what it was and the first thing he said was, you don't have to leave any tip but it
is 20% now if you want to.
I'd much prefer to see an expansion of the leagues rookie symposiums to include financial education, money management, etc.
A player who saves his money is in far better financial shape than the one who goes into debt.
The rookie symposiums are a relatively new thing so it's hard to say either way if they're working or not. You really should try to find / watch "Broke". Not every NFLer is in this predicament.
Also, consider the PR disaster for the league after such an initiative. If they start lending money to players and the player goes broke, the league is going to be blamed for it. You're basically saying "Yes, players do dumb things but instead of correcting the problem, lets give them a way to keep doing dumb things with their money but the league gets richer off the interest".
More and more the ranks of 'Pro' atheletes are being populated by players that are unsophisticated in the handling of money and who don't have any real advisers that can truthfully advise them. Secondly, by signing these 'big' contracts they are advertising that they are the financial sheep that is just waiting to be shorn by every financial fly by night that they know and that they don't know. And lets face one other reality - they are in their early 20's and still children in everything except their body development. Then then throw in their thinking with their little head, instead of the one that is on their shoulders - it is truly a wonder that they all don't end up bankrupt.
1. First, looking at the prices on Mr. Merriweather's bill, I have to wonder how many people are willing to pay those kinds of prices, and are there enough folks that stupid to run a business off them?
2. I firmly believe in tipping folks between 15% and 20 %. I had the finest meal of my life in the Rainbow Room Grille on the 85th floor of Rockefeller Center in New York at Christmastime. The place is reputed to have one of the top ten dining experiences in the world. We had three white tuxedoed waiters attending our party of six and they did a fantastic job. Everyone agreed that 25% was appropriate and I gladly paid it. I recall the bill was just short of $300 for the wife and I, including 4 courses, drinks and tip. That is pretty much top of the line for me. I can't see the likelihood of the meal, the service or the ambience being much better and I'm certainly not going to pay much more for a single meal no matter how good a turd it might make lol. :D
3. Which brings me to the following conclusion: If I were to one day have a meal that costs significantly more than the one described above, I see absolutely no sense in tipping more than $100. Ie; $400 meal = $100 tip. $15,000 bar bill - please shoot me for stupidity after I give you your $100 tip. I don't care what the bill is. Nobody is going to do that much work serving food in an hours time to deserve a tip of more than a hundred dollars of my money without hearing the soft tap tap tap of someones head gently bouncing off the bottom of the table. ;)
That post reminds me of the episode on the Sopranos when Tony's
gang ate out and the youngest guy in the gang had to pay for everyone
which was the custom. He kept bitching but Tony said thats the rule.
So at the end he paid the bill and tipped the going rate of 10% back then. He's
out on the parking lot talking and the waiter came out and said was there a problem.
The guy said I tipped you 10%. He said deserved more for a big crowd like that. I
have kids in college to pay for.
The old guy had a heart attack arguing so both the guys shot him
in the lot and ran off.
Tipping went up to 15% in the 70s and 80s from 10% in the 50s and 60s. I started
paying for things in the 60s and remember 10% up til thru the 70s.
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