West Seattle Crime Watch: Thief takes Daily Dose tip jar

July 23, 2014 at 9:40 am | In Crime, West Seattle news | 9 Comments

Coffee shops, be forewarned. Out of the WSB inbox this morning, from Cheryl:

I was working at The Daily Dose coffee shop at 5214 Delridge Way yesterday. Around 1:15 p.m. I was in the restroom as I heard the front door open. I shouted out “hello, I’ll be right out,: finished washing my hands and came out. No one was there and the door was left open. I decided whoever it was had quickly changed their mind and left. About 10 minutes later, I realized my tip jar was gone! The thief was swift and deliberate as it was seconds from the time I heard the front door open and came out of the restroom.

It’s not the loss of tip money (maybe $35), but the sense of violation. I hope they really needed it, or at least bought themselves a nice meal! I will be locking the door in the future while in the restroom.

9 Comments

  1. Sad. Make your self a cute be back in a few sign for the front door. :)

    Comment by cj — 10:00 am July 23, 2014 #

  2. While getting my coffee at Uptown on Delridge this morning they were saying their tip jar was stolen yesterday as well. Might be worth those shops linking up to see if they can come up with any leads.

    Comment by Lox — 10:15 am July 23, 2014 #

  3. Our tip jar at Giannoni’s was emptied by a teenager posing to be a customer and when my employee ran after him & said “did you just steal our tips?” He said “yep”
    We notified mall security who called the police after our description. The police were taking a report from my employee when the kid happened to walk by towards mc Donald’s. Long story short – they caught him, he had two warrants & they took him to Juvenile Hall. 15 years old. Maybe it’s worth calling the police if you didn’t already. Not a big loss in the moment but could help others!

    Comment by DBurns — 10:54 am July 23, 2014 #

  4. Most brazen tip jar theft attempt I witnessed was at Uptown south of the Junction a few year back during Summerfest. 3 jokers rolled in and dropped their bikes by the front door. Something seemed odd to the 10+ people in line, sure enough 1 guy grabbed the jar and bolted. Amazingly the barista tackled him but they all escaped, minus 1 bike that the barista nabbed.

    Comment by Walnut — 11:23 am July 23, 2014 #

  5. This day and age I practice vigilance: bring the bike inside or leave it on the back porch lock it up, go inside real quick from the vehicle hide the tablet under seat and lock the door all doors, same while I am out making deliveries working I lock my vehicle to protect my belongings and the company’s assets

    Comment by NW — 1:34 pm July 23, 2014 #

  6. When my son worked at a coffee shop, the tip “jar” was a bottomless clear jar sitting on a wood base. Hence, if someone grabbed it, all the money would scatter!

    Comment by Lori — 2:07 pm July 23, 2014 #

  7. Awesome idea Lori

    Comment by Casey the complimenter — 3:02 pm July 23, 2014 #

  8. Hahahah that’s… a really good idea your Son’s shop had, Lori.

    I kind of want to see that in action now.

    Comment by Mr Matt — 3:41 pm July 23, 2014 #

  9. I like the bottomless tip jar idea. How about a bottomless tip jar or acrylic cylinder that attaches to the counter and the money drops below the counter in a container. Barista’s work hard serving and don’t deserve to have their tips stolen.

    Comment by Laura — 11:45 pm July 23, 2014 #

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