Here's One Ingenious Way To Get Better Tips For Your Staff

Here's a quick "tip" for readers working in hospitality: Instead of relying on the generosity of your customers to boost your income, try pitching their inner geeks against each other with a tips-based poll.

Entrepreneurship comes in all shapes and sizes. On the smaller end of the spectrum is this ingenious two-pronged tipping initiative we spotted at a Turkish2Go outlet in Blaxland.

Each week, the kebab store presents its customers with two tip jars representing rival products which are usually geared towards fandom (e.g. — "Android or iPhone?", "Xbox or PlayStation?" "Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings?") Customers cast their votes by placing a tip in the corresponding jar, with the highest tally declared the "winner" at the end of the week.

Personally, we think this is an extremely clever way for small businesses to bolster their tips; especially when it comes to frequent customers who will get to see who the "winner" is. Hell, in the case of Harry Potter vs Lord of the Rings, we'd even consider leaving a tip for shoddy service — when it comes to fan wars, victory must come at any cost.

Have you ever come across any unusual tipping incentives at bars or restaurants? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    I'd be interested to read about whether Australians are tipping more or less over the last decade. We have a love-hate relationship with the USA - so tipping would be a good barometer

    Here's a tip on tipping in Australia...


    This us just a nasty habit that's being introduced from overseas. If tipping becomes the norm it'll just give companies an excuse to reduce wages and penalty rates even further than they have now. People in Australia have mandated minimum wage levels and the last thing we need is an excuse to reduce this.

    We do not need a situation such as in the USA where a person can work 80 hours a week at 3 jobs and still be below the poverty line.

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