Do you think tipping is a good custom?
Tipping is a way to make the numbers round when I pay with a credit card. (Yes, I tip more than just whatever it costs to make things round up -- but you get the point!)
Absolutely, servers are typically payed less than minimum wage because they are meant to make the difference in tips. While they cannot legally make less than minimum wage when their paycheck comes through, they still technically do. Also, they bring out your food to you, check on you periodically, make sure you are satisfied with everything that has been brought to you, make sure to fix it if you aren't, and they do this with up to 10-12 groups at any given time. They work very hard and get paid very little, tip your server.
Only if they bust their ass to provide me with a good service/meal. Only then. Otherwise, why the fuck should I tip you for doing your job properly?
Only for people who go over and above their job description.
While this doesn't mean that I don't tip, I don't agree it is a good idea. The trouble is that because it isn't standardised, it's very difficult to know if you're being rude or not. I tip waiters, but not bartenders, and I never tip taxi drivers, although I'm not sure if that's OK or not. I think tipping can lead to bad feeling and awkwardness, or maybe that's just because I'm British!
Yes, but rather than a means of judging service after it's over, it should be returned to its original purpose, which was to set the level of service before it begins.
I think employers such as restaurants should pay their employees fairly and tipping should occur only for exceptional service. The idea that it is essentially compulsory bugs me.
Custom? I wouldn't call it that, I'd call it paying for a service. Most of the time, people who expect (or even accept) tips are those who are paid either nothing or minimum wage yet stil provide a service. Tipping is simply paying for the service received. Whether it be a street performer entertaining me or the barista who made my drink, the former is getting paid $0 technically, the latter, close to minimum wage. So no, not as a CUSTOM but as someone who realizes payment for service (entertainment or coffee) is a societal norm.
Yes definitely. People who get tips are living off of them as they usually make a base wage well below the minimum wage. I spent alot of my life living off of tips and I earned them.
If it's worth it, yes!
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