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Be Safe & Tip Well Over Labor Day—A Brief Blogging Break

I’m going to take a brief Labor Day weekend blogging break.

I hope everybody has a safe Labor Day weekend.

As the parents of a co-worker of mine wrote last year after the death of their daughter in a car accident—Please slow down and be careful on all the highways of life.  

As for blogging—Senator Obama, Senator McCain, Senator Biden and Governor Palin will all still be around two days from now. 

And please remember, tip workers who help you on Labor Day at the same time-and-a-half rate you would expect to be paid for working a holiday. If you normally leave 20 %, then tip 30%.

It may seem like a lot, but Labor Day is about respecting working people.

Have a great holiday.

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August 29, 2008 Posted by | Blogging, Tip Your Waiter Time-And-A-Half On Holidays | , , , | 4 Comments

Tip Your Server Time-And-A-Half On Independence Day

If you eat out on the Fourth of July, or if you use any service that normally involves tipping, it is the right and patriotic thing to do to tip the person helping you at a time-and-a-half rate.

If you normally tip at 15%, leave 22.5%. And so on up the scale.

This is the pay rate you would expect to be paid if you were to work on a holiday.

If you are not paid this rate for work on a holiday, please don’t take that out on somebody else.

Celebrate Independence Day by doing right by your fellow American.

Also, do right by any immigrants you encounter. 

July 1, 2008 Posted by | Tip Your Waiter Time-And-A-Half On Holidays | , | 2 Comments

Tip Time-And-A-Half On New Year’s Day As A Measure Of Fairness

  

It’s a simple idea—People working for you on a holiday merit the same time-and-a-half wages you would expect to be paid on a holiday.

If you eat out on New Year’s Day, or order a drink from a bartender, or take a ride in a taxi—Tip that person time-and-a-half.  That’s the going rate for work on a holiday.

The above photo is of a Chinese New Year’s celebration. Chinese New Year is on February 7 in 2008. It will be the Year of the Rat.

Tip well on that day also. Tip well on all days as a measure of respect for the work that others do and because you are also a working person.  

December 29, 2007 Posted by | Tip Your Waiter Time-And-A-Half On Holidays | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Don’t Forget To Tip At Time-And-A-Half If You Eat Out On Thanksgiving

 

If you are going to eat out on Thanksgiving Day, as many people do, please be certain to reward good service with at least a time-and-a-half tip.

That would be 22.5% if you normally tip 15% and 30% if you normally give 20%.

You would expect time-and-a-half pay for working a holiday. That’s what you should give to people working for you on a holiday.  

The painting is called “Restaurant in Moscow.” It is from 1916 and was painted by Boris Kustodiev.  

November 16, 2007 Posted by | Art, Tip Your Waiter Time-And-A-Half On Holidays | , , , | Leave a comment

Tip Guy In Drive-Up Window While Listening To Disco And You’ll Have A New Friend

 

 

 

Based on ordering food at a Mexican take-out restaurant here in Houston yesterday, if you tip the young man standing in the drive-up window a dollar while listening to loud disco music, you’ll make a new friend.

The young person handed me my food and I give him a buck. It seemed the least I could do given the fumes he had to breathe on a hot day for what is likely low pay.

We did not speak so much as I was playing loud disco music in my car. I was listening to “Fly, Robin, Fly” by Silver Connection. Silver Connection also performed “Get Up And Boogie.”

The guy seemed to like my music.

I’m beginning to think that disco in the universal music of people getting along. I will expand on this idea in future posts. 

September 19, 2007 Posted by | Good People, Houston, Music, Tip Your Waiter Time-And-A-Half On Holidays | 6 Comments

Tip Server Time-And-A-Half On Labor Day

It’s simple enough—If you eat out on Labor Day, which is next Monday, tip your server the same time-and-a-half you would expect for working a holiday.  A 15% tip would be 22.5%.

You can use the calculator in your cell phone to figure it out or you can just round it up to 25%.

I normally tip at around 20%. So if I eat out on Labor Day I’m going to tip 30%. If you want services on a holiday you should be willing to pay the fair rate.

If you go to the convenience store, buy the clerk a scratch-off ticket and thank him or her for working the holiday.   

Whoever helps you on a holiday, most especially a holiday for working people, should get at least a thank you.

Here is a link to the Service Employees International Union.

Here is a link to the history of Labor Day.

August 29, 2007 Posted by | Tip Your Waiter Time-And-A-Half On Holidays | 2 Comments

Tip Server Time-And-A-Half On President’s Day–William Howard Taft Might, Or Might Not, Thank You For it

On President’s Day, and on all holidays, should you eat out in Houston, in Lubbock or anywhere at all, you should tip your server at least time-and-a-half. The same goes for tipping cab drivers and anybody else who is normally tipped. 

You should pay others what you would like to earn on a holiday. It’s only fair. Time-and-a-half is what people deserve on any and all holidays.  

I share a birthday with President William Howard Taft. I also attended the same high school as Taft. Taft was not a Progressive in the mold of Teddy Roosevelt. Though nor was he as bad as Calvin Coolidge or Herbert Hoover.  

On President’s Day I’m going to follow a clear course. No Taft-like mixed messages. I’m going to tip my fellow working Americans a nice big holiday tip.     

February 14, 2007 Posted by | Tip Your Waiter Time-And-A-Half On Holidays | 4 Comments

Tip Server Double On Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Day is next week. Here in Houston we will have a big parade.

Beyond the parade, I can’t think of a better day to recall that if you eat out on a holiday, or use any service that normally involves a tip, that you should tip at a time-and-a-half-rate.  

People should be paid what you would expect to be paid for working a holiday. Especially on Martin Luther King Day. King died while fighting for fair wages for sanitation workers.

A comment recently left on TexasLiberal suggested that you might want to tip time-and-a-half at all times and double-time on holidays.

Here is that comment— bill brady Says:
I think you should tip time and half normally because service is a shit job I know I have worked in restuarants for the last twenty five years. I use to depend on tips to pay my bills because in ohio you get 2.13 an hour if your tipped. At the first of the year the min. wage will be 6.85 if you are not tipped and 3.13 if you are tipped. Still below the 3.35 I made at my first job at 14 on the norwood park crew. The wages are well below and standard of living and it makes it very hard for us to tell our kids to get a job instead of selling drugs or whatever way kids will make their money these days. Double tip this holiday it wont kill any of us and will make a huge difference to those who depend on us and work hard for a living.

January 8, 2007 Posted by | Martin & Malcolm, Tip Your Waiter Time-And-A-Half On Holidays | 3 Comments

Tip At Time-And-A-Half Rate On New Year’s Day

If you eat out on New Year’s Day, tip your server at a time-and-a-half rate. The same is true if you take a taxi on New Year’s Day or use any type of service that normally involves a tip. 

By New Year’s Day I mean all 24 hours of the day. The cabbie driving you home at 2 AM because you are drunk is working on New Year’s Day. 

Pay people the same money you would expect for working a holiday. It’s the good liberal thing to do. It’s the decent human thing to do.

December 27, 2006 Posted by | Things I've Done, Tip Your Waiter Time-And-A-Half On Holidays | 1 Comment

Tip Your Server At Time-And-A-Half Rate If You Eat Out On Thanksgiving Day

Many people skip the holiday cooking and eat out on Thanksgiving Day. I often eat Thanksgiving Dinner at a seafood place with a view of the ocean in Galveston, Texas. That restaurant is always full.

If you eat out on Thanksgiving Day, please be certain to tip your server at a time-and-a-half rate. If you normally tip 18%, you should consider leaving 27% on Thanksgiving Day. 

Your server is working a holiday. He or she should be paid at the same time-and-a-half rate you would expect for working a holiday.

If you stop at your local convenience store on Thanksgiving, maybe you could buy the person who rings you up a $1 scratch-off ticket. The person behind the counter is working a holiday and should be recognized for doing so.

We can’t respect our own work until we respect all work. People working a holiday might well rather be with family or friends. Treat such people with courtesy and offer up the money that you would hope for in the same circumstance.

November 20, 2006 Posted by | Best Posts 2006, Things I've Done, Tip Your Waiter Time-And-A-Half On Holidays | 15 Comments

Leave A Time-And-A-Half Tip On Labor Day

If on Labor Day next Monday you go to a restaurant, or go anywhere a tip is expected, be certain to tip 50% over what you normally leave. Anyone working a holiday should get time-and-a-half.  This is most certainly so on a holiday like Labor Day

August 31, 2006 Posted by | Things I've Done, Tip Your Waiter Time-And-A-Half On Holidays | 1 Comment

Money Where Your Mouth Is

I ate out on the Fourth of July. I think everything should be closed on the Fourth–But that is a losing battle. I tipped the waiter 25% for his help. If someone is working for you on a holiday, you should pay that person the same time and a half you would expect. Being a liberal means acting like one.

July 6, 2006 Posted by | Tip Your Waiter Time-And-A-Half On Holidays | Leave a comment