Letters, Aug. 30: Tipping’s gone a little bit over the top

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What is with the increasing emphasis and expectation regarding tipping? Seems everyone expects a tip. Price of food has gone up, as has the price of restaurant meals. We did a small calculation last night. If a food server looks after say four tables and those four tables seat four people and each table turns over about once every two hours, this means in an eight-hour shift, the food server will deliver 16 meals (depending on courses could mean about 30 trips to the tables). If each person spends an average of $50 this means total spent in the shift is about $800. If the average tip is 20% this means the server will collect some $160 in their eight-hour shift. This will add $20/hour to the server’s basic wage. Not bad. Seems to me many businesses are looking to have their customers pay wage increases for their employees so they don’t have to. Pretty soon, folks we will start to see “tip jars” when you disembark your next flight or maybe teachers should be setting up “tip jars” to help pay for the “out-of-pocket” supplies they purchase because they are not supplied by their employers. After all, aren’t these folks also supplying a service and in many cases a very valuable service?
(Nothing wrong with tipping. Just when does it stop?)

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Kudos to former mayoralty candidate Jeromy Farkas, for starting and finishing the challenging 4,300 km Pacific Coast Trail. As a person of character, he developed a game plan to honour his mother and to raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters. His determination not only allowed him to achieve his goals, but to surpass and exceed what he thought was possible. It’s too bad so many Calgary voters didn’t recognize his focus and leadership skills in the last election.
(Jeromy should be applauded by everyone — of every political stripe. Fantastic accomplishment to help such a great cause.)

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Re: “Mayor speaks out about the threats and intimidation she’s faced after deputy prime minister targeted by verbal abuse.” Harassment is never OK, but people are getting frustrated to the point of losing their minds with our politicians. These two politicians are perfect examples of politicians who follow their own agendas and who do not represent the people. They need to take a long look in the mirror and ask themselves why they are targets for such harassment. The people doing the harassment also need to realize that attacks of this kind do not get their message across and only give the out of touch politicians a “victim card” to play. They do need to know how useless most of us think they are, but there are more effective ways of communicating your dissatisfaction. Mayor Gondek — you need to focus on Calgary, not climate change, Quebec, your personal disapproval of the arena deal. Listen to the people over yourself. To our deputy prime minister, you are just as guilty as your boss of ruining the oil and gas industry! What did you expect in Grande Prairie, a parade?
(Harassment is never OK. No buts. Attack the message, not the messenger.)

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Trudeau claims verbal bashing against politicians including women in politics is on the rise. Attacks on personality are inappropriate but as long as there isn’t any physical contact or abuse, politicians of all kinds need to develop thick skins. As the old saying states, ‘If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.’ Besides, the only things that are on rise in this country are Trudeau’s and Freeland’s arrogance, intolerance of dissenting opinions and lack of compassion for the common folk.
(No doubt people are mad at Trudeau. And Freeland.)

Our urgent care and emergency rooms are overworked. Let’s stop this. Urgent care and emergency are for emergencies and real sick people. There are too many who show up for minor things. If you show up with a cold/a booby on your toe, let’s charge a fee. They will stop being users.
(If only those who abuse the system would heed that advice…)

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