The karmic attribution problem

A sign on the tip jar promises good karma. But the man ahead of me in line is concerned about attribution.

He drops his dollar in the jar, then quickly removes it when he realizes the barista did not see his contribution.

The dance goes on for a few more rounds:

  • The patron drops a buck in the jar
  • The barista turns his back at the key moment
  • The patron retrieves his dollar from the jar

Eventually, the patron just gives up and leaves without tipping. He may not have good karma coming to him, but at least it won’t go to some other jerk.

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