I currently work at a popular coffee shop to make ends meet while I do research in math and science. I consider myself a pretty good barista, attempting to go above and beyond for my customers whenever I can. Apparently many customers have wrote letters to our corporate offices to commend me specifically, and this news is then relayed to me.
So we have a tip jar that customers can leave money in, and we typically split the tips on a weekly basis. We leave daily tips in dated bags, kept in our safe. Last night a loyal customer handed me a specific tip, in an envelope, addressed to me only. The amount is very substantial - something like a big holiday tip.
My question is: should I split this tip with other baristas?
Am I ethically / morally wrong, if I kept this individualized tip all to myself?
I wanted to ask here before I consider asking our manager / corporate higher-ups.