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/Erect_Llama Jan 15 '22 Wholesome Take My Energy

One of the biggest things in America I'll never understand is why tipping is so important. Like why tf can't the server's get paid a decent wage? Why do they live off of tips?


u/ESP-23 Jan 15 '22

Because States like Texas can pay their servers $2.13 an hour

It's oppression plain and simple


u/Stoned-Antlers Jan 15 '22

I use to make $30 an hour waiting tables…y’all are literally trying to get us paid less crying about this.


u/oxwearingsocks Jan 15 '22

Get off that mindset that it’s the public who need to stump up extra. It’s not us that should be boosting you to $30/hr. You should be getting a decent pay from your employer, not the generosity of strangers.


u/According_Gazelle472 Jan 17 '22

The onus is put on the customer to subsidize the servers .And anyone who doesn't tow the line or balks at it will be told to suck it up buttercup because it is what pays the servers bills.I do tip forvgold service but only if it is good service.


u/Stoned-Antlers Jan 15 '22

It’s not generosity, they literally served you with the understanding that you would pay them based on how good their service was. Maybe get off that broke mindset and stop complaining about having to pay people for their work.


u/S01arflar3 Jan 15 '22

Why does the value of my meal determine how much I should pay you for bringing it over? If I take an hour to eat a salad then maybe your tip would be $3, if I take an hour to eat a particularly fancy lobster then maybe it’s more like $30. What have you done as a server to justify the extra $27?


u/oxwearingsocks Jan 15 '22

No, they literally served you because it’s their job. Like how a Walmart attendant serves you, or a Home Depot cashier. It’s the job. The employee should get paid a fair wage by the owner. It’s not a broke mentality, it’s a normal mentality for anywhere this brainwashing US tipping culture hasn’t infested.

Go eat food in Spain, or Australia, or Japan, or wherever the fuck else and you pay what it says on the bill. If the employee goes above and beyond, as in something special, then tip away. If they do their job, pay for the food and go on your way.

If you’re seriously of the mindset that workers should be paying other workers wages, you’re on completely the wrong subreddit.


u/Stoned-Antlers Jan 15 '22

Are you in america?


u/oxwearingsocks Jan 15 '22

I’ve lived in a dozen countries over the past few years, including some of those mentioned. Only in Mexico has tipping being expected.

I’m not in America now, but I have lived there years ago. And yes, I tipped. But the culture of tipping as an expectation is absolutely bonkers.


u/Stoned-Antlers Jan 15 '22

Thats fine you feel that way, but what you are arguing for will not work. Major restaurants have trued going the no-tipping route. Every single one reverted back.


u/oxwearingsocks Jan 15 '22

I have no horse in the race. Doesn’t affect me. But you shouldn’t argue for it if you’re pro worker’s rights and seeking a fairer world. It’s an entire culture that’s normalised it, and you’re part of that normalisation. Check literally any other comment in this entire thread to see how the rest of the world sees this. Be the change you want in the world.

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u/Butt_Sex_And_Tacos Jan 15 '22

They sound irrationally angry enough to be.


u/According_Gazelle472 Jan 15 '22

No they served the customer ,it is in their job description. They should be doing the job they were hired to do .The customer came into the eatery wanting a nice meal and to relax and enjoy that meal.A tip is a gratuity and nothing more.


u/Stoned-Antlers Jan 15 '22

Maybe in your country…here it is the wage. Im sorry you can’t grasp that


u/According_Gazelle472 Jan 17 '22

It is not the wage at all.It is a crooked and broken system that needs to be fixed .Servers complain they don't get the highest tips possible and people complain that the server's are dogging them and wanting more and more.