hold your horses

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Rainn_Wilson.jpgSometimes it can be awkward going to “America’s drivethrough.” The other night, we ordered $12.21 worth of food and paid with a $10 Sonic card, leaving a $2.21 balance unpaid. When the chick came up to give us our food, she handed me a receipt that indicated a $0.00 balance and turned to walk off. I had to get her attention to give her the $2.21 (like a sucker), and this is where it got awkward. In taking the cash, she thought I was tipping her. It took her a few steps and a glance at another receipt before she realized what had happened, and that, in fact, she owed me four pennies. Then I felt like a dick because I told her she could keep the four pennies – kind of a step down from the 18% tip she supposedly had earlier.

But I refuse to tip at Sonic. People should take a job there knowing what they’re getting into, and they actually get benefits over working at other fast-food places because they get some exercise. Besides, why should I tip someone for a job I’m perfectly capable of doing myself? As the man said…

I can deliver food. I can drive a taxi. I can – and do – cut my own hair. I did, however, tip my urologist, because I am unable to pulverize my own kidney stones.

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