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Old 12-04-2013, 02:54 AM
 
Location: New Zealand and Australia
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Was at a supermarket here today in NZ. As the young girl was about to hand back my change, I said "thats a tip for you, you keep that for yourself". She then replied Thank You but I'm not supposed to do that.

I ended up saying just keep it and left. This is news to me, have never struck that response before. Why would she say that?
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Old 12-04-2013, 04:24 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Isn't it obvious? It's store policy that employees can't accept tips.
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Old 12-04-2013, 04:42 AM
 
Location: New Zealand and Australia
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Isn't it obvious? It's store policy that employees can't accept tips.
Of course.....but why does that policy exist? I do it often and have NEVER got that response until today.
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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Of course.....but why does that policy exist? I do it often and have NEVER got that response until today.
I'd guess it's so that other employees don't resent having to do jobs that don't interact with the public, and therefore are unlikely to receive tips. Just keeps for a happier work environment, I'd say.
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Old 12-04-2013, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Of course.....but why does that policy exist? I do it often and have NEVER got that response until today.
Maybe to help prevent bribery and things like that? Or solicitation for other reasons...
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Old 12-04-2013, 10:51 AM
 
Location: in here, out there
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Turning down a tip is rude. People like to be generous and give gifts.

If someone offers me a tip for just doing my job I will accept and reply, "Thank you, you're very generous and I really appreciate it."
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:31 AM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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Turning down a tip is rude. People like to be generous and give gifts.

If someone offers me a tip for just doing my job I will accept and reply, "Thank you, you're very generous and I really appreciate it."
A guy did that at one of my last jobs. At least his unemployment lasted almost two years.
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:37 PM
 
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Turning down a tip is rude. People like to be generous and give gifts.

If someone offers me a tip for just doing my job I will accept and reply, "Thank you, you're very generous and I really appreciate it."

Offering a tip is rude as it puts the employee in a uncontainable position, for the most part employees are not allowed to accept tips. Do you really want her on CCTV seen putting money in her pocket?, or if she puts it in the till her float will be out at the end of the day.
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Old 12-05-2013, 12:46 AM
 
Location: New Zealand and Australia
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Offering a tip is rude as it puts the employee in a uncontainable position, for the most part employees are not allowed to accept tips. Do you really want her on CCTV seen putting money in her pocket?, or if she puts it in the till her float will be out at the end of the day.
That comment is laughable.

Take my example here for example. These are low paid people who are in this case young and making their way in the world. The Supermarket makes a fortune, yet the employees get not much more than minimum wage.

And yet the store seems like it has a policy to not allow tips. That is also laughable.
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Old 12-05-2013, 12:52 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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That comment is laughable.

Take my example here for example. These are low paid people who are in this case young and making their way in the world. The Supermarket makes a fortune, yet the employees get not much more than minimum wage.

And yet the store seems like it has a policy to not allow tips. That is also laughable.
Australians at the low end are well paid, especially compared to the US. Plus cost of living isn't THAT much more expensive.
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