I don't agree with tipping, because it mainly is about the owners of restaurants being so cheeky that they get away with paying low salaries to the waiters... asking us, not to only pay for the food at high prices, but also pay their staff! If nobody ever tipped, then they'd have to pay decent salaries...
I really dislike when I go to US and I am told by my friends that I HAVE to tip.. I only tip if I consider that the service deserved it, tipping is VOLUNTARY and it depends entirely on the budget and discretion of the customer.. not an obligation.. RIDICULOUS!!
Does anybody ever tip me for doing my job as I am supposed to?
I really don't get it...
August 3, 2005 8:12 AM
You're right my friend - you don't get it, and obviously have never had to depend on tips to make a living.
Tipping is what permits people who are relative equals under our social system in the US to instead behave in the roles of master and servant. The unspoken contract is that in return for allowing one person to have their whims catered to unquestioningly, the other person will reap financial reward for assuming the subserviant role. That's why waiters hate cheap tippers - it's not (just) the money, it's the violation of the contract. Servers (good ones) have held up their end and feel personally abused when the customer doesn't hold up theirs.
I suggest that if your policy is to tip poorly, that you continually find new restaurants to dine in, because servers have long and precise memories of those who've abused them. And if you think that withholding tips will make the restaurant owners suffer, you are woefully misguided - they will shrug off the servers' complaints and point them to the door - they got their money when you paid for their food.
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