New tip jar design accepts credit cards, leaves you without excuse
Done and done. On your way.
At least … in the good old days. Now technology’s getting so good that even tip jars take plastic, rendering your cashless reasoning critically endangered.
Indeed, where guilt-free anti-tipping used to reign, one new invention from a New Yorker is threatening its existence.
Ryder Kessler, just 26, has unveiled the DipJar (above), a new credit card scanner shaped like a tip jar that makes gratuities near unavoidable for the average patron.
The DipJar, according to Kessler, was inspired just as you’d imagine – the inventor noticed the baristas at his local coffee shop often went without tips, patrons regretfully not having change to pass into a jar.
“Everyone was paying with credit or debit, so the tips had plummeted,” Kessler told the New York Post. “Baristas take really great care of me, and I didn’t like that they were working just as hard and making less money.”
So what was born was the DipJar, which is now at two locations in New York with surely more coming soon.
The DipJar has been both a hit and drag so far. One barista said people hardly use it. Another patron said it’s great because it encourages tipping when a gratuity wouldn’t have been passed along otherwise.
Skulduggery against those that don’t want to tip? Of course. Now there is no “I’m out of cash” justification anyone can use. But then, we suppose, the writing has been on the wall: last winter, the Salvation Army began accepting credit cards for donations at their street-side kettles.
Just one final question: how will the DipJar affect patrons from Quebec?
By Jason Buckland, MSN Money