As a result of my family, I've been a fairly mindful tipper for restaurants/bars/etc. involving service and have adjusted the percentage I tip based on what's considered the norm irrespective of quality of service (now, doubling tax which is close to 10% in CA and rounding up). I ran across minimum wages for tipped employees as a result of an argument with a cheap tipper and discovered that in CA waitstaff is paid at least minimum wage ($8, and higher in SF) without tip credit. I've looked at previous AskMes about dealing with bad tippers, contextual tipping, and others. Knowing that tipping in CA no longer goes toward maintaining basic wages, (based on size/# of staff, i.e. tip out), would it be socially acceptable to move toward a quality-based criteria for the value of the tip, and what would you consider an appropriate minimum assuming a properly run restaurant where employees are getting paid on-time and full salaries? Feel free to correct me if I've misunderstood anything.
I need some advice on how to handle some questionable conduct by my credit card company... [more inside]
Calendar Printing: I have a calendar I want to sell as a small side-business. What print service should I use? [more inside]
Air Canada WTF? On Tuesday I took a trip from Laguardia Airport to Pearson Toronto to CDG, Paris on Air Canada. From Toronto to Paris, they lost one of my bags, which wouldn't be terrible except said bas contained 1) My only change of clothes for the next 2 weeks 2) My BFs extra heart medication and 3) I'm leaving for Prague in 4 days and there is still no news. Is there anyone I can call or talk to see that I actually get my stuff before I leave France? Kakfaesque detail follows. [more inside]
Can I steal someone’s TOS / TOU? [more inside]
How do I receive a USPS Parcel Post package that is (probably) getting delivered to my (closed) office this week? [more inside]
I would like to publish a cookbook as a community service project. Am I delusional? [more inside]
Mission of Mercy Filter: How can I find sources of cheery personal mail for my lonely elder Alzheimer's patient? I live with my mother-in-law who has middle stage Alzheimer's. She does a lot of sitting and staring. She has no attention span for books or magazines or TV. She lights up for visitors, dessert, church... and personal mail. I am looking for a service that arranges (basically, one-directional) "pen-pals" for elder shut-ins. She has just enough means to assure her basic care, but not much for extras. This would have to be a volunteer service like a charity or ministry. [more inside]
Why does the New York City's Metro Transit Authority keep losing money? [more inside]
What procedure would one conceivably follow in order to propose a hiking trail be named for a person in the state of Oregon? [more inside]
How do I go about proposing a new business service concept to Google? [more inside]
Shot in the dark filter: Does anyone have any ideas about how I can find a taxi/ car & driver service who can get my parents from Jersey City, NJ to Long Island for Christmas? [more inside]
Hi, I will be living in Mumbai for 11 weeks next summer. I have an unlocked iPhone 3G. What is my best bet in terms of carrier and plan for the cheapest and most reliable data access? I plan to do local calls over the cell phone voice network and international calls via Skype on the iPhone. Thanks in advance!
(Inter)national service filter: Does an AmeriCorps stint make you a more attractive Peace Corps candidate? If what I really want to do is Peace Corps, would NCCC help me get there or be valuable of itself? [more inside]
I might have to pay money for a service I basically never used. Any creative ideas on how to get my money's worth post situation? [more inside]
Does anyone have any experience with Schwan's Food Delivery service? Are they a good value? [more inside]
What's this creaking sound my car is making and how long should I wait to get it fixed? [more inside]
Does anyone in the Denver Metro area (or even better: Aurora) have a recommendation for a house cleaner for bi-weekly cleanings? [more inside]
Can you help me become a Foreign Service Security Engineering Officer? [more inside]
Help me find a vibrant Protestant church in the Cleveland area. I'm between denominations. [more inside]
Car repair: I have a 2003 Kia Sedona. Due to a humming sound coming from the front end, we've taken it in to be diagnosed. It gets complicated . . . [more inside]
I need a free online newspaper article clipping service that will let me view images of actual print articles, front page headline stories. Sort of a free Burrell's. Newseum sort of helps, but I need to search for articles throughout 2009. Can anybody point me in the right direction? Didn't Google used to have something like this?
TexasStateGaurdFilter:Im interested in the Texas state guard. Can you all give me some details other than what on the website, which is really not that informative. Can i be deployed overseas in the TSG? What can i expect? Im in my mid thirties, married and two young kids, and ive always wanted to contribute to my country and state. Just looking for some details..Thanks!
Recommendations for a good third-party email service provider please. [more inside]
I feel like a career change. I need help brainstorming the possibilities. Which careers do you think may meet my skills and requirements? [more inside]
What is the best flat calling rate pan-European GSM SIM card for temporary use? Two people with iPhone 2G (iPhone1,1) quad band unlocked phones will be in Europe for one month. We want voice and SMS only, not GPRS data, and the ability to add credit to either phone by scratch cards... [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a reliable, yet reasonably priced moving service/company in Chicago? [more inside]
Telecom has undercharged me for DSL and land line service the past couple months. Is this going to bite me in the butt? If so, when and how severely? [more inside]
Cellular reception is horrible in my area. I get at least 2 dropped calls during my commute to work, and every cellphone I've used is generally worthless indoors. What's the best way to pester my service provider into fixing this? [more inside]
How can I get any service from Dell Inc. Help they seem to have lost my order and won't give me any answers etc. [more inside]
Free/cheap FTP Client as Windows service? [more inside]
For the third time now I've discovered that I've been improperly served a summons, and for the second time I've had a default judgment entered against me because I was unaware of the court date. It seems ridiculously difficult to take action against service processors for this behavior as it's your word against their affidavit and there are no regulatory agencies governing them. Are there legal avenues that I'm not aware of? [more inside]
Daytrip Dreamin': I've read the previous question about Zipcars in NYC, but it's about a year old and I have some specific questions. [more inside]
What video sharing website has the 'cleanest' looking embeddable video player which has less branding on it than say YouTube or Daily Motion? It would be a plus if it had a "HD" video option.
I gave my cell phone to a badly burned fire victim and she took it with her to the hospital in the ambulance. It was covered in blood. I dont want it back. I have no phone insurance. I'm with Sprint. Any provision for a replacement if the phone is lost in in a life saving circumstance? WARNING: graphic details inside. [more inside]
Apple Genius Bar not so Genius - I bought my macbook back in 2004 and recently took it into the London Apple store for help with a software problem. [more inside]
Car service from LAX to Bakersfield CA? [more inside]
Looking for a site like ServiceBeacon [more inside]
I'm in the US, my partner is in Melbourne AU. In a very last minute arrangement, he is picking up his 6 year old daughter for Easter weekend. Does anyone know any way that I can get some Easter goodies (a traditional Easter basket, preferably) delivered there in time? I would likely need to accomplish this online.
[USA] Best chances to become a foriegn service worker? I want to apply, I've alreadly gotten the study guide, but beyond studying and being open minded of the people I'd be dealing with, I don't really know how to prepare. [more inside]
Does one tip one's car detailer? [more inside]
I’m taking a one-week vacation in Montreal this May and I want to travel light by bringing four days’ worth of clothes with me instead of seven. So I’m looking for a recommendation for a laundry where I can drop off a few days’ worth of dirty clothes in the morning and pick them up clean later that same day. [more inside]
What's the best current Verizon phone for me? [more inside]
Has anyone ever used a good Spanish text correction (not translation) service? I'd prefer to have my Spanish corrected by humans if possible, not software.
Brand new iPhone (1 week old ) has a dead pixel! Apple Store says this is within "spec," and therefore doesn't warrant an exchange. I call BS on that. Suggestions to help me persuade them to take the thing back and give me a new one? This isn't what I paid $199 for. It's within the 30-day exchange period and I have Apple Care, in case that's relevant.
Help me find a searchable list of Sysco products! [more inside]
Is BigSpot (as seen on TV) a major scam, a minor scam, or a good way for a bored person to make a few pennies skewing demographic research. Or other? Are there any reputable or recommendable companies of this nature? I don't want to make a living, I just want to choose your mayonnaise.
Help me start a car sharing service [more inside]
I don't need a support system... or maybe I do. Is there a support ticket system for Brick & Mortars?
I am looking for a client management/help desk/support ticket... thing. Customers come into our stores with items to be repaired and I'd like to be able to allow stores to create ticket for each repair. I'd like for the system to retain information about the customer and the items they bring in... and be able to make notes to the account. What exactly am I looking for? [more inside]