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.

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u/Fallenangel152 Jan 15 '22 edited Jan 15 '22

The worst thing for me is that it's now infecting the UK. People look at me like I'm an asshole when I don't tip even though waiting staff get paid at least the same minimum wage as everyone else and 99% of the time the tip just goes to the restaurant.

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u/minnieminute Jan 15 '22

You should ask before if the staff get it or if it goes to the restaurant. That’s what I do, if it goes to the restaurant no tip

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u/Hoopduck Jan 15 '22

I have worked as a server and appreciated my tips. I never expected them - but I was fortunate enough to make a living wage + tips. Some families have 100$ in their pocket and go out to eat once a month. I didn't expect them to pay for their meals and then hand me their change. They needed it more than I did at that point! In that same vein, I tip my servers when the service is good (and it is 99% of the time). Never would I think poorly of someone who didn't.