Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Coffee Club on Bribie Island does not distribute the tips dropped by customers
into the bulbous green tip jar to its employees.


  1. That's why I don't tip.

    That and extreme poverty.

  2. Shame on them! "Accidentally" break the jar.

  3. That's why the Coffee Club employees should rise up, make the manager sniff that cocoa dust until he breaks.... and then take all of the tips.

    Seriously though, that's pretty low - you (and the other employees) should tell the customers this fact, under your breath

  4. Ninj - I drop coins into charity jars. Charities I've heard of.

    River - I'm considering writing a really nice letter to be read at the next staff meeting that "suggests" an excellent way of distributing the tips.

    TooS - To quote Ms Edna Krabappel: "Ha!"

    Kath - Yeah, I actually started telling the regular customers. And the ones I've never met before ...

  5. Question: Do they give big tips on Bribie island?

  6. Question: Do they give big tips on Bribie island?

  7. Just in case you didn't see it the first time!

  8. Shippy - I few coins here and there, but after MORE THAN SIXTEEN MONTHS that adds up to quite a bit. Apparently the initial plan was to spend the year's tips on a Xmas party ... which never happened because the place never closes: who would run the restaurant?!?
    So the tips just keep sitting there in some account, accruing interest both monetary and cursory, with no plans whatsoever to share them with the staff on the cards. Ever.

  9. Which is my only tip in coffee shops is "tell your staff to rise up and shake off the shackles of corporate oppression...by giving me a free biscuit"

    I think that's the best tip I can give them


An explanation of The Joy Division Litmus Test

Although it may now be lost in the mysts of thyme, the poll below is still relevant to this blog. In the winter of 2008, Mele and I went to live in Queensland. In order to survive, I bluffed my way into a job at a Coffee Club.
It was quite a reasonable place to work: the hours were regular, the staff were quite nice, it wasn't particularly taxing on my brain.
There were a few downsides: In the six weeks or so that I worked there, there was about a 90% staff turnover (contributed to by my leaving). This wasn't seen as a result of the low pay, the laughability of staff prices or the practice of not distributing tips to staff, rather it was blamed on the lack of work ethic among Bribie Island's youth.
However, one of the stranger aspects of the cultural isolation that touched our lives during our time "up there" was the fact that nobody at my work had heard of the band Joy Division.
The full explanation is available here.
But please, interact a little further and vote in my ongoing poll. The results are slowly mounting up, proving one thing: people read this blog are more well-informed about Joy Division than anyone who works at the Coffee Club on Bribie Island.

Have you heard of the band Joy Division?

Chinese food, not Chinese Internet!

Champions of Guess The Header

  • What is Guess The Header about? Let’s ask regular “Writing” reader, Shippy: "Anyway, after Franzy's stunning September, and having a crack at 'Guess The Header' for the first time - without truly knowing what I was doing mind you - I think I finally understand what 'GTH' is all about. At first I thought you needed to actually know what it was. Don't get me wrong — if you know what it is, it may help you. I now realise that it's more Franzy's way of invoking thought around an image or, more often than not, part of an image. If you dissect slightly the GTH explanatory sentence at the bottom of his blog you come up with this: “The photo is always taken by me and always connects in some way to the topic of the blog entry it heads up.” When the header is put up, the blog below it will in some obscure way have something to do with it. “Interesting comments are judged and scored arbitrarily and the process is open to corruption and bribery with all correspondence being entered into after the fact and on into eternity, ad infinitum amen.” Franzy judges it, but it's not always the GTH that describes the place perfectly that gets it. “The frequent commenters, the wits, the wags and the outright smartarses who, each entry, engage to both guess the origin and relevance of the strip of photo at the top (or “head”) of each new blog and also who leave what I deem the most interesting comment.” It generally helps if you're a complete smartarse and can twist things to mean whatever you feel they should mean - exactly the way Franzy would like things to be twisted." - Shippy Blogger and GTH point scorer.
  • Nai - 1
  • Lion Kinsman - 2
  • Will - 2
  • Brocky - 2
  • Andy Pants - 2
  • The 327th Male - 3
  • Mad Cat Lady - 3
  • Miles McClagen - 4
  • Myninjacockle - 4
  • Asheligh - 5
  • Neil - 5
  • Third Cat - 5
  • Adam Y - 6
  • Squib - 6
  • Mele - 6
  • Moifey - 7
  • Jono - 8
  • The Other, other Sam - 14
  • Kath Lockett - 15
  • Shippy - 19
  • River - 32