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/Aconite_72 Jan 15 '22

don’t get mad at the customer for not giving you free money for doing your job

Okay, I agree with most of your sentiment but this is just uncalled for. Tipping is supposed to reflect the quality of service. If you serve well, you’re given extras for your dedication. It’s not “free money”.

I’m not saying that the toxic tipping culture in America is good, but saying that it’s “free money” is insulting for the workers.

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u/Educational_Shoober Jan 15 '22

But it's not a reward if it's expected/guilted, is it? All that is happening is we're expected to give some extra money in addition to the agreed on transaction or we're shamed.

Nobody hands the checkout clerk at the store an extra $10 for providing good service. Nor a nurse or plumber or almost anything else. The guy wasn't wrong, it's people getting mad at the customer for not giving them free money when it's their employer who should be paying them.

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u/Aconite_72 Jan 15 '22

Like I said in my comment, I'm not talking about the toxic kind of "tipping" that's prevalent in America. Outside of the US, tipping is optional and is given when the servers provided excellent service that the customers are happy enough to pay extras.

Since tipping is a thing outside of the US and that most service staffs earned their money fair and square, it's terrible to say that it's "free money". And I have no doubt that there are many servers in the US who rendered excellent service and deserve every penny that receive in gratuity, too.

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u/Educational_Shoober Jan 15 '22 edited Jan 15 '22

The original comment your replied to was specifically talking about servers who get upset that the customer didn't tip. Regardless of location, the moment that happens it is no longer a reward but an expectation. They expect the customer to give them free money outside of the agreed transaction with the establishment.

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u/Aconite_72 Jan 15 '22

Oh … fair enough. I probably read too quickly.