Specifically, I am thinking of those jobs (some with considerable power) where the emphasis is not placed on the base salary. The options that readily come to mind are tips, commissions and contributions.
It is an interesting dichotomy. Referencing tips, we have many food service workers who rely on a small base wage, with the majority of their income held at the mercy of an unforgiving (and sometimes cheap) public. These workers are the "face" of the establishment being visited, and will be held accountable for slow seating, kitchen errors and missed opportunities of the refilled water glass.
Then we have marketers (sales). Again, a smaller base wage with promises of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow if they can CLOSE THE DEAL. A lot of work and much like the food service worker, no guarantee of a great payday, regardless of quality of work.
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When it comes time to make hard choices on rules, regulations, laws....how much thought do you suppose is given to avoidance of offending a current contributor, at all costs?
I think we all know the answer to that. Public service can quickly morph into "self-serving" when push comes to shove. It is depressing. And we haven't even discussed the "petty issue" factor that I have been told comes into play on a regular basis (and my sources are the same people who have worked for some of the highest offices).
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In summary, when dining out, remember, if you can't afford to tip, you can't afford to eat out. Don't begrudge a marketer their commission (they are few and far between) and finally remember your vote could go farther with a handsome contribution.