Skip to main content
Please enter a legal issue and/or a location
Begin typing to search, use arrow keys to navigate, use enter to select

Find a Lawyer

More Options

Can I be Sued for Tip Jars at my Business?

By Jason Beahm on March 17, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

A Missouri Starbucks was sued over tip jars and has some business owners asking: Can my business be sued over having a tip jar on the counter?

The short answer to the question of business liability may be rather disconcerting: yes. However, not to fret. You could also be sued for wearing an orange shirt, being an agent of Satan or any host of ridiculous reasons. The question isn't whether you can be sued for something, it's whether the opposing party is likely to prevail in such a suit.

The Starbucks case involves Roger Kreutz, who was killed while trying to stop Aaron Poisson from stealing the tip jar, which was stationed next to the register, CBS reports.

A Missouri family is suing Starbucks after a patron was killed while trying to prevent a tip jar robbery. The family of the patron is suing for wrongful-death, blaming Starbucks for "inviting criminal activity" by leaving tip jars near customers.

We'll leave it to the judge and jury to decide whether there is business liability, but there is no doubt the plaintiffs will face an uphill battle. Tip jars are commonplace throughout the country, and there is no general legal rule that having one is a per se illegal or considered an attractive nuisance.

So if your business uses a tip jars, you should definitely keep an eye on it, as well as this case. But it's probably OK to go ahead and leave it on the counter, at least for now.

Related Resources:

Was this helpful?

Thank you. Your response has been sent.

You Don’t Have To Solve This on Your Own – Get a Lawyer’s Help

Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.

Or contact an attorney near you:
Copied to clipboard