Here’s a “Tip” for You

Since the internet still buzzes over a Christian who can’t tip, I thought I might offer a bit of humor. We don’t seem to be in a “generous” mood, so I want to lighten it up.

There was a businesswoman working in downtown Minneapolis walking from her bus stop to her work one day when she encountered a homeless man on the street. She usually just walked by people like that, but this time she was overcome by compassion. She reached into her bag and pulled out a twenty dollar bill. She handed it to the man sitting on the street and said, “Never despair. Never despair.”

She felt better about her life and went on her way.

The next day she was on her way to work and saw the homeless man again. He saw her and leaped up to come toward her. She was afraid she had created a problem and now he would expect something from her every day. She quickened her pace to get by him, but he came up to her quickly. To avoid him, she ran across the street. He chased her, yelling, “Lady! Stop!”

As she was getting to her building, she decided to stop and confront the man. She turned around, but before she could say anything to him, he reached out a hand to her, took his other hand, grabbed her hand, and slapped two fifty dollar bills into her hand.

Startled, she asked, “What’s this?”

“Lady,” he said, “Never Despair came in at 100 to 1!”

You’ve Heard the One About the Bad Tipper


We’ve heard time and TIME AGAIN about the waitress at Applebee’s that posted the receipt from a pastor. The receipt had a note that said, “I give God 10%. Why should you get 18?”

Bad Christian! BAD CHRISTIAN!

Then, the blogs and comments on blogs, and comments on Facebook fly: “See? This is why people hate Christians.”

Oh… really.

THIS is why… they don’t tip.


All this proves is the old adage that if you get good service you may tell one or two people. If you get lousy service, you tell 10 people. Only, we’ve upped the game thanks to social networks.

If we get good service, we RARELY mention it. If we get bad service, we blast it on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Yahoo… any place we can try and land it.

So, allow me to say something that will go completely unnoticed.

I, as a Christian, am a good tipper. Actually, I’m a GREAT tipper. And it’s all because of Jesus… so there! 😉

Let’s be real: we can ALL be good tippers and it STILL doesn’t reflect Christ!

But good tipping is a nice reflection, so allow me to brag on a few good examples (out of hundreds I know of). This will be ignored, but I just don’t care. I’m tired of people bashing away.

Several years ago I was in a meeting with some other pastors… and we were all lousy tippers. Right? Pastors are THE WORST!

Well… no.

It was in a hotel room and the hotel had arranged for us to be served breakfast in the room. As the server is bringing us our breakfasts, the leader of the meeting asked the server, “Do we leave the tip here for you?”

She said, “No. The hotel is taking care of that.”

The leader thought about it, then told the rest of us (when the server was out of the room), “I’m not sure we’ll get the opportunity to tip on the bill, so let’s make sure we take care of that.”

There were probably eight really tight-wad pastors in that room (because, you know, all pastors are tightwads and bad examples of how to really tip good, thus making us targets of hate by waitstaffs all across America). By the time we finished chucking in money at the middle of the table, she probably walked away with $75 in tips. And, quite frankly, I doubt the bill was $750.

This weekend my wife and I were sitting at a Perkins with a huge group of InterVarsity students from University of Minnesota Duluth. You think pastors are bad tippers? How about college students that go into a restaurant and order water and mozzarella sticks? What a bunch of cheapskates!

Well… again… NO.

I listened to several of the leaders in the group talk to each other and say, “Make sure you tip her well. She’s working late because of us.”

I’m sure those students made it well worth her time and effort. What had been a slow night turned into a nice ending for the server.

How about turning the tables a bit? How about showing off good service? How about letting people know Christians and other good people know HOW TO TIP!

Because we do. Millions of us do. And there are a thousands of servers who are glad to see us come into their restaurant.