To Tip or not to Tip

This is a matter of personal opinion that has bothered the living day light out of me! So I decided to write about it.

Photo credit: Mopelola Akinlaja

To tip or not to tip! That is the question of the moment. I came to the United States and learned about this peculiar and quite interesting culture. When you go to a restaurant to eat, you tip the waiter after you’re done. Sounds good.. No big deal.. Right? Well, except you are a college student like I was who went to the restaurant with your friends to blow up your last 20 bucks in a symbolic throw in the towel fashion, a testament to embracing the impending “brokeness ” looming over your head. You get done and the waiter brings you the check with the pre-calculated tip. You decide to bless the waiter with $2 after your $15 meal and round the table you are all able to raise $8.49 as the general tip for the kind person who waited your table that evening. You go home and do the habitual scheme through Facebook before you head to bed. At this point you are just done, because one of your waiter friends has written a long post about how some people come to eat and leave horrible tips or none at all. They go on about how mean and inconsiderate that kind of behavior is. The imaginary steam coming out of your ears are not so imaginary anymore. The sad thing is you aren’t  even sure whether the steam is as a result of anger, or guilt or both! But all you know is you are angry.

Haha! funny situation when you think about it in retrospect; but therein lies a very valid but unaddressed issue. To tip or not to tip?

But therein lies a very valid but unaddressed issue. To tip or not to tip?

I’ll go straight to my point. I think that thinking tips are required of customers is not a good way to think. I read a little about it and found out that tips are basically the way waiters earn their pay because they are, in actuality, paid close to nothing. I understand that the bosses have told me, as a waiter, to look unto my customers for my income when I’m supposed to be paid by the one who hired me. Can you see what they’ve done? They make their own money, and make you, as a customer, figure out your wages with your fellow customer who you just so happen to be serving tonight.

I think that thinking tips are required of customers is not a good way to think.

This is not a call for the masses to rebel against the system, but rather to appeal to the humanity that the capitalist economy is trying so hard to kill.

To tip or not to tip? I say, tip when you can, you are being a huge help, and to the tipped, be grateful when you get tipped, and be understanding when you don’t get tipped. The struggle on the other end of the table is very real. Be your sibling’s keeper.

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