Does not tipping make you a bad person? | The Tylt

Does not tipping make you a bad person?

Tipping is seen by most people as an unavoidable part of going out. It's obvious you should pay for service. Besides, many waiters make less than minimum wage and depend on tips to make up the difference. Some people think tipping is optional, and people should only do it if they feel like it. After all, they already paid for their food.  What do you think? 💸

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The Thrillist's Dave Infante says the real reason why people tip is not because they care about service, but it's because they don't want to look like an asshole in front of their friends. Studies have shown that service doesn't actually matter. People will tip what they tip no matter if the service is good or bad. 

Basically, if you're not tipping for truly great service, you're tipping to avoid having your peers perceive you as a truly lousy butthead. Buttheads being what they are, that's an understandable rationale, but it's still an unfair one, and it's costing you money.

At a fundamental level, non-tippers do not understand why they have to pay twice. They're already paying for the food. To them it's ridiculous that they should also pay for the service. It's not as though people tip teachers, bus drivers, or any number of other service workers. What's happening is restaurants are passing on the cost of employing a server to the customer. That's not cool and some people think they shouldn't have to pay.

The remedies are probably best saved for a follow-up story, but the prevailing wisdom (taken from the entire Western world, where this isn't an issue) says to make restaurants responsible for paying servers an agreed-upon wage, the money for which would come from increased food & drink prices. The cost is still passed on to customers, but it relieves them of the life-and-death control they have over their waiters' livelihoods. 

Watch this GradeAUnderA explainer on why tipping is a huge scam. 

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In an ideal world not tipping would be a noble thing to do to help the plight of servers everywhere. The world we live in is set up so that servers must be tipped in order to make ends meet. Not tipping someone is not an option, or a noble act against the restaurant industry, it's simply taking away someone's livelihood.

When a customer withholds a tip for whatever reason — be it because they didn't like the service, they're strapped for cash, they're cheap, they're disrespectful, or they're religious (??) — they are withholding livelihood for another human being. Nobody is waitressing for their love of the game; everyone's just trying to earn a living. Unfortunately, waitressing is a profession where your ability to live is dependent on the whims of an entirely unpredictable party. Or parties. Of 18. Who don't tip.

Many proponents would argue everyone should tip because that's the deal when you go to a restaurant; you're not holding up your end of the bargain when you choose not to tip. The cost of service isn't included in the bill. Not tipping a waiter is essentially saying, "I don't think you deserve to be paid for your work." That makes you an asshole. If the reason why you can't tip is because you can't afford it, then you can't afford to go out to eat. Go to McDonalds instead.

Perhaps withholding tips for perceived bad service is the equivalent of being told, "Fuck you, you're ugly anyway!" when you don't smile back on the street? Maybe it's another way to keep women in positions of physically and emotionally draining service in return for earning 70 percent of their male counterparts.
Whatever the case, the moral of this story is: Tip! Tip as if your life depended on it, because even if it doesn't, some woman's probably does.
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