I'll preface this post with the following:
1. Husband and I are generally considered "over tippers" We believe in good food and good to excellent service and we will pay for that. The wait staff works hard and deserves it. (Plus for some weird reason, I feel like we make up for the jerks that don't tip enough or at all). The other added bonus is once we are recognized in a place, wait staff will fight each other to wait our table and provide excellent service. (one place, we were known at, the waiter basically ignored us and we walked out - he was berated by the entire staff for ignoring us telling him, don't you know who that was??? - received a phone call from the management the next day apologizing and offering us a comped meal)
2. We tip equally well no matter if it is the local diner or a 5 star place (of course, based on the check) and we'll also add to the tip if something was done "just for us: i.e off menu
3. We will tip for good service even if the food is not up to par. It's not the wait staffs fault if the food sucks. I'll take that up with management. (Unless of course the order is completely messed up and the wait staff should have caught this - that's a whole other issue) However, I digress...
So, I'm rather conflicted about tip jars, especially in places that are "to go" places, such as Subway, a local deli etc... I'm talking - place order, wait in line, pay for food and leave (or stay) but no wait staff to get more drinks or whatever.
What's the general concensus here about tip jars? I'm curious. I almost feel like having a tip jar is a "guilt trip"