The time is 10:03am Until recently I've made a daily pilgrimage to the local Starbucks for espresso

The time is 10:03am Until recently I've made a daily pilgrimage to the local Starbucks for espresso and a croissant. Everyday out of habit or a feeling of obligation I tip a buck and change. I have realized lots of things after this habit. One is, companies could make a lot of money if they simply tailored their prices to the local tax codes. For example, instead of charging 4.60 for a drink why not just charge 5.00. Especially when your product line consists of a few dozen products. And especially when the product is something like coffee or some other price inflated product that only people with lots of disposable income pay for. I think it would be appreciated by the customers (who are dumb and can't do math well) and also the shareholders. Obviously. The only ones that might suffer and the baristas or employees. I think tipping might go down slightly because instead of giving a dollar and some change for cash paying customers (the two of them left out there) they might just tip a dollar instead. But that's ok because, and this brings me to my second realization... the service at Starbucks SUCKS. I used capital letters there to add emphasis, oh you already knew that? Well what's done is done so stop dwelling on the past.

Seriously though, I'll grant that Starbucks does have some above average coffee (or stool softener, whatever you want to call it) but these people have become so accustomed to receiving tip that your gratuity means absolutely nothing to them. It seems like if you want good service you have to be an asshole, and while I'm definitely an asshole in most cases, I am never an asshole to members of the service industry. At first I thought that I just wouldn't tip anymore, but then a good friend suggested that I just never go there anymore... a much better solution. Sorry I'm on the train so my post is short today.