Today has been cloudy and rainy all day. I’ve been cooped up inside and feel edgy and frustrated. So some things are getting under my fur. Today, the nice dog is going to vent.
Erik came over today and I was happy to see him. Erik wasn’t overly happy, though. He told Mom some stories about clients who come in for his services and then do not tip, in essence, forcing him to work for free. Erik and his soon-to-be wife Jenny are both stylists. They live on tips, or commission, if they make sales of product. Both work long hours and are on their feet all day. Plus, they work with their hands up over their hearts, which, if you don’t think is hard to do, put your hands up in the air right about… there, and hold them like that for five minutes. Then come back and tell me how you’re feeling. Erik is probably the top stylist in his salon. He has the highest weekly goals of any employee. The goals are set by the manager, who runs two salons.
So Erik goes on to tell Mom about this lady who came in with long hair. It had been longer, except she decided to cut it off herself. She had synthetic hair extensions and they were old, unconditioned, and completely matted up. They were also totally uneven from the home hack-job. Erik could not get a comb through it so he finger-combed her hair, took about two inches off to even it out, styled her up as best he could, and had her hair decent-looking whereas before it was a hot mess. When the lady was leaving, she announced loudly that she was not going to tip because she “didn’t think he did anything to deserve it” and then told him, “don’t play with matches”. Erik told her thank you and to have a nice day. I’m sure he wanted to tell her something else.
That was the conversation as I overheard it from my blanket in the living room. I don’t understand humans. When you get something and don’t pay for it, it’s called, stealing. When you make someone work and then don’t pay them, it’s called, slavery, unless you are using the barter system. Because Erik works for tips, and didn’t get one, this lady essentially stole his labor. She told him she was happy with what he did. She didn’t start cracking on him until it was time to pay up. Erik has seen this many times. Erik is very professional. He has done $130 services on people and received a $5 tip. He thinks maybe people run out of money. But sometimes they’re just rude. I can understand why Erik was upset.
Pretty much all you humans have smartphones, which have an app that tells you how much to tip. There’s an app for that, right? I don’t get why people don’t tip if the service was good. From what I, as a dog, understand, that far away place called the “IRS” taxes people who work for tips at a set rate, whether or not they make that actual amount.
I further understand that TIPS means, “to insure prompt service”, and that tipping is voluntary. But still, if you get a service, and especially if you are happy with it, you should tip the person who provides it. Chances are that is the only money they are getting.
Thanks for letting me vent. This really set my hair on end.