Right under our noses!!!

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    Right under our noses!!!

    Tonight my wife, one of our adult daughters and I were eating dinner at our local favorite Chinese restaurant. It's a small location with 5 booths and 2 tables. They do a lot of carry-out and tonight we were the only ones dining-in. While we were there a number of folks came in and picked up carry-out orders, but because where we were sitting we could not see everyone that came in unless they stepped back from the counter or sat down at one of the booths while waiting. Everyone that I saw appeared to be just local folks like us here in our community of 45,000.

    As we were leaving my daughter wanted a gumball and asked the owner for a solid quarter for her 2 dimes and nickle. The owner reached for her tip jar to get a quarter and hesitated...the tip jar was gone! At this point I was standing in front of the counter and confirmed seeing it there when I paid for our our meal some 45 minutes earlier. She asked the 2 employees if they moved it and they replied, no. She said that jar has sat on the counter for 5 years with no incident and that it probably had $30-40 in loose change.

    I was shocked that someone had casually walked in picked up a plastic jar full of change and carried it off while we were sitting in there.

    I'm just glad that's all it was and not a hold-up job.
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    Times are getting tough all over.

    Thank goodness no one was hurt and no violence was done.
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    Nothing amazes me anymore,crooks will try to steal stuff that's bolted down anymore
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    Thats messed up! It goes to show you it can happen anywhere and anytime. Times are hard so keep your eyes peeled.

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    Man, that is just messed up and wrong. What thieves won't do these days.
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    I was at a local, small pizza shop recently and the owner said that he's had the tip jar stolen a couple of times and he's considering ways to bolt it down. The last time he saw (but could not catch) the thief, who was a kid.
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    Somewhere a year or two ago, maybe at a Starbucks, some younger guy came in and stole the tip jar. An older gentleman saw him steal it, followed him outside and tried to stop the young man's car. Young man ran over the older gentleman, killing him.

    All over a tip jar.

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    Over the years, I have known a few restaurant owners who made sure to keep the "tip" jar relatively low on cash, so that they'd be less likely to tempt a criminal. But, you never know.

    With the increased anonymity, rough economic times and general lack of moral training with people in our culture, I imagine that there are a lot of people around who would steal a jar of ~$40 that was "just sitting there," or take the five $20 bills sitting on the ATM machine because the prior customer forgot to take the cash, or even reach over the counter into the till. Little surprises me, anymore.
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    My Fiancee's family's restaurant has had their tip jar snatched a couple times as well
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    Same thing happened in Albuquerque, NM, except the clerk put up a fight and was killed for her tip jar.
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    How about a slot in the counter top going into a container secured under the counter?
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    Quote Originally Posted by joker1 View Post
    How about a slot in the counter top going into a container secured under the counter?
    That's what one restaurant I go to does, and what I suggested to the pizza shop I mentioned above. I think it's a great idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joker1 View Post
    How about a slot in the counter top going into a container secured under the counter?
    The site of the tip jag is what gets people to tip. I would have a screw thru the jar into the counter.

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    Yeah people don't remember to tip unless they see the jar with some dollars in it. They could have the jar bolted down and cut it so the back end opens, just secure a simple latch on the top towards the back.

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