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Friends School of Baltimore's Student News * Founded 1938

The Quaker Quill

At the end of their final Collection, the class of 2024 streamed onstage for a final dance, and shouts of SEN-IORS!
Class of 2024's Last Collection [Brief & Video]
With heartfelt speeches and whole-class choreography, seniors said farewell to their teachers and underclassmen.
Members of Friends Schools class of 2025 pose for a photo before their first prom.
Photos, Dancing, Memories - and Don't Forget the Food [Brief]
Missed prom? A Quill correspondent and first-time attendee recaps everything you need to know.
Friends juniors prepare for the 2023 Homecoming dance.
'Back to the Future' at Friends School [Brief]
Homecoming 2023 threw students from the '80s to the future, as DJ Ok got everyone on their feet, and even faculty busted a move.
Fans line up for snowballs from a Kona Ice truck during a break in the rain on Scarlet and Grey day.
Scarlet & Grey Day Hits the Quarter Century Mark [Brief]
On a recent rainy Saturday, Park and Friends School sports teams faced off in a series of contests, cheered on by hundreds of soggy fans.
On the final day of Spirit Week, seniors dressed in Friends School colors - scarlet and grey - for the annual Pep Rally.
A Silly, Spirited Week [Brief]
Leading up to Rivalry Day, students dressed up to show their school spirit - and sense of humor.
A senior accesses the Common App landing page for the University of Delaware. As college deadlines approach, the class of 24 is sleepy and stresses.
Seniors Feel College Pressure as Early Deadlines Approach [Brief]
The mood in senior hall is tense, as sleep-starved teens scramble to finish their essays - along with a heavy load of mid-semester schoolwork.
The Morgan State University Marching Band processes down the Friends School driveway, lined with cheering crowds of students, from preschoolers to 12th graders.
In a Year of Tragedy, Morgan Band Concert a Particular Gift [Brief]
Friends students expressed gratitude for the marching band's energetic performance - especially so soon after a shooting on the Morgan State University campus injured five students.
In Orioles fan and 12th grade dean Josh Carlins office, Friends memorabilia and a recent Baltimore Sun front page celebrating the teams winning season have pride of place.
Fans Dress for MLB Success on Friends' 'Orange Thursday' [Brief]
Led this season by an exciting core of young, up-and-coming stars, the Orioles have won back the hearts of many Friends School fans.
Award-winning novelist Jenny Offill visits the 10th grade English class of Rob Traviesso - her own former student.
Upper School Author Visit Brings Reunion [Brief]
Novelist Jenny Offill spent a day on campus meeting with students at the invitation of her own former student - English teacher Rob Travieso.
Senior Maeve Reichert, head of the literary magazine Mock Turtle, talks to potential 9th grade recruits during the 2023 clubs fair.
Highlights From Upper School Clubs Fair [Brief]
Dozens of clubs showed their stuff and courted new members at the high-energy, candy-fueled gathering on the quad.

Don’t Tip Me For Your Icecream [Opinion]

As someone working a counter-service job, I believe tipping for counter service shouldn’t be the norm.
Photo by Christiann Koepke on Unsplash

Nearly every time I find myself in a fast food restaurant or retail store, I face the difficult decision of whether to leave a tip. I feel I have a unique perspective on the debate on tipping for counter service, since I myself work a counter service job.

When I go to pay for something at a restaurant and the employee hands me back my card, they rotate a white tablet on the counter to me. It asks whether and how much I would like to tip.

As the employee stares straight into my eyes, I feel a sense of guilt as they see my finger press the No Tip option.

But I also wonder why I should leave a tip, given that I am the one who has to wait in line to order the food, walk back to the counter to obtain my food, and return the dishes and plates to the counter when finished eating.

Working at a popular ice cream business in Harford County, there have been times when my tips have matched my hourly pay. While it is a great feeling walking out of my job knowing I’ve made a lot of tip money, I can’t say there’s anything I’ve done to deserve it.

In a 2023 survey by YouGovAmerica, 26% Americans said they “typically tip” baristas at coffee shops. Thirteen percent said they “never tip” for this same service.

In an April 2022 New York Post article on the rise in “guilt tipping,” New Yorker Stanley Vogel said his views on tipping differ depending on the type of service he is getting.

“[I]n a bakery if they’re just giving me a loaf of bread, I’m not gonna tip ‘em for that,” he told the paper. “I never tip people who are counter people that just bring me something I can myself…. I’m puzzled that these people who are just doing their job expect a tip for it.”

Post-pandemic, there has also been a rise in tipping for takeout across America. A CNBC article from January 2022 cited a poll that found the average tip for takeout has reached 19% percent. In a follow-up story from April 2023, the network explored a rise in tipping so significant, experts are calling it “tipflation.”

With prices already high due to inflation, many customers can’t afford to tip everywhere they go. I don’t believe workers deserve a tip unless they do something above and beyond for a customer. While I do believe table-side servers making less than minimum wage deserve to be tipped, I think it’s fair for counter service workers who make minimum wage not to expect customers to tip. 

I think it should be the responsibility of all employers to pay their employees minimum wage. And personally, I would rather pay more for food at sit-down restaurants if it meant employees would receive better pay – rather than be expected to tip at every counter.

But I do often leave a tip out of courtesy when a restaurant appears very busy or understaffed, to show my appreciation of their hard work.

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Ben, class of 2024, is a journalism student and Cross Country runner.

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