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Should you tip your baristas?

Our European friends love to condescend towards us for tipping. “Oh, silly Americans,” they chortle. “’Tis a shame you’re no longer a colony, you've become painfully indecent!” While they’re certainly (rightfully?) stigmatized as being cheap, they’re correct in that there are some holes in the American tipping system. For one thing, why is it more acceptable to tip bartenders while that poor barista at Starbucks gets zilch for doing just as worthy a service? Should't you tip them as well? 

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Think of your morning routine: You get up all grumpy; get dressed all grumpy; then schlep your way to a café of your choice to fuel up before you start the day (still grumpy). Now imagine being the person that has to deal with you at this hour, along with all the other grumpy, ungrateful swine lined up to get their triple-mocha-whatevers. It sounds like an inner circle of Hell that even that ultra-grump, Dante, couldn’t have cooked up. 

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Baristas are the unsung heroes of the dawn hours. They usher you into a civilized state of mind, valiantly taking orders and gracefully shelling them out without batting an eyelash, yet you don’t tip them? Nice going, Ebenezer.

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The dynamics of the tipping social strata are grossly unjust. Being a bartender is cool and sexy and all, and, true, you have to deal with drunk sorority girls and the Irish on St. Patty’s Day, but that’s still generally a flow that has a few set hours every day. Baristas have to deal with irritating customers every day of the week at essentially all hours of the day. Not to mention, have you ever seen how Karen gets when there isn’t the exact amount of sugar grains in her matcha latte every morning? 

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If you’re Daddy Warbucks or Scrooge McDuck, by all means, tip away. While being cheap is one of the worst thing in the world next to drinking orange juice after brushing your teeth, there’s only so much you can shell out. Coffee’s expensive enough without adding a couple more bucks on top of it.  

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There’s also the fact that baristas at big chains such as Starbucks have pretty solid benefits and perks along with relatively juicy paychecks. If you were getting coffee from a street cart or a tiny coffee shop then, yeah, tipping’s necessary. But from a big chain where the cash is already rolling in? Not that much of a requirement. 

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Whether or not you tip your barista with cash, make sure you always, always tip them with a “thank you.” Good morning, and good luck. 

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