of their lives?
    They are are exempt from our ridicule, because
    the media has brainwashed the people.I worked for 20 years for a company that folded, I got 1500 dollars.
    Laugh at the workers, while the government is
    raping our country and destroying our children’s future.Free market means free to be a government

  9. mojo says:

    TIPS = To Insure Prompt Service
    I don’t consider Starbuck’s a tipping situation, but in other circumstances (say, a restaurant) I tip for good service. If the server is slow, impolite, etc, the percentage goes down.
    And I don’t even feel guilty.

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