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/The_Stav Jan 15 '22 edited Jan 15 '22 I'll Drink to That

Idk much because I'm from the UK, but is this really a massive issue for someone who's already broke but wanted to treat themselves? I feel like the anger should be directed at tipping culture and the companies that underpay their workers rather than the consumers who are just currently using the system as intended?

Just feels weird to be mad at someone who's broke for not paying more than the worth of their meal, y'know?

EDIT: For the people saying "Fuck the customer, they're basically stealing from the server and making them do unpaid labour!"

They're not the ones stealing from the server, the companies are. It should be the company compensating the labour of the workers, not the customers.


u/Joga212 Jan 15 '22

As a fellow Brit I agree.

This subreddit never fails to shock me when they always continuously get mad at the customer, rather than the employer. It defeats the whole purpose of the subreddit.

I genuinely think they all secretly deep down want the tipping culture to stay because it more or less benefits everyone bar the customer.


u/reflectorvest Jan 15 '22

Tipping can benefit the customer though, especially if you have places you go regularly. Everyone knows which regulars tip well, and staff remember good tippers. I’ve always had a handful of comps at every place I’ve worked and I could use them on my friends/family or I could toss one to a guy who tipped me $20 on a $55 tab last week. The guy who had a $55 tab and tipped nothing, forcing me to pay out of my own pocket for the privilege of serving him because I had to tip out expo and the bar based on sales for the shift and then pay taxes on my expected tip total which included 10% from his check? He will get the absolute bare minimum from me the next time he shows up. Servers have good memories, it’s why a lot of them don’t have to write things down and they can tell you what’s in every dish on the menu.


u/ThunderousOrgasm Jan 15 '22

What a ridiculous justification hahah. Toxic as fuck tipping culture.


u/reflectorvest Jan 15 '22

So your server should have to pay for you to eat out if you can’t afford to tip? Because that’s what happens when you don’t tip in America.


u/ThunderousOrgasm Jan 15 '22

Ridiculous statement. The server dosnt pay for me.


u/reflectorvest Jan 15 '22

Do you understand how tipouts work? If 3% of a server’s sales total for a shift gets pulled from their total tips to go to the expo worker and bartender (which is average and compensates them for the work they do for you while not getting tipped), they still owe them that percentage of the table didn’t tip. So if your bill was $100 and you didn’t tip, your server still has to pay the bar and expo $3. If no one tips the server and their sales are $1000, the server now owes the house $30 for the privilege of working.