I did a little work for a client. I'm doing a few jobs for him, actually, some aren't finished yet, but I got through a few of them.
We sent some emails back and forth and he asks what he owes me so far. $70. He tells me he's going to leave the payment where I can find it at his house. So I show up today and there's a hundred dollar bill. I wonder if it's a tip, and remembering that it is Christmas and all, I figure it is.
So I send him an email thanking him for being generous.
He replies: "Any surplus money paid is supposed to be applied to total owed – it was not intended to be generous – a little early for “bonuses”."
And that's my story about the awkward tip. Except it wasn't a tip. So...I'm just awkward.
I seriously considered leaving him change, too.