I always tip in accordance to the type service I receive. Some professions make most of their income based on tips, i.e.- waitresses, delivery men, valet attendants, etc. so based on this I don’t have a problem leaving tips. One thing I won’t stand for is people to ask me for tips. Let me tell you a story of what occurred the other day.
I’m home for Christmas and I attend this BET event at Muse Lounge. Being that there was an open bar I had a lot of drinks so naturally I had to use the restroom more than usual. Now normally I don’t carry cash and that day was no different. I spent my last $5 bill at a restaurant before the event (on a tip). As I entered the bathroom I noticed a bathroom attendant had set up shop. Now I don’t understand the role of this person because I’m perfectly capable of washing my own hands (I do it all the time at home but I’ll delve into that later). As the attendant put soap in my hands I let him know up front that I didn’t have cash then he went on to side-eye me. The next time I went to the bathroom I could have asked my friends for a dollar or two to give the attendant but since he side-eyed me I didn’t feel like he deserved any type of tip from me. As I used the bathroom again the attendant put soap in my hands, I washed them and after he handed me some paper towels. I proceeded to start to walk out the bathroom when the attendant tapped me on the shoulder then said, “You know you gotta tip me right?” Excuse me sir. I looked down in his tip jar and he had six dollars in there. I guess it was a slow night for him but that’s no excuse for you to 1. ask me for a tip and 2. put your hands on me. I went on to use the restroom 2 more times for good measure and didn’t tip him.
Now let’s try to tackle the phenomena known as the bathroom attendant. Do these dudes have other jobs or is this is their only source of income? Seems like a mediocre way to make a living. I’m all for being on your grind but there are certain jobs that I wouldn’t do and one of them is smelling urine, being around drunk people and/or handing condoms, gum and mints. Also, why do they take all the soap out the soap dispenser so you have to use their service? Lastly, I feel like if I tip them the first time then I shouldn’t have to tip them any other time that night. The service they provide is not really worthy of tipping on return trips.
With that said bathroom attendants across the nation let me the first to tell you if you didn’t already know. You are a nuance. No one really appreciates your service so do us all a favor and get a real job.