I know there's a thread discussing how MUCH one should tip, but I'm interested specifically in getting people's thoughts on 'unofficial' tip jars, which seem to have achieved near ubiquity in walk-up-counter-service establishments, thanks in no small part (I suspect) to its adoption as a common practice by Starbucks employees, at least in New York City. I don't do Starbucks, but as far as other establishments with similar walk-up counter-service, sometimes I tip, sometimes I don't, often depending on my mood, the amount of change I get back, whether the counterperson was sufficiently pleasant/efficient (a rare occurrence). -Is this a common practice in areas outside NYC? -What do members think of this practice? Do you tip at these kinds of places? -Does anyone know what Starbucks' management thinks of this practice (officially and/or unofficially)? I think the thing that irks me is the sense that the employees are trying to get something over on me as a customer, soliciting tips that 1.) have traditionally not been common for that kind of service, and 2.) are seemingly not endorsed by management, given the fact that the collection devices are consistently makeshift, rather than a corporately-produced official-looking receptacle. I know these guys don't make a lot of money, but neither do, say... the clerks at Barnes and Noble -- and wouldn't we think it inappropriate if they each posted cheezy little coffee cups at their registers? (Though maybe some of us wouldn't...) Ok, I know I've already gone on far too long about a relatively trivial point , but just curious as to people's thoughts.