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Here's mine:

After a few hours of busking at my regular Sat. morning location it was time for me to pack it up. I grabbed my tip jar and the rest of my stuff and hauled it to my car. While sitting in my car I began to count the tips I received that morning. Suddenly I noticed a check among the ones and fives. My first thought was, "someone's idea of a joke". I then looked at the check and saw that it was completely filled out - along with my first name. Then I saw the amount - $30. At that moment I though, "yeah ... right", put the check aside, and continued to count the rest of my tips.

Two days later I decided to go to the bank the check was from (why not). I was surprised and shocked to discover that the check was good. Immediately I though, "WOW! Someone liked my performance so much that they felt they needed to give me such a large tip!?" That very afternoon I wrote a thank you letter and mailed it to the person/address shown on the check (I had to ask the teller if I could see the check again before I left).

That made my day! I love performing!
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I have received a borders gift card ( with $25 on it) a bunch of bananas, a burrito, candy, a hemp bracelet, phone numbers, bottled water, Even had a guy ask me when I was taking a break, cause he did not have cash but he got me a beer and a sandwich from a near by bar.
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I like when I get forin cash, I have gotten Canadian, some Euro, and Yen, at the time I had no idea what they were wourth but it was cool to get. (I was in N.Y.C. at the time.)
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On 2010-05-26 10:05, ray raymond wrote:
I have received a borders gift card ( with $25 on it) a bunch of bananas, a burrito, candy, a hemp bracelet, phone numbers, bottled water, Even had a guy ask me when I was taking a break, cause he did not have cash but he got me a beer and a sandwich from a near by bar.


I hate that sort of stuff. When I see that stuff coming near my hat I strategically move away from it and try to dodge it.

I know they mean well, and I remain polite about it, but when someone plays the whole "I'll buy you a drink" crap I'm usually thinking: "unless you're talking about a bottle of Castello di Brolio or Johnny Walker Black, just forget it." Do they think I'm some kind of drunk? or a bum who needs a ham sandwich or their leftovers?

Man, I'm getting bitter, and quickly!

There was another thread on this subject a few months back...
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&start=0
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I am not to fond of it either, how ever if I am getting a good hat at the time I just try to be gracious. How ever when it comes down to it that stuff won't feed my kid.
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A piece of cold pizza. It actually wasn't half-bad. I was already hungry that day, but I was saving meal points, so that was a great tip. I've also had two gold dollars to date. I always love getting a gold dollar, because I think people ought to be using coins for such small denominations of currency by now anyway.

And if someone wanted to buy me a drink, I'd probably be more flattered than insulted. It's unusual for someone to just give someone a drink and just walk away. If someone did that, I'd be insulted, and if they've done that to you, they're jerks and you have every right to be insulted. But usually, when someone gets you a drink, it's a way to socialize. It means they see you as a cool enough guy that they want to have a beer with you. Heck, that kind of attitude elected our last president! haha
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IT is not an insult. Nowa days there are a lot of people who do not carry cash. Should they choose to buy you a drink or a meal that is there way of showing appreciation, when all they carry is credit or debit cards. Granted I would rather have the cash, but to treat it as an insult would be wrong I believe. You will now an insult by the attitude in which the tip is given.
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I'd be happy with a cup of good coffee on the pitch, especially if they went to the trouble of bringing it to me. I can always use a cup of coffee. True thing about people not carrying cash, I wonder if we're all going to have to be able to take cards to busk here in the future.
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Cash will never go obsolete
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Excellent replies. Thanks.

Well the way I see it ... assuming their valid ...

- a bookstore gift card means that's one book or magazine I don't need to buy,
- a gift card means that's one birthday/holiday gift I don't need to buy or food/household stuff I can get for my family
- a cup of coffee/drink/food means that I just made a friend who may tell all their friends about me and bring them to my performance and my opportunity to win them over as a repeat customer

Many times I have found myself in a situation where I wanted desperately to give a performer (not just a magician) a tip but I didn't have the money but I made a point to come back again and leave a tip.

If I notice a gift card/check in my tip jar then I will take it out immediatly - I don't want others to get the idea that it is an acceptable form of tipping.

So I will kindly take whatever sincere folk will give me as a tip. I never know what it may lead to. Imagine if someone wanted to give me a lottery ticket only to dicover that it's a winning ticket - it can happen.
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The kind of drink gaddy was talking about was an alcoholic kind. If it's got no alcohol, that's different, but I can see how if someone gets you a beer and walks away, it could be insulting, in that the person seems to see you as a drunk.

Obviously, if I get a cup of coffee or hot cocoa or something, I'm always happy. Especially if it's cold out.
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The most interesting item I've ever found in my tip jar was a caricature sketch of me, which a fast sketch artist drew while I was performing then left in my jar. It was very good and I still have it! The tackiest thing I've received was a store coupon someone unloaded on me.
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Overseas, the tourists used to dump coins on me they didn't spend from countries they've visited...Fortunately, I leave thru Amsterdam whose banks take them all. Silly tourists...ha ha
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Al tho I agree we should use dollar coins, I hate getting them in the hat as people see coins, I want them to see paper.
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On 2010-05-28 19:07, Pokie-Poke wrote:
Al tho I agree we should use dollar coins, I hate getting them in the hat as people see coins, I want them to see paper.


I agree but I will graciously accept whatever is given to me.

On the other hand there is the classic line I'll use now and then, "Folks, please be sure to FOLD the tip before dropping it into the hat..." always gets a laugh and usually dissuades people from dropping change. but in this economy, I'll take 50 cents over nothing...
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Strangest thing I ever found in my bucket was six tokens for the nearby merry-go-round!
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I must be getting cynical, lol. I would never, in my life, drink (or eat something) that was passed to me by a stranger on the street.

I just realized, after writing that, what a blessed life I have- never having to worry about that...

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At the end of the hat pass one last lady comes over and drops a $1 bill into my hat.
I ask her if she enjoyed the show.
She says, "what show?"
I look at her with a mixture of confusion and disbelief.
She says, "you did a show? When's the next one?"
I respond, "in a little while, I'm taking a break".
She says, "well I didn't see any show. I want my dollar back!"
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On 2010-06-08 20:09, RiffRaff wrote:

She says, "well I didn't see any show. I want my dollar back!"


Did she get it back?
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