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Tip jars: Message in the bottle

Posted Feb. 01, 2013, at 5:38 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 01, 2013, at 11:21 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — They make a lot of coffee and they make a lot of sandwiches, but the folks behind the counter probably aren’t making a lot of money.

One sign of “counter intelligence” is an interesting tip jar. A humorous note attached to the jar almost always tips the scales in favor of making a little more dough.

(A tip jar with a note mentioning karma, on the other hand, almost always leaves the customer with a bad taste in their mouth. Who likes being guilt-tripped into tipping?)

While you can’t always judge a shop by its tip jar, it does seem the less pretentious the place, the more fun they have with their jar.

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Like a woman at a Munjoy Hill sandwich shop said, “When you make minimum wage, you’ve got to be creative.”

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story requires correction. Both the Beavis and Butthead and skeleton tip jars are located at Spartan Grill in Portland, not Other’s.

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