r/antiwork Jan 14 '22 Silver 5 Helpful 16 Wholesome 10

So sorry, I'm broke so I can only pay you $77 for my food. You were great though.

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u/Hoopduck Jan 15 '22

The US tipping culture is toxic as hell. Shaming people for eating out on a budget because an entire industry has convinced workers it's OK to be paid next to nothing? Ridiculous. People deserve living wages with tips viewed as an added gratuity or bonus for good service.


u/2002Kanz Jan 15 '22

Right?? Like i dont understand the people who shame others for eating out and leaving a lousy (or no) tip. I get that it's the employees way of making $ but it's such an absurd system. If i lived in America i wouldn't bother going to a restaurant at all. The customer shouldn't be responsible for giving the employee a living wage.


u/Hoopduck Jan 15 '22

I think most people commenting that way have been raised to believe this type of tipping culture is normal. Traveling to the States from a foreign country had me shocked. This is NOT normal. This is ABNORMAL and not typical of tipping experiences elsewhere in the world. We shouldn't shame other people struggling just because corporations are greedy, rich assholes. Make no mistake - corporations are doing this because they can. Not because they have to. They've convinced people that it's acceptable and "the only way" they can operate.


u/bizzaro321 Jan 15 '22

Nope, it’s just a fact that people have to tip until the system changes, and fucking over your server isn’t going to fix things.


u/Hoopduck Jan 15 '22

So much wrong with your statement. You can choose not to participate in it. You can choose to fight back against unfair labor practices. Saying, "we have to continue participating in this bullshit" isn't doing or changing anything. All that accomplishes is keeping things exactly where they are now. Wage theft + customer shaming = exactly what you've been conditioned to do.


u/sortaangrypeanut Jan 15 '22

Not tipping your waiter isn't "fighting back". Do you think that bosses care about whether or not their workers get tipped? The only person that not tipping hurts, IN OUR CURRENT SYSTEM, is the waiter. All you're doing by not tipping in some strange act of rebellion, is screwing the workers chances at paying rent. If we want to change the system, it's up to the waitresses to unionize and fight back, not up to the customer to think they're doing something.


u/Hoopduck Jan 15 '22

Read my above comments. I already made my stance clear when I spoke about organizing, striking, and stopping the perpetuation of wage theft. Action = change.


u/bizzaro321 Jan 15 '22

Eating out in America perpetuates wage theft


u/5LaLa Jan 15 '22

Have a poor award 🥇