Redistributing the Wealth

A friend sent me this and as a person who works for tips, found it interesting, but also scary in concept.

Here’s the story…

Today  on my way to lunch I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read  “Vote Obama, I need the money.” I laughed.

Once in  the restaurant my server had on a “Obama 08” tie. Again I  laughed as he had given away his political preference–just imagine the  coincidence.

When the bill came I decided not to tip the server  and explained to him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of  wealth concept. He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was  going to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need–the  homeless guy outside.

The server angrily stormed from my sight.

I  went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server  inside as I’ve decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy was  grateful.

At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the  money he did earn even though the actual recipient deserved money more.

I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in practical application; especially when it is someone else’s $$ that is being redistributed.

I wonder if this means that the waiter is still going to vote for Obama. If he doesn’t, then maybe he learned something from the experiment. But if he votes for Obama anyway, then he is just a hypocritical idiot for getting angry.

I have seen this happen.  While working a pizza restaurant, a waitress chased me down and requested I go to her table. The customers were getting ready to leave and wanted a balloon before they left.  I went to the table and did my stick and the customer tipped me by take the two dollars out of the waitress tip platter and giving them to me, leaving her only 20 cents.  She worked harder at that table then I did, but the wealth was redistributed in my favor.

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