Tipping is a pretty widely accepted practice here in the United States. How much to tip, who to tip, etc. have kind of gotten a little gray over the years. Heck, I saw a tip jar at a fast food place in an airport recently. I didn’t know we were tipping for that now too.
That being said, I like to consider myself a very generous tipper. I appreciate the service, and since I don’t get “served” all that often, I want to show my gratitude. BUT, did you know that there is an entire movement looking to do away with tipping? Yep, restaurant owners are slowly adopting a no-tip policy. According to the article I found on NPR, this tip-debate has been idling in the back and forefront off and on since our country began.
Originally, our country did not tip, but as immigrants from Europe made their way to the U.S., they brought with them the custom of tipping.
I was pretty shocked to find out that famous Americans like Mark Twain, President Howard Taft, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie and Ralph Waldo Emerson despised tipping. They felt it was insulting to the person receiving the tip, and it was insulting to give the tip…no real mention of whether their motivations were driven by thrift.
Apparently, other countries, like France have already done away with tipping altogether. An automatic 15% gratuity is added to the bill to cover labor. No additional “tipping” is allowed. So, ultimately, it made me wonder, does tipping drive good service, or is it so expected that we tip regardless of the service we received. If 15% gratuity was just automatically added on to every bill to cover the owners employment costs, would we still get good service? Honestly, it’s been my experience recently, tipping or no, service is kind of a dying art form.
I was curious what all of YOU think. Should we do away with tipping altogether and make up for it in wages? Or should tipping continue? I would especially love to hear from any of you in the service industry.