I collect them occasionally because I like to think they’re lucky. So this article in the Utne Reader gave me a lot to chuckle about especially since I run a small business that might be able to use this same strategy. It’s about how the lap dance community (I know, who knew there even was one?) has developed a strategy whereby they only give change in $2 bills. Which means that their tip income suddenly doubles. Meanwhile, T. added to my pleasure by telling me her discovery about one of the side benefits to getting a Borders gift card. Since she no longer has to use cash, she also no longer finds herself dropping a handful of change or worse a dollar bill into the tip jar. I bet they didn’t think about that when set it up. As a matter of fact, the whole tip jar thing has become a botherment to me. The person at the counter isn’t a waiter, doesn’t serve me anything beyond what the job entails and yet here I am giving them a reward as though they did something special. This seems to me like the company that is employing them is ripping us both off. The company pays the employee minimum wage and charges the customer full price for its services. If there were tip jars at every cash register I could maybe understand it, but they are only at the food counter where the store can count on us having the tipping habit. Actually when you think about it this really means that the food counter people are earning a bonus.
Two dollar bills