Here's what's on our mind.
Last year according to our credit cards we used Uber over 150 times for transportation for work in Miami and in many other cities. This year will be close to 200 trips. The difference between tipping $2.00 and $5.00 per trip is a savings of (or expenditure of) $600.00.
We use Instacart and food delivery services several times a week. Again, the difference between tipping 10% and 20% is over a thousand dollars a year.
We live in a service economy. We use Instacart and Uber Eats because we can make more on a hourly basis working, then shopping or eating lunch or dinner out. So should it matter if we tip an extra ten dollars? But those ten dollars add up to thousands over time.
Someone as successful as Kevin "Mr. Wonderful" O'Leary, a billionaire, proudly calculates that he can brew a cup of morning coffee for 20 cents and saves and invests the $2.50 Starbucks charges.
So perhaps it pays to be a bit parsimonious.
But it's not in our nature.
So what do you tip?
Why Kevin O'Leary refuses to spend his money on fancy coffee from CNBC.
OMG I spent a thousand (more yesterday) on a spa day, then some shoes, avocado toast and a fresh green smoothie and I took Uber everywhere (Beach, Bal Harbour, back to beach) and I always tip the Uber driver the max.
I'll never be a billionaire like Mr. Wonderful. :(
I rarely tip Uber or Uber eats. I figure they are covered by the service charge. Also, I really don't like these companies passing the difference in wages tot he consumer. I would be okay paying more of a charge if the workers were paid properly .I also hate getting a bill at a counter where I purchase a coffee asking for a tip. A waitress or waiter who serves me for an hour has earned a tip of 20 percent. A barista who pulls a lever and hands me a cup in 15 seconds has not earned a tip. Sometines I tip a dollar sometimes not.
My mom was a waitress and a single mom raising two kids. I saw her struggle first hand. I tip 20-25% as a standard. You get 15% if you suck.
What's the going rate for a Judge?
Gelber used to require 20% on his court appointments. Shenberg charged $50,000.00 per for revealing the name of a CI.
Figure the same on court appointments but adding for inflation (shenberg sold his CI in like 1990), expenses in running a campaign, losing 25% in the layered money laundering to clean the money, administrative fees, extra burn phones, overseas bank accounts and payments to dirty bankers...... figure 125K per CI. Very reasonable considering Harvey did a hard 15 for his crimes.
Courtesy of Judge Milton Hirsch:
Charles Sumner was a senator from Massachusetts and a leader of the abolitionist movement in the years leading up to the Civil War. On May 22, 1856, Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina, outraged at language that Sumner had used in denouncing the Kansas-Nebraska Act, came up behind Sumner as Sumner sat as his desk in the Senate chamber and proceeded to beat him unconscious with a thick gold-headed cane. Brooks’s fellow-South Carolinian, Congressman Lawrence M. Keitt, stood by, brandishing a pistol to prevent anyone from interfering with the beating.
Brooks was lionized in the South for what was described as his manly and chivalrous defense of southern honor. The pro-slavery Richmond Enquirer wrote that it considered the beating “good in conception, better in execution, and best of all in consequence.” Sumner, in turn, became, in his native New England, a martyr to the abolitionist cause.
But the point of the incident – not easily grasped by those caught up in the partisan feelings of the moment – was not whether Sumner was correct in his views about slavery nor whether Brooks was correct in his views about southern mores and sensibilities. Worse than his attack on Sumner’s politics, and even on Sumner’s body, was Brooks’s attack on free and public debate. A contemporary New York Times editorial made the point: “without freedom of speech, there can be no freedom any kind – and the liberties of the Republic may well be regarded as in peril when such an act can be perpetrated with impunity.”
THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:
SO, YOU WANT TO BE A CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE:
The JNC has completed their interviews and sent six names to Gov. Scott to fill the vacancy created when Judge Zabel resigned. Those names are:
Judge Alexander Bokor (County judge for 19 months; appointed)
Judge Tanya Brinkley (County Judge for 5 1/2 years; elected)
Judge Renatha Francis (County Judge for 9 months; appointed)
Judge Carlos Guzman (County Judge for 5 1/2 years; appointed; then elected)
Judge Andrea Ricker Wolfson (County Judge for 8 years; appointed; then elected twice)
Ayana Harris (AFPD, 16 years)
CAP OUT .......
Those that were interviewed and did not get the nod include:
Judge Dawn Denaro
Judge William Altfield
Carmen R. Cabarga
Julie Harris Nelson
Captain, what would happen if the candidates in one group had also applied through the JNC process and the governor appointed them to fill vacancies after qualifying day but before the election? Would qualifying be reopened to get candidates for the election? Or would the seat be considered vacant and the governor would get to appoint someone to fill it?
Don’t use any services unless you’re willing to tip. If you’re short on funds, guess what, don’t order delivery. Spend nights in, save money. Don’t short-change people in the service industry because you want to live above your means. Rumpole, disappointed you’re writing about being a cheapskate.
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