Have you ever been "tipped" in a non-tipping job?

@maezee (22301)
United States
May 15, 2009 1:29am CST
Today at the dry cleaners, I let a customer in 15 minutes after we were closed so that he could pick up his clothes. I was sympathetic because he had mentioned that he had to go out of town (to Chicago) that night and really needed to pick up his clean clothes. I'm a cashier - so keep in mind that tipping is NOT something that I'm used to. But before he left, he slipped me a $10 bill! I tried to refuse it - but he insisted. Has this ever happened to you, and what kind of situation were you in? Is it possible to politely refuse something like this even though they insisted?
9 responses
@wmfhed (121)
• China
15 May 09
If you own the dry cleaners or you are the manager, leaving a customer with emergency needs in even after the closing time is not a big deal. After all, helping people is always a good thing. You can also win good reputation for your cleaners. If you are just employed in the place, I might say it is better for you to follow the rules. At least it will never be wrong. If your boss is picky and under great pressure of the bad economic situation, he might be unhappy about this, especially you got that $10 bill. If you ask the customer, "Do you want me to get fired?" I think he probably won't insist giving you money any more. :)
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@maezee (22301)
• United States
15 May 09
Heck no! I definitely don't own the place. I'm just counter help; but I really don't mind letting someone in after I lock the doors - unless I've already checked out my drawers and can't do anything for them anyway. Thanks for the tip.
@carlas (201)
• United States
8 Jun 09
I've worked at a dry cleaners and they really didn't care if I opened the door after the store closed, as long as the company got their money. Especially in this economic problem, they really wanted all of the money they could get- even if it was after hours.
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@carlas (201)
• United States
8 Jun 09
but than again, i have denied letting someone in after hours, because they were angry, or swearing, or were just TOO late (like half an hour). I guess it is up to you what you want to do. I mean it's nice to have some sympathy for people sometimes.
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@LouieWpHs04 (4560)
• United States
16 May 09
Pssshh. I think every job you should have the opprotunity to be tipped. I see how it can get a little weird if you got tipped a bit too often though on your taxes. Then again, it was only $10 and it doesn't happen too often so it's not like you would have to report it or anything. The jobs i've worked I didn't deal with customers, really. So I can't say that I have been.
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@maezee (22301)
• United States
24 Jun 09
Haha lucky..Sometimes I wish I didn't have to deal with them. Sometimes they can be nice - and give you tips! But other times..YIKES.
• United States
22 Jun 09
I got tipped at my cashiering job a gas station and at a fast food place. At the gas station it was just a usual customer who always would tell me to keep his change or buy me ice cream, lol. At the fast food place if I was super nice to them or got them their order quick they would tip me. Of course I would refuse but if they keep insisting then I would just take it.
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• United States
22 May 09
I've had it happen at almost every job I've had that involves customer service. I think it's funny how awkward it gets. I do things like open early or let people in late too. I just think that it's good to give people something nice during their day to remember. I wouldn't refuse , just be gracious and modest and they will feel great about themselves and you get a little bonus in your pocket. It's sweet!
• Australia
16 May 09
ahha so they r still some nice people in this world after all..
@tabsnlos (587)
• United States
15 May 09
This happen to me before. I use to be a cashier at CVS and one day a customer left a huge stack of money that was in one of those bank envelopes. Of course you are always a bit tempted, but I did the right thing by chasing them down before they drove off and returned the money. Seconds later the lady and her husband came back in and asked for an empty bag. I wasn't watching what they were doing because I had a huge line of people to ring up. But they gave me the bag and said this is for you. I had no clue what was in the bag and they left before I could even see. They left a note thanking me for returning the money, it was their entire paycheck in that envelope and there was a $20 bill inside as well. I was so shocked! Had I known what was in there, I would have tried to give it back...But I would keep it if they insisted =) Either way it made my day!!
15 May 09
I suppose Catering is a tipping job, basically you dont ask for a tip, but people will generally give u a tip, mainly as it is common courtesy, but certain function such as Rugby Functions and Weddings in my experience dont tend to tip. Now when it comes to working behind a bar, in a Pub or Club, it is a little different. You dont ask for a tip (whatever you do), and its not expected...thats one thing difference between catering, and the pub trade. But, I often found that I regularly had customers who would offer to buy me a pint (of which i drink Strongbow Cider), and More often than not I would take it, and a few times, keep the money behined, so i can use it as a tip. Otenf I would get a pint, and in a few cases I would get up to 4 pints in the one Night a week I worked. So it was great.
• United States
15 May 09
Yes actually it happens to me all the time! I work as a cook in a resort and the kitchen I work in is an open kitchen. For some reason people get very excited about their meal being good, like they were expecting it not to be or something. Since it is an open kitchen I can see the guests and they can see me. If they are really pushy or nosey whatever you want to call it, they can actually walk up to the line and talk to us. All the time guests are tipping because we cooked their meal to their satisfaction. I have been a cook for a while and never worked any place where the cooks got tipped for doing their job. We always say, "Oh no, it's not necessary it's what I get paid for!", but people always insist and after refusing one more time we give in, like we really wanted to refuse in the first place, but it's the nice thing to do. They always feel good about themselves afterwards because they did something nice for you so bonus on making the other person happy by accepting the tip! My guess is since this guy came 15 mins after you closed and you were nice enough to let him in it was his way of showing his gratitude, because I can pretty much bet that whatever you gave him was going to Chicago with him and he needed it for his trip. That could have been a big problem if you hadn't let him in. Be happy and gracious and smile about the fact that someone did something very nice for you in return for you doing something nice for them!
@marcialoyd (1174)
• United States
15 May 09
When I was a cashier at a convinience store there was one regular customer that would tip me ever so often. He said because I was polite and friendly to him every time he came in. I tried to refuse to but he insisted and absolutely wouldn't take no for an answer.