I've been working nearly every weekend for about two years now at a Chinese takeout in coastal Georgia, and I've made the following observations: 99.9%* of people who steal money out of the tip jar are black. Of those, 99% are young black women between the ages of 13 and 28 - and the rest are accompanied by one. Furthermore, about 90% of all young black women between the ages of 13 and 28 who walk into the store ... turn out to be either tip jar thieves, or they start to do the tip jar dance but abort under my disapproving glare.
For reasons like this, two managers in a row of this same takeout have expressed the opinion that "all black people are bad." Neither of them were born and raised in the U.S., surrounded by a culture of traditional stereotyping against American black people. They came to these conclusions based on their own observations.
I'm having a difficult time here speaking up in their defense. If you're a young black woman between the ages of 13 and 28, please help me out by putting money into the tip jar instead. Or, failing that, stand as far away from it as possible and avoid looking at it. Meanwhile, politeness be damned: if my "tip jar thief" vibe goes off, I'm moving the tip jar under the counter until you leave.
*The 0.01% were a pair of pre-teen white boys with an obviously middle class father (based on dress and that he paid with a credit card). That pissed me off even more than the usual thieves, because they had no excuse whatsoever for taking tip money.
**More observations on customer demographics and thieves thereof, as made last summer