Just a snapshot from my day that I keep thinking about…
I went to the local grocery store to buy some bread for supper at the last minute this evening, so I was standing in line behind about eight other six o’clock shoppers, most of whom were tourists. The woman in front of me was chatting with the cashier as she swiped her card, and I noticed she had a bill folded up in her hand. A moment later, she looked around with a puzzled air saying,”Where’s the cup?” We all gave her rather confused glances, so she elaborated, “You know, the bowl for the bagger’s tip.” The cashier explained that they don’t get that here–they’re just doing the job they’re paid for. She was obviously befuddled and amazed at such a thing.
Now tell me, do you tip your bagger? Is this a common practice in a lot of places? I honestly have never heard of it, never once even considered it! I have tipped someone for helping me carry my groceries to the car and load them, but never, ever a bagger.
I’m just wondering. Is this a normal practice to you? And if so, where do you live? I’ve never lived anywhere but the midwest, so I’m curious.