National / International News

The tip jar gets a digital makeover

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-06 10:30

The humble tip jar is getting an upgrade. Gone are the days when you could just slip in a dollar or two without the cashier noticing how much you think their job is worth.

Instead, welcome to the brave new world of electronic tipping, where life is more complicated, interactions are awkward and the pressure is high. Electronic tipping is now sweeping into coffee shops, bars, bakeries and delis across the country as mobile payment apps grow in popularity.

San Francisco-based reporter Rachel Levin recently wrote about the interaction between technology and tipping for Pacific Standard magazine.

"Maybe there's a tip jar next to the counter but increasingly you're seeing an iPad swivel towards you prompting your finger to press either 15 percent, 20 percent, 25 percent or sometimes, in cautionary bright yellow: 'No Tip'," she says, "which no one wants to press because you'll feel like a jerk."

Jerkiness aside, consumers are being asked to tip more and more frequently these days and not everyone is happy about it.

"People like baristas and bakers and sandwich makers are seeing an upside. They're getting more tips, which is great for them, but from the customer's perspective it's creating a stressful awkward moment up there at the counter."

Even as mobile payment systems like Square, Shopkeep and Revel are growing in popularity, some companies are bucking the trend and eliminating the need for the snap-judgement tip.

"People are silently appreciating the technology where it's used by, say, Uber taxi where you don't have to pay a tip. Tip is included, 20 percent automatically deducted from your account," Levin says.

"So you hop out of the Uber taxi without doing any mental math or figure out how much change to ask for and you just go on your way and say thank you."

But the 'automatic tip' scenario comes with its own set of problems since conventional wisdom is that tipping is supposed to be used as a reward for good service.

But Levin says that's not always the case.

"It turns out that our motivations for tipping are not for rewarding service necessarily," she says. "Economist Michael Lynn at Cornell says it's to win the approval of the server. So now when that server is standing before you, that creates the pressure for you to bestow a bigger tip."

Good jobs report? Bad jobs report? It all depends

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-06 10:24

The unemployment rate didn't budge from its 6.3 percent mark in May, and employers added fewer jobs than economists expected. 

OR...

Employers created a substantial number of new jobs for the fourth straight month and the unemployment rate held steady at 6.3 percent, the lowest rate in more than five years.

Those two sentences don't seem to be in complete agreement, and yet their conclusions were drawn from the same data. The government and business numbers that are reported every day, and especially the monthly jobs report from the U.S. Labor Department, all depend on context; the reaction to them is in the eye of the beholder.

If you're a glass half-full economist, a slow report can be cause of optimism. If you're a worrywart, a strong number can find a way to scare you.

Try our jobs number headline generator above and you can see what we mean. Pick whether you think the jobs report is happy, sad or mixed... and it'll spits out a headline to match you're thinking. 

Where next for the 'Trojan Horse'?

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 10:24
Where next for the 'Trojan Horse' story?

WWII Vet, AWOL From Nursing Home, Found At Normandy Ceremonies

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-06 10:20

After Bernard Jordan's nursing home in Sussex couldn't sign him up for an organized trip, the 89-year-old put on his medals and headed out on his own. The nursing home reported him missing.

» E-Mail This

VIDEO: Tear gas used at Haiti protest

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 10:18
Police use tear gas at a protest in Haiti demanding the resignation of President Michel Martelly.

VIDEO: Learning the lessons of World War Two

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 10:14
Many of those taking part in the D-Day commemorations said how much they hoped that World War Two would never be forgotten by their children and grandchildren.

Nadal tougher than ever - Murray

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 10:13
Andy Murray said he had never had a tougher match against Rafael Nadal after losing their 20th encounter in straight sets at the French Open.

Baby died 'after 999 response error'

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 10:05
A six-month old boy died from breathing difficulties after 999 call staff wrongly classified his mother's emergency call, a report says.

Ex-Fifa head Havelange in hospital

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 09:55
Former Fifa president Joao Havelange, 98, is admitted to hospital in Rio de Janeiro with a lung infection.

Uber Car Service Company Is Now Valued At $17 Billion

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-06 09:50

Uber, the company whose app pairs drivers with passengers, hit it big in a new financing round, bringing in investments of $1.2 billion and sending its valuation skyward.

» E-Mail This

Thousands delayed after airport fire

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 09:49
Thousands of people planning to fly from Bristol Airport are left grounded after a small fire caused a serious power failure.

Nigeria buries revered Muslim ruler

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 09:42
Tens of thousands of people attend the burial of the emir of Kano, one of Nigeria's most revered Muslim leaders and a vocal critic of Boko Haram.

Hodgson waits on Oxlade-Chamberlain

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 09:36
Roy Hodgson says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will get until 24 hours before England's World Cup opener to prove his fitness.

Halep out for revenge in French final

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 09:35
Simona Halep aims to cap an astonishing year by beating Maria Sharapova to win her first Grand Slam title at the French Open.

'Violent' raid on city jewellers

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 09:34
A police investigation is under way after an armed raid on an exclusive jewellers in Edinburgh's George Street.

Weekendish: Miracle buster and a sick city

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 09:32
Miracle busting and other great reads from the site this week

Gang jailed after £3.5m drugs haul

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 09:30
Members of a drugs gang are jailed for between two and 10 years after police seized 7,500 cannabis plants worth an estimated £3.5m.

Striking Train Workers Add To Brazil's World Cup Woes

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-06 09:20

There were scenes of chaos in Brazil Friday as striking workers and police clashed and commuters jammed onto overcrowded buses. The list of headaches is growing ahead of next week's World Cup kickoff.

» E-Mail This

Ukraine, Russia seek to end fighting

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 09:13
The Russian president and new Ukrainian leader have urged a quick end to bloodshed in east Ukraine, in their first meeting since the latter's election, the Kremlin says.

Early Exposure To Bacteria Protects Children From Asthma And Allergies

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-06 09:13

It was widely thought that the grunge in inner-city housing was causing high rates of asthma. But now it looks like being exposed to just the right kinds of bacteria and vermin actually helps.

» E-Mail This

ON THE AIR

KBBI is Powered by Active Listeners like You

As we celebrate 35 years of broadcasting, we look ahead to technology improvements and the changing landscape of public radio.

Support the voices, music, information, and ideas that add so much to your life.Thank you for supporting your local public radio station.

FOLLOW US

Drupal theme by pixeljets.com ver.1.4