r/antiwork Jan 14 '22 Wholesome 10 Silver 5 Helpful 16

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.

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u/hyperbolic_retort Jan 15 '22

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

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u/Quinn0Matic Jan 15 '22 Gold Helpful Wholesome

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

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u/SB6P897 Jan 15 '22

You see more and more fast food places asking for tips. Right now it’s fun and dandy while they get paid minimum or more. But the fast food pay enjoyment gonna change real fast when fast food restaurants get the legal slip to pay less than minimum cuz “tips are income and will justify it”

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u/simbaismylittlebuddy Jan 15 '22

I bought prepared sushi today from the mall food court, literally selected it out of the self serve fridge and handed it to the cashier. She gave me napkins and chopsticks that’s it, the terminal asked me for a tip, uh fuck no. And I always tip 20% but that’s a line too far.

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u/Cloberella Jan 15 '22

I get the sentiment, but is there a chance the employees are the ones preparing and packaging the sushi? Like at the sushi stations at Sprouts, Trader Joes, Hy-Vee, etc.? They have "Grab n' Go" prepackaged sushi, but the "cashier" at the kiosk prepares and packages the items in their downtime (you can also have them make requests fresh).

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u/flat6cyl Jan 15 '22

Even so, why would that be tipped?

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u/Cloberella Jan 15 '22

For making and preparing sushi? If she's being paid tipped wages and is preparing sushi by hand, I think that it's fairer to ask for a tip than if she's a cashier being paid cashier wages. Just because tipping culture sucks, doesn't mean you shouldn't tip people when there's no better alternative. Until things change, she can't pay her rent with your ideals.

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u/Terrible-Option-1603 Jan 15 '22

Even if there is a sushi prep employee doing the work, what are the chances this said tip would be given to her/himif the cashier is the one logged into the register? None.

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u/Cloberella Jan 15 '22

Fair, the tips probably get split evenly among everyone, that's how my local coffee shop handles it.

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u/helmepll Jan 15 '22

Just because a tip is asked for does not mean someone is getting tipped wages. It is generally impossible to know who is and who isn’t getting tipped wages at jobs like this. That is a major reason tipping should be replaced with a living wage. There is too much unfairness and guess work involved with tipping.

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u/flat6cyl Jan 15 '22

I tip well when I know people are being payed the unfortunate tipped wages. It’s definitely not clear that this is the case here, or who that tip money would even go to - it seems more like a part of “tip creep”, where these prompts show up for all sorts of dumb things. I was dropping off film for development the other day, and a tip prompt appeared at the cash register.