While online today I came across this old article about tipping. The article gave 5 reasons for not tipping for food service–and I have to admit, some of them were just blatantly rude. The author tried to make the point that tipping is adding unnecessary burden on the consumer, when it really should fall on the employer to pay a higher wage. He also argued that, in large, the server/waiter/waitress did not do enough to merit extra money–he felt that he worked hard for his money, and while he was willing to pay for the food and factor in the cost of the establishment, he did not feel that taking the order and delivering the food deserved even more money.
However blatant the article,it made me think about tipping. I am all for great service, in fact, bad service can ruin a perfectly good meal, BUT, I am kind of getting sick of seeing tip jars pop up everywhere. I mean, should I really have to tip someone at the coffee shop for pouring water over a tea bag? I have even started to see them in the casual dining establishments, where you place your order at the counter, pick up your own food on the tray, and fill your own beverages. Still, I always feel awkward when I sign the receipt and leave the tip spot blank–awkward and a little resentful that I am even being put in a boat to feel awkward. Then, there is the whole bad service thing–if you get bad service do you skip the tip, only leave 10%? It’s a pickle, I tell ya.
Another article I found made the point that tipping actually improves service, by providing incentive. It questioned the appearance of the tip portion on coffee receipts, though, even noting that for now, it is a largely American thing to add your tip to your credit card charge–and it is being met with some resistance in the U.K. and Canada.
What do you think? Do you tip? Do you feel obligated to tip? Do you think picking up a plate of food from the counter and bringing it to a table warrants 20% of the cost of the food? Do you skip the tip altogether if you get BAD service?
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