A cultural problem…

Nob Akimoto

Nob Akimoto is a policy analyst and part-time dungeon master. When not talking endlessly about matters of public policy, he is a dungeon master on the NWN World of Avlis

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  1. Kazzy says:

    Reading up on Prop 30, this aspect of the bill seems pretty ridiculous to me, at least at first glance:

    “If this proposition is passed in November, 2012, the income tax will apply retroactively to all income earned or received since the first of the year (1 January, 2012).”Report

  2. Tod Kelly says:

    I was not aware of Prop 30. Is it an initiative that legislatively requires you to be a dick?Report

    • James Hanley in reply to Tod Kelly says:

      Since it raised sales taxes only a quarter percentage point, maybe the guy should have at least tipped 14.75%?Report

      • Kazzy in reply to James Hanley says:

        It also raised income taxes in several brackets over $250K.Report

        • James Hanley in reply to Kazzy says:

          Affecting my income just enough so that I can still go out to eat, I just can’t afford to tip the waitstaff. That is one fine-tuned fiscal package!Report

          • mark boggs in reply to James Hanley says:

            Well if that wait staff person would go get a job so that this guy who was able to print nice little “fish you” cards to hand to wait staff people who really just need to go get jobs so he doesn’t have to continue to pay for all these lazy wait staff people who should really just go get jobs…oh, wait.Report

  3. Thoreau says:

    Do you know the person who got the note? The imgur link said “Friend got this” but I don’t know if it’s your friend or if you found this online.

    Something about it seems almost too perfect, which makes me wonder if it’s real. I know that obnoxious assholes are real, but still, this seems just a bit too perfect. I mean, somebody had to print that in advance, rather than just showing up and writing out a nasty note.Report

  4. greginak says:

    I can easily see why people didn’t like Prop 30. I can understand arguments against raising tax rates on the rich even though i disagree. But if you are going to go to the trouble of printing up cards to give in lieu of tipping people who very likely make a fairly meagre living and far less then you do, so you can express your view at people who don’t have much of anything to do with the views you don’t like then i have to wonder, when did The Jerk Store start serving food?Report

    • Kazzy in reply to greginak says:


      OT, but how is Alaska doing in the wake of the recent quake?Report

      • greginak in reply to Kazzy says:

        Kazzy. Little or no damage. No tsunami. It was a big quake with a bunch of aftershocks. It was a few hundred miles away from us so we didn’t even know about. I checked the local news for info. Sounds like it was scary for the people in the small towns near the quake.Report

    • Troublesome Frog in reply to greginak says:

      I’d throw ice cold buckets of water on the homless to protest any tax increases that might benefit the poor, but some of them look like they could seriously beat the tar out of me. I’m glad that these cards give me a way to do real harm to those less fortunate without acutally risking my physical person.

      Hooray for the Internet!Report

  5. Burt Likko says:

    This is a big ol’ dick move.

    Passive-aggressive, too.

    Stay classy, conservatives.Report

    • Thoreau in reply to Kolohe says:

      That doesn’t mean that this one was a hoax, but it ups the probability of it being a hoax.

      What gets me is that it shows little indication of being wrinkled or folded (except a possible diagonal fold). I can’t tell if the object next to it is a drink coaster or place mat, but either way this sign was bigger than you’d fit in a typical coat pocket. Maybe somebody had it in a laptop case or whatever, which is plausible at a business lunch. But I find it implausible at a social gathering.Report

  6. bearing says:

    The problem with generalizing from a photo like this is simple, and obvious if you take a moment to step back and look at it objectively:

    We do not know who printed out this note.

    Yes, it could have been a right-wing bad tipper who wished to justify his bad-tipping by blaming the proposition.

    It could also have been a left-wing bad tipper who wished to justify his bad-tipping by figuring he could at least get the waiter or waitress angry at his political enemies.

    It could also have been the waiter or waitress for his/her own reasons; perhaps to get attention and sympathy while at the same time casting aspersions against people he disagrees with politically.

    Finally, there might have been no waiter or waitress involved at all; that is to say, this is nothing but a photograph of a note on a table; maybe this wasn’t really left as a tip; maybe the photographer simply printed the note himself in order to disseminate a picture of it and create a public impression.

    We don’t know the facts.

    And going on and on about “yeah, but real or not, it does seem to reflect a certain mindset…” is nothing but self-justification of a fantasy: you’d like to believe that your enemies would do such a thing, so to see this makes you happy.Report

  7. Brandon Berg says:

    Maybe it’s real, maybe it’s not, but I’m skeptical that this is a distillation of a cultural problem. There’s no broader movement to exact retribution by proxy on waiters for the government’s cash grabs. It doesn’t even make sense unless you know that the specific waiter in question is a Democrat.

    Besides, waiters and retail workers may end up being hit hardest of all by Obama’s policies. Rumor has it that a lot of service-sector employers are planning to eliminate full-time positions to avoid Obamacare mandates.Report