Tip Jar

tip jarThis week, I went to one of my favorite sandwich shops, V & S Sandwiches, for a nice cheesesteak, with extra hot peppers. They have a tip jar sitting on the counter. After I get my sandwich, sometimes I toss my coin change into the jar, sometimes I don’t. It depends on my mood that day, or if I thought they waited on me courteously and promptly.

The V & S tip jar has given me an idea. For the past seven years, I have been answering DOT questions on the site, for free. I do it just to do it and to be helpful. I know these DOT rules are extensive and complex, plus I know you will spend at least 15 minutes on the phone trying to find a police officer or government person to answer your question. If you manage to get one to answer the phone at all, that is.

Nevertheless, I would be much more enthusiastic about it if I made some beer money out of the deal. Therefore, I am going to try something new. I am going to place my own tip jar on my virtual counter. When I answer a question, I am going to post the following instructions on how to send me money.

1) Go to PayPal.
2) Log into PayPal. You need a PayPal account. See, this is how you can get out of tipping.
3) Find the Send Money link. It should be on the first page after you log in.
4) Enter my email: eric@arnoldsafety.com
5) Enter the amount!
6) Choose whether you want the money to come out of your PayPal balance or your banking account.
7) Hit button “Send Money”
8) Thank you very much!

Just like the V & S tip jar, it’s voluntary. I am still going to answer your question, whether you tip or not. If you don’t have a PayPal account, no worries, I don’t expect you to set up a PayPal account just to tip me. However, if I cleared up something that’s been bothering you, if I answered your question in a prompt and thorough fashion, if I answered a question on which you’ve gotten 3 different previous answers, and you have a PayPal account, feel free to buy me a beer, using the above PayPal instructions. Thanks!

3 thoughts on “Tip Jar

  • October 13, 2014 at 9:23 am
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    tip jar.

  • October 24, 2017 at 5:40 pm
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    I borrowed my friends 1 ton truck (gvw 13000) to go pick up a table in Western PA. There is no company involved, just his personal truck with a small flat bed to pull his camper. I also hooked up a deck over trailer (8000 gvw) 2 axles, 4 wheels, from another friend. I purchased 2 large tables and thought it would be easy to load on the deck over than my car trailer. Anyway, I got stopped at a check point by DOT officer. I received citations because I didn’t have my name on the door, no dot# no medical card, no fire extinguisher, no refectors, etc. WTF? This is for personal use, but he said because I own a business it’s commercial. I said so, this is for personal use. He wrote me 2 citations and noted the rest. I have $200+ in fines for borrowing a truck and trailer to buy tables for my personal garage. I even showed him the receipt of my purchases which has my personal info not my business. To boot, the truck and trailer where empty, I haven’t got to my destination yet. Should I shut up and pay or do I drive 3 hours back to the court and plead not guilty? I’m pissed on principal here. What’s your recommendation? Am I wrong? Thanks,
    Eric from Manassas, Virginia

  • October 24, 2017 at 5:58 pm
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    I suppose my first question would be, ‘how did he know you had a business?’. At any rate, if the purchase of the tables is strictly for personal use (not resale, or some other business purpose), then the trip should have been unregulated. You could go to court and argue that fact. You would be right, if you can prove it. Yes, I know the burden of proof is on the officer, but it would help if you have some proof on your side too. As far as what you should do, that’s up to you. $200? 3 hours of your time? You’ll have to make the call on that.

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