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/doho121 Jan 14 '22 Silver Gold Wholesome

The fact that US service workers depend on tips is wrong. Employers should pay them a living wage.


u/hyperbolic_retort Jan 15 '22

Yep. It's on the servers boss if they're not getting a livable wage.


u/Quinn0Matic Jan 15 '22 Gold Helpful Wholesome

Tipping should be illegal, and I say that as someone who relies on tips.


u/DanTheRocketeer Jan 15 '22

Tipping shouldn’t be illegal, it should be bonus. That’s how it’s is pretty much everywhere other than the US - the servers get paid a living wage and if they get tipped it’s either theirs to keep or split amongst all the servers (the former being the better system).


u/codify7 Jan 15 '22

In Japan they get offended if you tip, in their system they price the food at value for what it’s worth and to tip extra is to be insulting.


u/yes_thats_right Jan 15 '22

I had a cab driver get out of the car and chase me down to return the tip. They view customer service as part of their job. Amazing concept right Americans?


u/Nightshader5877 Jan 15 '22

It's because America feels like it's built on too much greed.


u/Sansabina Jan 15 '22 edited Jan 15 '22

Didn't tipping in the US become prevalent because in the South at the end of the Civil War there was a lot of former slaves without employment or were poor tenant farmers with no money - so the rich hotel and restaurant owners allowed them to "work" at their establishments doing certain ancillary service jobs, like bellhops, etc. but refused to pay them a wage (they used to get their labor for free when they were slaves, I guess they couldn't bring themselves to pay them) - so no wages meant that instead they had to beg and hope to get tips from customers. And that's how it really caught on in the US... in the Northern states tipping was not typical until much later.