Hot new trend: tippas
This is such a brilliant idea I'm amazed no one has thought of it until now. I am more grateful than I can say to our guest poster and Shallow Thought Wednesday guru John Lindner for bringing it to our attention. Here's John. EL
I'm thinkin' about starting a new trend: tippas ... small tips.
Tippas replaces the old, outmoded percentage system with an inventory approach to tipping. Each aspect of the dining experience or “tippas issue” is assigned a monetary value. Totaled at the end of the meal, it returns an objectively quantifiable, mathmatically defensible tip amount.*
I include just a few examples here: ...
$0.50 for medium rare (When you ask for med rare) ** & ***
$0.75 for hot fries
$0.45 for bringing everything the way it was ordered (add $0.15 if server depended on memory)
$0.90 for bacon (whether I ordered it or not … in fact, $0.95 if I didn’t order it)
$1.50 for astute attentiveness
$3.00 for recommending an entrée or wine that pleasantly surprises
$1.00 for not rolling eyes while taking a custom order (see above: add $0.45 for getting it right)
$0.35 when condiments are on table when food arrives (shouldn’t have to tip for this, but D@Lers are generous and civilized to a fault)
$5.00 for living up to or beyond your expectations during a special evening out
-$12.00 to +$12.00 for server-patron touching (based on individual diner experience, results may vary)
* iPhone app idea: iTippas Check List. Program lists all possible tippas issues on a 1-5 scale. User enters values for each applicable issue. When bill arrives, enter amount, hit “calc." App adds tippas value to check total and voila! App’s pro version adds fine- and jl-dining options and returns a star rating.
** Sample values represent an approximate baseline.
*** Yes, tippas amount is subtracted upon failure. When tippas total value is a negative, it’s time to complain to the manager and demand to be comped for an item or items equal to or greater than the negative tippas value.
(Photo by Bradley Sepos courtesy of stock.Xchng)