Tipping: A Thesis
Some friends and I were discussing tipping this morning and it really got me thinking. People seem to think it’s something to be proud of to refer to yourself as a ‘good tipper’. And while you certainly wouldn’t want the monkier ‘bad tipper’…isn’t blindly being a good tipper, almost worse…?
I believe that tipping in the United States has gotten out of hand. Everyone asks for tips, from the barista at Starbucks, to the cashier at Burger King. But think about it – what IS a tip? According to Wikipedia, TIPS does not stand for To Insure Prompt Service, as most people believe. But most people believe that it means this and when they put the little “tip cup” out on a bar – that is the impetus behind the creation of such a vessel. It’s like I’m being guilted into tipping these people, regardless of worthiness.
And there’s the rub. WHO deserves a tip? Does the barista that takes my order and then hands me my $4.00 coffee deserve a tip? I do not believe so. They are doing their job. That’s what they get paid to do. It’s part of their job description. However, waiters who bring you your food at a restaurant, they not only bring you your food (that’s in their job description) but they can also go above and beyond and provide good service. They can be friendly, be very prompt when bringing refills, bring the correct order (and be extremely contrite should their be an error), they should come back to check on you after leaving the food. They should bring condiments without having to be asked. These are the EXTRA things that a waiter can do, and for these things I believe they deserve a tip.
Tipping without considering these factors is irresponsible. If you blindly tip 20% – you’re rewarding bad behavior – and that waiter will continue to give mediocere service because they know that even if they do the bare minimun they will continue to receive this gratuitiy, their 20%. But that’s not how it should be. The tip should be directly proportional to the quality of their work. When I sit down, a waiter starts out with no tip. They have to earn that tip. And I do not feel badly, if I get bad service, leaving only a quarter. And I believe it’s important to leave something…because I do not want the waiter thinking that I might have forgotten. I want them to know I think they were lousy. The twenty-five cents is a statement.
My point is to get you to think before you tip – ! Do they deserve your money? You work hard for your money. I know I do. I had to put up with bosses, stupid coworkers, getting up at 5am and driving an hour to work. Paying for gas. I work HARD and does this person deserve MY money? Think about it before you just blindly put down 20%. Thank-you. My name is Nevis and I approve this message.
And if you read all that, I would like to reward you with a funny video that perfectly illustrates my ideas on tipping. Enjoy!