To tip or not to tip?

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Let’s tip our hats to tipping

Imagine after a long day of work, your shoulders are hurting, your feet are aching, and you realize that your paycheck is too small to pay for all your expenses.

Many people wonder why we tip: do we do it because we feel obligated to or simply to show our gratitude?

Whether you want to or not, you should tip, especially if the waiter was polite and attentive. Waiters often make minimum wage and tips help them make enough money to pay for their expenses and have some left over spending money. Many do not realize that waiters have a difficult job. They have to constantly keep a smile on their face, deal with rude customers, and stay on their feet. Sometimes waiters do not get a paycheck because they have to pay taxes and deductions. Not only that, but wages in the food industry are significantly less than in other industries.

Many times, waiters have to depend solely on their tips to make a living. Waiters are also people who have to tip. In many restaurants, the waiters need to share their tips with the cook and employees; therefore tips help more than one person make a living.

In order to truly understand the ordeal that many servers have to go through, we need to put ourselves in their shoes. We need to understand that people choose to be servers because they are in need of money, and since we have the luxury of going out to eat, we should give them a chance to have the same opportunity.

We not only tip to help them out, but because many of us have grown up with the custom of tipping.

There is an underlying social obligation to tip because society has taught us that tipping is highly recommended, but tipping is also a sign of gratitude, which is something that society should maintain. If we stop tipping, we may completely forget about the people who work so hard to make sure we enjoy our meal.

In today’s fast-paced society, we should appreciate those who are going through the trouble of bringing us our hot and heavy plates to the table. Just imagine what their feet and shoulders feel like.

At the end of the day, tipping is a reward and shows the server that they did a good job.

Here’s a tip: Get rid of tipping

Tips have been so ingrained into the American culture that it’s almost a crime not to tip someone at a restaurant. But why tip when you know, deep down, that you oh-so don’t want to?

Everyone feels the effects of the current financial crisis. It’s bad enough having to spend big bucks at the fancy restaurant that you only attend once in a blue moon, but now you’re going to seem impolite or stingy for not tipping? I’d rather be either of those things than have to tip an additional 15% when that money could be used for something far more important, particularly if service wasn’t all that up to par.

It’s even worse if you tend to eat out more often; all those tips can surely add up.

Senior Leo Do said, “I eat out way too much. Last month I spent so much money on food, and then the tipping on top of that definitely made the total sum a lot larger.”

Tipping is also incredibly unfair. Some people that work behind the scenes (not as a waiter or delivery person or at the counter) don’t even receive tips.

The term “tips” is an obscure area that leaves a lot of room for deceit. Sure, some waiters may be required to share their tips, but most don’t. For example, if pizza delivery people are tipped at people’s houses, other employees don’t know and frankly, won’t ever find out, if the delivery person decides to stay quiet. With the extra money earned “off the radar,” tipping takes on a new, dishonest meaning.

Nowadays, restaurants are fast adapting to the technological revolution that is sweeping across the United States. Restaurant managers are installing iPads left and right, effectively getting rid of the waiter/waitress middleman. There is no longer an obligation to tip, which proves that tipping isn’t all that necessary at all.

However, it is important to acknowledge how hard waiters, waitresses, and delivery people work. If they were only paid more, then tips would prove even more unnecessary and this wouldn’t be an issue at all.

Break the tenacious stronghold that society has placed because not having to tip all the time can be more beneficial in the long run.

Author: Plaid Press

Granada Hills Charter High School newspaper

One thought

  1. I agree that life could be better without the (fairly) new and (mutually exclusive) American dishonest way of income. Japan doesn’t tip and their servers are doing just fine. One might presume that Americans would jump at the thought of completely deleting tipping from every meal out, and servers themselves may like flirting with the notion of receiving a fair wage that doesn’t rely on the customer’s mood or situation (because, if you think about it, tips don’t necessarily depend on the waiter/server’s charm or attentiveness, because the result can be changed depending on how the payer is feeling in that moment, as many outside factors can contribute to the customer’s generosity at the end of a meal). However, history shows that this country has made some regrettable decisions purely out of tradition despite obvious and economically logical alternatives (see: American Civil War and our countries national debt). So, given these modern obstacles, how would you suggest we erase tipping from so many habitual minds?

    Devon Delgado
    10th Grade


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