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81 general / Re: Overtipping . . . is it rude?
« Last post by Winterlight on January 20, 2018, 08:41:46 PM »
I don't think you're overtipping, and in general, I  don't think overtipping is rude.

It sounds like this owner is appreciative of your ongoing business in the last 25 years (!) And wanted to make a nice gesture toward you.

Agreed. He was telling you he's happy for your decades of patronage.
In Quebec ,Scanning Code  of Practice(SCOP) is the law.

Basically if the shelf price is lower than the price charged at the cash, then there's a scale of recompense.

83 general / Re: Overtipping . . . is it rude?
« Last post by nutraxfornerves on January 20, 2018, 08:26:40 PM »
I agree. It sounds like the owner was trying to say “You are always so generous to my delivery people. I would like to be generous to you by way of thanks.”

The best overtipping story I heard was a story told by a food critic on himself. He wanted to eat at a restaurant in France that was impossible to get into. Somehow, he snagged a lunch reservation. The food was so fabulous that he just had to try to get in again. To his surprise, he had no trouble getting a dinner reservation for exactly the date and time he preferred.

The second meal was even better than the first. Not only was the food more fantastic, but the quality of the service was one of the best he’d ever experienced. And the dinner bill was still less than the lunch bill.

It wasn’t until he was preparing his expense account that he realized what happened. The lunch bill was handwritten and the writing was terrible. The food guy had misread it and paid the date instead of the lunch amount, resulting in something like a 150% tip. The restaurant reputation was such that he had not bothered to check menu prices, had assumed it would be super expensive, and had paid the very high amount without a thought. No wonder he suddenly became a VIP.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: The 'I Accomplished Something Today!' Thread
« Last post by GreenHall on January 20, 2018, 07:10:40 PM »
I cleaned out my email boxes.  Like 16 years worth of cleaning out in one case...
2 Yahoo accounts (I know, but grandparents have those addresses) and 3 Gmail's (much younger, still needed a good cleanse)

Now I just have to try to do the same for my work email (6 years at this point, and a lot more retention for possibly needing that tiny detail later...)
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: The 'I Accomplished Something Today!' Thread
« Last post by gmatoy on January 20, 2018, 06:54:44 PM »
I am *this close* to finishing the baby blanket I'm making for DF's great nephew.  I hope to finish it tonight and deliver it this weekend.

And then it is full steam ahead on wedding stuff.

86 general / Re: Tipping question
« Last post by Sharnita on January 20, 2018, 06:13:47 PM »
One of my all time favorite restaurants was a Noodles and Company.
I hadn't been and the manager could tell by the way I was looking around. He asked to be sure, then explained that I ordered at the counter, they brought me my food, they cleared my table when I finished. He was very clear that I didn't tip. He also brought me a free dessert to try
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: What's for Dinner?
« Last post by EmmaJ. on January 20, 2018, 06:07:44 PM »
I made a Mediterrean style salad. Leftover quinoa, shredded chicken, cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber, sweet red pepper, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, feta cheese, basil. The dressing was lemon juice and the seasoned olive oil in which the artichokes were packed.

Everyone positvely inhaled it!
Etiquette of the Rich and Famous / Re: Ashley Wagner's Sour Grapes
« Last post by mich3554 on January 20, 2018, 05:49:23 PM »
seems to me there was another female figure skater 15-20 years ago who pulled something similar. Maybe the sport attracts divas.

Nancy Kerrigan?  She was less than gracious when she was caught of film grousing about the publicity she had to do after getting the silver.  It made her look like a spoiled brat.
89 general / Re: Overtipping . . . is it rude?
« Last post by CaffeineKatie on January 20, 2018, 04:39:05 PM »
Having worked in the food industry in the past, I think the guy was just looking for a way to say thanks to a really good customer because it's such a nice change from the whackadoodles every restaurant deals with on a regular basis.  Don't overthink it and don't stop tipping generously for good food and service when you can afford it--it really makes their day!
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Last post by athersgeo on January 20, 2018, 04:36:36 PM »
Okay, this is my stupid question that has been driving me rather insane...

In figure skating, why are men's skates always black and women's skates always either nude or white? It doesn't seem to matter what color the costumes are, this is how I've always recalled seeing them.

The short answer would seem to be “because tradition”, also I *think* the nude colour is actually skating tights pulled down over the skate rather than an actual nude coloured skate (I may be wrong there, but I’m sure I’ve seen that sort of configuration!)

The longer answer is it would appear to go back to the 1920s and a particularly successful female figure skater who set the trend for women wearing white boots and short skirts:

It’s certainly something that was well established by the late 40s - there’s a Noel Streatfeild novel that was published in 1951 by the title of White Boots which is about two young girls learning to figure skate.
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