Homeless Man Snags Tip Jar from Clayton Road Starbucks

January 8, 2013 9:22 am · 36 comments

We’ve been getting a lot of tips from Claycordians saying there was a robbery at Starbucks on Clayton Road, near Treat Boulevard in Concord on Monday afternoon around 12:20.

It wasn’t actually a robbery. An unknown homeless man grabbed a tip jar off the counter and took off running. The money was found by an off-duty police officer, however, the suspect was not located.

The one-armed bandit! January 8, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Damn homeless! Gotta take that $6.25 in the tip jar for some beer and joint papers! lol

Steamer January 8, 2013 at 9:28 AM

This made me laugh… I bet this man will put the money to better use than the baristas would have.

Sacto Rob January 8, 2013 at 10:33 AM

There’s only one way to stop this kind of senseless act. We must immediately ban tipping.

Man Mountain January 8, 2013 at 10:38 AM

These comments of people laughing about this robbery are insane and insulting. Those baristas earned those tips and deserve every cent. You laugh while fellow Claycordians are stolen from? This site is trying to help build a feeling of community, while you tear it down. Congrats.

Menegene January 8, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Good job to the off duty officer. No, this money wouldn’t of been put to better use by the thief. That’s the same kind of mentality the looser thief had.

mileena January 8, 2013 at 10:42 AM

If that’s not a robbery, than what would you call it?

CLAYCORD.com January 8, 2013 at 11:11 AM

@Mileena, Theft.

Parsnip January 8, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Not a great PR rep for those on street corners holding signs. Have a talk with your comrade.

Randome Task January 8, 2013 at 11:09 AM

laugh n ow this is how it starts …broad daylight and snatch and grabs …..sounds like oakland antioch richmond pittsburgh allready ….oh the days of safe concord are behind us ……always wondered how those places ended up like that ….now we do …we ae right in the middle of it and do not see it ….alls well that ends i guess

little howie January 8, 2013 at 11:12 AM

They should not put it out to tempt people in distress. If we want to tip we will whether it’s there or not. It only makes the ones that can’t afford it feel bad.

GG January 8, 2013 at 11:21 AM

California State Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) has proposed the “Homeless Bill of Rights”.

Wonder where this falls under Ammiano’s proposed Bill of Rights….

9 deuce daisy January 8, 2013 at 11:28 AM

I guess I better not buy new shoes because it might hurt someone else’s feeling who cant afford a new pair, in that case. Ridiculous. I’m making a point to get coffee there today and tipping well.

Working For Tips January 8, 2013 at 11:31 AM

@ little howie, As someone who works in a “tipping” industry, I can tell you that I receive significantly less tips when there is no jar out. Putting the jar out indicates that tipping is not frowned upon or discouraged, because some businesses do have policies against tipping. Everyone’s policy on tipping is different, but to suggest that a tip jar shouldn’t be put out because it makes people feel bad or poor is ridiculous. Don’t tip if you can’t afford to, but on that note, people who are spending $5 on coffee are usually not without means. Also, those that DID tip did not intend to have some random homeless person benefit from that money. Theft is theft, and to suggest that he was unfairly tempted is like explaining away any crime because “they were tempted.”

femshep January 8, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Sounds like the cop felt bad for him and let him go, or how else did he come across the money but not the thief?

Hmm. January 8, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Isn’t putting a “tip jar” out on the counter, a form of begging? If I am going to tip, then I tip, no jar is necessary to reward good service.
Nonetheless, no one should steal another persons belongings.

OMG January 8, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Is taking something that is not yours now NOT considered theft? Wow. Yes, he’s homeless and I’m sure down on his luck, or has mental health or drug issues…does that change the fact that this was still theft? Nope.

sam January 8, 2013 at 12:18 PM

I have requested, many times, over the years, at Starbucks and other establishments, that they make their tip jars less, an inviting target, to theft, by A) affixing a difficult, to remove top, with a slatted opening, to the tip container, also, B) affixing their tip container, to the counter, so that it cannot be removed. My predominant concern, of which I always express, at these establishments, is that, by leaving these easy to access, containers of money, IT IS AN INVITING TEMPTATION, I’m not so much concerned about those, who have already embarked, on their road of theft, I am much more concerned, for those young kids, who have not yet begun, to steal.

Sofa King January 8, 2013 at 12:20 PM

A tip jar is “begging”? Now I’ve heard everything. Friggin’ ponderous.

Don't Censor Me Bro January 8, 2013 at 12:21 PM

M #6 —

If the perpetrator formed the intent to take BEFORE entering the business = 2nd degree commercial burglary (felony).

If AFTER he entered = petty theft…Misdo.

Unless, of course, he had a prior theft history — then it could be petty theft with a prior theft conviction (felony – wobbler).

Jaz January 8, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Hey, if that “Homeless Bill of Rights” was ever passed then hey… that would be OK, because that homeless person is just “engaging in life-sustaining activities on public property.”

@femshep- Good Point! I see a lot of homeless getting away with stuff because people feel sorry for them..
I feel sorry for them too. But I never hand out money. If they look hungry and are asking for food. I give them food. Not money.

On something Totally UN-related:
Oh and @ Sacto Rob-“There’s only one way to stop this kind of senseless act. We must immediately ban tipping.”
-LIKE! I never Liked the tipping system. We’re like the only country to really does it. Shy tip someone who is already getting paid to do what they are doing? I worked in restaurants and I still didn’t agree with tipping, yeah it was nice to have that extra cash but Seriously why give someone more money for something they are already getting paid for?
You don’t tip the person at a fast food place…. They make it and serve it to you… A server only serves you the food….
Just makes no sense to me…

Pegasus January 8, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Obtain a thick clear plastic jar, drill a few holes in the bottom and screw it, along with flat washers, to the counter . Easy Peasy.
Geeze do I have think for everybody !

boxersdaddy January 8, 2013 at 12:45 PM

stealing the tip jar isn’t the only problem with the homeless. trashing our rivers and creeks where they hang out is another.

Howard K Mullins III January 8, 2013 at 12:48 PM

The “tip jar” on the counter at Starbucks is for the Homeless.

Have you people not been listening?

The Starbuck employees need to contribute as well. 10% of their pay should go to the “tip jar” for any homeless wandering by.

Lorelei January 8, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Hasn’t anyone ever noticed how businesses.shove large bills into a slot with a plastic ruler-like device? Tips can go through a hole in the counter to a container affixed below. You’re welcome. (curtsey)

Your mother wants me to keep it on the low January 8, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Let him eat dammit

Bilbo baggins January 8, 2013 at 3:02 PM

What with Clayton and treat having so many bums and homeless. They are pushing around shopping carts pissing everywhere drunk all day. That area is getting poopie time concord pd did a good old fashion round up. Don’t see that in Danville, San Ramon, walnut creek. Must be someone in city council with a soft spot for bums and filth, booooo

Bryan January 8, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Old, old friend of mine- at least as of last summer- is homeless, living on the street in WC. I saw his picture, name and a short interview online. No substance abuse issues, just ran out of resources. I live near DC now. I’d take him in if I could- I’m thousands of miles away. He’s a pretty good cook and good conversationalist- even if we’re at opposite ends of the political spectrum. Loved talking ancient history with him. He had a lot of respect for Spartan Hopelites long before *that* movie came out. 🙂

My job is in jeopardy at the moment, otherwise I’d look at flying out, tracking him down and doing what I can for him.

Midget January 8, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Don’t have to check the local Mensa meeting for him.

Kat January 8, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Steamer, please explain what you mean by your snooty comment? I work at that Starbucks, and I work my ass off. So please, inform me how a homeless man would spend those tips better than me.

Pass January 8, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Never been in a Starbucks, they advertise on msnbc so they are not getting my business.

Not Kat January 8, 2013 at 11:39 PM

Kat, do not let trolls bother you. I for one will put extra in the jar tomorrow. Valued customers know how hard you work and what you are doing for your future. You are the best. Nice shoes.

Kat January 9, 2013 at 2:58 AM

Not Kat- trolls don’t usually bother me. I guess this a hole got the best of my feelings yesterday. Just frustratingly. And please don’t feel like you have to put extra in the tip jar to compensate for other’s.. I’m sure you are a valued costumer and spend enough money at Starbucks as it is… :o)

Kat January 9, 2013 at 2:58 AM

Haha, *customer. Whoops.

Kat January 9, 2013 at 2:59 AM

*frustrating. Damn iPhone..

Cowellian January 9, 2013 at 8:33 AM

I happen to know a valued costumer who spends lots of money at Starbucks.

Big Al January 10, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Say we round up all the homeless and put them in shelters. If no one claims them in two weeks, we put them to sleep. Works well with animals.

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