The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic means much of the Ithaca area’s service industry has come to a grinding halt, which means many people who rely on tips, who are also most likely to be living paycheck to paycheck, have seen their income evaporate. Some restaurants are operating for takeout or delivery, but with sharply reduced staff and, in most cases, much lower sales.
Enter the Ithaca Tip Jar, an online tool that popped up this week to make it easy for those in the community who still have some discretionary income to toss a monetary tip to their favorite local bartenders, servers, hairdressers, baristas, or others who rely on tips.
Tipped staff, hop over to bit.ly/ithacatipjarform to get registered if you haven’t already! You’ll need to provide your name, where you work or worked, and the best way to send you money, such as PayPal, Cash App, or Venmo.
Customers, hop over to bit.ly/ithacatipjarspreadsheet to see if your favorite staffers are represented. If not, and you know how to reach those people, tell them to sign up ASAP so they can benefit from this generosity!
Out-of-work service industry people who don’t already have a way to collect funds online can easily set up a PayPal.me link (at PayPal.com) or a $CashTag (in the Square Cash App) to receive money without publishing a phone number or e-mail address.
Those who want to chip in can most easily do so via a credit card using PayPal, which doesn’t require setting up an account of any sort.
The organizers of the Ithaca Tip Jar stress that the listing is self-reported by members of the community, and they’re not monitoring or verifying the accuracy of the information provided.