Now I feel cheap for only tipping 20%.
Lemont should have rounded up to $5.00 as a way to teach his son to be generous.
10% would be 2.2222
20% would be 4.4444
A tenth of 20% would be .44444
Round up because you aren’t a cheapskate, make it $5 rather than $4.88 or $4.89
I’ve offloaded so much of the mundane baggage from my meat brain onto my computer that I barely know what I’m doing tomoro until I look it up.
It wasn’t so long ago when tipping 15% was the norm.
Pay servers a living wage so tips aren’t needed. You could still reward exceptional service.
No matter how simple our devices make figuring things out, you still need to know enough math to know when the machines are giving you the wrong answer.
Arithmetic isn’t mathematics, and data isn’t knowledge, much less understanding.
The first production electric car came out in 1884. The first drone came along in 1917. The Web arose in 1991; computerized databanks were in use well before that. In short, Lemont’s been dreaming his entire millennial life about a world that existed before he was born. Not to worry; there are always people who are slow to catch on.
and a lot of people didn’t even leave that much….
How does he decide which math teacher to look up? Or did he have only one during his entire education?
Yes, we are living in the future. It’s dystopian and we carry Big Brother in our pockets via our smartphone, have Big Brother in our homes with Alexa andour smart TV’s . We believe in fantasies like “Artificial Intelligence” that people delude themselves into believeing makes better decisions than individuals (while the wizard is behind a curtain of central planners writing choice-limiting Algorithms).
Yup, its is 1984 and Brave New World all rolled into one. Welcome to your future of subservience to the elitists control structure through social credit and “smart” tech.
I cook for myself and serve myself.
I don’t tip myself. (If I did, I’d fall over.)
When I want to leave a 20% tip I just use my calculator to multiply the bill by 1.2. That gives me the total to leave. Some people say you should use the total before the sales tax as the number to multiply, but that complicates things.
Gloat about what, that you can speak into a phone and have it multiply for you? Lemont would be up the creek if he dropped his phone in the creek.
Tipping is a vestige of slavery in the US. https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/07/17/william-barber-tipping-racist-past-227361 https://www.fordfoundation.org/ideas/equals-change-blog/posts/american-tipping-is-rooted-in-slavery-and-it-still-hurts-workers-today/
Lemont, your teachers focused on arithmetic. Real math is fun and you have exactly the sort of agile mind and imagination to get into it.
We have a 6% sales tax, so I multiply that by 3 and round to the next dollar. But I was always good at math, and still enjoy it.
What a great time, indeed, when we can become dumber and dumber letting computers think for us while diseases like Alzheimer’s, ALS, cancer, diabetes, HIV, etc. continue to elude cures.
Back when radio and television became widespread, the older generation lamented that live entertainment would become extinct. Telephones were supposed to end face-to-face interaction. Rewind all the way to the invention of reusable wax-covered slate, when portable written information was going to ruin our ability to recall information. It’s always the same expectation – young people are going to be weakened by the technology that OUR generation lacked. Nope. They will adapt just as every generation has. Of course, there will be a spectrum, from those who become the very thing their elders fear, to the ones who thrive by combining past knowledge with the improved resources of the present, becoming innovators and luminaries who take the next baby steps of human evolution. The latter won’t fear the generation that follows. It’s only the ones who failed to take advantage of the gifts they had in their youth who will continue the cycle of dread.
Darrin Bell and Theron Heir