One of my framers approached me and suggested that we have a tip jar at our design counter. (His fiance is in the restaurant trade, and he suggested that she makes a nice bonus on her income that way.)
I'm not too sure that I like this idea. Tips are the bread and butter of the food service industry. But for us, it seems kind of . . . dunno . . . cheesy? Like you don't walk into a car dealership and see tip jars there sitting around. It seems more classy to not have a tip jar sitting there.
The counter argument is it's a chance to further compensate our staff. (Everyone knows that framing isn't the most lucrative trade on the planet.)
There are other complications, such as our design area is not always manned (we have a bell) and we'd have to physically put the tip jar out when the customer is there—even more pushy/greedy/mooch-like. We could keep a tip jar only at our front register, but again, it seems weird to me. I don't remember seeing a tip jar next to the register in Neiman Marcus, for instance.
It's a perception thing.
What a horrible idea.