Tip Etiquette – Should We Tip To Go Orders?

Having been in the service industry since 2006, I have seen so much confusion, non tipping, and awkwardness when it comes to tipping. Recently, I went to Appleby’s Restaurant to order to go. As I was sitting there at the bar waiting to be helped, the thought of tipping came to mind. Here I am, sitting here watching the guy behind the bar bumbling all over the place as he was being flirted with by 3 pretty young women at the other end of the bar. I’m thinking about customer service and how I’m sitting here judging this guy for being himself, and of course ignoring me. Then I got off my high horse of believing I’m the only one who has customer service skills and realized why people don’t tip. Presentation, that’s it. How I present myself and how I take care of the client/customer is key to what kind of tip or return customer ratio I receive. In the middle of this thought process I was having in my head, another server came up to me and asked me what I would like to order and apologized for the wait. I gave her my order and waited and watched the now 2 people behind the bar talking about another employee in a not so polite way. When I am working and people are standing around watching what I do in a service, what are they thinking about? Do I talk too much? Am I engaging them enough or too much? Am I trying too hard to please? Am I wow-ing them and giving them a great experience? The guy behind the bar interrupted my thought process and asked, “Have you been helped yet”? I said yes I have, thank you.


Having said all this in detail, I wasn’t interested in giving this guy a tip, at all. I didn’t like his presentation and he was oblivious to anything professional because his hormones or testosterone had taken over his brain in his head. He messed up two drinks as I was watching him. He wasn’t focused on what he was supposed to be focused on. Geez!! All I wanted was to order my food and go but what I received was a story going on in my head about tipping and customer service. The bill was $24.67 for the $20 special of appetizer and 2 entrees which were delish!! Her tip was $6 which is a 24% tip. So the answer to should I tip on to go orders, it is a personal preference. As a service person, I always tip but the amount of the tip varies based on performance and presentation. If I were to eat at Sonic, I would tip them because they either skated out to my car or walked out and brought me my food. Over the counter food or buffet, no tip. Hair Stylists, Massage Therapists, Estheticians and Nail Techs, absolutely tip them at least $5 minimum. Yep, even at Great Clips, you tip them as well. Anyone who goes out of their way to bring a service to you, you should tip them a minimum $5. If there is a tip jar, you tip. Hope this helps.


Does Waxing Cause Wrinkles?

Many times competitors in the same field will say something long enough that people will begin to believe what they say is fact and repeat to others. Such is the case with hair removal. I don’t know where this came from or who began to say that waxing causes wrinkles but it is simply untrue and there is no scientific proof that it does.  Sources: Medical NewsWomen’s Health, Miss Humphrey’s Myths about waxing.


Plainly put, waxing does not cause wrinkles. When people claim that it does, the myth is that by pulling on the skin when the waxing strips are removed, it stretches out the skin and, eventually, it doesn’t bounce back. However, as is cited above, skin wrinkles when the cells break down. Stretching the skin does not destroy the integrity of the cells. Nor does the wax break down the skin cells. It is a completely safe procedure. If you have sensitive skin, waxing may cause a rash, but it will not cause wrinkles!


…And When You Thought Our Food System Was Safe…oh my.

Report: 'Worrisome' levels of arsenic in rice

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Eating rice once a day can increase arsenic levels in the body by at least 44%, according to a new study from Consumer Reports.

The study surveyed more than 60 different rice products ranging from infant cereals to rice pasta and rice drinks and found “worrisome” levels of inorganic arsenic in most of the products. Others suggest, however, the levels are not cause for concern.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, inorganic arsenic has been linked to liver, bladder, and lung cancer.

Urvashi Rangan, Consumer Reports lead scientist on the study, said the study isn’t meant to scare people from eating rice, rather “our investigation of arsenic in rice is supposed to inform consumers.”

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RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. Surviving an Active Shooter Event

In these days of movies becoming reality, we need to use caution and safety when confronted with violence in our society. We no longer live in the “Leave it to Beaver” era, rather “The Terminator” era. I don’t ever blog on this stuff but I want my blog followers to remain safe and alive.

Take these video tips seriously and practice safety and stay aware of your surroundings. I had the privilege of being part of a mock first responder situation at our college to prepare the community for such an event. Even a mock situation is very scary, I can’t and don’t want to imagine what a real one would feel like. Stay safe and thank you for following my blog. I appreciate your kindness.

The Natural Non Pesticide Way of Ridding Your Home of Ants

Remember Splenda when you want to get rid of ants outside. When you pour Splenda on an ant pile the ants take it to the queen ant. There is an ingredient in Splenda called Sucralose (the made-up name by the manufacturer of Splenda, contains chlorinated compounds)  that is poisonous to ants and when they swallow the granules, it kills them. I tried this last year in our driveway on the ants and within the day, they were all gone. Here are a couple of links to articles about using Splenda to kill ants.


Source: http://npofoods.com/news/killing-household-ants-with-splenda/

Source: http://www.ehow.com/how_5078247_rid-ants-pesticides.html