If you’ve ever worked in the service industry, particularly in a restaurant or bar, you know just how essential tips can be. While we can all agree that no one should have to struggle doing difficult, thankless, desperately underpaid work in the hopes of making a living wage thanks to the kindness of strangers, we don’t live in that world. Here in the U.S., millions of people across a wide range of industries depend on tips for their very survival.
This sigil speaks to the simple, humble desires of those working in a job where a decent gratuity can mean a night where microwaved ramen isn’t on the menu, or a week where you don’t have to mentally run through your bank account to see if you can afford a candy bar for your kid. It speaks to the idea that providing exceptional service will result in fair pay.
Here’s to all those massage therapists, waitresses, baristas, movers, Lyft drivers, grocery delivery workers, and others who could use a boost in their daily earnings.