I do have a very part-time job right now, Liam tells me. Which I’ll have to go to after this. It’s like rich people, so that can be a little bit annoying. We’ve been talking about socioeconomic class, so he’s following up on that thread.
The rich people Liam’s referring to pay between four to six hundred dollars for a service—he doesn’t want to say which one, since it is his job right now, and he does enjoy it—but never think of tipping. It would be nice if it occurred to them that we’re a service and we accept tips, he explains. Some people do tip and some people don’t. I think rich people are less inclined to even think of that.
But Liam’s had a few jobs that rely even more on tipping, so he’d be quick to notice it anywhere.
Tell me about busking in Chicago, I say.
It was really day-to-day. Some days it was lots of fun and some days it was really exasperating. People were not very responsive. It was a while back, I would say 2002, 2003, somewhere in there. And then a little bit in the intervening years, but mostly that time.