According to this article, everyone should tip 20% no matter what.
You cannot will yourself to be blind to physical differences. Remove those biases by deciding to tip 20% before ever laying eyes on your server. Don’t even bring the quality of your service into the equation.
First, they attempt to quote scholarly sources like the characters in Harry Potter:
The sometimes-wise Sirius Black tells always-garbage Ron Weasley, “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” Well said, dog stars!
The odd part is that this moron doesn’t even know that JK Rowling plagiarized that line from numerous historical figures.
Then they appeal to your leftist cred, because if you don’t tip at least 20%, you are a racist or something.
The tipping system also opens up opportunities for us to flex our unconscious biases. Racism, sexism, ageism, and ableism decimate the earning potential of many competent servers.
Not to be appropriative, but: you’re woke, aren’t you? A big part of being woke is admitting that you have unconscious biases.
Then they proceed to make flawed analogies:
I work a salaried job. I have bad days—days where I am grouchy, disorganized, and distracted. You know what my company doesn’t do in response? Send me a smaller paycheck that month.
Here is the flaw in your argument, cupcake: I am not your employer. You don’t work for me, I have absolutely no contractual obligation to you. If you don’t like your job or what you get paid, get a different job. To show you exactly how asinine and flawed your position is, I could use your same logic and apply it to my own job: If I have a great day at work and save your life, will you give me extra money in appreciation? If I have a bad day and kill your mother when I accidentally give her the wrong medication, shouldn’t I still get paid the same amount as when I saved a life?
This mental midget then goes on to make the classic threat that they always make: threaten to spit in your food.
John Wayne · April 19, 2022 at 6:33 am
Of course the article leaves out who “Notoriously bad tippers” are and forgets TIPS stands for To Insure Prompt Service.
I tip based on service rendered and I do NOT tip when I stand in a line to order, then pay for an item to be handed to me.
Divemedic · April 19, 2022 at 7:10 am
No, TIPS does NOT stand for that. If it did, the word would be TEPS.
Insure means “to arrange a guarantee of compensation in case of loss or failure.”
Ensure means “to make sure something happens or is done.”
Even so, acronyms that use the first letters of each word in a phrase to spell out a new word like this weren’t invented until some time around WW2. Since “tip” in the “gratuity” sense dates back to the early 18th century, it is extremely unlikely to have begun life as an acronym.
The origin of “tip” appears to be connected to the use of “tip” among urban thieves in the 17th century to mean “to pass something surreptitiously, especially money, to another person.”
Even so, unless there’s only one restaurant in town and you eat there every day, a good tip doesn’t “insure” (or “ensure”) promptness, since it’s given at the end of the meal.
The concept of tipping became popular during prohibition. Since there were no longer alcohol sales, restaurant profits cratered, so they turned to tipping as an excuse to pay servers less. This also explains why the US has tipping when other countries don’t.
Toastrider · April 19, 2022 at 7:02 am
You really have to screw up with me to not get tipped. And generally by that point, I’m asking for the manager.
However, being an entitled twat will ensure I don’t return to your business. Ever.
Don Curton · April 19, 2022 at 7:36 am
I can remember when 15% was for GOOD service, 20% was either exceptional service or you were trying to impress your date. I generally try to keep to 15% in traditional sit-down restaurants, but cafeteria style? Or places where I get my own drink? Or any other combination? Yeah, around 10% or less. If all you do for me is bus my table when I leave, don’t expect much.
And no, race and sex never enter the equation. There is no unconscious bias, that’s complete bullshit just like the so-called micro-aggression crap. I’m tired of “those people” assuming anyone white is automatically racists. Go ahead, start that race war. See what happens.
Divemedic · April 19, 2022 at 8:06 am
I will fully admit that in my younger, single days, my tipping was biased. If a waitress was young, pretty, and flirted with me, she got larger tips.
Now I tip on how friendly my server is. If I like them, they get more. If I don’t, not so much.
So? It’s my money, and I can spend or gift it however I choose. I get so tired of having to defend how I dispose of my property (including my money).
Steve · April 19, 2022 at 8:03 am
Spot on, Divemedic. If a server is having a bad day, the employer is not going to cut a smaller paycheck. It’s the customer-determined bonus that is at stake. If the server can’t understand that, maybe digging ditches is the better career choice.
Divemedic · April 19, 2022 at 8:09 am
Exactly. Do you know who is complaining about low tips? Ugly and shitty servers. The ones who do a good job, the ones who are pretty or have big tits? They are all getting the tips they want.
It’s the ugly, rude, incompetent, and mean hags that aren’t getting tips, and they are pissed off about it.
EN2 SS · April 19, 2022 at 8:48 am
If you mean ugly servers by their attitude, I agree. If by physically ugly, that should have no bearing, as long as the server is friendly/good/a pleasure to be around. Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly (attitude) goes to the bone.
Divemedic · April 19, 2022 at 9:52 am
A tip is not required, and as such, it is a gift. Gifts, by their nature, are given entirely at the whim and desire of the giver. I’m not going to marry her, I am just having her bring me my dinner. If I find her physically repulsive, that detracts from my enjoyment of the experience. If I want to give my server an extra $10 because I find her physically attractive, that is my business.
If her employer wants her to have an extra $10 because she offers good service, then he can give her the money out of his pocket.
Jonathan · April 19, 2022 at 10:41 am
I tip for good service, and don’t for bad service. Around here looks don’t enter into it because there aren’t any good looking waitresses!
I try to pay for restaurants, and tips, in cash because:
1. Some restaurants don’t pass card tips to servers, or only pass on part of them. Also, I’ve checked my credit card bill and often found the tip was never charged, so the server never got it.
2. I know people who left a small tip (or none) for poor service on their card and the restaurant put a much larger tip on their card that they didn’t authorize.
Reltney McFee · April 19, 2022 at 10:57 am
Ah, the old “spit in their food” gambit!
Ya know what makes my 10% tip look positively gigantic?
My staying my “racist” ass home, because I grow weary of being lectured by gender studies majors, when I’m simply trying to enjoy a meal.
Therefore · April 19, 2022 at 1:48 pm
I tip of the service is good. I tip more of it is good or if I’m supporting a local business. My choice.
My bad server story is from University days. I went to my favorite restaurant, had a good meal, had good service. After the meal I sent up to pay and get change for the tip.
Server stopped me on the way back to the table to quiz me. Did I like my food, was the service ok, did she do anything wrong.
I answered, confused. She then said “it is customary to leave a tip of the service and did is good.”.
I replied with: here’s a tip, never ask out tell a customer to tip.
I turned back to the counter, asked to talk to the manager. Handed the 20% tip to her and asked her to give it to the cooks because it was a great meal.
One of my friends worked there and reported back to me. I was a regular, known to tip well. Server was new. She bitched to kitchen staff before confronting me. Then she had to explain to manager on front of staff how I ended up leaving such a large tip excluding her
I like good service. I expect to pay for good service. But I get judge that service, not you. Tell me that there is a 15% surcharge on my bill as a tip and I’ll walk out the door instead of doing business with you.
And if I make that judgment based on food quality or service quality or the size of your smile or how low your blouse is, my money, my choice
Johno · April 19, 2022 at 2:50 pm
You mentioned other countries not having a tipping culture, you’re correct. I’m told that Aussies have a bad rep among Yank hospitality staff as bad tippers. Well, that is likely true, most of the time, especially for an ordinary family on their annual holidays, it would simply not enter their minds. Australian hospitality staff are paid a living wage by their employers and do not expect to gain tips from customers, although those employed at areas frequented by American tourists are likely quite happy to receive a gratuity. If you do visit here, tipping simply isn’t required of you, nor expected.
The Freeholder · April 19, 2022 at 3:51 pm
As a young man, I somehow specialized in dating waitresses. I’ve got some small concept of how difficult the job can be, having heard several shares of crappy boss/crappy customer stories. I also know that some servers really need to find a different line of work, because they’re going to starve to death.
That said, I tend toward being a generous tipper. Acceptable service gets you 15-20%. Good service is around 30% and outstanding service is usually 50%. I had one server at a birthday dinner who was good enough he earned 75%. There were 6 of us, he worked his butt off because some of my family have a difficult time making up their minds or asking for a refill when he’s refilling the person next to them.
My belief is that if you can’t tip well, eat at home.
I tend to stick to the same local restaurants, and I just about always get good to outstanding service. Exercise to the reader to figure out why.
Divemedic · April 19, 2022 at 4:14 pm
I can tip well. That doesn’t mean that I’m going to give money away. I tip what the service is worth. At the end of the day, all a server does for me is pass a message from me to the kitchen, then carries the food and drink to my table.
In Florida, tipped employees are already paid 8 dollars an hour before tips. I figure that I take up less than a third of the server’s time while I’m there. For that reason, I cap tips at $8 an hour if it’s just the 2 of us. At that rate, the server is getting $16 an hour plus whatever the other tables are paying them. Thats more than what it’s worth to me, to be honest.
The Freeholder · April 20, 2022 at 7:57 pm
In NC, the minimum wage for a server is $2.75/hr. Not that it makes a difference to me. I don’t care to cap the earning potential of anyone.
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