I just recently repierced my septum and so far I've worked one day with it in and made about ten dollars less than normal in tips. So today I hid it in my nose (gross i know) to see if it really makes a difference.
I was wondering if anyone has any experience with this and if it really does affect tips or did I just happen to have a slow day last time I wore it in?
Interesting observation. I remember starting an blog on this, but never got around to completing it.
I personally had up to both ears pierced, lip ring, nose ring, eyebrow and "anti-eyebrow" pierced. That was a little much. I've reduced it to just the two "eyebrow" piercings. I also have two visible tattoos on my forearms as well as dreads.
The thing I've learned the most by having this visual appearance is that yes, in fact, people care what you look like. But in becoming a coffee professional, you must also embody the professional service; that includes going against the stereotypes of what you appear to represent. Being professional, for some, also means being a separate personality. That's what some customer services call for, it's the only way to best connect with the customer.
Long Story short: Tips are about customer service, and your looks have nothing to do with customer service. =-)